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These songs weave a theme of appreciation and respect for the diversity of life on earth. They create a loving environment in which children can sing together, play quietly, or peacefully drift off to sleep. Hap's original compositions Counting Miracles, Spinning on the Same Ball, A New World to Explore, Old Rocking Chair and Sleep On (based on a melody by Brahms) are combined with lullabies from many lands: Sleep My Baby (Nigeria) A La Nanita Nana (Spain) The Bamboo Flute (China) Chippewa Lullaby (Native American) Hush Little Baby (England/ Appalachia) All Night All Day (African American Spiritual) and Dormite Ninito (El Salvador)."p"The soothing voices and rich harmonies of Hap and his sister Penny are accompanied by the gentle sounds of acoustic guitar, piano, string quartet, woodwind ensemble, mandolin, dobro, fiddle and accordion. Children also learn about the music of many cultures by hearing the sounds of instruments from around the world. From China, the bamboo flute and gu-jen, (Chinese harp); from Spain the Spanish guitar; from France the celesta, and from Nigeria the shekere, kannago and dundun. Native American instruments include the Chippewa flute, North American council drum, tarahuamara drum, chicahuasti, and Yaqui dance belt. Children will be fascinated by this mixture of musical styles and rhythms which provide a peaceful transition between play time and quiet time. "h3"Amazon.com "p"Curl up with your child and share this special collection of multicultural lullabies from Hap Palmer. These tranquil songs invite snuggling, quiet play, or drifting off to sleep while promoting an appreciation and respect for diversity. The familiar lullaby "Hush Little Baby" is paired with traditional Nigerian, Native American, African American, Chinese, and El Salvadoran songs performed by Hap and Penny Palmer, with accompaniment using authentic instruments. Palmer's five original compositions--"Counting Miracles," "Spinning on the Same Ball," "A New World to Explore," "Old Rocking Chair," and "Sleep On"--celebrate universal experiences, such as the wonders of nature and nurturing relationships. A truly beautiful collection of lullabies from around the world, this album is a must-have. --Tami Horiuchi
Winner! National Parenting Publications Gold Award Hap Palmer's lilting and comforting voice, blended with beautiful musical arrangements, will quiet and calm listeners of all ages. Hap combines original songs, such as "Old Rocking Chair," "A New World to Explore" and "Counting Miracles," with traditional Lullabies from many cultures. By using musical instruments from around the world, Hap takes the listener on a melodic journey into a variety of ethnic heritage's: "Bamboo Flute" (China), "Dormite Ninito" (El Salvador), "Chippewa Lullaby" (Chippewa-Native American), "Hush Little Baby" (England/Appalachia) and more.
Hap Palmer pioneered the integration of music and movement in the area of early childhood education. His songs enhance the development of motor skills, language acquisition, reading readiness, and math concepts as well as nurture the imaginative process and encourage creative problem solving. His widespread popularity in schools and day-care centers for over twenty years, has made him a living legend within the teaching community for young children. Teachers have used his music for more than two generations to teach letters, numbers, phonics, days of the week, colors, shapes and more. A third generation of children are now learning with his songs and movement innovations.
An accomplished musician, singer/songwriter and educator, Hap Palmer has written and recorded over 300 songs for children, including thirty-one recordings for early childhood and movement education. His multiple skilled talent on guitar, bass, percussion, saxophone, and clarinet can be heard on his various recordings. His Baby Songs live-action music video series for young children has sold over 2 million units. Hap's recordings and videos have received numerous honors including the Parents' Choice Award, the American Library Association Notable Designation, the National Association of Parent Publications Award, and the American Video Award.
As a teacher of teachers, Hap has taught classes and workshops for the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the University of California at Los Angeles Education Extension, the Los Angeles City Schools, the Georgia Pre School Association, the Oklahoma Early Childhood Association, the New England Kindergarten Conference, and many other school districts and educational organizations throughout the nation. Using his background in music, education, and dance, he is able to help teachers find innovative, imaginative and fun ways to teach their students with enjoyable music and lyrics that children love to listen to over and over again.
With a Masters Degree in Dance Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a love of music, Hap Palmer has given the world of early childhood education and young children a lasting gift of learning that has spanned the generations.