An alphabet of groovy and informative animal songs for environmental and musical families. The hour-long CD is full of science, melody, and quirky stories. It's the kind of kids music that is not just for kids.
Can you imagine sleeping every day and spending your nights eating ants? Don’t answer right away. Think about it. They bite. They are full of acid. You will need to close your nostrils with special nose muscles so the ants don’t crawl up into your face and bite you when you shove your way into their colony. You will also need a very long sticky tongue capable of licking up 50,000 ants in one night. If this describes you, congratulations! You are probably an Aardvark:
What about the other 25 animals? Yes, Beavers would make excellent pets — except that they would chew your wooden furniture into convenient sticks with which to build dams and lodges, creating wetland habitat in your very own home. Cats do what they like. You probably know a few Dogs. Elephants can listen to low frequencies with their ears, feet, and trunks. Frogs are the best vertebrate jumpers. Giraffes are tall:
Hippos are cranky. Do you wanna Iguana? “Jellyfish” could have been a Pixies song. “Kangaroo” swings like a marsupial should:
“Lungfish” finally brings some attention to this versatile creature, long obscured by the lion in other menageries. “Mosquito” is a true story. “Newt” is an amphibious party. “Octopus” describes the talents and tricks of the sea’s foremost escape artist. “Porcupine” is groovy and instructive. “Quail!” Yes — “Quail!” “Rattlesnake” has got two ends. One makes noise, the other venom. She’s got some pointy teeth for biting you. “Skunk” could have been a Bob Dylan song. “Tiger” rocks! “Sea Urchin” is seasick seafood. “Vulture” could have been a Kinks song. “Woodpecker” could have been a Belle and Sebastian song. “Tyrannosaurus Rex” is an ex-animal. He’s exanimate, he’s extinct. “Yak” takes you to Tibet for a few minutes. And “Zebra” is a survivor, thanks in part to the colorblindness of lions.
“26 Animals” and its illustrated songbook are recommended for environmental and musical families who want to sing in the car and strum by the campfire. All words and music in “26 Animals”written and performed by Timothy Sellers, BMI 2009, Artichoke, greeen records. All vocals, whistling, clapping, snapping and playing of guitars, basses, shakers, tambourines, twirling tubes, rusty gas cans, kazoos and recorders were by Timothy Sellers, with the exception of lead guitar on “Beaver” played by Daniel Leyson and viola on “Cat” played by Jared Slucter. Layout and design of the book is by Allison Achauer and Timothy Sellers. Watercolors by Timothy Sellers. Photograph by Allison Achauer. The animals themselves were made by other animals, or more generally speaking, evolution.
Thanks to mum and dad — and mums and dads! Thanks to my friends, families, fans, neighbors, and even our pets. Thanks to Daniel Leyson for playing guitar on “Beaver.” Thanks to Jared Slucter for playing viola on “Cat.” Thanks to Allison Achauer for helping in a thousand ways, and for dancing a bit whenever I play “Yak.” Thanks to Amy Inouye and the Future Studio for help with making the songbook. Thanks to Christian Gonzalez, Nick Schutz, and Steve Collins for playing these songs live with me. Furthermore, if the natural world and all of its interdependent plants and animals can be thanked for being wonderful and fascinating, I’d like to thank them too.