One day, Leeny and Steve decided to write some music to entertain and educate the little buddies in their lives. Their buddies liked it, and so did the parents! But they wanted more… so Leeny and Steve kept writing. They wrote songs about animals and what it’s like to be a kid and good behavior (the parents especially wanted songs about that!)… songs for dancing or quiet time, and songs that make learning fun. Their buddies like lots of different styles of music, so Leeny and Steve wrote rock songs, country, R&B, and reggae, so everyone would be happy.
SONGS with running times & brief descriptions
1. I Like Fruit (2:30) – lots of kinds of fruits and facts
2. Mammals (2:36) – all about mammals!
3. Stinky Diaper (2:16) – it’s really a song about communication (and a stinky diaper:)
4. Clouds (2:31) – facts about clouds
5. It’s Not Nice (2:34) – being respectful and responsible for your actions
6. Who’s Your Buddy? (2:44) – told from the point of view of your pet dog; responsibility
7. What CAN I Do?! (2:08) – rules about behavior
8. Let’s See How Quiet We Can Be (2:44) – perfect song for quiet time
9. Breakfast for Dinner (2:31) – very sweet song about sharing this special meal with family
10. What Have You Done With All the Penguins?! (2:13) – when the penguin exhibit at the aquarium is closed, Leeny writes a song!
11. Know What the Nos Are (2:52) – social skills, rights and wrongs
12. Ain’t Ain’t a Word (3:40) – grammar, literacy
13. Why? (2:09) – captures a child’s curiosity about the world we live in
14. Hangin’ at the Playground (2:24) – playing, exercising
15. The Dictionary Game (2:38) – literacy, fun using a dictionary and discovering new words
16. Sometimes I Just Need a Hug (2:42) – love and empathy
Visit my websites to hear sound clips of all songs, for lyrics, and more info:
Instrumental tracks, karaoke tracks, and music charts for live performance are also available.
* Parents’ Choice Approved Award (2008)
* Children’s Music Web Award: Best Recording for Preschoolers (2008)
* Common Sense Media Best Music Recommended List for Your Family (2008)
* Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award (2008)
* Just Plain Folks Music Awards Song of the Year nominee for “What Have You Done With All the Penguins?!”
"Sweet songs about small moments make a big impact. This well-produced and imaginative collection of children's music has enough variety to engage older siblings and parents as well as toddlers. There are positive messages about taking care of yourself and others, all presented with an energetic sense of fun. Prepare to be charmed by sparkling vocals and instrumental tracks... an impressive degree of taste and musicianship.”(5/5 stars)
Kathi Goldmark, Common Sense Media
"Leeny and Steve score on their debut album. These self-described 'middle-aged rockers' offer 16 original tunes that have real kid appeal. The lyrics teach, but never preach. The album features various musical styles, such as reggae, rock, and country. Leeny's voice changes to match the mood of the piece. Several cuts deal with behavior. Many songs will be useful during story time, such as ‘I Like Fruit’ (an upbeat pop listing of fruits that hits some operatic notes during the bridge), ‘Mammals,’ and ‘Who's Your Buddy?’ (a pop tribute to the pet dog, from his perspective). ‘What Have You Done with All the Penguins?!’ is a show-stopper. Never over-produced, this album should be enjoyed for its simplicity."
Stephanie Bange, School Library Journal
"The 16 songs on Be Nice teach and entertain children through a variety of musical styles, witty lyrics, and upbeat melodies. The music is also appealing to adults because it does not take the intellect of an adult for granted. Listening to the CD while in the car with my children, I found myself chuckling to the smart, well-written lyrics and quickly began singing along. (Admittedly, I also caught myself singing these tunes while doing dishes and working out.) Lively music for car rides or play dates, as well great background ambience for doing things such as nursing a baby. Lyrics complement parents' efforts at teaching preschoolers 'life etiquette.'"
Mary Wiggins, BostonMamas.com
"Aimed at the toddler audience, Leeny and Steve perform original pop songs with great musical accompaniment that will have the kids dancing along. Leeny Altman sings lead on all the cuts, with a voice similar to Carole King's. The songs are done in a variety of styles, from ballads, to lullabies, to rocking dance songs, which shows the versatility of the artists and should also appeal to kids. ‘What Can I Do?’ features a spoon solo by Steve; all of the percussion and piano are standouts on these songs. Teachers may want to adopt some of the songs for school assemblies, especially ‘Ain't Ain't a Word’ and ‘The Dictionary Game.’"
Penny Peck, Editor, BayNews, The Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California