Let's Get Creative

by Monty Harper

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A rainbow of deftly written, superbly produced songs that ROCK!

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released January 1, 2009

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Monty Harper Stillwater, Oklahoma

Monty Harper is a children's musician in Stillwater, OK. He performs for elementary schools and libraries, helps kids write their own songs in workshops and residencies, does informal science education, and writes songs for clients.

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Track Name: Be Creative at Your Library
Be creative at your library!
Inspiration is on the shelf!
Jump right in now, don't be shy baby!
Grab a book and express yourself!

I found a book about shapes and shading.
Step by step it shows what to do.
I've got my pencil. I've got paper.
I'm gonna sketch a face for you.
Hooray! Hoorah!
I'm learning how to… draw!

Be creative at your library!
Inspiration is on the shelf!
Jump right in now, don't be shy baby!
Grab a book and express yourself!

I found a book about fancy footwork.
Step by step it shows what to do.
I've got my tap shoes. I've got music.
I'm gonna bust a move for you.
This is my - big chance!
I'm learning how to... dance!

I never knew I had such
Talent within me.
I love a challenge and I
Love my library.

Be creative at your library!
Inspiration is on the shelf!
Jump right in now, don't be shy baby!
Grab a book and express yourself!

I found a book about props and blocking.
Step by step it shows what to do.
I've got my costume. I know my lines.
I'm gonna stage a scene for you.
It's true! It's a fact!
I'm learning how to… act!

Be creative at your library!
Inspiration is on the shelf!
Jump right in now, don't be shy baby!
Grab a book and express yourself!

Be creative at your library (repeat and fade)
Track Name: Reading Makes Me Want To Dance Out Loud
I read the book about Prancing Dancing Lily!
She's a dancing cow, and she looks so silly!
I read the book, me! I took it off the shelf!
I read the book, me! I read it by myself!
I read the book, me!
Reading makes me wanna dance out loud!
Like Prancing Dancing Lily!

I read the book Angelina Ballerina!
She's a dancing mouse; she's the best I've ever seen-a!
I read the book, me! I took it off the shelf!
I read the book, me! I read it by myself!
I read the book, me!
Reading makes me wanna dance out loud!
Like Angelina Ballerina!
Go, Angelina!

I read the book about Dumpy La Rue!
He's a dancing pig; he'll make you wanna dance, too!
I read the book, me! I took it off the shelf,
I read the book, me! I read it by myself
I read the book, me!
Reading makes me wanna dance out loud!
Like Dumpy La Rue!

(musical break)

I read the book called Dinosaurumpus!
With all kinds of dinos that thumpus and bumpus!
I read the book, me! I took it off the shelf!
I read the book, me! I read it by myself!
I read the book, me!
Reading makes me wanna dance out loud!
Like the dinosaurs!

Roar! Dance out loud!
Track Name: My Video Camera
Some kids keep a journal or a drawing pad.
I collect my thoughts in shots and clips.
If the day is pokey and my friends feel bad,
I point and shoot to change their gloomy scripts.

My video camera shows the world the way it ought to be!
Laughing, loving faces looking back at me!
I cut out any shady parts;
Focus on the sunny hearts;
Make a happy movie for a YouTube world!

Everywhere I go I use my camera eye
to capture all the cool things that I see.
Wacky witty humans are in great supply.
I film the funny things they do for me.

My video camera shows the world the way it ought to be!
Laughing, loving faces looking back at me!
I cut out any shady parts;
Focus on the sunny hearts;
Make a happy movie for a YouTube world!

I frame a bike, a dog, a man on a jog, a kid with a comic book walking in a fog;
Now I'm zooming in on something new.
A squirrel, a jump-roping girl, her sister with a yo-yo going round the world;
Now I'm panning all around the view.
Do do do do do do do a do do do da do do do da do!
I think what I’ve been looking for is
you - yeah you! Smile!

My video camera shows the world the way it ought to be!
Laughing, loving faces looking back at me!
I cut out any shady parts;
Focus on the sunny hearts;
Make a happy movie for a YouTube world!

The way it ought to be;
Laughing, loving faces looking back at me!
I cut out any shady parts;
Focus on the sunny hearts;
Make a happy movie for a YouTube world!

Do do do do!
Do do do do!
Do do do do do!
Track Name: Stage Fright
I'm watching from the wing.
I'm thinking through my line.
Now I hear my cue.
This is my time.
I walk out on the stage. I can feel my heart pound.
I take a deep breath but I make no sound.

I've got stage fright!
I'm frozen up tight
Like a deer in a headlight.
I am not alright!
I've got....stage fright!

I feel dizzy in the head.
I feel weak in the knee.
I see many pairs of eyes
All looking at me.
Why are they looking at me?
I'm pretty certain I'm supposed to speak.
I open my mouth and make a tiny squeak.

I've got stage fright!
I'm frozen up tight
Like a deer in a headlight.
I am not alright!
I've got....stage fright!

My nose itches.
I can't scratch my nose.
I can't move my arms!
Why can't I move my arms?
It's this stupid costume!
I mean it's this lovely costume my mom helped me make!
That's it - I'm a tree! I know what I'm supposed to say! Breathe!

I am a tree. My leaves capture the sun's energy. I turn carbon
dioxide into oxygen for people to breathe.

I had stage fright.
I was frozen up tight
Like a deer in a headlight.
But now it's alright.

I had stage fright.
I had stage fright.
I had stage fright.
I had stage fright.
I had....stage fright.

My mom told me I only hesitated for a couple of seconds but to me
it felt like about an hour and a half!
Track Name: Dance Dance Dance
Monty does the Jello Dance.
You can do it too.
Just wiggle your body like Jello!
Do the Jello Boogaloo!

Wiggle like Jello!
Dance, dance, dance!
Wiggle like Jello!
Dance, dance, dance!
Wiggle like Jello!
Dance, dance, dance!
Do the Jello Dance, the mellow Jello Dance!

Billy does the Monkey Dance.
You can do it too.
Just scratch your body like a monkey
And do the Monkey Boogaloo.
Scratch like a monkey!

Dance, dance, dance!
Scratch like a monkey!
Dance, dance, dance!
Scratch like a monkey!
Dance, dance, dance!
Do the Monkey Dance, the funky Monkey Dance!

Taelor does the Robot Dance.
You can do it too.
Walk stiffly like a robot
And do the Robot Boogaloo - beep beep!

Walk like a robot!
Dance, dance, dance!
Walk like a robot!
Dance, dance, dance!
Walk like a robot!
Dance, dance, dance!
Do the Robot Dance, you must do the Robot Dance!

Evalyn does the Kitten Dance.
You can do it too.
Go crazy like a kitten
And do the Kitten Boogaloo - meow!

Go Crazy! Like a kitten!
Dance, dance, dance!
Go Crazy! Like a kitten
Dance, dance, dance!
Go Crazy! Like a kitten
Dance, dance, dance!
Do the Kitten Dance, the crazy Kitten Dance!

Now tell us what kind of crazy dance you know how to do.
Hey, I'm gonna try that too!

Awesome!
Dance, dance, dance!
Oooooh!
Dance, dance, dance!
Dance, dance, dance!
Get down!
Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance!
Dan dan dan dan dance!
Track Name: Rock and Roll, Read All About It!
Les Paul and Leo Fender, musicians and inventors
paved the way toward a brand new thing.
Bill Hailey kicked it off with his "Rock Around the Clock."
Elvis Presley shook it up as the King.
Buddy Holly and his Crickets, Chuck Berry, Little Richard
helped 1950s music take wing.

Rock and Roll!
Read all about it!
Rock and Roll!
Legends that surround it!
Rock and Roll!
Listen to the story behind the beat!

In 1962 we got The Beatles' Love Me Do.
It was the shout heard round the nation.
The Kinks, the Rolling Stones, and the Zombies added tones
that rocked us through the British Invasion.
Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin helped flower power blossom
at Woodstock - a rock celebration!

Rock and Roll!
Read all about it!
Rock and Roll!
Legends that surround it!
Rock and Roll!
Listen to the story behind the beat!

Led Zeppelin and the Who rocked the 70s anew,
while disco tried to steal the scene.
Motown kept its soul, while Journey let it roll.
The voltage grew with Kiss and Queen.
New Wave crashed the party with Devo, Clash, and Blondie.
We had a bit of everything!

Rock and Roll!
Read all about it!
Rock and Roll!
Legends that surround it!
Rock and Roll!
Listen to the story behind the beat!

There was a whole new world to see when they turned on MTV.
Video killed the radio star.
Bon Jovi had big hair, and the ladies rocked with flair
like Joan Jet and Pat Benatar.
Aerosmith and Ozzy joined the 1980's party,
while Van Halen re-invented guitar.

In the 90's grunge was the sonic truth.
In 2K Pop Rock rules the youth.
There are future chapters still to sing.
Who's gonna be the next be the next big thing?
Could it be you?

Rock and Roll!
Read all about it!
Rock and Roll!
Legends that surround it!
Rock and Roll!
Listen to the story behind the beat!

Rock and roll! (repeat and fade)
Track Name: Don’t Look, I’m Making a Book
Her dad got up one Saturday
and went to check on Evalyn.
He found her in the middle of
a scrap heap on her bed.
And when she saw him at the door,
she dove to cover something up.
He asked her what she had to hide.
She turned around and said,

“Don't look! Don't look!
I'm making a book.
My illustrations are colorful creations of
paper and glue.
My story is oh so clever.
This is gonna be the best book ever!
I bet you can't wait ‘til I'm ready to read it to you!”

By afternoon her floor was piled
with pencil stubs and paper balls.
She cut and wrote and wadded up.
She worked all through the night.
And every time her parents came
with trays of food or beverage.
They heard a repetition of
the rhyme she would recite.

“Don't look! Don't look!
I'm making a book.
My illustrations are colorful creations of
paper and glue.
My story is oh so clever.
This is gonna be the best book ever!
I bet you can't wait ‘til I'm ready to read it to you!”

On Monday morning six o’clock
her mother came to wake her up.
The door was blocked from opening
by an eight foot paper wall.
She ran to dial 911.
The firemen chopped the door away.
All day they dug for Evalyn
but never heard her call.

Evalyn’s parents were sobbing for fear she might never be found.
The firemen dug into the night without taking a rest.
Then one joyful shovel broke through to the cavity under her desk.
A pale face peeked out and voiced this request.

“Don't look! Don't look!
I'm making a book.
My illustrations are colorful creations of
paper and glue.
My story is oh so clever.
This is gonna be the best book ever!
I bet you can't wait ‘til I'm ready to read it to you!”
Track Name: The Ants in Your Pants Dance Song Song
If you're taking the chance to invent a new dance
And you open up your rhyming dictionary.
You'll find a phrase or maybe two that are very tried and true
To rhyme the word dance with the eloquence of Chuck Berry.
I'm not saying it's right or wrong
But you’re probably gonna write another ants in your pants dance song.

Everybody's writing an ants in your pants dance song!
If you wanna lose the bug, man you gotta cut the rug!
Everybody's writing an ants in your pants dance song!
If you want the buggies gone, you gotta get your groove on!
All across the nation, children are dancing along!
Everybody dance like there’s ants in your pants!

In the 1932s, there were Ants in My Pants blues.
In 1973 James Brown went to town and made it funky.
But those early anty ditties were never meant for little kiddies.
Then in 1984 Joe Scruggs recorded one that was funny.
And I'm not saying it's right or wrong
But now everybody's got their own ants in your pants dance song.

Everybody's writing an ants in your pants dance song!
If you want the bugs to go, let me see you shake your toe!
Everybody's writing an ants in your pants dance song!
If you wanna make ‘em flee, let me see you shake your knee!
All across the nation, children are dancing along!
Everybody dance like there’s ants in your pants!

Gary Rosen made it new, the Chenille Sisters, too.
Also Daddy A Go Go, Mr. Billy, and Johnette Downing.
Gunnar Madsen wrote his own. So did Mr. Saxophone.
If songs were water those ants would already be drowning.
And I'm not saying it's right or wrong
But there must be half a million different ants in your pants dance songs!

Everybody's writing an ants in your pants dance song!
If you want the bugs to stop, baby let me see you bop!
Everybody's writing an ants in your pants dance song!
You wanna make ‘em disappear, then you gotta shake your ear!
All across the nation, children are dancing along!
Everybody dance like there’s ants in your pants!

Everybody's writing an ants in your pants dance song!
Everybody's writing an ants in your pants dance song!
All across the nation, children are dancing along!
Everybody dance like there’s ants in your pants!
Track Name: Belly Like a Bongo
I’m gonna play my belly like a bongo.
I’m gonna play my belly like a bongo.
I’ll play my belly like a bongo while I sing this silly songo
And we’ll make music all day long!

I’m gonna play my nose like a kazoo.
I’m gonna play my nose like a kazoo.
I’ll play my nose like a kazoo and I hope I don’t Achoo!
I’ll play my belly like a bongo while I sing this silly songo
And we’ll make music all day long!

I’m gonna play my hands like two maracas.
I’m gonna play my hands like two maracas.
I’ll play my hands like two maracas while I dance the Cucaracha.
I’ll play my nose like a kazoo and I hope I don’t Achoo!
I’ll play my belly like a bongo while I sing this silly songo
And we’ll make music all day long!

I’m gonna play my arm like a trombone.
I’m gonna play my arm like a trombone.
I’ll play my arm like a trombone ‘til it makes my mama groan.
I’ll play my hands like two maracas while I dance the Cucaracha.
I’ll play my nose like a kazoo and I hope I don’t Achoo!
I’ll play my belly like a bongo while I sing this silly songo
And we’ll make music all day long!

I’m gonna play my ribs like a kalimba.
I’m gonna play my ribs like a kalimba.
I’ll play my ribs like a kalimba ‘til I’m laughing limb to limba.
I’ll play my arm like a trombone ‘til it makes my mama groan.
I’ll play my hands like two maracas while I dance the Cucaracha.
I’ll play my nose like a kazoo and I hope I don’t Achoo!”
I’ll play my belly like a bongo while I sing this silly songo
And we’ll make music all day long!

I’m gonna play my whole body like a band.
I’m gonna play my whole body like a band.
I’ll play my body like a band while the world gives me a big big hand.
(clapping) Thank you
I’ll play my ribs like a kalimba ‘til I’m laughing limb to limba.
I’ll play my arm like a trombone ‘til it makes my mama groan.
I’ll play my hands like two maracas while I dance the Cucaracha.
I’ll play my nose like a kazoo and I hope I don’t Achoo!
I’ll play my belly like a bongo while I sing this silly songo
And we’ll make music all day
Track Name: Refrigerator Art
I'm drawing a picture of my mom
dressed in a super hero cape.
She's making my bed with one big toe
while fighting off an evil robot ape.

That's refrigerator art!
It stands apart!
Other drawings I've done may be fancy or fun
May be colorful or interesting or smart
But when it tugs at my mama's heart
That's refrigerator art!

There's a family word we like to use.
We save it only for the best of the best.
Whenever I get a great big hug
that’s how I know my drawing passed the test.

It’s refrigerator art!
It stands apart!
Other drawings I've done may be fancy or fun
May be colorful or interesting or smar
But when it tugs at my mama's heart
That's refrigerator art!

And when our fridge runs out of spaces
we’ll find other special places.
So even if my new masterpiece
is hanging on the mantlepiece
or tacked up at work or piled in a nook
or stored in a box or bound in a book;
Even if it's in a frame on the wall it
doesn't change what we like to call it!

It’s refrigerator art!
It stands apart!
Other drawings I've done may be fancy or fun
May be colorful or interesting or smar
But when it tugs at my mama's heart
That's refrigerator art!

It stands apart
Other drawings I've done may be fancy or fun
May be colorful or interesting or smart
But when it tugs at my mama's heart
That's refrigerator art!
Track Name: Get Creative
If you want to write poems, read poetry.
If you want to play music, find your key.
If you want to be an actor, learn a part.
If you want to be an painter, study art.

Get creative!
Watch your brain waves bloom and grow!
Get creative!
The library is the place to go!

Find a recipe if you love to cook.
If discovery grabs you, get a science book.
Read a tech magazine if you'd rather invent.
Whatever your spark is, here's a hint...

Get creative!
Watch your brain waves bloom and grow!
Get creative!
The library is the place to go!

No one can stop you from unlocking your imagination.
Your library card is the magical key to endless inspiration.
Broadway, Memphis, Hollywood!
Pavarotti to Johnny B. Goode!
Pottery, sculpture, ballet, rhyme;
Take it all in, it won't cost a dime!

Get creative!
Watch your brain waves bloom and grow!
Get creative!
The library is the place to go!

Get creative!
Watch your brain waves bloom and grow!
Get creative!
The library is the place to go!
Track Name: Somebody Dreamed a Dream
Disneyland, Superman,
the one horse open sleigh,
Ferris wheels, parachutes,
the U.S.A.;
All of these, all of these
came into being
when somebody, somebody
dreamed a dream.

Webkinz World, GPS,
hybrid electric cars,
cellular phones, MP3s,
rovers exploring Mars;
All of these, all of these
came into being
when somebody, somebody
dreamed a dream.

Dream, dream, dream a dream.
Dream, dream, dream a dream.

Flying cars, urban farms,
anti-gravity boots,
robo-cooks, day glow dogs,
invisibility suits;
Each of these could come true
if someone dreams them too
Somebody, somebody
just like you.

Dream, dream, dream a dream.
Dream, dream, dream a dream.
Dream, dream, dream a dream.
Dream, dream, dream a dream.