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Peter Alsop (Children's)

Peter Alsop started out as a folk singer for "people who once were kids," but it's inevitable that someone who would pen the song "It's Only a Wee Wee (So What's the Big Deal?)" would eventually address his true audience: children. As the owner/songwriter of Moose School Records, and later on the human services keynote circuit, Alsop's kid-like demeanor and kid-friendly style touched the hearts of families around the United States.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Alsop studied at Trinity College there, and went on to Columbia Teacher's College. He taught emotionally disturbed teens in Maine and elementary school kids in the silly songs and listeners just loved it. Alsop released his first album, simply titled Peter Alsop, on Flying Fish Records in 1975. He continued to release folk-oriented albums for adults through the '90s.

But Alsop's real love was children's music and the healing power of humor. With Happy Traum, Dan Crow, and Utah Phillips, Alsop created Silly Songs and Modern Lullabies in 1980. Alsop's song "Safari Up My Sister's Nose" was one of his hits. Despite the success of the compilation album, Alsop could not get major labels interested in releasing his children's material. So in 1983, Alsop created his own label, Moose School Records (later changed to Moose School). Moose School's first release, Wha'd Ya Wanna Do?, featured such typically provocative songs such as "Bored, Bored, Bored" and "You Get a Little Extra When You Watch TV," as well as excellent renditions of Barry Louis Polisar's "I Wanna Be a Dog" and "My Brother Threw Up on My Stuffed Toy Bunny." As in all of the Moose School releases, Alsop used several non-professional children as vocalists, which made the lyrics of each song ring with honesty. Wha'd'ya Wanna Do won the top award from NAIRD that year.

Alsop released three more albums in the '80s, including Take Me with You, Stayin' Over, and In the Hospital, a concept album with Bill Harley about the trials and tribulations of a child's hospital stay. Each of these albums won a Parent's Choice Award. Alsop also created several videos for kids about topics such as discrimination and self-esteem.

In 1991, Alsop released Pluggin Away, an album about a variety of concerns for kids, from the pressure to conform to the environment. Four years later, Alsop released Chris Moose Holidays and again won a Parent's Choice Award. During this period, Alsop concentrated on the lecture circuit and produced two more videos, including When Kids Say Goodbye and Get Real. ~ P.J. Swift
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Track List: Pluggin' Away

1. If I Was In Charge

2. I Can If I Wanna

3. Costume Party

4. Hyperactive

5. No One's Normal

6. Heal The Bay

7. That's My Thang!

8. Safari Into My Sister's Nose

9. Gotta Lotta Livin' To Do

10. What If

11. Under The Rainbow

12. New Games

13. High Standards (Blue)

14. Pluggin' Away

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Track List: Stayin' Over

1. Stayin' Over

2. Bigger, Bigger, Bigger

3. I Wanna Try

4. Dear Mr. President

5. Us Kids Brush Our Teeth

6. If You Love A Hippopotamus

7. Your Okay

8. I Cried

9. Juice

10. No Excuse T'Use Booze

11. Aaargh!

12. Rachel And The Moon

13. Where Will I Go?

14. Go To Sleep, You Little Creep

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Track List: Take Me With You!

1. Take Me With You!

2. Irish Seatbelt Jig

3. Let's Go!

4. Gnarly Dude

5. Hey Ev'rybody!

6. It's No Fun When Ya Gotta Eat An Onion

7. Animal Crackers

8. Chickens For Peace

9. Let 'em Laugh

10. Little Cookie

11. Letter To Mr. Brown

12. He Eats Asparagus

13. Logical

14. Kid's Peace Song

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Track List: Wha'd'ya Wanna Do?

1. Bored Bored Bored

2. Wha' D' Ya Wanna Do!

3. I Wanna Be A Dog

4. Charlie Douglas

5. Slap Hands

6. Sandwiches

7. My Brother Threw Up On My Stuffed Toy Bunny

8. Yecch!

9. I Am A Pizza

10. No One Knows For Sure

11. Don't Trick Your Dad!

12. Be Gentle Robin!

13. My Body

14. You Get A Little Extra When You Watch T.V.

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