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Loosen Up Laughter with Music

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Loosen Up Laughter with Music
Hey diddle, diddle, with a smile and a giggle, we laugh more on Belly Laugh Day, January 24. We send our laughs to the moon.

Belly Laugh Day Music:

  • Powder Your Face with Sunshine
    (Smile, Smille, Smile)
  • I Love to Laugh, Mary Poppins
  • Smile, Vitamin C
  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life-Company Bow
    Monty Python's Spamalot
  • The Merry ol' Land of Oz,
    Wizard of Oz original soundtrack
  • Walking on Sunshine
    Katrina and the Waves
  • Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
  • Sunny Side of the Street
  • Let a Smile be Your Umbrella 
  • Hoop-Dee-Do Polka, Bobby Vinton
  • Here Comes the Sun, George Harrison
  • Sir Duke, Stevie Wonder
  • Celebrate, Kool and the Gang
  • I Just Want to Celebrate, Rare Earth
  • Laughing Gnome, David Bowie
  • Everybody Have Fun Tonight, Wang Chung
  • Color My World, Petula Clark
  • Axel F
  • Die Fledermaus (The Bat), operetta (RV 503) Laughing Song, Johann II Strauss
  • How To Be Lovely, Funny Face
  • The Laughing Policeman
  • Inka Dinka Doo
  • Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
  • You Gotta Have Heart
  • What a Wonderful World

Beethoven's Wig 3: Many More Sing-Along Symphonies
from a listener
The CD Beethoven's Wig 3, released in May 2006, is the antidote to insane-classical-music-noise-for-children. It also passes easily the "Entertains Parents, Too" test. The creator of the Beethoven's Wig series, Richard Perlmutter, is brilliant. His unmistakable and humorous voice combines with incredible operatic voices and lyrics that are charming and delightful - even educational. You'll want to read the included lyrics, trivia questions, and related activities for parents, educators and children.

Tin Pan Alley Songs for Kids performed by Richard Perlmutter
from a listener
Fun songs for parents and kids. I had forgotten about "I'm a Lonely Little Petunia in an Onion Patch" and a few other songs that my mom sang to me as a kid. Now, my children get to share in the fun and memories. A well produced recording.

From an interview with John Lithgow:
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Why do adults like it so much too?
Specifically, why do these tunes linger? Why do images of Lithgow dancing and pratfalling, mugging and preening, play in our minds when we hear this music? Even the sound of the band, an intimate little group that can swing or get sentimental on command, invites itself into our day, no matter what serious, grownup things we’ve got scheduled.
“The secret is that these songs were actually written to entertain adults,” the distinguished actor, multiple Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe Award winner, former Fulbright scholar, multiple Oscar nominee, star of the upcoming NBC sitcom Twenty Good Years, and banjo-playing entertainer explains.
“They came from the good old days of Tin Pan Alley,” he continues, “from vaudeville or from musicals of the twenties and thirties. They have a wonderful lightheartedness because people in those days didn’t mind being silly. In fact, for a lot of singers and writers, that was their stock in trade. People listened for jokes and rhymes and wit in ways they seldom do now. So I thought, well, this is exactly the kind of music I’d love to introduce to kids today.”