Monday, January 30, 2012

what is a shooting star?

i mentioned a couple years ago that the band they might be giants released a kids album called here comes science. i was reminded of this by several people after i put out a call on twitter for astronomy-themed kids songs.

what is a shooting star is one of my favorites from that album:

there is also the galaxy song by eric idle, of monty python fame.

and, of course, there is my favorite song to sing with kids: "twinkle, twinkle little star." the melody actually comes from twleve variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman" by wolfgang amadeus mozart. the same melody is also used for the "alphabet song" and "ba ba black sheep!"

if you are so inclined, you can download the original mozart variations for free. i have found it fascinating, and challenging, to play through his progression of subtle changes to the familiar melody.

are there any other astronomy-themed kids songs out there that you know of?

1 comment:

Big Mark 243 said...

I am sure you heard this song... so I wonder if the cover counts...

Would still make for a good kid song...