Listen to full-length songs and a story, 'The Teachers' Lounge,' from Bill Harley.
Song: 'There's a Pea on My Plate,' from One More Time
Song: 'Down in the Backpack,' from Down in the Backpack
Story: 'The Teachers' Lounge,' from The Teachers' Lounge
Bill Harley's lyrics are smart, funny and, at times, poignant. He writes for children, but he avoids dumbing-down his work; his music is never patronizing, insipid or boring. Harley's stories and songs help parents remember what it was like to be a kid.
Singer and Storyteller Bill Harley
Harley is now one of the country's most recognized performers for families, a Grammy nominee, and he has appeared as a regular commentator on NPR's All Things Considered.
His most recent recordings are One More Time and Blah Blah Blah: Stories About Clams, Swamp Monsters, Pirates and Dog, which will be released next month. He's also the author of a new Christmas book, Dear Santa: The Letters of James B. Dobbins.
In an interview with Neal Conan and Liane Hansen, Harley shares his songs and stories, and talks about the art of live performance.