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Tremendous Earth, Vol. I (MP3 album)

Two happy nerds make fun of themselves and the world and teach you about your internal organs, quarks, the Moon and where to find Afghanistan (among other things), through their wacky, funny and surprisingly good music as they edge toward cool.

43 MP3 Songs in this album (62:57) !
Related styles: KIDS/FAMILY: Educational, FOLK: Folk Pop

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Dan and Yael’s Tremendous Earth is a quirky album divided into three sections:
Tracks 2 – 15 include anatomy songs. You’ll laugh when you recognize the cells song (Mama’s Genes, track 2), cheer with thousands at Brains! (track 8), and have to wipe away the tears at the end of Papa’s Boots (the teeth song, track 12).
Tracks 16 – 29 include songs about the world around us. Thrill to the eerie voices of the Condensation Canon (track 18), imagine yourself on a windswept moor when you hear the Ballad of the Up-The-Quark Brothers (sub-atomic particles song, track 20), and be glad you’re not in high-school anymore when you listen to the Electromagnetic Bandstand (electromagnetic spectrum song, track 24).
Tracks 30 – 40 take you to almost all of the countries in the world as Dan and Yael divide up the world and tell you a little about it. You’ll never have the South East Asia Blues again (track 31), you’ll feel the heat of Internal Africa (track 34), and smell the beer in Western Europe (track 38).
The last track is a sneak preview of Volume II.

Dan’s picture doesn’t currently appear on this site. Please imagine him looking like a combination of Bruce Willis and Tom Cruise. He is a jazz pianist, has a PhD in bioengineering and is a patent attorney in his day-job. Dan has always been involved in the intersection between science, education and music. He wrote the Brains! song while a freshman at Princeton University and hasn’t stopped writing since. You’ll like his stuff. It’s funny.

Yael’s picture also doesn’t appear on this site. Please imagine her looking like someone you respect and admire and also think is very very cool. Yael has had a deep interest in geography ever since being born to French parents in Tokyo and living there for six years before moving on to Johannesburg, London, New York, Philadelphia, Jerusalem and Efrat, visiting many many places en route. She writes and acts for various theater and movie projects. And she does voices. You’ll like them.

Here are some of the FAQ from our website:

Who is that guy singing in Blood Voyage who isn’t Dan? You didn’t list him in the credits.

Actually, that guy is a woman! He’s Yael! Jeff has this cool function on his computer called “Woman to Man” that can convert a woman’s voice to a man’s. Yael loves knowing that that is how she would sound as a man. By the way, in The Ballad of The Up-the-Quark Brothers, where Yael sings in the second verse, you may have noticed a man singing quietly along with her. Except that Yael is actually accompanying herself with the Woman to Man function.

Why is the South America song called Abagoda?

When Dan’s twins were three, they came home from pre-school singing “Mary Had A Little Lamb”. Except that they had no idea what the words they were singing meant, or even exactly how to say the words. This didn’t bother them at all, and they sang very happily. Dan had a brainwave. He realized that he could teach his kids songs with whatever words he liked, and the kids would happily sing them. So he wrote a song about the countries and capitals of South America and sang it to his kids every night when brushing their teeth. Soon, the kids started to call the song Abagoda, because that is how they heard the words “Columbia, Bogota”. Eventually, the kids grew up and discovered that they understood those words that had just been random sounds to them when they were small, and that furthermore, they could now impress people with their grasp of geography. Now Dan’s kids feel at home when looking at a world map and know what their spleen is for too.

Where can I get the decoder ring?

You’re going to have to write to Carol Bienstock from Jefferson County. She might trade it for your lucky shoelace. Or something.

What’s Dan saying at the end of track 5?

That’s part of a Hebrew blessing that is said after (brace yourself) people go to the bathroom. Can you imagine what your life would be like if you suddenly couldn’t go to the bathroom? (Your life wouldn’t be very long, for a start.) After you imagine it, you might understand why there is a Hebrew blessing thanking God when everything works like it should.

Your sneak preview of Volume II is about Beethoven. That’s not science or geography. Is Volume II going to be different?

Volume II will include a lot of history. Things that you wish you knew or even feel like you should know, but don’t, because who can remember all this stuff? We won’t include more songs about composers though, because Beethoven’s Wig does it so well. So if you’re interested in composers and like excellent music and have a sense of humor, rush out and buy the Beethoven’s Wig albums. We bought all of them ourselves and we love them.
For the record, we have nothing at all to do with the Beethoven’s Wig people. We just think they’re worth promoting.

I loooove this album; where can I buy Volume II?

Ok. Since you have gotten this far, we’ll tell you the unvarnished truth. We’re trying to look big and impressive, so, for example, we haven’t told you that Dan Goldstein and Yael Valier are married, but actually, this is a mom and pop operation. We loved making this album and we have a lot more songs and a lot more ideas – enough for another album or two… But first we have to make enough money to cover the expenses we incurred while making this one. Sigh. So the straight answer is, you can buy Volume II if enough people buy Volume I for us to make it. But take heart! There’s been a tremendous response to the album. Seems that a whole lot of people like it. They buy it for their kids and then hog it, apparently, because they think it’s funny and random and outrageous, so it looks like maybe you will be able to buy Volume II sooner or later.

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