That’s the Life for Me (The Pirate Song)

ARRRRRRRRRRR! Shiver me timbers!

Yes indeed! This is an oldie but goodie! A swashbuckling public domain counting song of unknown origin, arranged and rearranged by Johnny Only, just for you!

A bottle of Fun! This song was written back in the days when even the kids drank rum because the water was so bad it would make you sick.

Zoikes! Politically correct kids’ singers don’t croon about alcohol anymore, so I changed the words from a “bottle of rum” to a “bottle of fun.”

From there, I added some pirate phrases, splashing water and pirates shouting so it would feel like we were really on a ship.

Sparks Fly on this Smokin’ Guitar Solo! …You gotta be careful with guitar solos on kids songs. They don’t get as excited about them as grown-ups do, but I think you will agree that this song was just begging for one!

Afterall, if pirates had rock bands, can you imagine the guitar solos they would play?

Fast forward to the last verse for your kids in 2015…
Who doesn’t want to try a rocketship? Especially, after you find out you might be ‘shark bait’ if you stay on the water.

Thusly, Our song ends in the air instead of the sea, but once a pirate- always a pirate!
“And That’s the Life for Me!” AARRRRRRRRRRR!!!

Counting To 100 -by Johnny Only- A Workout, Speed Up song complete with a Cool Down

I wrote this song to celebrate counting, fitness, and dance. It is a hi energy-speed-up version complete with a cool-down at the end.

A ton of fun for parents and kids at home or for students and teachers in the classroom. Whether you need a break from homework or just an excuse to get up and dance, you’ll be laughing, smiling and feeling re-energized by the end.

An extra special Thank-You-Shout-Out to the All Saints All-Stars First Grade Music Class for making this video so much fun! I love you guys!

The Counting Song (Up to Twenty) by Johnny Only 2015

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The Counting Song (Up to Twenty) by Johnny Only 2015

My idea was to do a short simple finger-play with music.

I was thinking of the “Whoops Johnny” fingerplay, but it just wasn’t coming together. Too short.

So I thought I would combine the finger-play with counting, but that didn’t come together either.

Then I decided on counting fingers and toes – that seemed more interesting. I was going to count up to ten twice.

That idea was progressing nicely until I met up with a friend who was talking about how her 2 and half year old could already count up to thirteen.

Clearly I had to up the ante. So, I set my sights on twenty. I came up with a nice bit, but half of the melody was too much like the opera and the other half was too much like a rap.

Contrary to popular belief, I need a bit more practice before I am any threat to Eminem.

Enter my daughter, Ashlen. She had a few choice words that I felt were a bit harsh. Double Yikes!!

Time for a total re-do. Yikes!

Phew! It sounds good! Even Ashlen likes the song.

Now for the video. I was just going to sit in front of the camera and count my fingers and toes. I thought that would work pretty nice…

Enter my daughter, Ashlen. She had a few choice words that I felt were a bit harsh. Triple Yikes!!


The good news is that Ashlen grabbed the Camcorder and started ordering me around. She tossed me the dog and even told me to sing into a mic that was not plugged in. Who does that anymore?

Then Ashlen told me to hold the camera while she danced around. She did everything with only one take. She made me do about 20 takes.

Next, I spent the next three days in front of the computer mixing video while she did selfies and snapchats with her friends….

We ended up with the song and video above.

I hope you like it!

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