My regular readers may recall that I’ve written about my friend Monty Harper before:
A buddy of mine, Monty Harper, is an award winning children’s singer-songwriter who has made a ton of awesome music about science and scientists. His latest album was called Songs From the Science Frontier and featured tunes inspired by the research of various scientists at my alma mater, Oklahoma State. It is fun, catchy, kids love it (mine does anyway, so I’m working from a n of one, but I’ve seen him play live and it’s like a G-rated version of Rolling Stones concert), and, unlike most kid-friendly music, it’s fun for parents as well.
Monty also runs a library program called Born to Do Science, where he invites scientists to speak to kids about their research, do demonstrations, and the he writes and performs a song about the research. It’s a great time, as I found out when he had me up a while back for a program called “Tangling with Twisters” (you can see the song for that day here).
I think what Monty is doing – introducing kids to scientific concepts and ideas via song – is an incredibly important endeavor, and one that basically no one is doing (TMBG put out a great album and video set, but that’s the only one that easily comes to mind). From libraries to schools to community concerts, Monty does a great job of spreading science through art, making kids learn and have fun at the same time.
Now, Monty is launching a new endeavor – Flying Spaghetti Music!
What is Flying Spaghetti Music?
My writing for kids and families is fueled by a scientific world view. I value critical thinking, literacy, education, diversity, curiosity, imagination, humor, silliness, inquiry, wonder, compassion, respect, cooperation, reason, democracy, and a life well-lived!
I mostly write about science, reading, families, and fun! If you’re comfortable with evolution, Harry Potter, Halloween, and asking questions, then you’ll gladly embrace my “Flying Spaghetti Music.”
Monty has launched a Patreon site to help gather financial support for Flying Spaghetti Music. (If you’ve not used Patreon before, I really urge you to give it a try. You can pledge very small amounts of money on a per creation or month basis that can help support artists and writers. In return, you get access to various cool rewards, as well as knowing that you are supporting something great being made. While you are there, you can also help out other great content creators, like recent SkeptOKon speakers Seth Andrews and Aron Ra.)
And, I’m putting my money where my mouth is – my family has already become Patreon patrons of Flying Spaghetti Music. Please join us in helping to support science education through the musical arts!