Stephen and I have been writing songs together for many years and we enjoy collaborating on the Busy Izzy songs. Our writing and recording sessions are always lots of fun. We bounce off each other very well. Sometimes I will come up with a melody or a lyric or both, and we’ll flesh it out together, or Stephen will present me with a variation which we’ll then combine. Sometimes it works the other way, with Stephen playing me a tune with a basic lyric, and I’ll have that in my head for a day or so before it sparks yet another idea. It’s an exciting process and we’re really happy with all the catchy songs we have written for Busy Izzy and Friends.
Have a listen to some of them:
Here: on our website, or
Here: on YouTube.
We run a music school in Sydney, called ScoopFX Music, and we are proud of our many talented students. All the singers on the CD are the younger students of our school, and it’s great to have such a resource to call upon, as well as being able to provide the students some “real world” experience of working in a recording studio.
Once we have the basic structure of a song created, Stephen then records the instruments and the students are brought into the studio to record the songs. Stephen also designed the Busy Izzy website and is the graphic designer for the books. This is really useful, as it means we can make creative decisions about a song, or the website and have the facility and the ability to do something about it in the moment.
How have our careers as songwriters and music teachers helped us create Busy Izzy and Friends?
Our careers have actually come together with the Busy Izzy project. Throughout my life, I’ve written many songs about everything from heartache and happiness. A song about the Jenolan Caves, called "Binomea" and even songs about fairies. Stephen is very eclectic and has written thousands of songs, including songs and themes for film and TV, "Stallion of the Sea" and "Early Frost".
In 1997, I co-founded a not-for-profit song-writing organisation called Songsalive! and Stephen and I have been running the Australian arm for over 20 years.
This is the first time we’ve been able to focus our song-writing skills on one idea ‘Busy Izzy and Friends’. Even though each song needs to fit into the world of children’s music, it’s actually quite liberating to have a constant idea in mind when writing.
Being music teachers has been an immense help to the project, as we're aware of the potential of the students we have in the studio, and they enjoy bringing the best of their vocal abilities out in the process.
If you're looking for Christmas gift ideas The Busy Izzy books are make great gifts for kids, parents and teachers. Christmas stocking fillers too.
We will keep writing more songs for Busy Izzy and Friends.
By Roxanne Kiely
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The Vegetable Song - My Little Veggie Patch
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Do you eat your veggies? Busy Izzy and her friends do, they love to eat healthy fruits and vegetables because they know it keeps them strong and healthy too.
Busy Izzy's veggie garden is at the back of Nix & Nax. There is a compost bin full of scraps from when Izzy makes and bakes healthy snacks. The compost bin has a little red wiggler worm called 'Wormee', a compost-vermi, and his friends who turn the scraps into vermi-compost. Just a taste of rotting waste, they all move in. They're a positive advantage in Busy Izzy's compost bin.
Izzy has a beehive with honey bees. These hard working littlies pollinate the fruits and vegetables. Pollination occurs when insects such as bees visit flowers, collecting nectar and pollen. Pollen is rubbed onto the insect and is then rubbed off onto the next flower the insect visits.
We are thrilled to hear from parents and teachers of little ones about how much they love Busy Izzy and the Busy Izzy and Friends, children's picture books . We love seeing the kids dressed as their favourite character.
Here is 4 year old Zara, dressed as Busy Izzy, whom she loves by the way. Her mum, said that Zara asks to have the Busy Izzy and Friends books read to her before bedtime.
In Zara's mum's words,
"I read the books to Zara every night and she just loves them. I have observed how Zara appreciates Izzy's qualities and says, "When I grow up I want to be kind, thoughtful, helpful, and a wonderful friend just like Busy Izzy is to all her friends". I had to buy her a little puppet puppy just like Newly Truly, who is Izzy's clever rescue pup.
The Busy Izzy and Friends books are a must for all little ones, I love them as they teach the importance of empathy, kindness and being a great friend."
Thank you Zara's mum.
Book three in the series is about kindness, friendship and loyalty, no matter what goes wrong. True friends are always there for one another. Always there to listen and help. As today is R U OK Day? It is perfect time to share the link to this book about kindness and friendship and also fun. Oh, and easy to make healthy recipes too are included in the book.
There is music too.
This picture book is an exciting read for kids who are read to and for those who are early readers.
We have a song and guess who the voice of Tess is? It is the one and only, Bec Hewitt, as the voice of Tess. Super talented Bec is just wonderful as Talkative Tess. She brings an effervescent personality that only Bec Hewitt can.
Thank you Bec...we love you at Busy Izzy and Friends.
you can listen to the Talkative Tess song by clicking on the link.