At Brainy Tunes, our goal is to create children’s music that feeds your child’s imagination, builds knowledge and vocabulary, and never condescends.
We challenge kids!
We inject our colorful narrative songs with bits of information just enough over kids’ heads to trigger questions and curiosity. The result? Smart, original children’s songs that work on multiple levels for multiple ages. (We love to sneak in little jokes for Mom and Dad!) You’ll also find great service, fair prices, and some of the lowest shipping rates around.
At Brainy Tunes, we’re a lot like the kids we write songs for...
Tiny, but with great big dreams.
In 2004, singer/songwriter Ira Marlowe was singing his original folk-rock songs in a San Francisco cafe when a stranger approached him. This stranger turned out to be the creative director of The Learning Company, the world’s leading producer of educational software for kids. Impressed by the colorful wit of Ira’s music, the man hired him on the spot to write a series of songs for their upcoming Reader Rabbit release, including the Reader Rabbit Theme, which now appears with every new Reader Rabbit product.
After 20 years struggling in the music business, Ira found writing for kids to be absolutely liberating. No longer worried about what record company execs might think, he started having fun again, knowing that the more creative and colorful he made his songs, the more kids would like them. Soon he began recording under his own label, Brainy Tunes.
With Brainy Tunes, Ira's goal is to create entertainment that challenges kids ages 3-9 while respecting the tastes of their parents. He assumes kids to be creative, intelligent, and hilarious and he refuses to condescend to them. The textured, dynamic musical arrangements stimulate kids and get them moving and participating creatively. The narrative, visual imagery in the songs engages their imaginations. And, by including just enough information over their heads, Ira's lyrics trigger kids' questions and curiosity.
Brainy Tunes' first independent CD for kids, The Teasing Bird and Other Stories, was released in December of 2005. Its first printing sold out in two months, based entirely on word-of-mouth. Fans have described The Teasing Bird and Other Stories as "Baby Einstein meets Schoolhouse Rock", and "the Sgt. Pepper of kids records". It has since been awarded a prestigious Parents' Choice Award.
Ira has performed for delighted audiences throughout California, and was recently nominated by Nickelodeon as the Bay Areas best children’s entertainer.