Charlie Williams, Noiseguy
Sound impressionist
Author and kid’s comedian; performing at schools, libraries, festivals and conferences around the world.




How Singing Enhances My Work:

"Music is a great way to quickly connect with audience members. If it is a song parents know, they can immediately relate. Kids respond to singing on an emotional level too- even if you are not a professional singer! (which I am NOT!! But practice makes perfect!)





 The One Thing I want You to Know

"ANY word can be a song cue. When driving with your kids and you all see a stop sign, you can sing it! “Stop! In the name of love! Before you break my car!” etc etc! Use music as a fun word play game. How many songs can you sing with the word “love” in them?


1.  Bill Grogan's Goat

About the Song: A multi-sensory experience, teaches body parts, rhyming

Personal Comment:  With a little fine tuning (like we have to do with a lot of fairy tales!) this can be a cute little animal song! It appeals to kids on two levels, musically and as a story. Just have fun with this! How children respond, why it’s fun. This is what will make people want to use this song!
You can use sound effects in the song to animate the action. Do your best imitation of a billy goat! Make a chomping sound when the goat eats the shirts. Use a train whistle to mimic the train, and of course coughing sounds when the goat signals the train to stop.

2. Bear Hunt
About the Song
: Mix it up a bit, rather than do the hand sounds, use your vocals!

Personal Comment: Make the noises of swishing through grass and stomping through the forest. It introduces a whole other skill set to children (and often times parents!)

3. Five Little Ducks
About the Song
: This song has a sing-able melody and is easy to learn. And let’s face it- making a quack sound is a lotta fun.

Personal Comment: Use your funny voices. If you are like me (and I know I am) maybe you are nervous about singing in public. I get around this by singing in a character voice. I sing “Five Little Ducks” like General Patton. Clearly, the kids don’t know who he is, but it’s one of the voices I can do- and the last voice you’d picture singing “but the one little duck with the feather on his back…”

4. Here We Go Loopty Loo

About the Song: I like this song because it has nonsense words in it. “Here we go Loopty Loo! Here we go loopty Li!” I think it’s good therapy for adults to stop making so much sense. (all on a Saturday night!)

Personal Comment: I like to add cultural references to songs, just for my own amusement. If I am having fun, listeners will too. When I get to the end of “Saturday Night” I sing the chorus from that 70’s "Bay City Rollers" song. "S-s-s Saturday niii-iight! S- A- T- UR- D- A- Y ....NIGHT!" Most kids won't get it, but when one yells out "My Dad plays that song!" it always makes me smile.

5. Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts

About the Song: Famous at campgrounds across the USA, this song embraces all the gross stuff parents find taboo. Obviously for older kids, it is a professional way to keep kids singing as they get older. (Which apparently all kids do)

Personal Comment:  Since this is a rebellious song, meant to gross out adults, the best way to “perform” it is with disgust… like you are reading a horrible menu. But the gag is the final song lyric. You should sing “and me without a spoon!!” or “wonder what’s for dessert!” or some other improv, one-upped statement. Then you will be accepted into the tribe of fourth grade boys.