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WowoSpot Kids

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WowoSpot Kids is dedicated to the production and delivery of quality kids content for fun, creative learning and education. WowoSpot Kids podcast is ideal for listeners who are interested in early childhood musical education, parenting, healthy kids entertainment media. The podcast is hosted by Canadian pianist Lisa Ruping Cheng.

The sequence of the episodes corresponds with the blog posts in www.wowospot.ca

To watch WowoSpot Kids' original, animated song videos please visit www.youtube.com/channel/UC_gTF0crniWFjADuanR8w3A

WowoSpot Kids podcast publishes a new episode every week.
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Rapunzel | Classic Fairy Tales
Rapunzel | Classic Fairy Tales
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://wowospot.ca/2022/07/04/rapunzel-the-red-fairy-book-by-andrew-lang/
07:26
July 04, 2022
Aesop's Fables | The Goose and the Golden Eggs
Aesop's Fables | The Goose and the Golden Eggs
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://wowospot.ca/2022/06/28/the-goose-and-the-golden-eggs/
00:58
June 28, 2022
Aesop's Fables | The Wolf and the Donkey
Aesop's Fables | The Wolf and the Donkey
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://wowospot.ca/2022/06/28/the-wolf-and-the-donkey/
01:15
June 28, 2022
Aesop's Fables | The Wolf and the Lean Dog
Aesop's Fables | The Wolf and the Lean Dog
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://wowospot.ca/2022/06/27/the-wolf-and-the-lean-dog/
01:42
June 28, 2022
Aesop’s Fables | The Owl and the Grasshopper
Aesop’s Fables | The Owl and the Grasshopper
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://wowospot.ca/2022/05/02/aesops-fables-the-owl-and-the-grasshopper/
02:23
May 02, 2022
Aesop’s Fables |The Fox and the Grapes
Aesop’s Fables |The Fox and the Grapes
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://wowospot.ca/2022/03/04/aesops-fables-the-fox-and-the-grapes/
01:38
April 30, 2022
Aesop’s Fables|The Sheep and the Pig
Aesop’s Fables|The Sheep and the Pig
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://wowospot.ca/2022/04/25/the-sheep-and-the-pig/
01:12
April 30, 2022
Aesop’s Fables | The Lion and the Mouse
Aesop’s Fables | The Lion and the Mouse
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://wowospot.ca/2022/03/20/aesops-fables-the-lion-and-the-mouse/
02:30
April 30, 2022
Aesop's Fables | The Wolf and the Goat | Bell the Cat
Aesop's Fables | The Wolf and the Goat | Bell the Cat
Wowospot Kids have been blogging Aesop's Fables classic stories. Today Wowospot Kids Podcast is ready to start telling the stories. Please join us to listen to The Wolf and the Goat and Bell the Cat. In this first Aesop's Fables episode, we would like to feature the music of "The Wolf Piping Song". Why did the Wolf make music? Listen on! About the wind blowing sound effect We would like to thank MIlos Vucicevis for his wind sound sound track from his Youtube channel: https://youtu.be/fujJx8FaPHo About the Wolf Piping Song Written by Lisa Ruping Cheng. Please go to Wowospot.ca to leave Lisa a message should you wish to know how to create a song on Noteflight.com.
09:23
March 28, 2022
Sleeping Beauty in the Woods | Mothergoose Fairytale (II)
Sleeping Beauty in the Woods | Mothergoose Fairytale (II)
Let's continue with the story. "As soon as he began to get near to the wood, all the great trees, the bushes, and brambles gave way of themselves to let him pass through. He walked up to the castle which he saw at the end of a large avenue; and you can imagine he was a good deal surprised when he saw none of his people following him because the trees closed again as soon as he had passed through them. However, he did not cease from continuing his way; a young prince in search of glory is ever valiant.
08:51
February 21, 2022
Sleeping Beauty in the Woods | Mothergoose Fairytale (I)
Sleeping Beauty in the Woods | Mothergoose Fairytale (I)
As an iconic and beloved fairytale, Sleeping Beauty has so ingrained in our culture that it represents an enchanting tale coming from a remote country full of imaginations, magics, wonders and charm. In the new year, what story will be more exciting for Wowospot to tell than Sleeping Beauty? Let me share with you this fascinating tale about a young princess who had been cursed before falling down in a swoon and sleeping for a hundred years, after accidentally touching a spindle. We are featuring two pieces of new music in this episode: "Sleeping Beauty", and "Dark Fairy, the Curse", both written by Lisa Cheng.  Enjoy the adventure!
15:09
January 11, 2022
A Story about Ogre| Little Thumb | Mother Goose Fairytale (IV)
A Story about Ogre| Little Thumb | Mother Goose Fairytale (IV)
When it comes to spooky stories, we often think of strange creatures living in the deep forests, unknown mysteries hidden in abandoned houses, dangers lingering in the darkness in the woods.... My early memories of spooky stories were all about ghosts. When I was a toddler, my father and my grandmother used to tell ghost stories, in the living room, after dinner time. Me and my brother and sister would hold our blankets, wide-eyed, listening to the stories, so quietly. Interestingly, ghosts in oriental culture are conceived in a much more serious way. We would worship spirits on the "ghost day" and avoid going out to catch anything unwanted on July 7, on the lunar calendar, the spirit day. Spooky stories do not seem to be out of fashion at any time in history. When I am trying to find a tale that is scary, chidren friendly and classic, I am glad to find "Little Thumb" from Mother Goose Fairytale book. The bad guy in the tale is mainly the Ogre. The hero? Little thumb, a brave and smart little boy. Let's take a good look at this story!
06:50
December 30, 2021
A Story about Ogre | Little Thumb | Mother Goose Fairytale(III)
A Story about Ogre | Little Thumb | Mother Goose Fairytale(III)
My early memories of spooky stories were all about ghosts. When I was a toddler, my father and my grandmother used to tell ghost stories, in the living room, after dinner time. Me and my brother and sister would hold our blankets, wide-eyed, listening to the stories, so quietly. Interestingly, ghosts in oriental culture are conceived in a much more serious way. We would worship spirits on the "ghost day" and avoid going out to catch anything unwanted on July 7, on the lunar calendar, the spirit day. Spooky stories do not seem to be out of fashion at any time in history. When I am trying to find a tale that is scary, chidren friendly and classic, I am glad to find "Little Thumb" from Mother Goose Fairytale book. The bad guy in the tale is mainly the Ogre. The hero? Little thumb, a brave and smart little boy. Let's take a good look at this story! In this episode you are going to listen to the part three of "Little Thumb". This episode is also available as a blog post: http://wowospot.ca/2021/11/24/a-story-about-ogre-little-thumb-mother-goose-fairytaleiii/
07:07
November 30, 2021
A Story about Ogre | Little Thumb | Mother Goose Fairytale(II)
A Story about Ogre | Little Thumb | Mother Goose Fairytale(II)
My early memories of spooky stories were all about ghosts. When I was a toddler, my father and my grandmother used to tell ghost stories, in the living room, after dinner time. Me and my brother and sister would hold our blankets, wide-eyed, listening to the stories, so quietly. Interestingly, ghosts in oriental culture are conceived in a much more serious way. We would worship spirits on the "ghost day" and avoid going out to catch anything unwanted on July 7, on the lunar calendar, the spirit day. Spooky stories do not seem to be out of fashion at any time in history. When I am trying to find a tale that is scary, chidren friendly and classic, I am glad to find "Little Thumb" from Mother Goose Fairytale book. The bad guy in the tale is mainly the Ogre. The hero? Little thumb, a brave and smart little boy. Let's take a good look at this story! In this episode you are going to listen to the part two of "Little Thumb".
04:48
November 12, 2021
A Story about Ogre | Little Thumb | Mother Goose Fairytale (I)
A Story about Ogre | Little Thumb | Mother Goose Fairytale (I)
When it comes to spooky stories, we often think of strange creatures living in the deep forests, unknown mysteries hidden in abandoned hourses, dangers lingering in the darkness in the woods.... It is Halloween today in Canada. Children are dressed up with their favorite costumes, going out knocking door to door to "trick or treat". We see every house creatively decorated with ghost themes: a human hand sticking out from the grass, witches and spiders, bats, monsters and wolves howling. My early memories of spooky stories were about all ghosts. When I was a toddler, my father and my grandmother used to tell ghost stories, in the living room, after dinner time. Me and my brother and sister would hold our blankets, wide-eyed, listening to the stories, so quietly. Interestingly, ghosts in oriental culture are conceived in a much more serious way. We would worship spirits on the "ghost day" and avoid going out to catch anything unwanted on July 7, on the lunar calendar, the spirit day. Spooky stories do not seem to be out of fashion overtime. When I amtrying to find a tale that is scarry, chidren friendly and classic, I am glad to find "Little Thumb" from Mother Goose Fairytale book. The bad guy in the tale is mainly the Ogre. I also think the parents are no so good either. The hero? Little thumb, a brave and smart little boy. Let's take a listen to the story!
07:37
November 01, 2021
The Fairy | Mother Goose Fairytale
The Fairy | Mother Goose Fairytale
The moral lesson in this tale makes me think of a great quote from one of the most admired actresses, Audrey Hepburn: “For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.”
07:24
October 24, 2021
Mother Goose Fairytale | Little Red Riding Hood
Mother Goose Fairytale | Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood is one of my favorite stories when I was a kid. I believe the story was told in Chinese when I first learned about it. To my surprise Little Red Riding Hood is part of the Mother Goose Fairytale collected by French author Charles Perrault in 1696. This tells us Little Red Riding-hood is a folklore tale that has been passed on from generation to generation. The characters of the big bad wolf, the grandmother, the little girl who wears a red riding-hood have been alive in my childhood memories. They were always found in the story books, in the cartoons, in the pop culture, in the movies. The history and popularity of the story makes the characters metaphoric to this day. It is not hard to understand why we have referred to "big bad wolf" as someone who appears to be gentle and smooth in appearance while is in fact dangerous. I often see morals and teachings embedded in folklore tales; Little Red Riding-hood is no exception. What is a riding hood? It refers to a hooded outdoor cloak worn when riging horses. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as "an enveloping hood or hooded cloak worn for riding and as an outdoor wrap by women and children". Obviously today we do not ride horses for commuting; the imageries of the red coloured riding hood has become symbolic, suggesting the characteristics of innocence, vulnerability, gullibility. Today I would like to visit the English version of this story from the book of the Tales of Mother Goose by Perrault in 1696 and share the story with Wowospot Kids podcast listeners by accounting it myself. In the episode, newly composed instrumental music will be heard to accompany the appearing of the big bad wolf. The music is written my Lisa Ruping Cheng, with the purpose of inviting the listeners to enter into the world of the little girl walking in the forest by herself and wonder what is going to happen to her....
11:18
October 14, 2021
Mother Goose Fairytale: Cinderella
Mother Goose Fairytale: Cinderella
Mother Goose Fairytale: Cinderella A folklore story that has been told to children for generations is worth being told again and again. I am lucky to have found the original texts of Cinderella in the book of Mother Goose Fairytale, first collected by Charles Perrault in 1696 and translated by Charles Welsh and published in the U. S. in 1901. Let me share with you the whole story by accounting it in WowoSpot Kids Podcast.
17:38
October 06, 2021
Cinderella and Lavender's Blue
Cinderella and Lavender's Blue
I remember watching 2015's Disney movie Cinderella with my daughters a few years ago and have loved it. What impressed me very much was the folk song sung by Cinderella in the movie: Lavender's Blue. The enchanted melody and the round form makes the melody echo beautifully. It feels like the song is never going to end. In this episode Lisa is going to discuss the origin, lyrics and meanings of the song Lavender's Blue and she will be sharing with you the recording of her singing of this song!
06:38
September 29, 2021
Hickory Dickory Dock | fun English nursery rhyme
Hickory Dickory Dock | fun English nursery rhyme
When I first heard Hickory Dickory Dock, it was when I taught my five-year-old daughter to play the piano. I was intrigued by the cute mouse who ran up the clock with the clicking and came down with the sound of the clock striking every hour. What a wonderful way to teach young children about numbers, with literature and music combined in an imaginary story! To read the blog post of the same title please click the link here.
08:44
September 21, 2021
Jasmine Flowers | Chinese folk song adapted in Puccini's opera Turandot
Jasmine Flowers | Chinese folk song adapted in Puccini's opera Turandot
Italian opera composer Giacomo Puccini's hit opera Turandot (杜蘭多) adapted the tune of a very popular Chinese folk song Jasmine Flowers (茉莉花). I imagine Jasmine Flowers worked as a perfect material for Puccini to portray the princess as an oriental beauty. After the premiere  in 1926 in Milan, Italy, Turandot has become one of the most performed and celebrated operas to this day. It has always been the exotic settings of the stories and the hightened emotions that make Puccini's operas compelling and unforgettable. Turandot is no exception. The melody of Jasmine Flowers is made out of a pentatonic scale, very often referred to as a scale that gives oriental colors. In this episode I will demonstrate the singing of this folk song in solfege, as well as in Chinese.
07:04
September 13, 2021
Momotaro | Peach Boy | an iconic Japanese folk song | the lyrics, story and music
Momotaro | Peach Boy | an iconic Japanese folk song | the lyrics, story and music
Momotaro is an iconic Japanese folk song that my father and my grandmother can sing to this day. I grew up in Taiwan where Japanese culture became prevalent after the Chinese Chin dynasty lost the the first Sino-Japanese war in 1895 and ceded Taiwan islands to Japan. As a result, Japan had ruled Taiwan for fifty years until the new, modern China won the World War Two in 1945. Under this historical background, many elder people in Taiwan are fluent in Japanese and still remember the Japanese folk song Momotaro they learned to sing as a kid. This helps us understand how and why Japanese culture has been prevalent and popular in Taiwan. I have known the song Momotaro since I was a kid too, although I may not be very familiar with the lyrics, which are in Japanese and have not been translated into a Chinese version in known publications. Having living in Canada for more than twenty years, I observe and wonder why that numerous western folk songs have been adapted into eastern languages but rarely the other way round. To talk about and sing the Japanese folk song, I will need to introduce the original Japanese language lyrics. The lyrics and the story of Momotaro, the Peach Boy The Peach Boy (Image from Japanese Fairy book, public domain, published in 1908)
11:04
September 08, 2021
Frère Jacques | Are you sleeping | The story, lyrics and music
Frère Jacques | Are you sleeping | The story, lyrics and music
Frère Jacques | Are you sleeping | The story, lyrics and music Frère Jacques is a very familiar folk song well loved by children. It originates from France. My earliest memory about this tune goes back to my kindergarten days. I learned this song in Mandarin Chinese, not in English, and the meanings in the Chinese lyrics were entirely different from the English version. Let's take a look at the different versions of the lyrics.  In this episode I'll demonstrate the singing of this folk tune in English, French, and Chinese. Also I will present the recording of a four-hand piano duet I arranged for this tune. In addition, I will introduce the idea about a fun singing form: round. You will see how vocal music is performed in imitation and chase by multiple voices!
07:48
August 30, 2021
Toys and Magic | How I came up with the idea for the song Little Puppy Lily's Magic Bone
Toys and Magic | How I came up with the idea for the song Little Puppy Lily's Magic Bone
In this episode I would like to share with you how I came with the idea of writing the new children's song Little Puppy Lily's Magic Bone. Toys and magic has always been a popular theme in children's stories The imaginary world this song created reminds me of a TV cartoon show I used to love as a kid. In the show, this toy came to life after midnight when the little boy was asleep. And when the toy came to life, the clock stopped clicking and the whole world froze. Interestingly, there are in fact many children's stories describing toys coming alive. Take the beloved Tchaikovsky ballet Nutcracker for example, the little girl Clara's favorite Christmas present nutcracker turns into a handsome prince after midnight. Together they visit a snowy pine forest and then arrive at the Land of Sweets. They are charmed by the beautiful Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Little Puppy Lily's Magic Bone is the first children's song that I made as an audio recording. It was great fun to see how my creative work came to life. How I came up with the idea of the story of the song Originally I thought about writing a song based on the popular children's story Straga Nona.  Straga Nona is an enchanting children's story written by American author Tomie dePaola. It is about a grandma witch (Straga Nona) who owns a magic pot that can cook noodles if she casts a spell.  One day Straga Nona went out of town so she hired a boy to look after her home. The young boy, with a wandering mind, did what she had told him not to do: he chanted the spell to start the cooking pot. When Straga Nona came back to town and saw a disastrous scene—the town was quickly swollowed by mountains of noodles, she knew who did it. Apparently, the boy knew how to start the pot but did not know how to stop it. I remember reading this story with my daughters when they were younger and have always liked it. I was so excited about this idea. Before I fetched a piece of paper to write down the music notes, I had constructed the rhythm, the lyrics and the melody in my mind. After I googled this story, I was disappointed to find the story is a copyrighted work and is not in the public domain. It was a pity. The lyrics could have been awesome if it goes like "Straga-no-na has a magic cooking pot, she...." I loved the sound of the word straganona and how it would work perfectly with the rhythm I had in my mind. Well, knowing I could not use the story as my lyrics, I tried to sing new lyrics to the melody I'd created. While I was scratching my head, my eyes fixed on my dog Wowo, a new idea struck me. "Wowo loves her chewing bone, a toy she could play with all day long." I thought, and "I am going to make a dog's toy story!"
08:12
August 23, 2021
Mozart's Magic on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star: the 12 variations for piano, with guest pianist Kim Yim
Mozart's Magic on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star: the 12 variations for piano, with guest pianist Kim Yim
What is your first experience on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? You may have heard it from your childrens' singing or from the kids TV shows, or you may have heard it since you were very young but you can not pinpoint exactly where and when and how. That is the magic of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It has so ingrained in our culture and tradition. Like a traditional Christmas song Silent Night, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is part of our life and as we all are passing by the world, the song will stay for generations to come. What magic did Mozart do to make Twinkle Twinkle Little Star such an iconic tune that is still loved and known by almost everyone today? This week WowoSpot Kids Podcast is very excited to have our guest pianist Kim Yim in our show to talk about her personal experience on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. As well, she will discuss and perform selected variations from this famous Mozart's piano piece. 
13:51
August 16, 2021
Do you Know the Muffin Man | the story of an English nursery rhyme
Do you Know the Muffin Man | the story of an English nursery rhyme
Will we call a man who delivers muffins house-to-house a muffin man today? In older times we did. The popular nursery rhyme The Muffin Man is an English folk song. The lyrics are dynamic, easy to remember and they rhyme well. The melody is cheerful... If you were to change the lyrics into something else what would it sound like??
06:17
August 09, 2021
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star | the story, lyrics and solfege
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star | the story, lyrics and solfege
Who wrote Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? This beloved song has become a must-have lullaby nowadays in children’s song playlists. The tune comes from a French folk song ah vous dirai - je ma, maman (oh shall I tell you mama), written in the mid- 18th century. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart adapted the melody and composed twelve variations on it as a piano solo work when he was twenty-five, making this tune world famous. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://wowospot.ca/2021/07/16/the-story-of-twinkle-twinkle-little-star/
03:19
August 04, 2021
Kids Songs in 2021 | The Ideas about WowoSpot Kids
Kids Songs in 2021 | The Ideas about WowoSpot Kids
"In my very remote memories, my earliest musical experience was about songs. We react to music and language most naturally through songs. Before I was made to sit on the piano bench at the age of five to learn to play the gigantic instrument, I had known music by singing and dancing along my favorite songs from the radio." This episode is also available as a blog post: http://wowospot.ca/2021/07/11/kids-songs-in-2021-the-ideas-about-wowospot/
02:54
August 04, 2021
Hey Diddle Diddle and The Bagels on the Table | creativity during lockdown
Hey Diddle Diddle and The Bagels on the Table | creativity during lockdown
In the spring this year, on a bright sunny Sunday morning, out of my desperation to have some comfort food, I lined up to buy a bag of Montreal style bagels from a new store that had just opened in downtown. I believed a bag of great bagels could definitely save me from feeling even more anxious about the on-and-off lockdown. Before noon I had eaten three bagels: sesame, cinnamon and blueberry. Yummy. I'd been reading articles about children's folk songs while compiling a beginners' piano book of popular folk tunes. While looking at the rest of the assorted bagels lying on my kitchen table, still wanting for more, I was struck by the idea that if I were a kid I would probably have imagined the bagles started to move and roll out of the table, running away to some where. I let myself daydream.  This episode is also available as a blog post: http://wowospot.ca/2021/07/30/hey-diddle-diddle-and-the-bagels-on-the-table-creativity-during-lockdown/
04:41
August 03, 2021
The Story about Itsy Bitsy Spider | treasure found in simplicity
The Story about Itsy Bitsy Spider | treasure found in simplicity
"Many years ago when I first heard the song Itsy Bitsy Spider, it was at the daycare my kids went everyday. I was impressed to see that more than fifteen toddlers following their caregiver teacher singing the song, smiling widely, walking back from the playground to their room for the nap time. I was fascinated by the high spirits among the little singers!" This episode talks about the hit kids song Itsy Bitsy Spider: its lyrics, melodies, and educational benefits for young learners. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://wowospot.ca/2021/07/25/the-story-about-itsy-bitsy-spider-treasure-found-in-simplicity/
03:06
July 26, 2021