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Richard Younger

Purveyor of Fine Tunes for All Ages
Music / Movement Specialist
Writer

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A friend once called me a "Purveyor of Fine Tunes" and it truly has been my path. As a performer, my repertoire has always been eclectic. Now, as a music educator and entertainer for small children, I can embrace my love of "fine tunes" with them. If the music makes me happy, I know it translates to them. And that is the essence of my message: music is joyful, whether we are using our bodies or our voices. I mix all sorts of songs together -- from a Mersey-beat style "Itsy Bitsy Spider" to Sam Cooke's "Shake," from Nilsson, Raffi and traditional folk songs to Tin Pan Alley tunes, African music games, circle dances, Chuck Berry's "Rock 'n' Roll Music" and beyond. I'm also a songwriter and often completely spontaneous when I perform, making up songs based off what the children are doing. It keeps me on my toes and makes the experience more exciting for all of us.

 

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Let's party!

Listen free to two new recordings
Produced by Pete Macnamara

"A Lover’s Question"
1958 hit for Clyde McPhatter
(Benton / Williams)
"Any Day Now"
1962 hit for Chuck Jackson
(Bacharach / Hilliard)

Richard's latest album:
"Circle of the Sun"

Richard's latest video:
"Magic Shoes"

Richard's book:
"Get a Shot of Rhythm & Blues - The Arthur Alexander Story"

Richard's article on
Arthur Alexander

They say...

I hired Richard to play music at my daughter's 5th birthday party after seeing him at a friend's party earlier. He was great! I was impressed with how he was fun and enthusiastic and got the children happily involved in music and dance, but without being overpowering. He has a really nice energy and related well with the kids. His music is also really fun, including for adults. He is professional and working with him was a pleasure. Thanks again for a great party!

On behalf of the children and the staff of the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Center, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to Music That Heals for providing the performance by Richard Younger on August 17, 2016. The show was interactive and very enjoyable for all the children who participated. As it was Richard’s first time here, he did well at engaging the children with great ease and his comfort came through in his performance as he encouraged the children to participate and sing along. The children’s responsiveness and alertness during this performance was highly increased and this is always a wonderful goal to achieve.

Richard is a gifted and talented musician who has an easy way with the children. He has bought a love of music to our children. They love working with him and we call him the "Pied Piper."

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