Sail with the Slugs as they sing about ocean habitats.This recording was produced in cooperation with the Oceanic Society and follows the Project Ocean K-8 curriculum. It's perfect for teachers who present units in marine studies. It's also great music for anyone interested in our fragile blue wave machine; our oceans.
released January 1, 1991
The Banana Slug String Band
“Solar” Steve Van Zandt – acoustic guitar, banjo, jaw harp, slide whistle, vocals
“Airy” Larry Graff – acoustic guitar, piano & vocals
“Marine” Mark Nolan – acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin, vocals
Doug “Dirt” Greenfield – electric bass, harmonica, vocals
Jean Dean – drum programming, electric hoo haw, song writing assistance
Nathan Shaw Van Zandt – quacks on “Butts Up”
All songs composed & arranged by the Banana Slug String Band
© 1991 Slug Music (BMI). All rights reserved.
This album was created in collaboration with the K-8 Marine Science curricula at U.C. Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. To learn more, read on!
A note from Craig Strang, Director, M.A.R.E.
Lawrence Hall of Science
Dear Educators and Parents,
It is with great pride and enthusiasm that M.A.R.E. and the Banana Slug String Band present this innovative and educational marine science recording. Through human history the ocean inspires great works of art, poetry, music and literature. It gives so much to both the biological and cultural development of humanity that it is time we sing out in appreciation of its wonders. It provides food, controls climate, and is fundamental to air and water cycles. Though seemingly limitless, the ocean environment is fragile and vulnerable and cannot withstand destructive human impact without losing its life-supporting integrity. With your support, the Banana Slug String Band and M.A.R.E. will keep on singing and teaching so that children will understand, appreciate and protect our blue planet. I hope you enjoy the music and the message.
M.A.R.E. is a nonprofit, interdisciplinary marine scienc program which works with schools throughout the Untied States and Mexico. We provide trainigng and rucriculum materials for elementary and middle school eachers. Each M.A. Re. E. school celebrates its own Ocean Week, a week of intensive ocean study that includes guest speakers, assemblies, field trips and special assistance from the M.A. R. E. staff. The sogns on this tape are based on and correlate with the M.A.R.E. curriculum. Each grade level studies a different ocean habitat: Rocky Shore (K-1), Sandy Beach (2), Marshes and Mudflats (3), Kelp Forets (4), Open Ocean (5), Islands (6), Bay & estuary (7 & 8).
If you would like more information, please contact M.A.R.E. at…
Special thanks to Craig Strang, MARE staff, Oliver DiCicco, Brent Hurtig, Angela Fitzgerald and our families and friends.
Produced and engineered by Jim Dean. Assistant engineer Jane Scolleri.
Recorded at Mobius Music Studios, San Francisco, CA
Distigally mastered for Cd by Richard Karst at Prema Music Studio, Santa Cruz, CA
Cover Artist Janet Young
Graphic design for original cassette release by John Angus. CD Layout by Richard Karst.