Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ballads for the age of science

Anyone who has kids is probably on the look out for good kids songs that don't drive the parents crazy. Anyone who has spent some time in our car knows that we have a collection of kitschy science songs that the kids love.

Those songs were originally from a 6 LP set called "Ballads for the age of science" made in the 50's and 60's. It covers subjects such as Space, Weather, Energy and other science subjects in an optimistic and fun way without dumbing it down for kids.

Yesterday I happened to find them online for your downloading pleasure! 

UPDATE UPDATE! You can now buy them on and on iTunes!

They're currently $8.99 on Amazon and $9.99 on iTunes.The Amazon links are affiliate links, so I would also get a little something if you use those. The most important thing though is that you buy these albums for your kids (or yourself).

Space Songs (from Ballads for the Age of Science)
Experiment Songs (from Ballads for the Age of Science)

Space Songs in iTunes
Experiment Songs in iTunes

Update: They disappeared from that site, but are still available in the WayBack Machine

If you have kids, you owe it to yourself (and them) to download at least a couple of them. If you're going to just sample a few, here are our favorites:
Calvin: Beep, Beep
Ryan: It's a Scientific Fact
Caroline: Kinetic And Potential Energy
Michael: Grand Coolie Dam

Now you can make your kids be as nerdy and weird as ours!


Caroline said...

Is it mean that I laugh out loud when I think about how nerdy our kids will be? That's what makes it fun!

Kelly said...

Perfect! I was just thinking to myself "how can I make my kids more nerdy and weird?" Thank you.

AnnaMarie said...

I was wondering how ours could be as weird and nerdy as yours...thank you SO MUCH!

Ben and Anna said...

That's alright. James LOVES watching Schoool House Rock. We have the complete set, thank you very much!

Unknown said...

Miracles do happen -- I hope!!!
My own kids grew up with these songs in the 60s. They are now good, reponsible parents and I would like to have my grandchildren learn these songs, that still ring in my ears. I am not computer savvy. Where could I find these six "records" on CD now? I am desparate.
I wanted to make other kids happy some years ago and gave all my records away.
Thank you, thank you for any help you can give me. Regards, Irmgard

Michael said...

The only place I can find them is on the website mentioned above, to download as MP3s.

Amazon has some of the mp3s for download too, but no CDs that I can see.

rzblog said...

I am awed and proud that these fine songs by my dad and Lou Singer are still remembered after being out of official circulation for so long.

The good news is that "Space Songs" and "Experiment Songs" are now available on iTunes, as meticulous digital restorations of the original 1961 recordings. Also, Argosy Music Corp. has a Facebook page, where we will let everyone know when more albums become available.

Thank you

Michael said...

"I am awed and proud that these fine songs by my dad and Lou Singer are still remembered after being out of official circulation for so long."

They're terrific songs! I hope the rest of the albums get re-released soon too.

For everyone who's interested, Here's Argosy Music Corp's Facebook page

I have also added links to the mp3 albums in iTunes and on

rzblog said...

Argosy now has a web page at It includes links to legal sources of the songs and albums in "Ballads for the Age of Science" and "It Could be a Wonderful World"