Missoula music fans may better recognize Brian Vogan as a member of Spanker. Or maybe the name rings a bell—if you're really following the Northwest scene—from his days as the bassist for Seattle's Magneto, when he played alongside guitarist Barrett Jones (who himself is better known as a producer for the likes of the Melvins and Nirvana). Lately, though, Vogan has shifted his target audience from rockers to rugrats.
Sing a Little Song marks the Seattle music teacher's second effort aimed at kiddos—and, thankfully, their parents. The latter matters more to me, and comes as a welcome reprieve to any of the demonic stylings of, say, Dora. Vogan still works with Jones (he produces and plays guitar throughout) and the first track features guest vocals from Visqueen frontwoman Rachel Flotard. Vogan also writes catchy tunes with just enough of a wink to the adults listening in the front seat. "Last Thanksgiving" is about an enormous turkey named Jack who happens to be from a farm near Three Mile Island. My daughter loved Jack without getting the nuclear reactor humor.
And that's not all she loved. In fact, aside from wondering why Vogan never hit 30 on a track titled "27," my daughter's only question was whether I'd play the CD again. No higher praise comes from someone with an attention span that wouldn't normally last past Vogan hitting 11.