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Playtime is the fun, clever and colorful new full length children's record from Istvan & His Imaginary Band.

"I've been exploring new sounds which are on full display on this long overdue album. I had more time to work on songs this time around and felt like I could focus on instruments I hadn't used before like piano, clavinet and farfisa. I've always loved synth sounds so I found perfect places to add some Moog which makes really happy.

I love every lyric on Playtime and it includes my favorite song I've ever written (Evie The Queen Of The Insects) I think the record opens up a whole new world for me while still delivering songs that totally fit in with my previous two kids records. I can't wait for everyone to hear it and I hope everyone loves it as much as I do."

Love, Istvan - November 2015.

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released December 11, 2015

Istvan: guitars, vocals, percussion, keys
Mike Fleming: guitars, banjo, keys
Demi Michalopoulos: vocals
Bob Uphues: bass guitar
Steve Slivka: keys
Evie and Chloe: vocals
Kevin Ford: piano

Recorded by Steven P. Slivka
Additional recording by Mike Fleming
Mastered by Carl Saff
Cover art by KT Isabelle Weber
Package design by Wendell Gibson

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Track Name: Opposite Day
What do you call it when things are backwards?
It’s Opposite Day!
It’s Opposite Day!

When the things you do aren’t what you say
It’s Opposite Day!
It’s Opposite Day!

When I say scream then you stay quiet
It’s Opposite Day!
It’s Opposite Day!

If it’s not for sale then you should buy it
It’s Opposite Day!
It’s Opposite Day!

It’s 8 a.m. so lets have dinner
I lost the race so I’m the winner
Let’s go to school it’s Sunday morning
Do you like parties? No way they’re boring

Let’s go to sleep ‘cause I’m not tired
It’s Opposite Day!
It’s Opposite Day!

Drink this milk ‘cause it’s expired
It’s Opposite Day!
It’s Opposite Day!

I don’t like pizza, I like bug bites
I’m kind of shy so put me in the spotlight
I love to sing yeah I’m having fun
So lets stop the song right now
No!
Lets stop the song right now
No!
Lets stop the song
No!
Lets stop the song
No!
Lets stop the song right now…

Brush your teeth with cake or candy
It’s Opposite Day!
It’s Opposite Day!

Name your baby sister Jake or Randy
It’s Opposite Day!
It’s Opposite Day!

Two plus three is five. “That’s wrong!”
‘Cause It’s Opposite Day!
It’s Opposite Day!

Let’s make the song go super long. No.
It’s Opposite Day!
It’s Opposite Day!
Track Name: Sing-Along
When you sing along you know it makes me happy
When you sing along you know I don’t feel shy
When you sing along you know the sky looks sunny
When you sing along you well every-things alright

If you’re out of tune or if your voice starts cracking
That’s OK with me you know that I don’t mind
If you mess the words up well it doesn’t matter
We’ve got something so you all can get it right

La La La……..

When you sing along you know it makes me happy
When you sing along you know I don’t feel shy
When you sing along you know the sky looks sunny
When you sing along you well every-things alright

When you sing along you know it makes me happy
When you sing along you know I don’t feel shy
When you sing along you know the sky looks sunny
When you sing along you well every-things alright
Track Name: Little Spider
Little spider in the house
Little spider in the house
Little spider in the house
Crawling on my ceiling

Little spider in the house
Little spider in the house
Little spider in the house
Crawling on my ceiling

You can go where you want to
You can crawl all night long
You can go anywhere you want
Just don’t go near my Mom

She doesn’t know that you’re lucky
That you don’t mean any harm
She doesn’t know that you and me are friends
That we both get along

Little spider in the house
Little spider in the house
Little spider in the house
Crawling on my ceiling

Little spider in the house
Little spider in the house
Little spider in the house
Crawling on my ceiling

You can hide in the corner
Tucked away out of sight
I can find you almost anywhere
Winter, spring, summer, day or night

When I do and we’re together
We can play all day long
You can spin web of silken thread
While I sing you this song

Little spider in the house
Little spider in the house
Little spider in the house
Crawling on my ceiling

Little spider in the house
Little spider in the house
Little spider in the house
Crawling on my ceiling
Track Name: Evie The Queen Of The Insects
Oh Evie the Queen of the insects
She loved every bug that she saw
Oh Evie the Queen of the insects
She just couldn’t wait for the weather to thaw

She called to them all in the morning
And all of them came as she called
The butterflies and rolly pollies
Called all of the others to meet on the lawn

Where Evie made all of them breakfast
And they would play games and sing songs
They sang and birds all got jealous
The worms thought it funny and laughed all day long

Oh Evie the Queen of the insects
She loved every bug that she saw
Oh Evie the Queen of the insects
She loved everyone oh she just loved them all

Oh Evie the Queen of the insects
She loved every bug that she saw
Oh Evie the Queen of the insects
She loved everyone oh she just loved them all

At lunch Evie got them all ice cream
Then put all the sticks on the ground
In a matter of minutes the word spread
The ants got their chance and they all danced around

The fireflies came out at night time
They sparkled and nothing went wrong
And when it got late they all made a date
To gather together all summer long

Oh Evie the Queen of the insects
She loved every bug that she saw
Oh Evie the Queen of the insects
She loved everyone oh she just loved them all

Oh Evie the Queen of the insects
She loved every bug that she saw
Oh Evie the Queen of the insects
She loved everyone oh she just loved them all
Track Name: Pennies, Nickels, Dimes and Quarters
Do you know the value of a penny or a dime?
A penny is worth one the other doesn’t have a rhyme
But I can tell you that a little dime is worth ten
Which when you think about it is a bunch of pennies…
in the end

But I forgot to tell you that a nickels in between
I nickels kind of weird because it’s smaller than it seems
I nickel when you look at it is bigger than dime
But it’s only worth half as much
It’s worth five

And when you multiply five times five
Or when you see an average blue whale in the water
Then you know you’ve counted to twenty five
Or that you’ve got yourself a brand new quarter

Because a penny is only one
A nickel is worth one two three four
Five is only half of ten
And ten is what you get with one thin dime

And when you multiply five times five
Or when you see an average blue whale in the water
Then you know you’ve counted to twenty five
Or that you’ve got yourself a brand new quarter

And when you multiply five times five
Or when you see an average blue whale in the water
Then you know you’ve counted to twenty five
Or that you’ve got yourself a brand new quarter
Track Name: Am I Done Yet?
Oh I’m yelling I’m screaming
Just because I want a treat

Do you get my meaning
If you can’t hear I will repeat

I’m finished with eating
Except for something nice and sweet

I’m drifting I’m dreaming
Of when I will no longer have this food to eat

Oh I’m yelling I’m screaming
Just because I want a treat

Do you get my meaning
If you can’t hear I will repeat

I’m finished with eating
Except for something nice and sweet

I’m drifting I’m dreaming
Of when I will no longer have this food to eat

Am I done yet?
Am I done yet?
Am I done yet?
Am I done yet?
Am I done yet?
Am I done yet?
Am I done yet?
Am I done yet?

Am I done yet?

Am I done yet?

Am I done yet?

Am I done yet?

Am I done yet?

*repeat*
Track Name: Go!
It makes you crazy
Those same four words are getting really old
“Hey don’t be lazy”
Your just a kid you must do as you’re told

You know I’d do it
It’s just you’re so much closer
It would be silly
If you didn’t bring my sandwich over

Get it go get it go get it
Get it go get it go get it
Get it go get it go get it
Go! 4X

You must obey me!
Or I will hypnotize you
And when you’re under
You will think you are a chicken at the zoo
You’re getting sleepy
You’re eyes are getting heavy
Aww this isn’t working
Just go get my food so I don’t have too

Get it go get it go get it
Get it go get it go get it
Get it go get it go get it
Go! 4X
Track Name: Possum
When you’re an opossum people think that you are very mean
But they should remember sometimes things aren’t always what they seem

When you’re an opossum they call boys a Jack and girls are Jill
You live in a den but not for long because you don’t sit still


You sleep in the daytime you’re nocturnal you go out at night
You keep to yourself you don’t want trouble you don’t want to fight
When somebody picks on you you play dead and that’s amazing!


When you’re an opossum you are black and white and sometimes brown
Your tail is prehensile you can use it to hang upside down

And you’re the only,
Marsupial in North America
And to no end
It blows my mind

Opossum you’re my friend

The possum is my friend
The possum is my friend
The possum is my friend
The possum is my friend
The possum is my friend
The possum is my friend
The possum is my friend
Track Name: Annie Bones
I found her on the streets one day
She was a dirty lost little stray
She barked at everyone except for me
And I still don’t know why

I didn’t know what I should do
So I took a shoelace off my shoe
I made it into a little leash
But that didn’t work so good

I called my Mom up on the phone
She picked us up and then we took her home
And now she’s part of the family
But she still barks at everyone she see’s

And that’s all you know for sure
But I want you to know a little more
Like where she came from before I found her
Yeah just the day before

Annie had to cross the tracks
Which she never did before

She looked both ways and heard a sound
That made her wait some more

She got across and looked around
And saw something in the sky

The thing looked down saw her on the ground
It winked and then said: “hi”

Before she answered something scared her
And made her run and hide

She ran into the bushes
And she stayed there for awhile

People passed all afternoon
And she would growl and bark

Until she heard a funny sound
That made her head……….peek out

I found her on the streets one day
She was a dirty lost little stray
She barked at everyone except for me
And now I do know why

She new that I would treat her nice
That I would take her home
And she’d be warm at night
She knew that we’d be her family
She’s a smart little girl oh yes indeed

Yeah she’s my little girl
Our little Annie Bones

She’s my little girl
Our little Annie Bones

She’s my little girl
Our little Annie Bones

She’s my little girl
Our little Annie Bones

She’s my little girl
Our little Annie Bones
Track Name: Goodbye
Goodbye!
It’s only gonna be for a little while
Goodbye!
Until we play again and make a bunch of new friends
Goodbye!
You’re invited too so could you give us a smile
Goodbye!
Now keep that all in mind and time will fly

And when meet again it’ll be even better
Call your other friends or even send them a letter
If it’s kind of cold you better bring a sweater
‘Cause we will play a show in any kind of weather

Goodbye!