The Prolific Charity Music & Poetry Of Steve Pullara

Steve Pullara is a prolific artist, musician and producer who is sought after as a creative director, project leader and entertainer. He's a composer of numerous original songs and writer of poetry for recorded spoken word pieces. His works are known for their uplifting wit. The 55 titles below were created simultaneously by Steve outside of his solo career. Those are listed under the "Albums" tab of this website. These pieces that are listed below have been recorded by award winning recognized artists in their fields of many genres for special charitable commercially sold projects.

 

Everything on this page can be sampled at this button by simply typing in the album titles:

 

 

 

 

 

These compositions in the listing below are all © Steve Pullara and published by Cool Beans Music, Inc.

 

They go as follows:

1.) Julian Lennon, GRAMMY Nominee: "Celebrate You" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "Absolutley Positively Getting Along"
For Big Brothers Big Sisters

2.) Eric Bazilian of "The Hooters" GRAMMY Nominee: "Always Gonna Be There With You" (Song)
Written by Steve Pullara & Patrick Robinson
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "Absolutely Positively Getting Along"
For Big Brothers Big Sisters

3.) Steve Van Zandt from the E Street Band: "Science Fair" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the GRAMMY Winning album "All About Bullies...Big And Small"
For the National Bullying Prevention Center

4.) Vini Lopez from the E Street Band with The Cool Beans Band: "My World Is A Bicycle" (Song)
Written by Steve Pullara & Patrick Robinson
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "Absolutely Positively Getting Along"
For Big Brothers Big Sisters

5.) Doc Holiday, Multi-Award Winning Artist & Producer: "Make Believe Town" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "All About Following Dreams"
For the "I Have A Dream Foundation"

6.) Grover Silcox, EMMY Winner, PBS: "I Opened My Locker" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the GRAMMY Winning album "All About Bullies...Big And Small"
For the National Bullying Prevention Center

7.) Keith Grimwood of Trout Fishing In America, GRAMMY Nominee:

"Red Headed Joe" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the GRAMMY Winning album "All About Bullies...Big And Small"
For the National Bullying Prevention Center

8.) Kathy O'Connell, DJ WXPN-FM, Peabody Award Winner:

"Louie And Lucietta" (Spoken Word )

Written by Steve Pullara

From the GRAMMY Nominated & Parents' Choice Album

"Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat"
For New York City Office of Healthy School Food

9.) Debbi Calton, DJ at WMGK-FM: "A Cyber Tail" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the GRAMMY Winning album "All About Bullies...Big And Small"
For the National Bullying Prevention Center

10.) Tab Laven, Multi-Award Winning Artist: "My Buddy" (Song)
Written by Steve Pullara & Tab Laven
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "Absolutely Positively Getting Along"
For Big Brothers Big Sisters

11.) Uncle Floyd Vivino, Movie and TV Actor:

"The Tomato That Refused To Turn Red" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the GRAMMY Nominated & Parents' Choice album

"Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat"
For New York City Office of Healthy School Food

 

12.) Robbi Kumalo, Award Winning Artist: "The Path" (Song)

Written by Steve Pullara (Words) & Robbi Kumalo (Music)
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "Absolutely Positively Getting Along"
For Big Brothers Big Sisters

13.) Sunny Sauceda, GRAMMY Winner: "Carlos And His Mexican Accordion" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the GRAMMY Winning album "All About Bullies...Big And Small"
For the National Bullying Prevention Center

14.) Oran Etkin, Parents' Choice Winner: "Anna Louder" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the GRAMMY Winning album "All About Bullies...Big And Small"
For the National Bullying Prevention Center

15.) Grover Silcox, EMMY Winner, PBS: "Light Finger Lenny" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the GRAMMY Winning album "All About Bullies...Big And Small"
For the National Bullying Prevention Center

16.) Judy Pancoast, GRAMMY Nominee: "Tall Jenna" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the GRAMMY Winning album "All About Bullies...Big And Small"
For the National Bullying Prevention Center

17.) Jonathan Sprout, GRAMMY Nominee: "Unitil I Met Tim" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the GRAMMY Winning album "All About Bullies...Big And Small"
For the National Bullying Prevention Center

18.) Oran Etkin, Parents' Choice Winner: "Albert, An Einstein" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the GRAMMY Winning album "All About Bullies...Big And Small"
For the National Bullying Prevention Center

19.) Grover Silcox, EMMY Winner, PBS: "Push And Shove" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the GRAMMY Winning album "All About Bullies...Big And Small"
For the National Bullying Prevention Center

20.) The Battersby Duo, GRAMMY Nominee Team: "I Know A Kid" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the GRAMMY Winning album "All About Bullies...Big And Small"
For the National Bullying Prevention Center

21.) Steve Pullara, GRAMMY Winner: "Red Sneakers" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the GRAMMY Winning album "All About Bullies...Big And Small"
For the National Bullying Prevention Center

22.) Eric Bazilian of "The Hooters" GRAMMY Nominee:

"Turning The Page To A Good Vibe Is Best" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve

Fromthe GRAMMY Winning album "All About Bullies...Big And Small"

For the National Bullying Prevention Center

23.) Grover Silcox, EMMY Winner, PBS: "Hooked On Fun" (Spoken Word Comedy)

Written by Steve Pullara & Grover Silcox
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "Absolutely Positively Getting Along"
For Big Brothers Big Sisters


24.) May Pang, "Best Gig Ever" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the GRAMMY Winning album "All About Bullies...Big And Small"
For the National Bullying Prevention Center

25.) James Cravero, "Where Are Ya?" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara & Ken Cowle
From the GRAMMY Winning album "All About Bullies...Big And Small"
For the National Bullying Prevention Center

26.) Grover Silcox, EMMY Winner, PBS: "Digging For Dinos" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "All About Following Dreams"
For the "I Have A Dream Foundation"

28.) Kathy Wagner, DJ at WMGK-FM: "Skating Away" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "All About Following Dreams"
For the "I Have A Dream Foundation"

29.) Steve Pullara, GRAMMY Winner: "At My Planeterium" (Song)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "All About Following Dreams"
For the "I Have A Dream Foundation"

30.) Linda Chorney, GRAMMY Nominee: "Scuba Diving With Sammy" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "All About Following Dreams"
For the "I Have A Dream Foundation"

31.) Grover Silcox, EMMY Winner, PBS: "The Spotlight and the Footlights" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "All About Following Dreams"
For the "I Have A Dream Foundation"

32.) Gustavo Alarco, Award Winning Latin Recording Artist, "Where'sGustavo?" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara & Paula Lizzi
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "All About Following Dreams"
For the "I Have A Dream Foundation"

33.) Grover Silcox, EMMY Winner, PBS: "Sky Doodles" (Spoken Word)

Written by Steve Pullara

From the GRAMMY Nominated & Parents' Choice album

"Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat"
For New York City Office of Healthy School Food

34.) Only Human, "You've Got What It Takes" (Song Lyrics)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "All About Following Dreams"
For the "I Have A Dream Foundation"

35.) Bernie Parent, Stanley Cup Winner "The Goalie And Your Goal" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "All About Following Dreams"
For the "I Have A Dream Foundation"

36.) Grover Silcox, EMMY Winner, PBS: "Wonderful Treats" (Spoken Word Comedy)

Written by Steve Pullara

From the GRAMMY Nominated & Parents' Choice album "Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat"
For New York City Office of Healthy School Food

36.) Tyler Grady, American Idol Finalist "Hoops" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "All About Following Dreams"
For the "I Have A Dream Foundation"

37.) Jonathan Sprout, GRAMMY Nominee "In My Mind" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara & Jonathan Sprout
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "All About Following Dreams"
For the "I Have A Dream Foundation"

38.) Jim Cravero, GRAMMY Winner "Jim's Ice Cream Cones" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara & Jim Cravero (GRAMMY Winners)
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "All About Following Dreams"
For the "I Have A Dream Foundation"

39.) Cyndy Drue, DJ WMGK-FM "Doctor Randy The Vet"" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "All About Following Dreams"
For the "I Have A Dream Foundation"

40.) Grover Silcox, EMMY Winner, PBS: "Shoulda Woulda Coulda" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "All About Following Dreams"
For the "I Have A Dream Foundation"

 

41.) Doc Holiday, Multi-Award Winning Artist & Producer: "Under His Wing" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "Absolutely Positively Getting Along"
For Big Brothers Big Sisters

42.) Steve Pullara & HIs Cool Beans Band, GRAMMY Winner: "Ten Feet Tall" (Song)
Written by Steve Pullara & Pat Robinson
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "Absolutely Positively Getting Along"
For Big Brothers Big Sisters

43.) Grover Silcox, EMMY Winner, PBS: "Gutter Ball" (Spoken Word Comedy)

Written by Steve Pullara & Grover Silcox
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "Absolutely Positively Getting Along"
For Big Brothers Big Sisters

44.) Kathy O'Connell, DJ WXPN-FM, Peabody Award Winner: "A Pair Of Sneakers" (Spoken Word )

Written by Steve Pullara

From the GRAMMY Nominated & Parents' Choice Album "Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat"
For New York City Office of Healthy School Food

45.) Oran Etkin, Multi Award Winning Artist: Unique Monique (Spoken Word)

Written by Steve Pullara

From the GRAMMY Nominated & Parents' Choice album "Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat"
For New York City Office of Healthy School Food

46.) Grover Silcox, EMMY Winner, PBS: "Peter PIper" (Spoken Word Comedy)

Written by Steve Pullara & Grover Silcox

From the GRAMMY Nominated & Parents' Choice album "Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat"
For New York City Office of Healthy School Food

46.) Uncle Floyd Vivino, Movie and TV Actor, "The Tomato That Refused To Turn Red" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the GRAMMY Nominated & Parents' Choice album "Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat"
For New York City Office of Healthy School Food

47.) Andre Gardner, DJ WMGK-FM: "The Soda Machine" (Spoken Word)

Written by Steve Pullara

From the GRAMMY Nominated & Parents' Choice album "Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat"
For New York City Office of Healthy School Food

48.) Gene Shay, DJ WXPN-FM: "Hannah Was Such A Banana" (Spoken Word )

Written by Steve Pullara

From the GRAMMY Nominated & Parents' Choice Album "Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat"
For New York City Office of Healthy School Food

49.) Grover Silcox, EMMY Winner, PBS: "My Wheelie Basket" (Spoken Word Comedy)

Written by Steve Pullara

From the GRAMMY Nominated & Parents' Choice album "Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat"
For New York City Office of Healthy School Food

50.) Bill Childs, DJ and Multi Award Winning Producer: "Freshly Squeezed" (Spoken Word)

Written by Steve Pullara

From the GRAMMY Nominated & Parents' Choice album "Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat"
For New York City Office of Healthy School Food

51.) Steve Pullara & Pat Robinson, GRAMMY Winners: "The Snap Of A Carrot" (Song)

Written by Steve Pullara

From the GRAMMY Nominated & Parents' Choice album "Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat"
For New York City Office of Healthy School Food

52.) Grover Silcox, EMMY Winner, PBS: "I Sailed On A Potato Chip Ship" (Spoken Word)

Written by Steve Pullara

From the GRAMMY Nominated & Parents' Choice album "Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat"
For New York City Office of Healthy School Food

53.) Steve Pullara, GRAMMY Winner: "Red Sneakers" (Spoken Word)
Written by Steve Pullara
From the GRAMMY Winning album "All About Bullies...Big And Small"
For the National Bullying Prevention Center

54.) Grover Silcox, EMMY Winner, PBS: "Wendall Was A Bug" (Spoken Word Comedy)

Written by Steve Pullara

From the GRAMMY Nominated & Parents' Choice album "Healthy Food For Thought: Good Enough To Eat"
For New York City Office of Healthy School Food

 

55.) Two of a Kind, Parents' Choice & NAPPA Winners : "We Can Change The World  Everyday" (Song)

Written by Steve Pullara, Dave & Jenny Heitler-Klevans
From the NAPPA Gold & Parents' Choice album "Absolutely Positively Getting Along"
For Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

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Julian Lennon narrates the poem "Celebrate You" by Grammy-winning children's performer Steve Pullara on the new album "Absolutely Positively Getting Along."

 

Posted: Tuesday, "The Intelligencer" November 5, 2013 12:15 am
By Andy Vineberg


Julian Lennon, who dealt with his own bullying issues as a kid, lends his voice to a new children’s album by a Grammy-winning, Bucks County-based production team.


You’d never know it from his chatty, amicable nature over the telephone, but Julian Lennon insists he’s not a huge fan of making the media rounds.


For the first time in more than a decade, the man with one of the most famous surnames in music history is on a massive promotional blitz, talking to reporters, taping interviews, working the TV talk-show circuit — all to bring attention to “Everything Changes,” his first album in 15 years.


“No, not at all,” the singer-songwriter/photographer says from Los Angeles, when asked if he enjoys the renewed media demands. “But if you want people to know your work is out there, you’ve got to show your face. It’s part and parcel of the big picture. And I don’t really mind if it’s on behalf of a project I’m doing.


“But the moment they get into what I think my dad would have thought, or do I think there will be a Beatles reunion (with Julian replacing his father, a rumor he emphatically squashed two years ago) ... that’s all been talked about, been said, been done. It can all be found, and there’s no need to talk to me about it anymore. And there aren’t any secrets. You’re not going to find anything different by asking the same silly questions. They’ve all been answered.


“I’m just happy 99 percent of the interviews have been about my current work. I’m very happy it’s getting the chance to see the light of day.”


There’s one other recent project he’s more than happy to talk about, and he does so with such enthusiasm, such passion, such love, you never once doubt his sincerity, even if it’s a seeming blip in a career that’s produced six albums, including a platinum seller, and a pair of Top 10 singles.


Lennon, 50, is among the high-profile guest performers on the new charity children’s album “Absolutely Positively Getting Along” from the Grammy-winning, Bucks County-based production team of Steve Pullara, Jim Cravero, Gloria Domina and Patrick Robinson. He recites an uplifting poem, “Celebrate You,” written by Pullara and featuring jazz piano accompaniment by Robinson, that’s one of the album’s many highlights.


“Obviously, children are hugely important — they’re our future,” says Lennon, who previously worked with the team when he humorously narrated a minestrone recipe on the spoken-word track “Jules in the Kitchen” on 2010’s Grammy-nominated “Healthy Food for Thought: Good Enough to Eat.” “I think if I can help anywhere along the line, in any way, shape or form, I’m going to do it. If I’m asked every year, I’ll do it every year.


“I had great pleasure working with Steve on the previous CD — reading the minestrone recipe as a few different characters was such a fun diversion from the seriousness of the industry. It was a joy to be a part of that kind of community, and for Steve to ask me again was an honor. I think it’s important what they’re trying to get across, the way they’re relating to people — to kids — these very important issues.”


Pullara, a veteran children’s performer, has admired Lennon for a long time — both for his music and the way he blends his art with philanthropy. (Lennon’s White Feather Foundation is committed to environmental and humanitarian issues.) Those qualities made him a natural choice for an album filled with songs and poems about friendship, self-confidence and positive role models.


Pullara even had Lennon’s acclaimed photography work in mind when he penned the final lines of the poem: “Celebrate the moments that you’ll have with cherished friends, and the many things to be seen through life’s camera lens.”


“I was really struck by the way, when he really believes in something, he goes for it,” says Pullara, a Warminster resident. “You can hear how he pitched his voice — he didn’t just read it, he actually performed it. So many people say he sounds like his father — I don’t think he does. I think he’s got his own voice going.


“The poem has gone over so well. So many people are relating to it. I think in the first 24 hours after we posted it, it had 1,200 hits. For a kid’s poem.”


Robinson’s piano work, added after Lennon’s reading, provided the perfect finishing touch. “I was quite surprised when I heard it with the music,” Lennon says. “It absolutely suits it beautifully. I think my reading was quite heavy, but this lightens the load a little.”


The 27-track album, which also includes contributions from Melba Moore, Robbi K, Eric Bazilian of the Hooters and Pete Seeger and Lorre Wyatt, was commissioned by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary during a gala Nov. 15 at The Fuge in Warminster. The album’s producers, who won the best children’s Grammy for 2011’s “All About Bullies ... Big and Small,” will be at the gala selling and signing copies of “Absolutely ...,” with all proceeds benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters.


Difficult memories

 

Lennon appreciates the importance of songs with positive messages for children, having been a victim of bullying himself. After all, when your dad is in the most famous band in the world, you’re going to be the focus of attention among your peers — and not always the positive kind.


“No question about it, there were some horrific times,” he says. “One of the main problems is we moved a lot. You have to remember this was the old English school system with the assembly and the headmasters, and when I was introduced as the new pupil — they didn’t do it for anybody else — they would say, ‘This is Julian Lennon, this is John Lennon’s son.’ You really had to do that in front of everybody at the school? And then trying to find real friends, knowing that information was thrown out there ...


“The other thing is Dad left when I was about 5 — he wasn’t really around, anyway. A lot of people mistakenly felt we were very rich, but that was certainly not the case. The only money Mum (Cynthia Lennon) had was for school and clothing and food. It was tough, the more you say you don’t have, the more people think you’re pulling their leg. They think, ‘Right, sure, your dad is John Lennon, you don’t have money, you’re funny.’ “


The bullying didn’t stop — and, in some ways, still hasn’t.


“Even in boarding schools, other schools, I got chased,” Lennon says. “I learned to negotiate quite well, talking my way out of situations. Or running really fast. That’s something I became quite good at.


“The funny thing is there’s still an element of that today. There’s still people of that mindset, that still kind of bully you because of the Beatles, because of the John Lennon scenario. That’s a bit of a weird one.”


More children’s work ahead?

 

Lennon says he’s been so inspired by working with Pullara on the two children’s albums, he’d love to do one of his own, perhaps expanding on the “Peter Sellers on crack interpretations” he lent to reading the minestrone recipe.
“Why not a CD of all these different recipes, with characters from different countries, benefiting children, helping them learn to cook?” he wonders. “Maybe even talk to Steve, maybe even animate it, make it into a little series, who knows? The seed is there. The question is having the time to do it, which at this moment is near-impossible.”


Despite his lengthy break between albums, Lennon is constantly working. He co-wrote each of the 14 tracks on his new album, including a duet with Steven Tyler, “Someday,” that borrows the opening line from the Beatles’ “Baby, You’re a Rich Man,” but stands on its own as a modern-day prayer for peace wrapped inside a gem of a pop song.


He’s also constantly involved in photography/art projects, the latest being a series of stills about the life of pioneering Irish architect Eileen Gray and her work. Lennon was on set this summer for a movie about the late Gray, whose lover will be portrayed by Alanis Morissette. Lennon’s work will be featured in a book, box set and exhibition, and he’s been offered a similar project for next year.


Between music, photography and his charity work, he says he’s had four days off in the last two years.
“In mid-December, I plan to turn my phone off, put the laptop down and disappear for at least a month, just to breathe,” he says. “I reached my limit, I think.”


Until Pullara calls again.


“I feel if it touches one kid, makes them realize something positive or helps them turn things around, it’s hugely important,” Lennon says of his contributions to “Absolutely ....” “With any project like this, I’ll be on hand to do it in a heartbeat