Time for some Woggi Noggi history! Ruby and Bruce went to Horst Oxenbinder's
Steam Powered Studio back in April 2011 and started working
on the basic tracks for the recording project. Here are Bruce and Ruby at work...
Ruthie is the other Woggi Noggi girl. Here is their theme song...
...and here is Ruthie looking quite serious about her singing.
Here's Ruthie in a new hat!
(normally it's pj's and wigs for the girls) Ruby and Ruthie planned to use the songs to produce a bunch of
that will (obviously) sweep the nation. Songs like this next one. (these songs are from a day in the life
of the Woggi Noggi girls in Woggi Noggi land)
It's a Beautiful Day is Bruce on bass, Ruby and Ruthie singing, and Ruby playing ukulele and congo. Here's Ruby
overdubbing the congo part...
It was not unusual for there to be two costume changes per recording session- and several sessions went for around 12
hours. But Ruby and Horst had plenty of refreshments to keep them going.
OK, after breakfast the Woggi Noggi girls love to hit the playground for their favorite thing- hanging
Playground was loads of fun to record. Ruby was looking for a sound to go with the hanging-upside-down part, and
tried several things before hitting on the talking drum. Horst got to play the clave-clamped-in-a-vice-played-with-drumsticks to simulate skipping feet. Ruby thoughtfully provided the pants.
Turns out that it's a very special day in Woggi Noggi Land- the girls get to visit a goat farm!
You know what? Goats are Great!
Goats is one of several songs that feature Dave Young on drums. (he came up with the goats-doing-a-rumba part) Here he and Ruby are working out some ideas.
This song also features Ruby on her other major instrument, the harp.
Now that is a kick-ass harp! Ruby's husband
builds 'em- no lack of talent in that family.
Here she's on the phone to him, explaining that she might be a little late...
Well, there's a time in the Woggi Noggi day that features a bird that spells out words- a
Wurdy Burd in fact! Here's his theme song-
Horst is all proud because he got to play the boat-whistle part on this.
I'm not sure how Bruce feels about this picture...
OK, after the Wurdy Burd does his thing, the girls stumble upon some chickens with attitude.
Ruby really seems to like chickens a lot!
We've gotten into the afternoon part of the Woggi Noggi day now, and let me tell you, it's HOT! Fortunately, the
girls have the solution...H2O!
I think that they get a little too deep in the water there, because they meet some strange characters...
(not that they are strangers to strange, mind...)
Ruthie has an awesome dance for this one.
Some of this may have been inspired by the cool refreshments.
After the undersea adventure, the girls to go see a friend. It's a long, long walk... but there is a beautiful harp song to help them on their way.
Later on I join Ruby on a little do-wop thing. This is quiet time.
Now, that's nice. Finally, Shawn plays the harp theme that rolls everyone off to sleep...
And so ends another Woggi Noggi day.
(Woggi Noggi, the Woggi Noggi logo, Wurdy Burd, and all songs are the intellectual property of Shawn
Drain, and may not be used without her permission. The very Woggi Noggi clock face is from a design by Ji Lee.)