Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, artistically known as the children’s artist Wurmy Wormfield, is no stranger to his creative side as he’s been a dedicated artist since the young age of 13. He grew up to be director and filmmaker, of which you’ve probably heard of his work. He did D’Arcy Drollinger’s award-winning rock operas, Cereal Killers and Possession of Mrs. Jones, seminal collaborations with Tony-nominated cabaret singer and actor Justin Vivian Bond; and the feature films Fancy’s Persuasion, Kissing Jessica Stein, Legally Blonde 2, and The Hammer. Needless to say, he has been able to create stories that meant a lot to society and himself.
But Wurmy Wormfield was inspired by a community garden in Silverlake, CA back in 2008. Taken by Obama’s request for help early in his first presidency, Wurmy joined his neighborhood council & proposed the community garden. The small cadre of neighbors, students, teachers, kids and families were able to overturn the parking lot the next year. Timeless ideals of returning land to nature, community gathering around common, shared spaces, and the awe of watching nature bloom and cycle made a mystical impact on Wurmy. He was in many ways re-born & had no other choice but to sing about it.
His music is like his films in they way his melodies flow, his lyrics are written and delivered, and the beat and tempo. His debut album, For You, the Garden, is all 5 of his EP’s in one convenient story. While he wrote the album for kids, adults can find joy and value in it as well. He hopes to teach us all about the natural world and how it supports everything we know. He sings about everything from the world of nature in songs like “Garden Song” and “I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground (a Mountain Upside Down),” to empathy in songs like “Good Morning, I Love You” and “Beautiful Dreamer” and our connected relationship with land in songs like “We Humans are 18% Plant” and “Calling All Protons (Everything Spirit).”
His song “No One Too Small” is a poignant song that resonates with everyone of all ages. It’s a piano ballad that was inspired by Greta Thunberg and her carbon neutral transatlantic journey to the New York and the sea-captain she befriends along the way. He hopes that this song not only inspires change, but also makes us more aware of the choices we make and the impact that has on us as a whole.
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