Saturday, September 17, 2011

Wake Up! Video

Yosi & the Superdads release a 3-song medley just in time for school!
Having 15 kids between the four of us dads we know a thing or two about trying to get the kids up for school. Sure, the first week or two they are excited, but soon they are not so chipper in the morning. So, it's our (& your) job as parents to get these munchkins fed, dressed, brushed, kissed & sent out the door. Of course, on weekends when YOU want to sleep in the kids get their revenge!
To hear samples &/or download of the three-song morning trilogy:
1) Wake Up,
2) Vitamin A-K, 
3) Bus Stop
Oh, and enjoy the first song & video: Wake Up! Turn it up LOUD!!! ...in the morning. http://youtu.be/uPK1PCeuWGg

Have a great day!!
Love,
Yosi & the Superdads

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Joanie Leeds Rocks!

I met Joanie at Kindiefest this past weekend. We spoke briefly about music, kids & radio. The next day I popped in her latest disc I'm A Rock Star & was immediately energized by the opening guitar riff, followed by the very well crafted, hook-laden pop rock styling. Tunes like "Jump, Jump", "I Like Jazz" & the fully Spanish "En Espanol" showcase Joanie's engaging singing & songwriting. Kids are bound to feel like rock stars singing along whole-heartedly. So, I called Joanie & said, "this is great!"

1) How did you get to be a "rock star" & how does it feel?

I feel like every move I've made over the course of my life has been preparing me for "rock stardom". When I was born, my parents told me that the nurse said instead of crying like all the other babies, it sounded like I was singing in the nursery. That must have planted a seed in their brains because at the ripe old age of two, my parents gave me Suzuki piano lessons. I started singing lessons by middle school and learned how to play guitar in 10th grade and never looked back. Once I graduated college with my first "grown up" CD in hand, I realized playing the NYC clubs like The Bitter End and The Living Room wasn't quite doing it for me so I switched gears and started writing and playing for kids. I have to tell you, I have lived the life in the music clubs and I have never felt more like a rock star as I do when I'm singing for kids and their families. It's really the best feeling in the whole world and I'm so grateful to my amazing fans!

2) What are some of your musical influences (as a kid & adult)?

I grew up in Miami Florida listening to 105.9 Classic Rock station but mixed in with Broadway show tunes my palate was pretty eclectic. My favorite music was the music my dad liked: Dylan, Grateful Dead, Cream, Beatles and Rolling Stones. In high school and college along with my love of Phish and any other jam band, I was all about chick singers: Indigo Girls, Alanis Morissette, Joni Mitchell, Fiona Apple, Tori Amos and Ani DiFranco. These days I listen to more indie rock: New Pornographers, The Mountain Goats, Wilco, Felice Brothers, The National, The Weepies, The Decemberists and Regina Spektor. I worked at the music club The Bitter End for a few years after college and I found my influences playing there. I think as a young kid I just knew who the famous people were and I didn't realize that many of the very best musicians are unsigned, unknown and playing to audiences of 20. I learned that lesson really fast and these independent artists changed my entire thinking. Dan Zanes is my biggest musical influence in the kids world. I started out playing folk music so his style really resonates with me. I got a chance to meet him at Kindiefest this past weekend and told him how much his music means to me! I'm sure I wasn't the only one.


3) Tell us about your love of sunglasses? What's that all about?

I'm from Miami so having beach access is as normal as having yellow cabs whiz by in my new home, NYC. Some of the best memories I have as a kid was riding my bike past the mangroves on our way to Matheson Hammocks Park. We used to picnic there, sit by the sand and go swimming. I just love wearing sunglasses, it reminds me of home. I wrote "Sunglasses" in Central Park while sitting with my friend Jess and Briana. I brought my guitar and said to them, I am going to have written a song about sunglasses within the hour. It took me about 30 minutes and then I played it for most of Sheeps Meadow.


4) My kid wants to know 'do you really have an Elf in your room?'

Ha ha. No I don't have an elf in my room though I wish I did if it meant I'd have someone help clean up my messes. This song came from a true story going way back to when my little brother Jonathan was really little. He had an imaginary friend, "The Elf", whom he would blame EVERYTHING on. If something was messy, "The Elf did it". If something was broken, "The Elf did it" I'm 6 years older than him so I wouldn't let anything slide back then but we went with this one because I found it fascinating. Also, when he blamed things on the elf, at least my mom knew I didn't do anything wrong. The elf was genius! I even went so far as to make a stuffed elf toy (looking very much like the lucky charms character) out of paper and cotton balls which I kept in his room for full effect. Luckily a few years later he learned about accountability, now he is in law school!

5) Finally! Someone understands the need for more cowbell. Do kids really like cowbells?

This SNL skit had me on the floor a few years back but when the iPhone application came out, that's I got the idea to write "More Cowbell" the song. People go crazy over cowbells and I think I understand why. It's a pretty loud bell that you hit with a stick, plus cows more often than not get to use them exclusively. I love playing guitar and piano but I secretly want to be a drummer so this song gives me a chance to rock the bell!

6) Your first album is more intimate & this one is more rockin'. Is this a new direction?

My songs from 'City Kid' were written for the kids I play music with at nursery school in a solo setting. I wanted to write mostly "doing" songs so the kids would have easy direction in class along with having fun, of course. I find when playing solo giving the kids something to do works better than singing a story song. After playing more with my band, it was clear that with a drummer involved, I had more options because kids can just dance. For 'I'm A Rock Star', I aimed to write story songs in every possible genre for my audience that was now a few years older. I co-produced with an awesome team from Nashville, Zodlounge Music, and together we came out with an incredible CD. I really love it.

7) What's next on the drawing board?

In the September of 2009 while recording with Zodlounge in Nashville, I was selecting the songs for 'I'm A Rock Star' from my list. I had 24 originals ready to go but this time wanted to go with a shorter CD, better for kids attention spans. I put 13 songs on 'I'm A Rock Star' and the rest will be on the next CD set to release in early spring, 2011. We already recorded most of the basic tracks in the summer of 2009 and I am heading into the studio next week to start recording my vocals. It's a CD (untitled) all about animals. The story behind this animal themed CD is I was asked to write a bunch of songs for a DVD project in focusing on endangered animals in early 2009. Because of that, my repertoire is very "animal heavy". This came in handy when I played two concerts at The Bronx Zoo last month! The CD will have 10 originals and 4 cover songs and a re-mixed previously released song from 'City Kid'. You'll find some folk, rock and blues on this one, I'm psyched! There is a cool
video on YouTube of my recording experience from these two albums where you can get a sneak peak of some new songs!

Keep on rockin', Joanie!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Kindie Christmas: Interview with Tito of The Hipwaders



The Hipwaders rock this holiday season with tasty power pop rock for the whole family on A Kindie Christmas. At my house we love the toe-tappin' rhythms & grooves of "Wake Up" & "It's Wintertime."


Frontman, Tito Uquillas, shared some thoughts about this great holiday album:





1) What got you started in this kindie biz?

I think like you a lot of children’s music performers, I was already a songwriter who had performed music for a long time and began writing songs to entertain my own children when they were born. I never considered what I was writing for them was children’s music but my own style of music with lyrics I thought they’d most appreciated when they reached grade school age. Actually, the first song I wrote for my kids was a song called, “So, You’re a Boy” for my unborn son, Aidan. During her pregnancy my wife was convinced she was going to have a girl and very soon had been convinced and mentally prepared on how I’d act as a father to a girl. When she had her 22 week sonogram we were told it was to be a boy and the song immediately came to me. We have yet to record it as a band – although there is a live version of it on YouTube – but hope to have it on our next release.

2) What spirit were you trying to capture in A Kindie Christmas?

I was trying to capture the spirit I feel for the Christmas season. I grew up in a house with adults that enjoyed the religious and secular aspects of the season. I always enjoyed the ‘tinsel & lights” and the memories of those times are always good ones. There are some things that always stick in my mind like how during our teenage years my father attempted to find the perfect gift for my hard-core punk rock-loving younger brother and got him a Ted Nugent album because it looked like a punk rock record. My brother, who usually knocked heads with my Dad, recognized the attempt my father made and with all sincerity thanked him and didn’t make any kind of issue of it. That in a nutshell is Christmas for me.



3) I love your pop sensibility & I’m hearing influences like REM, XTC, & even Johnny Cash. Are these some of your early influences?

Ah, you nailed it. What kid doesn’t like Johnny Cash? They say your teenage years and early 20’s is the time that your taste in music is forever shaped and for me that’s ’78 – ’83. Give me all that punk rock/new wave/ska/rockabilly music from that era and I’m happy. Earlier than that I was a huge Beatles/British Invasion and ‘60’s American Garage Rock fan.



4) What do The Hipwaders do when not playing music?

I’m a paramedic and try and balance work, music and raising two boys with my wife of 23 years. Nick (drums) is a High School art teacher and DJ (bass) is a mystery man. We know very little about him and Nick and I feel if we pry too much our livelihood, citizen status, and perhaps even our lives may be in jeopardy.



5) I love the groove on “It’s Wintertime.” Was that born of a jam session?

The main verse music was forged during a jam session & I just tried to keep the James Brown feeling it had. At first I was trying to sing a melody over it like James Brown but realized I sounded silly and came up with the legato vocal lines that seemed more natural to my “white boy” style. It’s hecka fun song to play!



6) What’s next on your drawing board?

We just did some performances at Children’s hospitals in San Francisco and I would really want to pursue some more shows like that. On a personal level it was wonderful as a children’s musician but more so on a paramedic level. I’ve been a paramedic for over 25 years and performing for sick children reminded me of why I became a paramedic and to be less of a clinician and more of a caregiver.
Looks like we may have a song included on a very high-profile compilation coming out next spring so we want to take advantage of that by performing as much as we can and get ready to be a available for any gigs that may come our way. We also want to save up our money to get back into the studio and try and make the perfect Hipwaders album!




Thanks, Tito!
Happy holidays!

Enjoy The Hipwaders:
http://www.hipwaders.net/

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Happy Father's Day!!

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!
We have a new CD!
Plus a concert on Sirius/XM 116 all weekend long!
PLUS: this Father's Day article is running in several on-line publications.
Enjoy!

Hey Daddy-o!
By: Yosi Levin
www.YosiMusic.com

“Hey there, kiddo! Enjoying your day? How about a bike ride? Let’s go!” Dads are great! From teaching you how to ride that bike, kissing your boo-boo, helping with homework, to taking the family out for ice cream, they are sweet & so much fun! Sure, they have work to do, bills to pay & things to fix. Dads come in all shapes, size, temperaments & attitudes.
They are special guys, but what makes a Dad so special? As the leader of a band of Dads, Yosi & The Superdads, I realize we have lots of differences but even more in common. Some of us have more hair on our heads than others. We have different size families, houses, cars, pets, & outlooks. But at the heart of being a Dad are some super qualities. It took several months to tease out those super qualities, but they are so simple we wonder why it took so long.

So here they are:

1) Patience: Now we’re not patient ALL the time! Let’s face it, who is? Sometimes it’s downright hard to be patient & we know it. But a great super-virtue of a Dad is the ability to assess a situation calmly, think about it and decide on a course of action. Did your Dad teach you how to tie shoelaces, throw a ball, or ride a two-wheeler? You know what I mean. It takes time & a lot of biting of one’s tongue to teach & be a part of a kid’s life…but we love it!

2) Care: You’ve heard it …”good night”, “good Morning”, “great job”, “watch out”, “hey silly goose”, “I’m gonna catch you”, and more…plus you’ve seen his silly faces, smiles & crazy looks …all spell I L-O-V-E Y-O-U …every time.


3) Humor: Now Dads tend to be natural goofballs. It’s like they were built to be human whoopee cushions. Whether they’re laughing loudly at a funny movie or TV show, cracking jokes, tickling, or making bathroom or silly noises you gotta admit they LOVE to crack you up.

4) Perseverance: No, not sweating! You know, hanging in there & doing the right thing. (OK, maybe there’s some sweating involved.) This is the glue for any family. Someone’s got to take care of daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal & yearly tasks. But more importantly, there needs to be a vision of the future & working towards it. Moms have their way of doing it wonderfully, & Dads have theirs. Sometimes it may not look like much more than work, or chores, or even reading the mail …but there’s a bigger picture in that man’s head. Ask him. You might be surprised.

And so my good friends it’s nearly Father’s Day. You could buy that tacky tie, or an iPod for your special Daddy. But what any Dad really wants is what we all want; some appreciation. I don’t need a big gift to feel appreciated. For me a hand drawn card from my kids makes all the difference.
However, if you REALY REALLY want to make a Dad super-happy I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You ready? Shhhhh! Secretly, Dads want to feel like they are cool again. There was a time when they were younger & rode a motorcycle or went to rock concerts wearing a leather jacket. They’re not sure if they are cool anymore & you CAN’T TALK TO THEM about it. They’ll just deny it. So, if you REALLY want to make a Dad feel super special all you have to do is say “Hey, Daddy-o! You’re the coolest!”
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!



Award-winning children’s recording artist & performer, Yosi Levin, is a father of four children, ages: 7, 12, 12, & 15. Yes, that’s twins in the middle! He with his wife & kids live in the sleepy seashore town of Island Heights, NJ where they plant butterfly gardens, rear moths, play various musical instruments & go on bike rides. Oh, somewhere in between bills get paid.

PS- You can hear Yosi & The Superdads recorded concert on Sirius/XM Channel 116 all Father’s Day weekend (June 19 -21).

Monday, June 01, 2009

Billy Kelly's Happy Club

Billy Kelly is the newest kid rocker on the block, & his first disc is a blockbuster! Clever, fun, great pop melodies, hooks & humor. This CD is on my Top 10 for 2009. Check it out! You'll be happy you did.

1) How did I suddenly become an OFFICIAL member of The Happy Club? and are there any annual fees?

All you gotta do is SMILE and youre an OFFICIAL member of The Happy Club! It's that simple. They say smiling only uses one muscle (the mouth muscle, located in the mouth) but frowning uses over 18 million muscles, many of which are located in the feet & leg area. So you can see that smiling much better than frowning when it comes to things to do with your face.

Joining The Happy Club is free. Staying in The Happy Club is FREE. The only thing you're required to do as an official member of The Happy Club is spread cheer & love around. Smile at people, give your friends hugs, pet your dog and stuff like that.

2) If the first song is called This is the First Song why isnt the last song called This is the Last Song?

Mainly because the word Last could mean PREVIOUS, and there would be no way to truthfully play a song called This Is The Previous Song, because you could never play the previous song while playing the song youre currently playing. Also because I didnt think of it in time.

3) I see the Talking Heads had an influence are there other influences?

Gravity is a big influence on me. It really keeps me grounded. I like Talking Heads interesting/absurd way of looking at the world, but musically The Monkees were the biggest inspiration for this me while recording this CD. I love their harmony vocals especially, but I also like the way they jump around from one musical style to another. I also just like the way they jump around period. I like the way actual monkeys jump around too. Thats awesome.

4) Why do People Really Like Milk?

That's a great question, and one I never bothered to ask myself, so I dont have the answer. It can't be because it comes from a cow because there are other things that come from cows that people really don't seem to care for. It can't be simply because milk tastes good, because milk tastes GREAT. All I know for sure is that people really DO like milk. Open everyones refrigerator if you dont believe me they all have milk in there.

5) My kids & I LOVE Digby on The Billy Kelly Show. How did he become your manager & what plans does he have?

One of my socks got a big hole in the heel and I threw it in the garbage. (You can't recycle socks.) As I turned to walk away, the sock started talking to me (the hole in the heel was apparently its' mouth) and asked me if I needed a manager. I told him what I really needed was a new sock, but Digby ODoole wont take no for an answer. Our conversation continued for about 2 hours and in the end I let him manage my music carrer. Now he does stuff for me like sending my CD to radio stations, booking concerts, and setting up interviews with cool kids-music blogs. I only wear yellow socks, by the way.

6) Did The Blah Blah Blahs used to be The Yeah Yeah Yeahs?

No No No.

7) Why is Springtime your favorite?

I've always loved Springtime the best. Its not too hot, and its not too cold. Sometimes you get a little snow in the Springtime, but not TOO much snow like in Winter. Plus lots of trees and flowers change color in Springtime, just like in Autum, but unlike Autum, they don't all drop their leaves onto the ground and die then. In Springtime everything changes color and STAYS ALIVE! Springitme is the best!!!

8) Where can folks catch your show?

Episode 1 of The Billy Kelly Show is currently posted on my youtube channel: youtube.com/thebillykellyshow. Its split into two parts because its over 10 minutes long, and youtube apparently thinks all videos should be less than 10 minutes long. Im looking for a home for it on a more kid-friendly video site. Eventually itll be on my site, thebillykellyshow.com, but thats still under construction. Digby says the web site will be done in 2014.
Thanks Billy (& Digby, for making this interview possible). Hope to be seeing more of both of you. -Yosi

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Flow dreamily with Sunflow

Feelin' kinda mellow?


SUNFLOW is the brainchild of two transatlantic songwriters Nancy Falkow (USA) and Fran King (IRELAND). Upon a chance meeting at a train station in Dublin, Ireland, Falkow and King became fast friends.


The following is an interview with Nancy:





1) How did Sunflow form?
OK in a nutshell....I moved to Ireland from Philadelphia in 2004 and in
2005 I randomly met Fran King at a train station (I recognized him from seeing him on TV). I later joined his band playing some keys and singing.
One day he played me a beautiful song he wrote, "Eve's Lullabye - (My Little One)" and I thought, why haven't I written anything like that for my kid? So I wrote 5 tunes and we worked on some more together and decided we'd make a record. We enlisted his mate and producer extraordinaire Duncan Maitland (who's also a Sunflow bandmember). And Sunflow was born.


2) What inspired you to create "Under the Stars"?
Babies.

3) Do you perform these songs live?
We've done a few band shows and some radio. Schedules permitting, more to come.


4) How do kids respond to your sound? (If they fall asleep does that
mean the concert is a success?)
That's the thing, as a band we're new, so we haven't performed for kids yet, we've mostly played shows for adults, you know, at night-- and only a few people fell asleep. But I would say sleep is a success!

5) I hear Paul McCartney & XTC in your songs. What are your influences?
My influences hover in the B section of the alphabet - Beatles, Bowie, Beck, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan and I love Ween, Daniel Lanois, Stevie Wonder, Aimee Mann, Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin and so many more!


6) What's next on your drawing board?
Well, I'd like to get the word out about this record. The children's world is new to me, I've been a singer-songwriter a while, but promoting a record that's meant for kids is a whole different animal!

And speaking of drawing board - I've been drawing images and creating videos for some of the songs from "Under the Stars" and putting them up on YouTube(inspired by the artist Roseann Endres from Eric Herman's videos).

Here's a few links:
I Wish You Love - http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=zbhQWP9AZzs
Dreamboat - http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=f-ir0qusdXU


Band Links -
Download or buy cd here:
http://www.itsaboutmusic.com/sunflow.html

We are:
http://www.myspace.com/sunflowmusic

Friday, November 21, 2008

Meet The Boogers


It was high time someone did it... a kids Ramones parody band. Lots of artists have dabbled in the garage/punk/pop style, but the Boogers do nothing but rock Ramones-style. A sonic pop onslaught, & brief, catchy kid tunes that truly rock.

Here's a fun interview with Crusty Booger:

1) How did the Boogers form?

The formation of the Boogers was the result of two things. The first was mucus, which our bodies make to prevent our nasal passages from drying out and to humidify the air which we inhale. The second component was dust, lint, and other contaminants which are removed from the air we breathe by contact with the sticky mucus. As the water in the mucus evaporated it left behind the contaminants and thickened mucus which is commonly called the Boogers.
The idea actually hit me almost 10 years ago when I was in a “serious” punk rock band. We were at my guitar player’s house and put on one of our CDs for his young daughter (who had only been exposed to Barney and Veggie-tales at the time). She immediately responded to the fast beat by jumping around like crazy. Subsequent exposures to other young ones confirmed that kids cannot resist this kind of music. I came up with and promptly forgot the idea for a punk rock band for kids because it wasn’t relevant to me at the time.
Then I met my awesome wife and our first son (Josh) was born. As I’m sure you (and every parent) knows, having children is a transformational experience in many ways. Despite my proclivity for harder rock and roll, I started out by playing ‘nice’ nursery rhymes and folk songs for Josh. Then one day I put on a Ramones CD while Josh and I were hanging out and he immediately freaked out. The idea for the band came back and I started retooling the classics and writing new stuff. Then I recorded some rough demos and started playing for Josh and his friends and small gigs at local schools. The initial reception was fantastic from both kids and adults. So I thought, “why not make a real album?”
For ‘Road to Rock’ I did all the parts myself. Since then, as the demand for (and size of) our live shows grew, I recruited Greenie Booger for bass and Sticky Booger on drums. Sticky was tricky…it took a while to extract him. Greenie is a father of twin boys and lives right down the street from me. Sticky (who has three of his own) and I have known each other since high school and we’ve spent a lot of nights on the road and the stage together. We are a very tight group…Boogers stick together.

2) How do kids respond to Boogers …err, your punk sound?

Kids love to pick the Boogers because they make them dance, bounce around, and sing. Kids find Boogers irresistible. There’s something about a four-on-the-floor beat at 160-180 bpm that just resonates with kids. We have yet to play for a kid who hasn’t become a fan.
Interestingly, a lot of the fan mail we’ve received from our website (meet-the-boogers.com) has the parent first telling us how much they like it personally…and then telling us that their kids loved it too.

3) Ramones influences are everywhere, jacket, music, emblem…was there any issues of getting permission or paying royalties?

For us, the Ramones epitomize the spirit of rock and roll…short, simple songs with catchy melodies that make you want to jump around. As you might guess, we think the Ramones are among the greatest rock bands ever…at a time when the airwaves were dominated by Adult Contemporary (James Taylor), Disco, and huge arena acts, they came along and saved the essence of rock and roll…and we want to do the same thing for kids’ music. Don’t get me wrong, we love and appreciate all kinds of children’s music and musicians – it’s just that every time we listened to a kid’s band that claimed to really “rock” they always fell short in our opinion.
To answer your question after that digression, there were no real issues. The jacket is essentially a parody of the Ramones’ Road to Ruin album and the emblem is a parody of their emblem (which itself is a parody of the presidential seal) and parodies don’t need permission. Jay Lynch did the cover art – He is super interesting guy…he was one of the founders of the underground comics movement from the 60’s, he worked for Mad magazine, designed almost all of the Wacky Packages, and recently released an awesome children’s book (Otto’s Orange Day). Anyway, Jay knows John Holmstrom who worked on the original Road to Ruin cover (as well as the back cover illustration for Rocket to Russia). He showed the stuff to John, and John was totally into it. It didn’t hurt that Jay is one of John’s heroes. So in terms of visually presenting the band, we wanted to make sure that proper homage was given and to clearly indicate what the band is going to sound like once you open that CD. In terms of the music, we covered two Ramones songs on this album (but completely rewrote the lyrics). Of course for these we had to pay to acquire the proper licenses.

4) I’m hearing a bit of DK’s & other punk influences. Am I off?

There’s certainly a bit of that in there, but it’s fairly minimal. As you get outside the Ramones style of punk, you tend to get more dissonance and stuff in minor keys (which kids don’t like so much). Like the Ramones, major key bubble gum pop with a buzz saw guitar is our bread and butter. On the album, I think the biggest departures from that style are the songs “Peanut Butter and Jelly” and “Mary” which are much more of a thrash style. There’s a fun video of PB&J starring two of my sons on YouTube.
Besides the Ramones, we’re influenced by a range of stuff. As a kid, I grew up listening to my Mom’s old 45’s – early Beatles, Chuck Berry, Monkees, Beach Boys, Tommy Jones. My Dad was a country fan and really turned me onto Hank Williams, Sr.. All of these artists had a beautiful simplicity to their songs, so it doesn’t surprise me that I gravitated to the Ramones as a teenager. I’m also very into reggae and Frank Zappa. On our version of Wheels on the Bus, there’s Zappa reference from Joe’s Garage.

5) What do the Boogers do when not rockin’ kids?

We hang out with our families and do normal Dad stuff. Go to the park. Play games. Read books. Listen to music. Talk. Play superheroes. Coach tee-ball. My boys and I play a lot of music together. Josh seems like a natural for the lead singer spot – like most five-year-olds, he already has the requisite ego. He likes making up the set lists. My second son, Matt, is a stone-cold natural on the drums. He’s four years-old and can already play a floor-tom ride like nobody’s business. My third son is a year old and is still discovering what role he might like to play.

6) Does your Psychology background influence your music? How?

While I have to say that having kids is a bigger influence on my music than my background in developmental psychology, it definitely has had an influence. While working on my Ph.D., I worked at the university’s day care center for children with developmental disabilities and would play guitar for them. It was really my first experience playing music for kids. I also learned a lot about and did a lot of research on language acquisition, cognitive development, and social development. I find it incredibly interesting that music (pitch, tempo, rhythm) is the basis/building block for almost all spoken language across almost every culture – we communicate with music before we can even speak. And music can help facilitate language and social development. For example, “call and response” songs help teach kids how conversations work and rhyming teaches kids about how words are constructed. Understanding attention spans at different developmental levels is pretty important too. You shouldn’t write a 5-minute song for a 5-year-old. So things like this influence my songwriting.
In my opinion, the ability to creatively adapt has always been one of humankind’s greatest abilities and that ability will only become more important for future generations. By adding new sections to classic kids’ songs and creating mash-ups like ABC/Twinkle/Black Sheep (which I believe you have also done, Yosi), adaptation is one of the hidden themes in Road to Rock. And it’s amazing how kids can learn to creatively adapting and co-opt. My boys are already doing this. Unfortunately, most of the lyrics they come up with right now have to do with pooh.
But enough of this pretentiousness. Unlike the makers of Baby Einstein, we don’t claim that our music is any better than any other for turning your kid into some kind of Einstein. There is, however, ample research which demonstrates that listening and enjoying music with your kids will increase their love of music. And a love of music will last a lifetime. At the end of the day, the Boogers just want kids to have fun and rock out.

7) Where can punky families pick the Boogers CD & see them live?

Our debut CD ‘Road to Rock’ is available on Amazon and CDBaby. CDBaby has snippets of the songs and our website has a number of free songs to download. Our next show is January 25th at the Wonder Works Children Museum in Oak Park, IL. We plan on playing a lot of shows during the festival season, so be sure to check back! Thanks Yosi!!

Thanks Crusty!


Enjoy folks: http://www.meet-the-boogers.com/