Pop Star Turns Author
Kid-friendly songs for your family
- Duration 8:39
- Date Dec 21, 2011
Kid-friendly songs for your family
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So this believe it or not is Lisa -- -- -- my age you remember Lisa Loeb from -- And a fantastic song from reality bites that I was just telling our crew here that I would like this.
When I was driving down the shore in early ninety's.
But she's involved I suppose I have -- -- Not really because they still love that song whenever comes on radio.
We do well with us right now pops out author and my mom I did not notice how many children do you have.
I I have.
Eighteen year old daughter she just turned him since she's a perfect -- for this music although I will tell you I played it at home for my kids miner 109 and seven.
And they thought it was hysterical too because they they understand the -- -- so this whole notion that there's a disappointed -- geek out there.
They thought it was the greatest thing ever so what you need you make -- transition from well hot music to children's music.
You know I.
An opportunity a few years ago to make an album that was different from my normal pop music albums and I always wanted to make -- -- record.
The first check that I made was called cats in the -- is my friend Elizabeth Mitchell and it was more for younger kids.
But after that I got to make Connecticut's record and I made -- inspired them to summer camp experiences.
-- -- police that.
And this -- -- -- -- sing along songs has really inspired by that same summer camp experience you know singing along with other kids.
Some of the songs on the book I had a fun sing -- that everybody -- -- -- like traditional signs like -- the and some of them -- -- songs inspired by summer camp like a disappointing pancake.
I just really wanted to make a record that would sort of take kids away from the computer and and bring them.
Together with other kids and I can send your kids actually more of the age they get -- that are inspired.
To create their own songs and sort of sparks imagination and also they -- to memorize some final words you know.
Yeah and they love interest in any music if their brains -- on the off for -- we have -- on all the time in my house.
It's kind of -- John though and I've been through a lot of -- now there's a lot of children's.
And you know the doesn't the -- if they don't have kids they've never heard after these people but there are a lot of people out there -- -- this kind of stuff.
What made you want to die did.
You know when I was going up against some of their records I listened to you.
Where really Red Sea by Carole King hands -- you and me which is a -- -- Thomas put together record.
And knows records reminded me more of the other music I listen to you in the early seventies when I was going up like Elton John and queen.
And and and other singer songwriters it was real musicians playing songs like.
You listen to this -- music that you couldn't really tell that it was kids' music.
And now is the kind of music I wanted to make now because like you said if you're a parent and you listen to a lot of the kids music.
Some NA -- can get a little grating and it kind of sounds like -- music it doesn't sound like real people planning.
So that's what I really wanted to do -- an.
The people at Miami's record like that it kids' book record that I just put out as well as -- -- kids records.
They're people who -- my regular records you know their real musicians and we actually play together and sing together and and and make harmonies together and write the songs likely right other -- -- so they're not sort of what we don't wanna talk down to the kids it's really just about.
Explain our imagination in a different way but with real music and real production.
But I -- I know exactly what you're saying because when my son was little he was into the wiggles and I don't know if you know or remember the -- but.
I mean you know it any knife nearby I was ready stick in my hand after listening to the wiggles -- like hours at a time.
But really letter came around and like she is my -- -- kind of reminds me of -- what you're doing.
It's funny stuff but -- -- music that we can listen to I couldn't -- in the car and sticks in your head.
I think that -- this notion that you're appealing to parents and children can really be a home run.
Yeah I think it's very important and a light comes in like a folk music yes and yes I come from -- singer songwriter little bit less folk that.
You know folk and rock tradition and I think that that's important also the simplicity of actually being able to hear the instruments.
Sometimes again you get into overproduction -- instruments and they don't really sound -- instruments -- -- can -- parents crazy because we don't want idea that we wanted it to make a record that had repeat listening value.
Because again like I know with my two year old leaving you know lots -- videos on the computer as a music and it's hard to terror cells away once we started.
But hopefully if you can get kids interested in doing things that aren't just involved with the computer things that that bring them together with other kids or armed with their siblings or whatever.
They can they can have sort of longer lasting memories and experiences that are a little bit more -- real.
You know look at second tier thing is -- get -- then.
And you get to this trance is certainly couldn't ask grownups will watch TV you know -- had to get cut.
And you can -- up and you -- kind of speculate you know I unity now.
And they certainly have sensory overload in this world today so are you just focusing -- you're not just focusing on children stuff -- right you're still doing.
-- -- stuff for people you know for us.
The grandstand and I am I making its music -- and there will be another.
Sing along book coming out next year that's more movement -- -- is more silly songs.
Like you said things like the disappointing pancake.
There's not to disappoint me after I know he's not find out if you listen.
I'm -- I'm also working on -- music at a new record at a working -- with Chad Gilbert from new found glory.
And it sort of a poppy -- you rock record that'll be out next year.
So the book is obviously a great Christmas gift for your kids out there and I'm presuming it's everywhere Amazon we can get in all the bookstores.
Totally yeah I mean I -- at the -- yesterday and it was crazy at I would go relax by Locke ran them off for an hour while made -- -- I -- and I left.
And that was not very relaxing you know reminding me you know there's just this like barrage and get some things I love gadgets and my husband and I love things and I love toys and it's really fun -- It looked like the kids are having the most fun we're the ones playing a little playground not the ones who are you know buying on these -- again -- iBook is something that.
It is something that.
It it won't be tossed in a corner later you know it'll it'll be this experienced that -- I was -- the -- Hot for Christmas Chanukah and of course -- -- I I have to ask you before I let you go that if I'm not -- -- -- That's so that song.
Back from this that some stay back from about advice when your big -- great did someone he'll head I wanna say.
I wanna say even not what -- -- that's right.
You're right hey I'm in many of her -- you know I your -- is on that.
Yeah I graduated from college.
And I -- he -- through some other actor friends from from Brown University.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Would come to my concerts and I made music for his theater company and they're sort of this group of us in New York that hang out together.
And -- and wanted to copy of my son instead which is one of the songs and play in New York City as as songwriter and and you know with my band.
And so we gave him a copy of the song we recorded -- in an apartment in New York City.
And -- and passed it along to Ben Stiller who paid into the movie reality bites.
And the people who make the soundtrack and everything -- put it on the soundtrack.
Radio station in Houston started playing it and it ended up becoming number one hit with out a record deal which is very exciting.
-- -- and I remember this story and I met when I said I would blasted it was early ninety's driving down the shore.
I swear I ever thought thank you wrote the song for us -- words -- so point and I I -- did and still when I hear it I love it and I'm so glad I got to do it talk to you and then your website is Lisa -- dot com.
I have everybody -- the write the songs are so fun we listen we want saw the YouTube videos of -- singing and playing with kids and we loved it my kids and I looked at.
-- Leo oh it's so much fun with the but we've had a fun little contest for people lip synching their way that is -- -- -- participation it's really cool it's it's terrific.
Lisa -- dot com -- -- -- thank you so much for being less good luck with it happy holidays and I allies in Milan -- -- kids out there.
Thank you very -- having holidays.