April 25, 1989 |
In the "thirtysomething" era of aerobics videos for kids, fetal phones to talk to the not-yet-born and gourmet baby food, it seems inevitable that someone would produce music for infants. Fivesomething years ago, record industry veteran Ellen Wohlstadter, 35, was searching for music to play for her newborn son, Jason. Finding nothing she liked, she and her husband, David, 36, produced their own cassette with a variety of traditional lullabies such as "Rock-A-Bye-Baby," with ballads they grew up listening to written by the Beatles and other artists.
October 4, 2007 |
When Brady Rymer takes the stage Saturday morning at the Santa Monica Pier, he'll undoubtedly be in better spirits than his last time in L.A. Although the show marks his local debut as a family music performer, he played in town in the '90s as a member of the East Coast jam-pop group From Good Homes. Those stressful industry showcases don't bring the best memories.
August 19, 2004 |
Chicago-based pop artist Justin Roberts, who will perform a family concert at Theatricum Botanicum on Sunday, continues to turn out some of the best children's music in the business: hip and sophisticated enough for adults to enjoy, but never losing sight of his target audience. His fourth children's music CD, the just released "Way Out," is no exception.
June 21, 2007 |
THE report card is in: Tom Chapin gets an A-plus. Performing first for adults in the 1960s as part of the Chapin Brothers with brother Harry, then jumping into the children's arena in the 1980s, singer-songwriter Chapin has an unusually loyal fan base of teachers who routinely use the East Coast folkie's songs in classrooms across the country.
December 5, 2002 |
Waylon Jennings and Collin Raye did it. Keb' Mo, Harry Connick Jr. and Dom DeLuise have done it. John Lithgow has made it a part-time occupation. It seems to have become almost obligatory for artists to make at least one kids' album. Dan Zanes, former lead singer of the high-profile, gritty 1980s Del Fuegos rock band, however, crossed over and stayed. "I feel like I found my calling," the raspy-voiced rocker said, "but it found me, really."
March 14, 1995 |
Los Lobos, the band born in an East Los Angeles garage in 1973 and now one of the most respected names in pop music, is the heartbeat of a new children's album. Lalo Guerrero, the pioneer Mexican American folk singer and activist, is the heart. And children's music has rarely sounded so good.