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.
June 23, 1996 |
"I'll make you happy, baby Just wait and see" Parenthood, "that's the real love story," says pop music icon Linda Ronstadt, who has just released her first children's album, "Dedicated to the One I Love." The album is made up mostly of golden rock oldies that Ronstadt, a single mom with two young children, has transformed with uncloying delicacy into remarkably evocative, tender expressions of parental love.
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.
December 1, 1997 |
In Connie Johnson's review of "Anastasia: Music From the Motion Picture," she makes the sweeping statement that "depth and kid-friendliness aren't usually viewed as compatible" (" 'Anastasia' Soundtrack Offers Kid-Friendly Array of Songs," Calendar, Nov. 8). Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the best of children's music is often the best that music has to offer. Johnson confuses depth with complexity.
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.