Can a great musician be a great parent?

Ultimately though, I totally believe it’s possible to be a great parent and a great musician. Musicians have barriers to overcome that most people don’t have when it comes to parenting, and those barriers increase the more successful and well known a musical becomes. But all parents have challenges, some deal with them well and some don’t. Musicians are an interesting case, but not an exceptional one. Continue reading Can a great musician be a great parent?

Kid’s Music Review : Kimya Dawson – Alphabutt

I’ve been a fan of Kimya Dawson’s music for a long time know, since back when she as in the Moldy Peaches. She’ll always hold a special place in my heart as she played at the music festival where I first met my wife, and I remember watching Kimya, the two of us holding hands, knowing our lives had changed forever.

That was also when I first became aware that Kimya had released a kids album, as she played one of the songs as part of her set. However, it wasn’t until after our daughter came along last year that I heard the album in full, as a friend (who’d been at the festival with us) bought it for us as a gift.

Much like like her music for adults, Alphabutt has an appealing ramshackle, lo-Fi quality to it. It sounds like, and may well have been recorded at home. Many of the songs are funny, silly songs about bears, monsters and the like. They mainly have kids singing backing vocals or choruses on them, which gives them the singalong quality you want in kid’s music.

It’s probably worth pointing out that, if you don’t want to encourage toilet humour in your kids, this is not the album for you. This should be apparent from the fact there is a song called ‘Pee-pee in the potty’. I personally find toilet humour hilarious still, and trying to discourage it in our daughter is probably a losing battle. SoI enjoy very much lyrics like “F is for fart, G is for gorilla fart, H is for huge gorilla fart’ from the title track. Continue reading “Kid’s Music Review : Kimya Dawson – Alphabutt”