Being a children's songwriter and storyteller I recently decided to delve into what music for children age 4 - 9 years is currently available. It's not something I've done in a while as my kids are now grown up and passed the age of needing me to find music for them to listen to. When younger my kids, along with the expected nursery rhymes, listened to a diverse range of music, and as they’ve grown they in turn have broadened and influenced my listening.
As many parents can probably attest, our children's favourite tv programme's theme music can evoke a great sense of nostalgia in us. I still get a warm feeling inside when I hear the theme songs from #LittleBill #PowerRangers #MaxandRuby #64zooLane #CharlieandLola #BenandHolly I think over the years these aspects have influenced my songwriting, which has always stayed rooted in my love for varying genres and styles of music. When it came to the influence on my songs narratives, I think through my interaction with my kids and my work with children in schools and nurseries I instinctively wrote from the perspective of the child, be it the freedom of imagination, the joy of the simplest things, making sense of the world around us as we grow or interactions with others. In hindsight I think I became quite in touch subconsciously with my own inner child, it's been and still is quite cathartic for me, sometimes touching on difficult times I experienced as a child. Also as a storyteller and writer it was natural for me to create characters and storylines.
My quest to find what other children's music reacquainted me with some wonderful artists such as #Raffi and the wonderful Ellie Jenkins. On #Spotify ( a great platform for kids to discover a huge historical library of music) there are #playlistforkids covering folk, latin, classical, lullabies etc. as well as all the Disney movie soundtracks. Also there have been some great artists who have made albums for kids like #ZiggyMarley #Andre3000, #BarenakedLadies .
On youtube though, there just seems a lot of very generic music for little ones, and again the Disney hits and #Kidzbop which is cover versions of chart hits. As much as these all seem really popular from the view count, it's not a route I've found myself taking with my music.
Look out for my latest release #BettyBettyBulldog due out June 14th