2. Do you see a role that music plays in children's literacy development?
3. What or who is your inspiration for your children's music?
I also wanted to make a record that used all acoustic instruments so that you can really hear the words and it gives it a more homey feel, like I'm on the back porch strumming some tunes! I teamed up again with producer Rich Rankin of Mosaic Music in Chicago to record the CD; we co-produced "Wiggleworms Love You" released on Bloodshot Records in 2005.
I moved to Chicago from New York in 1992 and got into children's music in 1998, when I started teaching at the Old Town School of Folk Music. There I met Ralph Covert, whom I consider one of the masters of children's music! He produced by first grownup record (Days Without Maps c2000) and he has been an inspiration to me over the years. He has a way of crafting the perfect song, of engaging children, and he really knows the ins and outs of the business of music.
Another Chicagoan whom I'd admire greatly is Ella Jenkins, a children's music legend! I've had the opportunity to meet her and see her perform at the Old Town School of Folk Music several times. I love the way she can take a simple song and have a crowd of several hundreds singing along with her, call and response, completely engaged. Keeping it simple is what I learned from her. And she really has command of the stage, or classroom. I love that her music explores many cultures as well.
4. Do you have any favorite children's books or authors from your
childhood that you would like to share?
Kids in the City by Laura Doherty