This week, I had the opportunity to speak with singer, songwriter and working mama Lisa Loeb. Mother to Lyla, 2, and expecting her second baby in June, Loeb is co-hosting the kick-off Pregnancy Awareness Month (P.A.M.) event on Sunday in Los Angeles (click here for P.A.M. events in your area).
The mission of P.A.M. is to empower, inspire and build a community of support for moms-to-be and families, and Loeb will be performing at the event alongside fellow working mamas Anna Getty, co-founder of P.A.M., Josie Maran, creator of the eco-friendly beauty line Josie Maran Cosmetics, and Catherine McCord, a trained chef and creator of Weelicious, dedicated to healthy eating for babies, toddlers and kids.
According to Loeb, the community aspect of P.A.M. is what drew her to the organization. “It’s really important to connect to other moms and share the experience of motherhood, both the good and the bad,” she says. Loeb has been connecting to audiences for the past 18 years through her music and her most recent project is a children’s CD and songbook, Lisa Loeb's Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs.
Loeb and I are both moms, so our conversation naturally turned to our kids. I told her I’ve been wanting to do a roundup of the best CDs for kids and parents to listen to together. For the first two years of my son’s life, we commuted to work and day care in the same car—and I listened to my fair share of children’s music (both good and bad).
Loeb enthusiastically agreed to share her favorite picks and had this to say about making her own children’s albums: “I love being able to make up lyrics that are a little more fun than my regular albums, which tend to be more serious. I often collaborate when writing kid songs, but we still make songs produced in a way that they sound like real music on real records. We also have a lot of fun in the studio when making kids’ music and like to do things with sound effects and lyrics that I wouldn't normally do, but that are fun to listen to, like writing a song about a Disappointing Pancake!”
Here are her favorite mom-and-bub music picks (Thanks, Lisa!):
- I love Gustafer Yellowgold’s CDs and DVDs. Although he has more current albums, I’d start at the beginning with the Gustafer Yellowgold’s Wide, Wild World DVD/CD set and go from there. (P.S. I sing on Gustafer Yellowgold’s Mellow Fever DVD/CD.)
- Carole King's Really Rosie holds up so well. It’s a very 1970s awesome singer/songwriter album with a band production and lyrics by Maurice Sendak.
- Elizabeth Mitchell’s kind and folksy records are wonderful. She also has many, but start with one of my favorites, Sunny Day.
- I also enjoy classic Israeli musician Arik Einstein’s children’s music. Check out the album Once I Was A Child, especially the song “Adon Choco” about Mr. Chocolate, a chocolate ice pop. My in-laws are from Israel, and not only is this music fun to listen to, but like Carole King’s music, it has great production with repeat listening value. When we listen to it, my daughter and I get to learn more Hebrew!
- Lastly, we love listening to my friend’s band, Lazlo Bane, and their 1970s cover album, Guilty Pleasures. It's music I grew up with and it's great for dancing!
What music do you listen to with your bub?