"I'm no helpless maiden
And the big, wide world is awaitin'!"
Like The Illiad and The Odyssey or The Bible, fairytales are part of an oral tradition. They are living tales that are passed down from one generation to the next, one author to the next, one parent to one child. It is my deepest wish to inspire parents to let the words jump off the page and adapt these stories to celebrate and reinforce your wishes for your children.
As I sing in the finale:
"Once upon a time a girl became a princess
Once upon a time a boy became a prince
And as they played they made up their own endings
And guess how they've been living ever since?
They live happily ever
After with laughter all the way
Happily ever after, sing and play
Melissa Levis, better known to NYC-area kids and parents as the Moey behind Moey's Music Party, released her Parents' Choice Award-winning CD/DVD, Happily Ever Moey! A Fairy Tale Lark in Central Park, a collection of 15 musical, modern takes on famous fairy tales, in May. Leivs, who transitioned from an Off-Broadway songwriter to a "mommy rocker" thanks to the birth of her son, hosts children's music classes in Central Park and at The New York Junior League in Manhattan and performs kiddie concerts throughout the NYC area.
Once you've conquered fairytales, bring your children's favorite books to life by taking them on a Kid-Lit Tour of NYC