Do you have a favorite song that you like to perform? It’s hard, because there are so many, for different reasons. I feel like often what comes to mind is “My Family” because there’s just something moving to see when I see parents reaching out to hug their kids and vice-versa, during the song. And actually my dad passed away about 6 years ago and I remember I sang it to him in the hospital before he died and it was really one of my songs that I felt really bridged the gap between the kids music and the adult music for my own life, so I like playing that one because it feels good.
Do you keep parents in mind when you’re creating your music? Of course! And I didn’t mean to imply that when I said that it’s really for the kids, it’s more that I care the most that it’s for the kids. The thing is, I feel like when I started, my whole goal was to write songs for kids but I thought they would really like that I didn’t mind singing hundreds and hundreds of times, and that was what drove me. And if you see the kids enjoying it, it makes it that much easier. So I’m definitely thinking about that. And as a musician, it feels really good when people actually respect me, whether or not I do kids music, because for a long time doing kids music was synonymous with not being good enough to do anything else. And I feel like I’m trying pretty hard to prove that that’s not true.
Do you have a favorite song off the new album? One that I love and have been playing a lot and we’re actually working on the video right now, is “Bubbles." There’s just something about the way that song came out and the beat of it that I love. It was one of the first songs I wrote for the album and the verses are kind of in a minor key and I realized I had this sense of how taking a bath is a really, sort of vulnerable moment when you’re taking your clothes off and you’re totally naked and you’re stepping into a whole other temperature zone and you’re gonna be surrounded by water and then you get in and it’s like, “This feels so good why didn’t I get in before!” And then it’s so fun if there are bubbles so then I realized I felt like I really wanted to convey that message with the song and the verses a little more minor and little more tentative and then just the explosion of joy in the choruses. And when I listen to it, I don’t know if anyone else will hear this, but I hear it and it makes me really happy. So that’s why I like that one.
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