Al the Alligator & Friends
I'm a grandma with three grown children who taught preschool for a hundred years, and over those years I wrote songs to sing with my classes. All of them had to please me as well as the little kids in some important way; I couldn't write them otherwise. The songs were originally recorded by parents & co-workers, among them Mark Hosler of Negativland, and eventually I produced 4 cassettes, which the school where I worked provided for entering families as part of it's curriculum. Many, many little kids and their older brothers and sisters and parents have truly loved these tapes; I promise I'm not alone in my affection for my songs! Parents and kids often tell me that they're still playing my recordings long after other kids' music has worn out it's welcome. My new CD is a compilation of most of the songs from two of my cassettes: 'Al the Alligator,' which Mark produced, and 'Carpet of Dreams,' so all the songs on the CD have been road-tested for durability over time. A few years ago I left classroom teaching and began working as a music specialist with little kids at various East Bay schools and day care centers, usually once a week at each school. As a songwriter and affectionate teacher who enjoys making music with kids, I get to be the 'music lady' who comes regularly the whole time kids attend their schools, with smiles and hugs and continuity and love all around. Singing with kids I know is what I enjoy most, and what keeps me writing new songs. I've given a few concerts, mostly at La Pena, but one-time performances like concerts and birthday parties are not what I aim for professionally; my heart is far more involved with singing with kids over time. Kids in schools where I sing get recordings of my songs included in the cost of my program, but if your child isn't in one of these schools, you'll have to spend a little money if you want the CD. However, since a frequent parent comment has been 'Hours of peace in the car,' you'll probably be OK with that decision!