To any fellow musicians out there feeling a bit disenchanted with the rat race, here’s 5 reasons why you should start making music for families.
1. It's liberating!
Kids don’t have any real concept of genre. They don’t care if it’s punk rock, gypsy jazz or hip hop. This means that as a songwriter you can write in any genre and any style you want without someone saying “but I thought you were an ‘insert genre here’ artist?
2. Your audience will always be honest.
If children like your songs they’ll tell you by dancing like crazy, or sitting at the front and singing along to every single word. They haven’t learnt all the rubbish stuff about being cool which goes with ‘grown up’ music.
3. Your music will have a lasting impact!
Know that warm fuzzy feeling you get when as an adult you revisit your favourite book as a child? That’s the same feeling children will have when they hear your songs as an adult and, if you’re lucky play them to their own children too.
4. Your fans will be grateful.
I’ve lost count of the amount of times parents have said that my albums have saved them on a long a car journey! In the UK there’s really not much children’s music out there but there is a huge appetite for quality music for families.
5. It’s inspiring.
So many of my songs have come from things that children have said to me in workshops and gigs (such as this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KZroKtezdk). Children’s minds lack that boring grown-up filter we all acquire and I regularly feel humbled to be able to make music for an audience with such a huge imagination and inspiring outlook on the world.
So there you are. If you’re looking for great music for families I’d highly recommend (and this is just scratching the surface!) Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, The Okee Dokee Brothers, Dog on Fleas,Andrew & Polly and in the UK nick cope, Mrs H and the Sing-along Band and Johnny and the Raindrops.