We chatted with two of the children’s musical groups who will be performing here in Freeport as a part of our family-friendly Fourth of July celebration. Read below to learn more about their music and enter to win copies of their latest albums!
Meet The Pop-Ups
This Brooklyn-based indie rock duo has been playing children’s music for the past few years. Their second album, Radio Jungle, was nominated for a Grammy for Best Children’s Album last year.
What made you decide to start writing children’s songs?
Jacob Stein: I grew up in a house filled with giant dinosaur puppets; my father was a kids’ musician in a band called Dinosaur Rock. So it wasn’t a big leap to start making family music of my own.
Do any of your songs have a funny story behind them – an unexpected source of inspiration?
JS: The creative process is pretty mysterious! For instance, the phrase “Subway Train with the Animal Riders” just popped out of my mouth fully formed while Jason was playing the riff on the guitar. We have no idea where that came from….”
What can families expect to see when they come hear your music here in Freeport?
JS: Hilarious puppets, live drawing, dance music, subway trains, jungle sounds, crazy costumes, streamers, wacky adventures, a bilingual bat, a talking banana, and much more!
Meet Justin Roberts
Roberts started writing children’s songs while he was working at a Montessori preschool. Now he’s a Grammy-nominated musician and one of the most popular acts of his genre.
You have a new album coming out at the end of July called Recess. Can you tell us about any of the songs on the album?
Yes. There are songs about recess, playing hopscotch, having twins, riding in elevators, and school getting out. It was really fun to make this record. We had just completed a very relaxing nighttime lullaby record with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (harp, violin, viola, English horn, oboe, etc.), and it was fun to be back in the studio with the band, playing rock songs. There’s tons of trumpets and crazy vocal harmonies, and I think you can hear the fun we had making it.
Do you have a favorite song that you’ve written?
One of my favorites is from the new record Recess. It’s called “Looking for Trains.” I got the idea because Gerald’s son (one of the musicians), Truman, is obsessed with trains and is always on the lookout for them. It became a beautiful metaphor to me about hope and how we’re all “looking for trains” amidst the many humdrum moments of life.
Finish this sentence. The first thing I’m going to do when I get to Maine is…
I’m going to say “Hey Maine! Where have you been all my life? I’ve been to almost every single state but never Maine. I missed you somehow. I hope to see you more often. You are as beautiful as everyone told me. Wait…more beautiful!”
One lucky fan will win CDs from Justin Roberts and The Pop-Ups! Leave a comment and tell us your favorite songs from them. We’ll pick one lucky fan to win CDs from each of the artists. On Monday, July 8, 2013, we’ll select one winner at random and notify them by email.