We love music in our house. Elias has an entire basket filled with CDs and we often listen to music in the car and at night.
Our new favorite album is The Merry Goes ‘Round by Jewel. It is full of fun and original songs. I love it as much as Elias. It’s so nice to listen to a children’s album that isn’t full of annoying songs, you know?
Listen to Only Shadows here:
What were your goals as you wrote and recorded The Merry Goes ‘Round?
I HAD SEVERAL GOALS:
1) I WANTED THE CD TO APPEAL TO INFANTS, TODDLERS AND OLDER KIDS. TO DO THIS I MADE SONGS THAT HAVE GREAT BEATS TO ENGAGE LITTLE ONES, I USED BRIGHT AND COLORFUL PRODUCTION TO ENGAGE TODDLERS, AND I USED CLEVER AND FUNNY STORYTELLING LYRICS TO INTEREST THE OLDER KIDS.
2) I WANTED TO MAKE A CD THAT DIDN’T TALK DOWN TO KIDS AND DIDN’T BORE PARENTS. TO DO THIS I USED THE MOVIE ‘SHREK’ AS A ROLE MODEL- AS IT HAD JOKES FOR KIDS, AND ALSO HUMOR AND VALUE FOR PARENTS. I THINK PARENTS WILL APPRECIATE THE CRAFT, PRODUCTION AND CONTENT OF THIS RECORD, AS MUCH AS KIDS WILL ENJOY THE STORIES AND MORALS OF EACH SONG.
3) I WANTED TO MAKE A CD THAT HAD MANY DIFFERENT STYLES, AS I WANTED TO EXPOSE KIDS TO ALL KINDS OF GENRES OF MUSIC, FROM DIXIE LAND TO BLUES TO FOLK TO AMERICANA ROOTS. BASICALLY I WANTED THIS ALBUM TO DO IT ALL!
What is your favorite song on the album, and why?
MY FAVORITE SONG IS ‘JUST LIKE PENGUINS DO’. I CAN’T WAIT TO PLAY IT FOR MY SON AND TELL HIM I WILL LOVE HIM FOREVER, JUST LIKE PENGUINS DO…
How are you making working motherhood work for your family?
I AM LEARNING AS I GO! I HAVE TAKEN TIME OFF FROM TOURING WITH NO REAL PLANS TO GO BACK SO THAT I CAN FIGURE OUT MY OWN RHYTHM. I WORK FROM THE HOUSE NOW ON RECORDING PROJECTS LIKE “THE MERRY GOES ‘ROUND,” AND WILL MAKE OTHER RECORDS FOR ADULTS, TOO. I’M SURE I WILL TRAVEL AGAIN TOO, BUT I JUST WANTED TO ENJOY THIS SPECIAL TIME IN MY BABY’S LIFE – HE IS ONLY A BABY ONCE!
How has motherhood changed you?
IT HAS HEALED THE LAST HOLE IN MY HEART. HAVING A CHILD IS NOT JUST LIFE CHANGING – IT’S SOUL CHANGING. I FEEL SO HAPPY AND FULL.
This is your second record for children/babies, do you have any plans to tour with these songs?
I HAVE NO TOUR PLANNED. THAT’S THE GREAT THING ABOUT AN INDIE PROJECT LIKE THIS – THERE ARE NO RULES! I CAN MAKE MUSIC I LIKE AND STILL SPEND TIME WITH MY CHILD.
I have two autographed copies to give away! If you would like to win The Merry Goes ‘Round, simply leave a comment with who you would give this album to. Additional entries (one comment per entry) for tweeting, sharing on Facebook, etc. etc. (you know the drill!)
I will pick two winners at random later this week.
Special thanks to Jewel for taking the time to answer these questions!