As your kids get older, it can get a little tougher to find ways to bond and connect with them. One perfect way is through music. But can you handle what they’re listening to?
That’s why we were so excited this week to sit down and discuss the issue with Laurie Berkner, the undisputed queen of kids music. Especially because she’s making the leap into music for older kids, with her upcoming Laurie Berkner: The Dance Remixes, which will feature 12 EMF dance tracks remixing favorite children’s songs over the past 20 years.
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Just a few of the topics in this episode:
-How creating shared connections can bring you closer
-Why it’s important not to reject or make fun of your kids’ music outright.
-Each of us reveal first concerts (one thing Liz never knew about Kristen!)
-Whether kids are discovering music the same way
-Kristen, a former music therapist, discusses how repetition and nostalgia breed preference
-The challenges with Spotify from an indie artist’s perspective
-Great musical soundtracks Laurie’s tween is into right now
-One of Laurie’s biggest influences…which turns out to be Liz’s all-time favorite band
Laurie Berkner | Photo: Todd Owyoung
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Links from this week’s episode of Spawned
The brand new kids’ book based on We Are the Dinosaurs
Schoolhouse Rock Rocks, the 90’s indie rock cover album
Pentatonix: Love them!
Laurie Berkner Band official website, where you can keep your eyes out for the September launch of Laurie Berkner: The Dance Remixes
Cool Picks of the Week
Laurie’s cool pick of the week: Thinx Period Panties (Which Kristen recently tried out to review for you all!)
Liz’s cool pick of the week: Our guide to totally indie Mother’s Day gifts from women-run makers and shops including the coolest set of tea (above, from First Edition Tea Co), great art, keepsake jewelry, and one quirky idea we’re obsessed with.
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