Here's my sister, Teresa:
here is part of the ridiculous amount of ginger and turmeric she grew in the front yard:
here is her dining room:
And here is her EP--just for kids:
I can't say enough wonderful things about my sister and her music-making partner and husband, Michael. Besides providing my kids with opportunities to go wild on their drumsets and guitars, the two of them have a musical synergy the likes of which Sonny and Cher would envy. Their main project right now, the Silver Daggers, is a great live show with an album on the way (follow the link and click on "Holy War" to hear one of their grown-folks songs). They are the kind of people who eat a lot of ginger and turmeric, and invite you to share it.
But more pertinently for this giveaway, Teresa has a deep love of children and the vast and multifaceted experience of a preschool teacher, kids' yoga instructor, tutor, and performer whose power combined drive Hands Up Clap! (She also moonlights as a lotto girl, but I'm not sure that has as much to do with her singing chops.) The album is short and sweet--just the right amount of time for an after-dinner dance party or drive to the store--and it is packed with goodness your kids will love to sing along with. "Around the Corner" is a love song that reminds me of some of my favorites from Frances England and Elizabeth Mitchell, and "Cookies" and "Grizzly Bear" are playful, infectious, and Raffi-esque (in the best sense of that word, which I just invented).
Would you like to have a copy? Leave a comment below sharing your favorite song or album from when YOU were a kid, and I'll pick a winner from comments left before this Sunday, 3/13, at midnight. I know Teresa and I both spent many an hour belting out songs from Free to be You and Me , and the Sound of Music soundtrack was also in heavy rotation back in the day... whatever your memory, share it with us!
If you don't win or just want to sample her album right now, you can pop over to Amazon, itunes, or CDBaby to download individual songs or the whole album. Grab your bongos and kazoos--it's time to make some music.