Tuesday, November 8, 2005

No Kidding Around When You’re Recording Kiddie Music

LITCHFIELD COUNTY, Conn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – When you’re recording kiddie music, it’s best not to kid around in the studio.

That’s the musical lesson that children’s book author Sandra Boynton swore by while recording Dog Train (Workman), a book-and-CD production featuring performances by Blues Traveler, John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting, and a duet between Weird Al Yankovic and Kate Winslet.

Boynton says she wanted the record to be the best it could be because, she laments, “Most children’s records are just bad music. There shouldn’t be a dividing line between kids and adults.”

So while the songs are meant to be fun, Boynton was all business in the studio, especially because the musical artists had very limited time.

Despite the parameters – or maybe because of them – Boynton was very happy with the results, and thinks others will be as well.

Especially any penguins who hear the record.

Boynton says Ondrasik recorded a song called “Penguin Lament” and says he’s such an “expressive performer that any penguins who hear it will feel he understands them.”

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