As a special preview of the LA Baby Show, coming up on the weekend of November 5-6, we have interviewed or profiled many of the Show’s vendors and participants. You can read all about them on this Show blog, but of course the real fun is experiencing the Baby Show in person.
Tickets to the Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual, and can be purchased here.
So many musicians for kids make bland music, that all sounds the same. Every parent wants music that their kids will love, that they can enjoy and if it’s educational too, that’s a bonus. Birdie Mendoza does all of that, and with a Latin beat! Birdie is performing on Sunday, November 6.
We spoke with Birdie herself, to find out more about her music.
How would you describe your kid’s music to someone who is unfamiliar with it?
My bilingual music with a Latin twist gets kids from zero to seven years old (and their parents) to shake their tail feathers. Tropical Latin beats underscore educational messages about wildlife and life. Birdie’s Playhouse has won numerous national awards including a Parents’ Choice Silver and CD of the Year from Creative Child Magazine.
If an interested parent wanted to check out one of your songs, which song should they start with? Is it on YouTube?
Check out Iguana Wants to Baila!
What kind of venues do you normally play in around Los Angeles?
Lately, I’ve been performing solo at libraries across Southern California. But I’ve done duo, trio and full band shows at museums, city festivals, and at bigger venues such as the LA Zoo, Santa Monica Pier, McCabes, Levitt Pavilion, Natural History Museum, Kidspace — hundreds of venues since I started this project in 2009.
What is the hardest part about playing for little kids and parents? What is the best part?
Kids are so honest. If they don’t like something they will tell you, either with their body language or just telling you flat out. The hardest thing, and greatest life lesson for me, was learning to focus on the children who are really into it, without needing to try so hard with the kids who aren’t. And it’s the same in life. If someone’s not into you, no need to bend over backwards. Just go with the people who get you.
What do you consider your proudest achievement in playing music for children?
I sell a lot of my songs to teachers, and when they write to say my music has helped them teach (whether it’s the intro of a lesson, or played during a transition, or giving the kids a fun dance-it-out reward) I really feel like I’m making a difference. If children can have fun in school, they’ll develop a lifetime love of learning.
Do you also make music for adults? If so, do you go back and forth, or have you transitioned from one to the other?
I made a chill electronica cd back in 2007 right before my son was born. It’s lovely, but I never promoted it because, with a baby, playing light night gigs was too much. Now that he’s 9, maybe I’ll bring back this project!
Any career news that you would like to share – new albums? New projects?
Whether you’re buying Birdie’s Playhouse Songs for your child or classroom, head over to birdiesplayhouse.com!