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.
Music has the power to not just entertain or amuse, but to change lives. For people who need a little support, music can bring light and energy to a day that might not have had one. That is the kind of music that Jennifer Paskow loves to make, and that is the kind of music that she will be bringing to the LA Baby Show on November 6.
We spoke to Jennifer to learn more about her music.
How would you describe your kid’s music to someone who is unfamiliar with it?
My music is sweet and joyful folk-pop that celebrates love, life and connection for children and their families.
If an interested parent wanted to check out one of your songs, which song should they start with? Is it on Youtube?
Check out Make A Circle Video!
What kind of venues do you normally play in around Los Angeles?
I usually play at farmer’s markets, Books and Cookies bookstores, early childhood centers, preschools, private in-home classes, and regular concerts and events.
What is the hardest part about playing for little kids and parents? What is the best part?
The hardest part is, and this is only sometimes, when the parents are chatting during a class or even a concert. It sometimes distracts the kids. I get it, especially when new parents get together, it could be their only moment of the day to connect with adults to share their common experiences.
The best part is seeing the kids connecting with their parents and other kids, whether they are dancing or hugging each other, it’s such a joy to watch how the music moves everyone to connect.
What do you consider your proudest achievement in playing music for children?
My proudest achievement in playing music for children is every time I go into a hospital room and experience how music transforms a child and their family members.
I get to experience first-hand the medicinal power of music when I sing for a crying baby and as soon as the music begins the crying stops. My volunteer work singing in hospitals and special education schools is by far my greatest achievement, as I have always been called to use music as the medium for healing.
My new album Make A Circle was 100% funded on Indiegogo. Many of my supporters are parents of the children for and with whom I play music. The success of the campaign was a testament to the power of community. It has been amazing to watch how the music has grown a beautiful community all on its own. I am proud of the individual connections that my music cultivates.
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 do make music for adults, although these past few years it has been on the back burner. These days, my focus is on children, as it lights me up and brings me the most joy. However, I do feel a new album of songs for the grownups coming soon…just for fun!
Any career news that you would like to share – new albums? New projects?
I just released my new album Make A Circle on September 30th. It won a 2016 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award which is really exciting! The album is available on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.
I also released a music video for my song Make A Circle on September 30th. The video was shot and directed by 17-year-old Claire Jantzen. Claire was one of the teen directors of Target’s 2016 Back to School Campaign in which children wrote, directed and performed in the commercial.
For more information about Jennifer Paskow and her music, visit jenniferpaskow.com