Saturday, April 4, 2009

Interview: A zag for Ziggy (4/5/2009)

A zag for Ziggy
Marley's kids' album aims to bring the family together

Q. Where did you get the idea for this project?
A. Well, children are very important to me. They're a big part of my life. Most things that I do I feel like I'm guided to do, and this album felt that way. It is very important for me to sing these songs because children have open minds. If you can influence the kids, then the future is a better place.

Q. What was your impression of children's music before you made this record?
A. Yesterday I was listening to some other kids' music, and I really couldn't listen to it. I was like, 'Turn that off.' It was not saying anything. We wanted to make an album that the kids can bond with and they can die with. It's a record for kids, but for their lifetime and future generations of their family.

Q. What finally changed your mind about children's music?
A. I had the wrong idea until I met Dan Zanes, who told me it was about family; it's not about the kids alone. It's not about lollipops and ice cream or being silly and goofy. It's about family and joining in the music together as a family. It's about being real with your children.

Q. What did you learn about your family while making this record with them?
A. Making music brings us closer together as a family. The kids had a lot to do with it, too. I give them a lot of credit for helping me write the songs. They were my muse.

Q. What kind of music did your parents play for you as a kid?
A. I grew up on traditional Jamaican folk music. "Hold 'Em Joe," which is on my new record, was the first song I ever sang as a child. Obviously I also grew up on my father's singing and my mother's singing. But no, we didn't listen to music about ice cream and lollipops.

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