Monday, December 29, 2008

In the Studio

Over Christmas, Fati had some time off work so we arranged with David to do some recording. It was Fati's first experience in the studio and she did great!

I did some recording too.

We found that recording takes a lot longer than we had hoped. But we've started!

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Next Thing...A CD!

The summer ended and along with it our fun sing-a-longs in the Park. Although we were unsure how our newly found musical adventures were going to continue, the answer became pretty obvious because Fati started coming home day after day with the lyrics for songs she had written.

Soon, I was writing music on my guitar and before we knew it we had a bunch of songs written. We played around with the idea of recording the songs with just guitar and voices but decided we wanted a to go a little further. Through a friend we found the incredible Dani Beltran, a bass player/piano player/arranger/engineer based in Mexico who agreed to create arrangements for our songs. Each arrangement he sent us was better than the last. Dani had taken rough ideas and fleshed them out into wonderful, danceable songs.

After Dani finished his arrangements, we needed to find a recording studio so that Fati and I could record our vocals and guitar. For this, we talked to my friend David Gould who has a recording studio called One Plug Studios.

At the same time, we started work on the CD art working with a great illustrator Nina Frenkel who I've known for years through my friend Blue and Mariana Canale, an amazing designer who actually attended our first Sing-a-Long in the park.

With the team together, we were ready to make a CD!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A Fun Show on a Beautiful Day

Since our first sing-along where we hid in the tunnel because it rained, we've had incredibly gorgeous weather each Sunday morning. It actually feels like we take a bit of a back seat to just the pleasure of sitting out in Park on such a lovely day.

We had a really fun time this week with a lot of new families. Despite Kylen and Chloe being under the weather and Fati and I getting little sleep, we kept everything together and had a good time. The parents were great helping us sing the songs and play instruments and even dance around.

Another really great thing is that with such nice weather, our sing-along has become a sing-along and hang-out. We get a chance to meet other families from the area and have some adult conversations while our kids run around and play.

Two more Sundays to go and then what? I think we'll have to figure that out soon.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Come sing Spanish songs and learn Spanish for free!

You Are: A parent, a child (optimal age: 1 to 4 years old), ready to dance, move, laugh, play instruments, and sing easy to learn Spanish songs.

We Are: Fati, a “mamá“, from Argentina, and Charles, a “dada”, from the U.S. Our children, Chloe (2) and Kylen (1),

The Drill: We magically transport you to a park in Argentina, with a printed sheet of song lyrics. Fati will lead the songs and teach you dance steps. Charles will play guitar, sing some harmonies, and pretend to be a wolf.

Our Goal: Our children have allowed us to rediscover the fun and excitement of music and dance. And we want to share it with you!

Where and When: Every Sunday in August, from 11:00 to 11:45 am in Prospect Park.

RSVP so we have a head count: Email:

Meet us: Enter the Park at Grand Army Plaza and walk across the track, down the little hill to the grass. That’s the Long Meadow. Look for the red balloons!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Spanish Music Class Preview Very Fun

We demoed our class for friends and family on Sunday. Despite some ominous thunder and a few raindrops, we discovered that we have a great rain or shine spot. We set up right at the edge of the Long Meadow and maybe because of the stormy weather, we had the Park to ourselves.

After a huge clap of thunder and some giant raindrops, we re-setup inside the tunnel leading to the Meadow. We spread out our blankets in the tunnel and had a great time singing, dancing, and playing all kinds of instruments.

Everyone was very enthusiastic and energetic and the class was really a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone for coming through the rain and thunder to join us.

I think we're ready for next Sunday!