Thursday, September 29, 2011

DidiPop: L.A. Mom Makes Fun Music for Kiddos

I've gotten to meet some pretty cool moms while writing this blog, and L.A. singer-songwriter Deborah Poppink -- aka DidiPop -- is one of them.

Based in Mar Vista, Poppink has released a fun, family-friendly CD, "DidiPop Goes to Hawaii," ($14.99) which makes me long for shave ice and snorkeling in Hanauma Bay. CC, who checked out the CD review copy with me, demanded that we play it over and over again until she knew the words.

Not only that, but a song from the CD, "The Hawaiian Alphabet Song," which CC loves, won the grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (children's category). The album also is currently being considered for a Children's Grammy nomination.

The songs are clever and inviting, complete with bouncy tunes that make kids smile. Heck, even the titles themselves are adorable -- "I Like Pigs" for one!

From the chaos that often accompanies airport visits and plane rides -- especially when you have little ones, which Poppink does; two girls, ages 5 and 3 -- she creates well-observed songs that appreciate the tyke-friendly details. Things like yellow taxis, meeting the pilot, and flying above the clouds, in her song "Wowie Gazowie (Goin' to Maui)."

"The Hawaiian Alphabet Song" is a great way to introduce to the kiddos to the sounds of Hawaiian letters and language.

And those little voices you hear in the background? Yep, those are her girls. What an amazing way for "keiki" to spend time with Mom.

I also have a great interview with Poppink that I want to share with readers, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, check out the songs on her site here, and visitors can pre-order her new CD "Everyday Adventures," which arrives Nov. 1.

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