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" I've made music for grownups most of my life as a singer/songwriter - often with my band, Nine Stories - recorded many albums, and 10 years ago I started recording kid's music, too. "
" There's a variety and depth to the song topics I get to write about in children's music and books: being able to write about things I wouldn't normally write about, like a disappointing pancake, or monsters or opposite day is really different than writing about heartbreak and relationships. "
" One of the things that's influenced me musically was my experience at Brown University. I was surrounded by musicians that I really admired, and felt challenged to come up with music, lyrics, and recordings that stood up to the expectations of those musicians and myself. "
" I eat fish and love bacon. Plus, I don't mind if soups are made with chicken or beef stock, I just don't like eating big pieces of meat. "
" I didn't realize what an impact having a No. 1 single would have. It connects me with people of different ages, and I get to travel all over the world. "
" I want to work on some more complicated baking... and it would be interactive! "
" I don't think I can tell any stories about how I lived in a van in Alaska. I grew up in the suburbs, I even had my own room. We weren't poor. Everything was very normal. "
" I'm old-school. I want to be there to drop off my daughter at school and pick her up. "
" I love when people in culture show up on fictional TV shows. I don't mind at all being a name from the '90s. "
" Some people train for certain sports and I want to train to be able to hold a super heavy electric guitar and carry luggage around myself because I always have to have 7,000 pairs of shoes. Who cares about sports? "
" Yeah, well, food is always a part of everything. "
" As a musician, you never understand why people connect with certain songs. "
" I have three siblings. My sister makes music. My older brother is a classical conductor, and my younger brother is a mixing engineer. "
" My nutritionist always said to eat whatever you want. "
" I don't use simple words. I make games and puzzles with my songs. "
" It's really hard to balance work and being a mother. "
" Also, I'm always learning better and better how to prioritize and how to leave certain things for the next day. "
" With my daughter, we do arts and crafts, we read a lot, we listen to music, and we cut the strings off balloons and bounce them around after birthday parties. "
" I think people are always nostalgic for a time about 20 years before they were born. "
" I want children to be glued to interactive books that encourage singing and dancing. I feel when kids work together it brings about a different energy. "
" I always wanted to make a children's album because you have the freedom to explore so many wonderful topics and sounds. "
" I'm making a record that's half stripped down acoustic which is the way I perform a lot and half of it is very produced. It's really hard to keep music simple but I was trying to keep it simple and focus on one or two instruments and vocals. "
" Again, I don't hold it against somebody if they don't know who I am - I don't know who a lot of people are. "
" When I was a kid, for me, the '60s seemed so far away. But I was actually born in the late '60s. "
" I have many memories of waking up to eat breakfast that my mother carefully prepared for us and her saying, what do y'all want for lunch, and as we're eating lunch, what do y'all want for dinner? It's always about the next meal. "
" My overnight success was really 15 years in the making. I'd been writing songs since I was 6 and playing in bands and performing since I was 14. "
" I think a good mom is an awake mom. At least for me, I've always been a kinder, better person awake than sleep-deprived! "
" When someone asks if you'd like cake or pie, why not say you want cake and pie? "
" Dweezil and I are going on tour with the band probably starting in the middle of February for a month probably playing a few songs from my new record and then I'll continue on after that tour. "
" When I grew up we had gym at school, two or three dance classes after school, ice skating lessons, and all sorts of sports at our finger tips. We weren't glued to computers because they didn't exist, so being active was all we knew. "
" The only way to get vegetables at a diner late night is to order the omelette. A feta cheese and broccoli omelette. "