I am so excited about the new album I am working on. "Hello My Baby" is a soundtrack for your life with your baby. It will be bouncy, gentle, soothing, and poignant and will have you celebrating the highs, the lows, and all the diaper changes in between.
Hi, I’m Vered. A mom of three. I’m also a musician and music therapist with a background in clinical psychology. The music I make for parents and babies draws on my experience as a therapist and as a mom. The result is an album that parents can identify with and is also therapeutic.
It all started for me when I had my first baby. I found myself writing songs to soothe him, play with him, understand more about his development and experience, and express my own emotions and experience as a mom. Before that I didn't know where all of my diverse career paths were leading me. But I was lucky - for me having a baby actually made my career happen.
Now my mission is to give parents and babies music that will bring them together; Through all the joyful moments of dancing around the house, the routine moments of bathtime and diaper changing, and even the more challenging ones.
What will I get for supporting this project?
The most awesome prizes I could think of. If you look to the right you can choose the one that excites you - attending one of my workshops where I teach parents tools to bond with their baby through music, having me sing at your baby’s bday party, coming to one of my shows, having a free consultation with a personal trainer or therapist who specialize in working with new parents, and a full semester of a class at the amazing Kidville Brooklyn. Maybe you can think of a prize I didn't mention? let me know. I might just do it.
Why do you think parents will love this album?
Because it truly is for the parent and includes songs covering the full experience of taking care of a baby.
There are three types of songs on the album:
First, there are songs that you will sing together during those precious moments of looking into each others eyes and playing, or dancing around the house.
Second, there are songs that will make you say "that sounds like my kid". For instance, their constant desire to be on the move and explore everything through their mouth: “Gotta have it, gotta hold it, gotta put it in my mouth, because there’s no better way to figure out what it’s about.”
Third, there are songs that will make you say "that sounds like me". About the deep love that we feel when we look at our babies and also the more complicated feelings we have of needing a break sometimes.
Ok so those are the topics but what does the music sound like?
Soothing, lively, gentle, lush, playful, and sophisticated. As a musician who played in a band for years, and a music therapist who worked with different populations using music to help people feel better, I write music both intuitively and with parents and babies in mind. I make sure the melodies are gentle, yet lively and original. I use instrumentation that will not overwhelm the vocals but will highlight them and create a cushioned backdrop.
Babies relate first and foremost to the human voice and I have always been drawn to doo-wop and lush harmonies. While there are many other instruments that are incorporated, like french horn, percussion, marimba, and ukelele, there is a strong foundation of voices blending together. This creates a soothing effect as well as a warm human touch that both parents and babies relate to.
Most importantly, I know how to put together a good team. I am working with a Grammy winning producer named Dean Jones, the bassist on Sesame Street recordings- Rob Jost, Grammy winning artist -Just Lansing, the producer of my last album -Jon Samson, the amazing trumpet player Matt Hilgenberg, and others who have blown me away with their creativity and beauty during this process.
How do you know this is going to be good?
Because the first one was great, and this one is even better! “Good Morning My Love” received some of the highest awards in the industry including the Parents Choice Gold Award and the NAPPA Gold Award. It was named by Creative Child Magazine Winner of the 2014 CD of the year and many blogs and magazines raved about it. More importantly, parents loved it.
Because unfortunately for independent artists, making an album costs a lot. In fact, even if I make my goal, all of my expenses won’t be covered. But it will make a big dent. My expenses include paying all of the amazing musicians and my producer (many of whom agreed to deferred payment), mixing, mastering, duplication, PR, and making the video for this campaign. I am hoping I make over what I am asking because these days no album is complete without videos and I will need funds to make those too.
Awesome People Contributing Amazing Rewards
Generous friends who I have met through my workshops are contributing their services to this cause. You should definitely check out what they do and jump on their offer.
http://aynsleykirshenbaum.com - Aynsley is offering a free first fitness session. You won't be sorry. She will help you get your body back into shape with exercises, nutrition and good vibes.
http://www.cobblehillcounseling.com - Flora is a wonderful therapist who specializes in helping parents through the struggles that arise in the first years of parenting. She is offering a free 20 minute phone consult. Highly recommended.
http://www.kidville.com/parkslope - John at Kidville Park Slope and Carroll Gardens is a Vered and the Babes fan and an awesome guy. We love playing there because the kids can get out their jumpies before and after and the staff all have smiles for us. He is generously offering 5 lucky babies a full semester of a class at his locations.
Here is some more info on the amazing people who were involved in this project.
It was produced by the Grammy winning producer Dean Jones. You can hear some of his awesome music here:
One of the songs was also co-produced by Jon Samson who produced my last album. He also did a bunch of additional back up vocals on this album. You can hear his stuff here:
Justin Lansing is one of the singers in the awesome band The Okee Dokee Brothers. He and I do a duet on the album. Hear his stuff here:
The amazing illustrator who is doing the cover art is Luisa Possas. You can see her stuff here:
Risks and challenges
I am really excited to have you join my journey of making this album. The truth is that you are always in my mind while I am writing the songs so it is fitting that you are joining me for the creation process. It is sounding great so far.
So many of you have sung with me in workshops, emailed me beautiful messages about how my music touches your family, and clapped along in shows. My hope is that you will keep that enthusiasm and also let others know about this project.
The awards are no joke - I will be doing alot of sending, skyping, writing, and playing. But if this actually works I will be able to finish this album and get it to you while also having fun skype sessions with you, songwriting sessions, workshops, birthdays and so much more. It is actually all a way for me to get to play more music with you :)
- (30 days)