Peter Alsop

Music for Children and Adults

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Time To Swallow?

December 7, 2014 - 12:04pm -- peteralsop

Interview with Bill Harley about Gun Control

     About a year and a half ago at a Grammy luncheon in Los Angeles I got to visit with my buddy Bill Harley.  Bill and I released an album together in 1989, "In The Hospital".  It's a collection of songs and stories to help children cope with a hospital stay, and a guide book for parents and care-givers to help them understand how best to support children in a medical setting.  We won the Parent's Choice award that year for Best Children's Album.

Living In Dynamic Mode

June 2, 2014 - 4:27pm -- peteralsop

           I have great admiration for all of the arts, as I know that pursuing any art form helps us learn how to live in a “dynamic mode,” where every question does not need to be answered.  In fact, many of Life’s questions have no clear answers at all, ...

Singing With Kids About Loss

May 30, 2014 - 2:43pm -- peteralsop

S I N G I N G  W I T H  K I D S  A B O U T  L O S S

            Most of us are not prepared when a serious loss first hits us.  We are sheltered from death in our culture.  Many of us grow up with no exposure to people who are in the process of dying.  Except for the grief we have seen acted on television, there are very few role models or examples of how we should behave.  When we first face difficult losses, we don't expect the inevitable confusion and disorientation.

Another Set Of Glasses

May 30, 2014 - 2:12pm -- peteralsop

“A N O T H E R  S E T  O F  G L A S S E S”

            In order to write and perform songs that connect with kids, “kid performers” put on our “kid glasses” to see what the world looks like through a kid’s eyes.  We advocate for them by presenting their view of the world to grown-ups, (“blown-ups” as Utah Phillips called them.)  We’ve all heard songs written for children by adults who are still wearing their “blown-up glasses”.

            Do what your parents say!

            And never disagree!

What Does "IT" Mean?

May 28, 2014 - 1:27pm -- peteralsop

For those of us who do it, one of the benefits of doing kids’ music is that we can continually access that joyful, inquisitive, full-of-life child within us that gets dried up, beaten down and squeezed out of most other adults in our society. As a psychologist, I’m constantly reminded that adults are simply little kids in big bodies. So each day I juggle the thousands of kid-type questions that bubble up from within me. For instance, the Children’s Music Network calls this journal Pass It On!

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