• Adult Rockers Best Coast Release Kids’ Album

    Best Coast chat with us about putting together a kids’ album for the first time; plus, a look at local music classes for kids!

    By Caitlin Wolper

    Best Coast

     

    Best Coast’s hallmark is dreamy California pop; guitarist and vocalist Bethany Cosentino has a high, affecting voice that slices through heavy guitar. However, she and bandmate Bobb Bruno have taken a bit of a turn since their last album, “California Nights.” Their newest project is actually a kids’ album titled “Best Kids,” out now.

    “There was a period of a good week where I was driving around in my car listening to kids’ music, and I would pull up at a red light with the windows down, and I was like, ‘I wonder if people are confused by why this grown woman is driving with no kids in the car listening to Elmo singing the ABCs,’” Cosentino laughs. “It’s like, listen, I’m doing research.”

    For her, crafting a kids’ album was a creative reprieve that allowed her to engage with a different style: Plus, she admires kids’ outlook.

    “One thing that I really love about children is how imaginative they are and how they can just jump to a fictional place and all of a sudden they’re just like: ‘Well, I’m happy now,’” Cosentino says.

    Although the music is made for kids and there are a handful of covers on the album, she had a few messages in mind: Namely, universal love and the power of imagination. The hope, too, was that parents might enjoy the music as much as their kids did.

    “I wanted to make something for kids that was just sort of different than your go-to ‘Wheels on the Bus,’ to sort of take some of those classic original kids’ songs and give them a rock kind of twist,” Cosentino says. “There’s a lot of joy and fun that goes into writing music for kids.”

    She’s definitely in tune with the childlike side of her imagination, and that’s only been reinforced by her very special pre-release listeners—her friends’ kids, who contributed their thoughts on song topics. “People have been sending me videos of their kids listening to it or singing along,” she says. “That grabs me by every inch of my heart and just makes me feel so happy.”

    The opportunity to make the kids’ album came from Amazon, with whom Best Coast previously recorded children’s songs. Cosentino wants to emphasize how much she and Bruno enjoyed making the album, and that—although there’s definitely a Best Coast adult album on the horizon—they hope to make more music for kids in the future.

    “The world needs things that make them smile currently, given everything that’s going on every day,” Cosentino says. “It’s a good time to put something positive out into the world.”

    For more information on “Best Kids,” visit bestcoast.net!

    Music Programs We Love

    92Y, 92y.org
    apple seeds, songsforseeds.com
    Applause New York, applauseny.com
    Carnegie Hall Kids, carnegiehall.org
    Church Street School for Music and Art, churchstreetschool.org
    Come Join the BAND!, comejointheband.com
    Diller-Quaile School of Music, diller-quaile.org
    Eastside Westside Music Together, eswsmusictogether.com
    Gymboree Music, gymboreeclasses.com
    Gymtime Rhythm & Glues, gymtime.net
    Hands On!, handson.org
    JCC Manhattan, jccmanhattan.org
    Kids’ MusicRound, kidsmusicround.com
    Kidville, kidville.com
    Lavender Blues, lavenderbluesmusic.com
    Little Maestros, littlemaestros.com
    Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Music Center, kaufmanmusiccenter.org/lms
    MusiBambino, musibambino.com
    Music for Aardvarks, musicforaardvarks.com
    Music Together in the City, musictogethernyc.com
    NY Kids Club, nykidsclub.com
    Riverside Music Studios, riversidemusicstudios.com
    School for Strings, schoolforstrings.org
    TADA! Youth Theater, tadatheater.com
    Third Street Music School Settlement, thirdstreetmusicschool.org
    TLB Music, tlbmusic.com
    Turtle Bay Music School, tbms.org
    WeBop at Jazz at Lincoln Center, academy.jazz.org/webop

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