As I write this, I’m sitting in the green room at PBS39, in between shooting episodes of a new children’s music TV show called Kids Jam. It’s super fun, but also long hours and lots of standing on your mark trying not to squint in the bright lights, waiting for the producers to give the go-ahead.
Earlier this morning, I could feel the energy in the room seriously dipping among the crew as we waited for the technical stuff to get figured out.
And then the band started to play.
It was remarkable: everyone started to move–feet started tapping, heads started nodding, and there were suddenly smiles on previously stressed-out faces.
Music is magic.
It lifts our mood, gets our bodies moving, decreases our stress levels, and connects us with those around us.
(Also: the incredible range and diversity of artists in the family music world is truly amazing. Just one perk of this super-fun job I have is meeting incredible artists–we’ve shot episodes with hip hop/soul artist Fyutch, taken a musical journey through Latin America with Sonia De Los Santos, and danced with Lucy Kalantari and the Jazz Cats–and we’re not even halfway done!)
So in the (often stressful) hubbub of this time of year, don’t forget to put on some tunes you love and dance around with your littles. It just might turn out to be your favorite memory of the season!