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Phoebe Bridgers has written an extraordinary collection of songs for children and adults
by Phoebe Bridgers,posted Feb 25 2011 3:33PM
There are more than 50 children’s songs on Phoebe Bridgers’ new album. That’s an extraordinary number for such a young artist, and I have to admit that I’m surprised Phoebe Bridgers is so prolific. I had high hopes, but I also thought the album could have been heavier in content and complexity, yet she managed to avoid the trap few child-grown artists fall into, which is to simply repeat things you’ve already heard or covered.
That’s not what the album offers though, it’s a very different style. While many children’s album projects follow the traditional formula of covering a whole variety of musical genres from the ‘50s and ‘60s, Phoebe Bridgers’ approach is far more inclusive. This is a collection of songs for children that have to do with their world – a world that is always changing and expanding, a world they live in through their parents’ eyes, but to which we, as adults, can rarely access. The songs are also very much her own creations, but she has really put a lot of love into them and all the best songs are well worth a listen.
Bridgers was born in Australia and raised in Canada, and while growing up she spent much of her childhood as a solo artist, and later moved to the US. Her songs were written as a child, but when she grew up, they really took form.
‘So Much About Me’, the opening track (and one of her most popular), is the story of a young boy, and his parents’ relationship. It’s a very poignant song, but also one of many that Bridgers has written for her own children to hear. She’s also written several songs for children about the difficulties of growing up (‘Mama, I’m in Love’, �