Oh a very big hello from Lah-Lah land,
Mark (Buzz the band Leader) and I have been rolling this blogging thing around for quite some time now and so here I am writing to you from my local café (because I can’t work at home, I always want to do the washing or clean the kitchen, best to leave the mess and have a cup of tea).
A word from Lah-Lah land is a little word from me, Tina (Lah-Lah). I’m a mum of 2 beautiful girls, Emily 6 and Lily 9. I’m married to Mark (Buzz) and I have an enormous smelly golden retriever called Bindi and a cat Tasha.What I am planning to do is look into some fun musical journeys you can take with your family. We’ll meet some new musician friends, learn some new games and songs to make trolley time in shopping lines more fun and I’ll keep you up to date with some very exciting things that are happening with Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band.
There will be videos, pictures and lots of fun chatter. What I would like to do is invite you to join me and chat back. No I really mean this, you can post on this blog with a written comment. Have your say or e-mail me and have a boast about your beautiful little person. E-mail me a pic or a piece of artwork from your little one and I’ll pop it up. I’d love to hear from you.
As this is my first post I’ve been told I should give you a little background of who I am and what Lah-Lah is so here it is in as concise a way as I can.
I’m Tina, I’m a mum and my dream was, well I didn’t really know what my dream was until I became a Mum and then my world shifted. I trained as an opera singer and after a really long silly amount of time studying opera I sang with Opera Australia and toured on and off for about 5 years.
I met Mark at the Sydney Conservatorium, he was a jazz double bass player, although at that time he didn’t play Lola the dancing double bass, he has a much younger bass named Emma (seriously Mark’s first bass was called Emma).
Mark and I moved to Paris so I could follow my opera dream and he could play in the Paris jazz clubs. I sang, he played, we ate – it was a jolly time. We found exciting jobs teaching English in Japan and moved there for almost 2 years before our little Lily arrived. We still joke that she was made in Japan.
On returning to Sydney and becoming a mum, opera singing just seemed too far removed from our new family life. I think it was a healthy decision I had made in Paris one morning when I walked into an audition saw a room full of sopranos looked at Mark in the eyes and said “let’s run!”, and we did. We literally ran from that audition and never looked back. So no more Opera, what was I going to do? I didn’t know anything else but music.
That’s the most amazing thing about life; you just never know what opportunities are just around the corner. Just by slightly shifting your perspective amazing things reveal themselves.
My beautiful friend Kate from the Opera company told me about Kindermusik, she said her sister went to classes and told me that I really should look into it. It was the perfect suggestion at the perfect time and so I booked myself into training bundled up Emily who was almost 2 and we went off to classes in North Sydney.
Our teacher Sally was inspirational, a wonderful teacher and beautiful lady. She was so helpful in those early days and totally overlooked the fact that my Emily was not remotely interested in what was happening in class and just wanted to spend her class time jumping on the couch at the back of the room.
The Emily Jumping Monster
Kindermusik began and took off; in 6 months my brand new little school was full. I had beautiful families who became great friends and my part time job was becoming very full time. Now stay with me everyone, here’s where it get’s interesting.
I loved my classes and was always looking for a way to make the end of term class more concert like. I convinced Mark to come in and bring Lola the bass (Lola has always been called Lola) We did some songs together, with the families and it was great fun. A number of parents said, ‘why don’t you guys put on a show?’ It was a great idea, and so Lah-Lah was born.
We booked a venue, recorded a CD and wrote a show. Having never done this before it was a very scary prospect. We knew the music was fun but what would people really think and would they come?
Our first season was small in numbers but huge in response. Our audience would see the 10am show, run out and buy tickets to the 11am show. It was amazing.
You see the message behind Lah-Lah is so simple; it’s real musicians playing real music for kids, that’s it! Lah-Lah introduces children and their families to the wonderful world of music and musical instruments.
Lah-Lah is about the music and the characters that play and these guys can really play. In Lah-Lah there are some of Australia’s finest musicians in the fields of jazz, classical, world music and pop. They love kids and they love music.
Lah-Lah’s Big Live Band now has 12 video clips that play on Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. channel in Australia, South East Asia and NZ, but our very big news is coming very very soon….. can’t wait to officially announce this one.