Bailando to Moona Luna May 12 2011
I have a wide range of music on my iphone, and I can't really say I loooove one genre of music more than another. The last song that I downloaded that the toddler really likes and sings to is Black Eyed Peas' Imma Be. That song could probably get my grandma going, but let's not imagine such things. Anyway, today I was playing Nicki Minaj's Moment 4 Life and yeah, not too easy for a toddler to dance to. Soooo...
...a few weeks ago I downloaded a few Moona Luna songs. I'd been meaning to do it for a while since I've had a few friends asking if I had heard of them and if the toddler liked. Well, today I let 'er rip on the Bose, and toddler loooooved Brinca, Jump that she was brincando the whole time. I'm trying to teach her where to jump (floor, grass) and where not to jump (off the top of the slide, on the couch or bed). I let her jump, jump, jump like a crazy child for two rounds of the song. That should translate into fifteen more minutes of morning sleep time, right?
I must admit, I just can't really get that into children's music, but if it makes the toddler K happy, I'm a happy mama. I guess that's the point of it, right? Moona Luna is actually children's music that makes my Tex-Mex heart go bidi bidi. I'm sure its the accordian. It's like Pavlovian response for me. Which probably explains why I also love Julieta Venegas so much.
So a little about Moona Luna:
Moona Luna is the passionate second project of New York-based songwriter Sandra Velasquez and her critically acclaimed Latin band Pistolera.
For the last five years, Pistolera has toured extensively, delighting fans of all ages around the globe. During the making of Pistolera’s second album, Velasquez gave birth to her first child. But the experience didn’t slow her down.
In fact, with her daughter as inspiration, Velasquez wrote an album’s worth of songs geared for families. After writing exclusively in Spanish for Pistolera, she decided to make Moona Luna’s songs bilingual so that her simple messages of joy, discovery and perseverance would reach more young ears. The band includes Maria Elena on accordion, Inca B. Satz on bass and Sebastian Guerrero on drums. Dan Zanes joins the Piñata Party on “Brinca, Jump.”
So that's who they are, but this is my favorite part in their About page:
Velasquez says that Piñata Party is her attempt to re-create the vibe she remembers and treasures from the backyard parties her parents would throw while she was growing up in San Diego, California. Moona Luna certainly caught the vibe: Piñata Party is like a rich and flavorful platter of bold and spicy carne asada. It is an invitation to sample the tastes and flavors of the world from a child’s sensibility—of experiencing the familiar in a way that is suddenly unfamiliar and new.
Damn, music that tastes like carne asada? I'm from Texas. I don't play around with that, but yeah, I'd say it's just about right.