Allow me to introduce myself. My name is John Wakefield and for the record this album wasn’t planned…and neither was Vann. It started about 5 years ago at the Hollywood Bowl. Gustavo Dudamel, in his first official capacity as conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was leading the orchestra in a reprise of the Ode to Joy ending of Beethoven’s 9th symphony, resplendent with fireworks, when my wife Joanne turned to me and said, “We’re having another baby”. Technically I suppose it started about a month earlier but semantics aside, that startling announcement led me down a very unexpected path. Our other children were 8 and 11 at the time and had recently reached a moderate level of self-sufficiency. The thought of caring for a new baby, while exciting, was also downright frightening. Fortunately, with this kind of thing there’s a built in “processing” period. On June 4th, 2010 at 3:01 in the afternoon, Vann Franklin Wakefield was born and the songs started coming almost immediately. Little spurts here and there, phrases, melodies, lyrics all tied together with a thread of humor. After putting together a few coherent ideas that seemed good I decided to make an effort to write a whole album….possibly as some sort of therapy. It was written early in the morning and late at night. During naps and walks, with a clear mind and in a fog. Melodies were plunked out at all hours and anything that you could imagine to write on became a lyric sheet(including finally finding a good use for those notepads from the local real estate mavens). Before I knew it I had 12 songs and was ready to start recording. That's when I started calling friends, and the responses were heartwarming. What you have here is the result. Over 30 of Los Angeles and Nashville’s finest musicians helped create the most unusual children’s album you’ll ever hear….you might even call it curious.
A "children's" album in name only, while kids will love the songs, this one is really for the parents. The songs and lyrics were crafted to reflect the experiences we all have as we try to keep up with our lives after children arrive. I hope they help you laugh through the tough times and cherish the good because one thing is for sure ...they'll grow up in the blink of an eye.