“Haven’t Got a Pet Yet,” from album “Field Trip.” Courtesy of Recess Monkey.
July 2, 12:55 p.m. [View larger] [Sketch location]
A notable crowd of kids and grownups came to City Hall this afternoon to listen to Seattle-based kiddie pop band Recess Monkey. It was the first of a series of free noontime concerts organized by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
I already miss my kids during the day a lot. Listening to tunes like “Doctor Wiggle,” “Monkey Bars” and “Haven’t Got a Pet Yet” made me miss them even more. As a parent of a preschooler and a soon-to-be first grader, I thought the lyrics were right on target. It all made sense to me when Jack Forman, 32, who plays the bass and sings, told me that they are all elementary school teachers. “There’s a direct connection between our day jobs and the music that we do,” he said. “We are surrounded by tons of inspiration.”
Forman was delighted about kicking off the City Hall summertime concerts. “It’s a great way to get kids downtown,” he said. “What a cool way for kids to recognize the space when they see it later on TV.”
Speaking of recesses, I’m taking a few days off myself. I’ll be back to the blog on July 11 with some live drawings of pirates landing on Alki beach. You know, it’s Seafair time!
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