Happy Saturday! Our Week of Music is continuing to rock, and we’ve boogied through a whole week already! Luckily, we have one more special music-related book to review for tomorrow. But, let’s focus on today! Yesterday we learned a bit about Alastair’s music, so today we’ll learn about him! Hope everyone is having a great day, and keep on rockin’ 🙂
The Tiny Activist: Introduce yourself!
Alastair Moock: I’m Alastair Moock. Among other things, I perform for kids and families and also present assembly programs and workshops in schools around social justice history.
TTA: What are you passionate about?
AM: Educating and inspiring through music.
TTA: Tell us about a project you’re currently working on!
AM: I’m currently working on an album all about leadership and activism. It looks to the
heroes of our past (Dr. King, Harvey Milk, Billie Jean King, Pete Seeger, Rosa Parks,
Malcolm X, Cesar Chavez) and our present (Malala Yousafzai, the Parkland student
protestors) to inspire our kids to move the ball forward. I wrote the songs over the past year, and we begin recording at the beginning of October.
TTA: How can people support you on your journey?
AM: I’ll be doing a fundraising campaign for this album, my first in many years. I don’t
generally ask fans for money up front like this, but I have a good reason this time: I want
to get this album, and my assembly programs, into the hands of kids and schools that
might not otherwise be able to afford them. Through this campaign, every time a
supporter buys a CD, I’ll give one away to a kid or teacher. I’ll also be providing free
assemblies and programs to Head Start programs and underserved schools.
TTA: What book was your favorite in 2019 so far?
AM: Right now I’m digging Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential.
TTA: What are you looking forward to in the coming year?
AM: Recording this new album!
About the Artist:
Alastair Moock is a 2014 GRAMMY Nominee, two-time Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Winner, recipient of the ASCAP Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award, and has twice been voted by the Fids & Kamily Industry Critics’ Poll among the Top 3 Albums of the Year. Long one of Boston’s premier folk artists, Alastair turned his attention to family music after the birth of his twins in 2006. The New York Times calls him “a Tom Waits for kids” and The Boston Globe declares that, “in the footsteps of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, Alastair Moock makes real kids music that parents can actually enjoy.” Moock and Friends’ live shows are rowdy, rootsy, singin’ and dancin’ fun for the whole family!