Andrew Barkan and Polly Hall are in demand for their sparkling music for films, TV, and commercials, but their true love is creating and performing music for children. The married couple makes no bones about where their priorities lie. According to Andrew, "The commercial accolades are nice, but much more meaningful to us was winning the prestigious ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Children's Music Award for the song 'When You're A Dog' from our debut children's album, Up and At 'Em!"
Polly Hall agrees, "We make genuine connections with children and families through our songs, shows, and podcast. Rather than aspiring to be rock stars, we prefer sitting on the carpet in the corner of our favorite independent bookstore and singing on Saturday mornings. In that way, we can see kids light up when a song really works. We sing directly to them and with them, on their developmental level, stretching their imaginations and their experience of music."
Adds Andrew Barkan, "It's been five years since our first album, and it's about time for a second one! We've been writing songs and playing shows for kids all the while but haven't been able to take time away from our TV and film scoring work to put a whole record together until now. Odds & Ends is a little bit like our lives after having our first kid -- haphazard, hair-brained, and absolutely full of love."
Odds & Ends is, indeed, quirky and eclectic, just like Andrew & Polly! The album kicks off with "Little Bitta You," a soft, sweet tune that gets big and happy, and, like childhood, is a bit nonsensical at times. The song also provides a great showcase for trombonist Gabe Feenberg (Terraplane Sun). "Ghostbusters," the song that deftly set the silly/scary ambience of the eponymous 1984 film, completely lives up to its reputation in Andrew & Polly's version, which features theramin, marimba, accordion, kazoos, whistles, synthesizers, and the voices of a collection of their youthful fans bellowing, "Who you gonna call?" into the iPhones of their amazed parents.
What's next for this dynamic duo? Andrew & Polly are busy developing EAR SNACKS, a new kind of podcast -- for kids, featuring kids -- and they can't wait for fans to hear it!
WHERE TO BUY: Odds & Ends will be available at CDbaby, iTunes, and at Andrew & Polly's shows.
Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was given info and streaming links at no charge from the PR Firm / Company. Any expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.