This is a Moms Clean Air Force exclusive interview with Latin GRAMMY-winning children’s musician, Mister G. His 8th album of original songs, Mundo Verde/Green World, will be coming out on September 15th.
Please read Mister G’s inspiring interview and see below for a FREE download of the new album for Moms Clean Air Force members until the end of September:
What inspired you to create this new children’s album of songs about nature and protecting the environment?
Mundo Verde/Green World is my 8th album of original children’s music, but I’ve been writing about nature and the environment from the beginning. (Tweet this) With everything that’s happening politically and environmentally right now, this felt like the perfect time to write an album dedicated to protecting and preserving this one planet we share. The trick is making the music engaging for kids and families so the message comes across in a way that’s exciting and fun.
My wife (Missus G) and I live in Western Massachusetts, and we love exploring the forests, rivers, and ponds right outside the door of our recording studio with our dog, Josie. We’re on tour a lot around the US and in Latin America, and we always build in time to hike, swim, bike and explore the beautiful places wherever we happen to be in the world. Our trips to the National Parks in particular gave me a lot of inspiration for Mundo Verde/Green World.
Why did you choose to make the album bilingual (Spanish/English)?
Three of our other albums (Los Animales, ABC Fiesta, Chocolalala) are bilingual, and we’ve seen first hand how powerful it is for audiences to hear music performed in their native language. Creating songs in multiple languages extends the reach of the album and enables us to bring this message to countless more families. Writing bilingually also gave me an excuse to sing about the natural wonders of Latin America, like the coquí, the iconic little frog of the Puerto Rican rainforest.
How did you start collaborating with Moms Clean Air Force?
Several moms from Moms Clean Air Force had seen us perform at the Philadelphia Zoo and in our hometown of Northampton, MA, so we were brought in to perform at the Play-In for Climate Action event on Capitol Hill last summer. It felt like a great, organic connection from the start, and it was so exciting to see all the kids and parents engaged in asking their representatives to support policies for a safer, cleaner planet. Everyone who we’ve connected with at Moms Clean Air Force is down to earth, and deeply committed to protecting children’s health from the dangerous effects of climate change. We couldn’t be happier to collaborate with like-minded activists who also happen to love music!
Why is music a powerful way to communicate about the environment and climate change?
Music has incredible, mysterious powers to unite and inspire people across borders and languages. As a child, I looked up to musicians who used their platform to make a positive difference in the world. It’s a privilege to now be in the position of making music about what I think are the most important issues facing humanity today.
What do you enjoy most about performing for kids and families?
That’s a tough one! Kids are wonderfully uninhibited, and their response to the music is instantly contagious, so our concerts often become multi-generational dance parties. There’s a cliché that music is the universal language and we’ve found that to be true: everywhere we go in the world kids and families give us back all the energy that we put out…and then some!
What can concert-goers young and old expect at your free concert with Moms Clean Air Force on September 27th in Washington, DC?
Everyone can look forward to a dynamic, interactive concert showcasing songs from the new Mundo Verde/Green World album. Kids and families will be invited to sing and dance along, and join us onstage during the performance. We couldn’t ask for a better crowd to debut our new eco-themed CD!
FOR MORE: Watch Mister G HERE and find Mister G on social media @mistergsongs