No… the music isn’t goat-related, despite the cover image. Kids features music for the under-10 set – songs for children, families and caregivers of every sort. Keller says that his approach is organic, and that his own young children provided inspiration to approach this project.
“I’ve always felt, even before I had kids, that all my music was simple and playful enough to connect with kids, that it was naturally kid-friendly. It’s been a long time goal of mine to make music especially with children in mind.”
The songs have a folky/bluegrass feel, with lyrics that will appeal to youngsters, who always love to sing along. A quick look at the titles reveals topics that occupy the lives of children in any age – Taking a Bath, Keep It on the Paper and Because I Said So being just a few examples.
Williams has expanded Because I Said So into a children’s book as well, based on the lyrics of the song, and complemented by illustrations by Virginia artist Bill Harris. The character of Lil Keller learns the important lesson that things don’t always go the way you want, and that there isn’t always a good explanation for why things turn out the way they do.
The book will be released in conjunction with the CD, and there are a number of pre-release packages that include both the CD and book, as well as kids-sized T shirts with the cute-as-can-be goat babies from the album cover.
The Williams clan has also devised a clever promotion for this project, which they call Give A Kid A Kid. In conjunction with Heifer International, every pre-order for the Kids CD will be entered into a drawing, with a grand prize that not only includes fun goat toys, marionettes and costumes, but also a donation of a live goat in the winner’s name to a family living in dire poverty somewhere in the world.
What a great gift idea for a child in your life. Hat’s off to Keller Williams for this book, CD and promotion!