Quirky Music is proud to announce award winning Australian/New Zealand grassroots singer songwriter and leading good-living mum, Anna van Riel is back with a wholesome serve of delicious melodies in her new interactive children’s album Cooking Up A Song due out this August 1st. Babies, primary aged children and adults alike are being delighted by this ukulele playing Mama’s cheeky humour and catchy tunes - all the while highlighting sustainable and healthy living benefits to children and grown ups everywhere.

Tucked away on her idyllic family farm in Lake Hawea, New Zealand, Anna shares “We grow our own food and …

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For all muso mums…..

May 10, 2016 - 10:07 PM

The most peculiar thing has happened to me. I don't know if it's because I have finally come down from the mad adrenaline-fueled ride motherhood has taken me on over the past 5 years (or almost 6 if you count pregnancy), or if it comes down to being just plan shattered from all the touring, performing and self promoting. Whatever it is I've found myself taking a huge step back from performing and I've been concentrating on upskilling, toiling the land and just being with my kids this year. This might not seem very peculiar, unless of course you happen to be privvy to the ridiculous pace I've been sprinting these past few years. With the goal of reaching that seemingly unobtainable space called 'successfully self employed' and throwing the word 'musician' into the mix, I have found myself supremely compromised so often when looking to strike a healthy balance between my love of music and everything else in my life. My husband has copped it, my kids feel it, my digestive system and sleep time have suffered for it and all the while I've been striving towards something that seemed so close and so far away all at once. Like the donkey with the carrot tied to the stick that swings out just beyond his nose.

Motherhood and music combined strike a rather brittle balance if you ask me. I've been pondering what the combination is that opens up the Pandora's box with all the answers on how to make it flow. I'm not sure I've found the right answer for me, but if you're considering taking this route here's some combinations that offer apparent success or at least help:

*Consider building a strong musical platform for yourself before you get pregnant. That way you have a solid base …

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