Happy Tuneful Tuesday! Today’s song comes from the amazing Family Musician and Teaching Artist Alina Celeste! Alina shared a new song that might spark some nostalgia for some CMN members. Let’s check out her reflection on “Kitty Catchie”:
“One of my favorite things about CMN is the vast resource of traditional folk songs created by our members. Folk songs are not only a wonderful record of our collective history, but a great source of inspiration! For example, I wrote a new song for my upcoming album inspired by the catchy, civil-war era song, Keemo Kimo. The wonderful little chorus has been used countless times, just google phrases like “Kitty Catchie” and “Keemo Kimo” to see what I mean! I heard it one day and it stuck with me for months, so I came up with my own little version – and now I can’t get it out of my head! Below is a video I posted on my YouTube channel with my new (old) song.”
Alina Celeste is an internationally touring Family Musician and Teaching Artist.
Her brand of catchy, relevant, and historically rooted music was born in her classroom. She has since taught, performed and presented workshops and master classes all over the United States as well as in Santiago de Atitlán, Guatemala and Kempsey, Australia. She was nominated for Teacher of the Year her first year in teaching, the first Kindie Artist to play at the San Francisco Free Folk Festival, and is a member of The Children’s Music Network Board of Directors.
Hailing from Miami, Florida, Alina’s Cuban-American upbringing exposed her to a wide range of popular music from Celia Cruz to the Beatles. Also, singing was the only way to make as much noise as possible and not get in trouble. To hear more of her music, click here!
Alina’s shows are a joyous blend of parent -friendly sing-alongs, dance-alongs, family jams and unforgettable musical story times.
Classic folk songs for kids from the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as her simple and melodic original tunes come together seamlessly and make for an infectious good time. She gets everyone singing and dancing, making each show a unique experience for everyone. Her songs are easy to learn and you will find yourself singing them for days after.
To see what Alina’s shows and classes are like, check her out on YouTube.