Peter Apel is this amazing singer/songwriter from New Mexico whose first CD I've Got a Dinosaur on My Head is rocking the kid world! I felt like a happy child when I saw him live. At the same time, I was awed by his authenticity combined with a polished and world-class presentation. Let's visit with Peter and find out more about him.
When you perform for children and families, I can imagine that there can be a lot of spontaneous and unexpected reactions to your music. What is one of your most memorable encounters with children and your music?
That’s a good observation. Because kids are so eager and honest, something funny happens in almost every show. There was a preschool class singing “I’ve Got a Dinosaur on My Head!” for their spring performance, and I spotted a young boy improvising by playing air guitar…to MY song! That song is requested in every show and gets lots of plays on my website.
After singing about all the animals already in the song, kids love to improvise by singing about all kinds of other made-up items on their heads. But the really big thing is hearing the kids sing together. I still get a lump in my throat when the kids and parents really belt it out and sing along with me. Nothing is better for a songwriter than to hear a bunch of kids singing a song that you wrote. It’s a reminder that I’m doing a little more than just singing silly songs. It’s so rewarding to feel that I may play a part in helping these kids build their interest in music.
When I saw you perform "Sometimes I Eat Oatmeal for Breakfast" it was so fresh and happy and joy-filled. I am smiling right now just remembering it. You exude a purity and innocence - unsullied wonder of childhood. Tell us about your life's path. What was your childhood like?
Thank you for the nice words. I wrote that song at the request of my young son, and he sat right with me as we worked it up and decided what should go on the oatmeal next. People really get a kick out of the idea of having a song about their breakfast comfort food.