Kindie music trailblazer and founding member of The Sippy Cups,
Alison Faith Levy knows how to get the entire family moving and
grooving. With her Big Time Tot Rock Band, she brings dynamic
musicianship and live beats from World of Wonder, her forthcoming album.
From Lollapalooza to Austin City Limits, Alison loves performing, and
the San Francisco Public Library is her favorite performance venue.
Through an interview with Mariea Whittington, Millbrae Library Intern,
we learn more about Alison and her music!
Where and how did your group meet and how long have you been performing together?
I started playing children's music in 2004 with a group called The Sippy
Cups, and now I perform as a solo artist and with my Big Time Tot Rock
band, which I have been doing since 2011. My band is made up of many of
my dearest musician friends, most of whom had never played for children
until joining my band! They come from some really great Bay Area indie
bands. Some of the amazing musicians who play with me are: Khoi Huynh
and Karla Kane of the Corner Laughers, Andrew Griffin of the band
Felsen, John Moremen and Allen Clapp from The Orange Peels, Charlie
Crabtree from the Corner Laughers, Josh Pollock from Three Leafs, and
Jody Richardson from The Vivants - just to name a few.
How would you describe your music/entertainment to someone who have never seen you before?
I write and perform sophisticated pop songs for little people! My shows
are very interactive and lively, with lots of dancing, singing, and
silliness for the audience to participate in, while still giving them
catchy songs that they'll be humming on the way home.
What made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
I have always played music and sang, from the earliest age. I started
picking out melodies on the piano when I was around 3, and did musical
theater all throughout my childhood and teen years. In college I began
playing in bands and writing my own songs, and then started touring and
recording professionally. It has always been my passion.
As an artist, is there anything special you hope to accomplish?
My greatest wish as an artist is to write an original stage musical and
see it produced by a professional theater company. I have recently
written a musical for children based around the songs on my album,
"World of Wonder," and I'm currently looking for the right theater
company to collaborate with and bring it to life. This is my greatest
wish and ambition, to write the great American musical!
What is the one thing you want the children who come to your performances to remember about education?
Follow your heart, believe in yourself, find joy in the world around you, create, and read, read, READ!
And just for fun:
My favorite book as a child was:
The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel) by Ellen
Raskin. I absolutely adored this book - it's a combination of clever
wordplay, cool illustrations, and hip surreal humor that just spoke to
My favorite color is: Grass Green
If I were an animal, I'd be a: Jellyfish!
Mariea W. is an intern with the San Mateo County Library, under the
direction of Ms. Carine Risley. She is currently finishing her last
semester with the Library & Information Science graduate program at
San Jose State University.