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Kid at Heart Known for the fiery, politically charged songs he performs with his New York-based Irish rock band, Black 47, Larry Kirwan, a 40-year-old father of two, has just released Keltic Kids (Pirate Moon Records), a CD of characteristically uncloying children's songs.
Why make a kids' album?
I wanted to use Black 47's style of music and do an album parents could enjoy with their children without being patronizing.
What inspired "Daddy is a Rock & Roller"?
A desire to do something for my own kids to look back on when they grow up, and to capture some sense of how my kids see me. It must be unusual to have a father in a rock band, who's not there all the time and who comes home at three or four in the morning.
What's your underlying message?
Television makes kids old beyond their ages. I wanted to show them a glimpse into a different world, the way literature does. The things a children's writer does with books, I wanted to do with music.
How do your kids like the CD?
They like it, but they were there when it was made because I made it at home. They heard it already.
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