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A few weeks ago we asked you to submit your questions to Aussie superstars The Wiggles. The gang are currently on tour in the UK, and they stopped off to answer the questions put to them by some of our favourite parent bloggers.
Here's who's who in The Wiggles:
AF: Anthony Field (Blue Wiggle)
MC: Murray Cook (Red Wiggle)
SM: Sam Moran (Yellow Wiggle)
JF: Jeff Fatt (Purple Wiggle)
Pippa from A Mother's Ramblings blog asks:
My question is will you all marry me? No really it's not that it's Can I be a Wiggle? OK I will be serious now! Top Ender and Baby Boy of Milton Keynes would like to ask; How do you come up with all your songs, do write the music first or the words or does it all happen together? We haven't got a favourite song, we love all your songs!
AF: When we write a children's song we think about what interests children. The great thing about that is most things in the world interest children, even those which are quite mundane to adults. Hence we've written a song about Fruit Salad!
MC: Practically speaking we, tend to come up with a theme for the song first, then come up with some music and finish the lyrics off later. So its kind of done together, but Anthony's right – we think about what will interest children first and foremost.
AF: We also have to think about language that children will understand – there's no point talking to them as we talk to each other as adults. We always stick within the limits of a child's vocabulary and understanding. Fruit Salad, Yummy Yummy – case in point!
The Mad House Family blog asks:
Mini Mad (Finlay) loves The Wiggles, we have been to see them last year and we will be going again to see them live in York on his 4th birthday this year, so he is a true fan. He has two questions
Do you miss your families when you come to England or do you bring them with you?
MC: Yes we do miss our families when we're touring. My family have come a few times in the past but my children are in high school now which makes it more difficult as they have a lot of commitments. Things like Skype make life a lot easier as you can talk to them and see them at the same time, but yes, we do miss them.
How do Henry, Wags and Dorothy fit on an airplane seat?
MC: We try to arrange it so that they have a spare seat beside them, especially for Henry with all his tentacles.
SM: Sometimes Henry swims!
MC: ...and sometimes he travels with Capt Feathersword on the SS Feathersword but that takes them about six weeks to get here!
JF: Sometimes Wags gets an upgrade from the dog box to Economy!
Daddy blogger Dan from All That Comes With It wants to know about the music:
With previously adult aimed artists like Barenaked Ladies and They Might Be Giants getting in to kids music, do you feel that kids music is now being taken seriously?
MC: I think it's great that bands like They Might Be Giants and Barenaked Ladies are getting involved in children's music, although Barenaked Ladies might have to think about changing their name if they're doing children's shows! I think often these bands start as young men and as they get older and have children of their own they can see that music is a really positive way to teach children. We're not too concerned if adults take it seriously because the children do and that's our audience. Its always good for new songs to be out there.
The Wiggles are on tour in the UK until 4th July. You can find all the details on their website here.
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