The undisputed king of children’s music has a solid reputation as a rock star. Not only his flagship album Singable songs for the very young conceived by future rock producer Daniel Lanois, but his whole attitude towards children’s music, in general, was to always treat music as real music, not just silly jingles for kids. That’s why Raffi’s songs don’t drive parents crazy like some other earworms.
But, beyond the fact that Raffi’s music is right Well, Raffi himself is also legitimately a super ethical musician. Here’s a stunning example: Raffi specifically avoided playing in large venues. Why? Well, in Fatherly’s fourth podcast Finding Raffihe reveals why he refused to play in big arenas like Madison Square Garden.
Speaking on the podcast, Raffi mentions that he refused to play at MSG because he didn’t want to hurt his fans.
“Because the audience would be full of very, very young children and a very large environment, [that’s] not the best environment for them, let alone me as a performer trying to reach them,” Raffi explained. He also added that places like Madison Square Garden “aren’t even a concert hall”, and because of those limitations, “why would I throw myself in there?”
This indie-rock movement – a refusal to betray its core audience – resonated favorably among others in the music world. Eddie Vedder thinks Raffi is so legit because of it. And because of his admiration for Raffi, Vedder even covered “Baby Beluga”.
The most important point is that Raffi’s values in his music are reflected in his performing art. And, how many great musicians can say the same?
You can check the latest Finding Raffi episode here, or on the following podcast platforms.