If you have a three-year-old and you live in the Vancouver area – as I do – you’ve undoubtedly heard of Bobs & LoLo. Their real names are Robyn Hardy and Lorraine Pond, and they’re childhood friends and children’s entertainers with four albums to their credit. My son Jacob is currently playing their latest release, Connecting the Dots, on constant repeat in my living room. I’m not afraid to admit that I find myself humming their songs to myself many, many times every day. What can I say? They’re catchy!
Robyn and Lorraine are dedicated to connecting kids to the natural world with music, movement and make-believe, and they’re very good at it. I definitely would not classify them in the same “truly terrible children’s entertainment” category as that Shrek show I saw this summer. On the contrary, they’re an example of children’s entertainers who are raising the bar and keeping it fun at the same time. My kids love them, and I enjoy them, too.
This has been a big year for the duo. They launched a new album in May and Lorraine gave birth her first baby, Anisa, in June. Having a little one on tour has definitely changed the dynamic. I had the chance to speak with the pair, and Lorraine mentioned breastfeeding during sound checks. I’ve breastfed in a lot of places, but that’s one I have yet to try. They also travel with an entourage now, all to make sure that Anisa is well-fed and cared-for while her mama performs.
During our interview we talked about how Lorraine and Robyn met, and how they became children’s performers. We discussed the business side of what they do, and how they keep everything running smoothly. I got to ask them some of my burning questions, like whether they ever get sick of singing a certain song, how they still manage to get along after all these years, and what it’s like to run into young fans when they’re just trying to pick up something at the grocery store for a last-minute dinner. You’ll have to listen to hear the answers, but I will say this much here – I really think that these two are doing what they are meant to be doing, and regardless of how you feel about their music, that’s a pretty amazing thing. Here’s our interview for your listening enjoyment:
It was great chatting with Lorraine and Robyn. Next week I’ll be switching gears and sharing an interview with Allie Chee, who wrote a guest post recently about her homebirth experience. She’ll be discussing her journey from living a traditional American lifestyle to becoming a Traditional Chinese Medicine Nutritionist. Subscribe to my podcast in iTunes, and you’ll be sure not to miss a thing!