Mamapalooza Rocks

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If you think the only play date a modern mom would set up is the kind she arranges for her young children, you'd be wrong.

Correspondent Bill Geist reports on CBS News Sunday Morning about moms who have a whole different kind of playing in mind.

One of them is Paula, described by Geist as a typical Midwestern suburban housewife and mother, who spends her days cooking and cleaning, and in the evenings, singing nursery rhymes.

"I had a couple of kids and, being a musician, I wanted them to love music. So, I'm out searching for child-friendly music. It got really old really fast. Barney. Argh!

"I mean, why not take a song like 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' and turn it into, like, Led Zeppelin rock 'n' roll?"

But first, Paula needed a band: "I needed to find people that were home during the day, thus the stay-at-home-mom band, made up of typical moms, such as Daniela, Anita and Tammy," whose wood-paneled family room is their practice studio.

Paula's friends had almost no musical experience, though Anita once played the flute.

"The first practice." Paula admits, "I'm, like, 'What have I gotten into? This has to get better quick.' And the mailman even made a few comments like, 'You guys are horrible.' "

Paula's daughter, Rebecca, came up with the name Candy Band, which plays children's songs, if you can still call them that.

They also play songs about the rigors of motherhood, like one about trying to get the kids up and dressed in the morning.

"Our songs are right out of our lives," observes Daniela.

They play everywhere, from bars to birthday parties. Mothers and others flock to see them.

The line was out the door when they played an event called Mamapalooza last week in their hometown of Royal Oak, Mich., a suburb of Detroit.
  • Brian Dakss

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