Songs for Kids I've Had is a collection of six songs for and about small children, written by author and journalist Joshua David Stein and recorded with the help of his friend Kyle Forester (Crystal Stilts/Ladybug Transistor/Kyle Forester). Stein and Forester last collaborated on the 2012 album Forester Sings Stein, a collection of songs written by Stein for women he met during his wayward twenties.
Much has changed since then.Stein is now the father of two young boys, Auggie and Achilles. He has written a children’s book, “Can I Eat That?” and endured thousands of contested bedtimes. Forester, meanwhile, recorded and released his debut solo album, Kyle Forester (Flying Moonlight Records), and got married. So it is only natural that the duo release a new album marking these changes.
Some of the songs are for children and others about having children. Taken as a whole, it is a musical exploration what being a young father feels like in the mid 2010’s. from arguing over bedtime to bonding with fellow stay-at-home dads at the playground.
The songs run the gamut from the Ying Yang Twins inspired “Auggie and Achilles are Going to School” to the Silver Jews-esque indie rock ballad "Flu Season", featuring a guest vocal by Owen Cohen of the band Black Kids ("I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You").
Songs for Kids I've Had will be available on June 15th on iTunes, Spotify, bandcamp, and on a limited edition cassette tape with artwork by Stein.
released June 15, 2016
Vocals by Joshua David Stein, Kyle Forester, and Owen Cohen
Instruments by Kyle Forester