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Creating the Mossy Sound

Updated: Mar 30, 2018

Author in Richmond, Virginia circa 1980. Mad at Dad?

Wow, look at that kid. I think I may have just found out that it was FOREIGNER who sang "Hot Blooded," not KISS. I was so embarrassed to go back to my kindergarten class and admit the error of my ways.

Growing up in Virginia in the 70s/80s/90s was a time of distress for me, musically. I loved Joan Jett, loathed Madonna. Loved AC/DC, loathed Duran Duran. Loved Slayer, loathed Pearl Jam (sorry Matt). This inner turmoil has continued to the point where I basically just listen to The Marshall Tucker Band all day. It's uplifting and heartfelt, takes me on a journey, and somehow re-connects me with my youth even though as a youth I may have loathed it.


Mossylist founder Yoo Lee and her husband Matt and I have known each other for almost 20 years. Matt and I used to work together when I lived in Los Angeles, and once even got to record the great Greg Bissionette on drums for an Absolut commercial directed by the great Sam Raimi! I had finally made it!

Many many lifetimes later, Yoo approached me last year to be involved with Mossylist, and I thought about what I loved and loathed about children's music. I wanted to make something a bit off the wall but with a warm sensibility. Something that would stick in your head without being an aggressive ear worm. Something beautiful, that might also put a lump in your throat. You know, like the outro to one of those Marshall Tucker Band songs.

When I heard Yoo and her daughter Sky sing the lullaby that would become "Sun Went Down, Moon Came Up" I thought we could turn it into something special. When I saw what Yoo and Diana made for the stop animation video I KNEW we had something special!

This is just the beginning for us. We're here to make you laugh, make you cry, and create magic with you and your family. It's a special thing we're growing the sound of a saxophone drifting out into the desert sky.

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