The Ukulele Album by The Besties

Jeremy Thoms, Music, post punk, Punk Noir Magazine, The Besties

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The story behind the album by Felice Arena

I have to thank Ruby, my lively and precocious character in THE BESTIES books for being the inspiration behind the creation of the album. Throughout the series Ruby loves to play her ukulele and make up songs. While I was writing the lyrics for her I sent them off to my super-talented musical mates in the UK to see what they thought.

​Within days they came back to me with a melody and a rough recording, and before we all knew it we were going back-and-forth on WhatsApp with ideas for other songs inspired by Ruby.

​It was soon after that I headed off to Scotland and joined my besties to record an album in Edinburgh – and we had an absolute blast!

We set out to create a children’s album that everyone, including parents and grandparents, could enjoy. But at the same time we wanted to produce something that would also enhance the reading experience of the books. I’d like to think that not only could these songs be incorporated into schools and music programs/concerts but also be an accessible resource for early-grade, music and drama teachers.

Felice Arena, 2019