Raymond, Wash. — Ever heard of Caspar Babypants? No? Then maybe you’re not the parent of a young one. But no matter, Caspar Babypants appeals to all ages through the magic of The Beatles.
You can hear Caspar Babypants live and in person at the Raymond Theater through the magic of Sunday Afternoon Live for Youth — or SALY. Caspar Babypants premieres a new addition to the SAL family at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased in advance at South Bend Pharmacy, Sagen’s in Raymond and at the Raymond Theater.
Caspar Babypants is also known as Chris Ballew, a two-time Grammy-nominated songwriter and lead singer for the four-times platinum rock ‘n’ roll band The Presidents of the United States of America.
Caspar began writing songs for kids in the summer of 2008 and put out his debut record “Here I Am” in 2009, followed by “More Please,” “This is Fun,” “Sing Along,” “Hot Dog,” “I Found You,” “Baby Beatles,” “Rise and Shine,” “Night Night,” and the new album “Beatles Baby,” a second volume of Beatles covers released Sept. 18.
“I actually had no plans to make a second album of Beatles covers for kids and parents,” said Ballew. “Then one day I woke up singing ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ to myself and I could not stop. So I sat down at the piano and figured out the beginning part and then figured out the chords and wrote the lyrics, and before I knew it I was in the studio recording it.
“When I finished I realized to my delight that I was starting to record a second volume of Beatles covers for families. Then I took a look at all the great songs I did not get a chance to record for the first album (‘Baby Beatles’) and as I began to mess around with those tunes, I ended up finding new and exciting ways to approach them as well. And that is how ‘Beatles Baby’ was born,” he says.
“I especially enjoyed recording the gospel energized ‘Hey Jude’ and the slinky jazzy ‘Drive My Car’ and getting to use both halves of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and turning ‘Rain’ into a sunny poppy shiny-sounding track and changing ‘Baby You’re A Rich Man’ into a lo-fi synthy number and transforming ‘The End’ into a lullaby.”
Caspar Babypants lives in Seattle and Vashon Island.
In the words of Caspar Babypants: “Sit back and take a second tiny snappy funky bouncy fab trip with Caspar Babypants to the colorful bursting sparkling land of the Beatles!”
This event has been made possible through the support of several organizations and individuals. The Raymond Theater is located at 323 Third St.