Our personal favorite, “Max the Wonderdog,” a first-person account of the rescue of a former car-shop guard dog. “Max” has tinges of Nilsson’s “The Puppy Song,” and coming from us, that’s a very big compliment indeed.”.
DidiPop! featured in “Ladies’ Home Journal” (March 2011)
Daily Candy: “Mar Vista’s songbird for small-fry, DidiPop is a musical tour guide.
Though her latest album takes kids on a tuneful vacation with a dash of summer, her lyrics feel like “home sweet home”.
“Let’s Make Santa Claus Happy Tonight” video from DidiPop is almost ridiculously cute. It’s lo-fi animation but in all the right ways.(January 2011)
John Lennon Song Writing Contest: DidiPop wins Grand Prize in the children’s category (2011) for “The Hawaiian Alphabet Song” from “DidiPop Goes To Hawaii” CD.John Lennon Song Writing Contest: Finalist in the children’s category (2009) for
“The Cool Alphabet Song” from “Everyday Adventures” CD.
“DidiPop Goes to Hawaii is a lively music CD especially for young listeners ages 2-8, brimming with Hawaiian-themed music. The family-friendly tunes pulse with energy, and even have some educational content about the Hawaiian alphabet, mangos, and the hula! Didi Pop Goes to Hawaii is delightful enhancement for children’s parties or family vacations.”
L.A. Parent: “Parenting Gem: DidiPop is a tropical delight. Equally delightful are Poppink’s popular YouTube videos, which offer a sweet glimpse into the musician’s family life.”
KTLA News: Leila Feinstien, “My kids absolutely adore DidiPop. She always puts a smile on my too, face and that’s an important thing when you’re a busy parent!”
“DidiPop’s DidiPop Goes to Hawaii (Treetop) is a collection of breezy pop songs about our beloved fiftieth state. “Wowie Gazowie (Goin’ to Maui)” starts the record with summery, multi-tempo tuneage. It sets the template for rest of the record—you hear ukulele, lap steel, acoustic guitar, and the lovely, playful voice of DidiPop (Deborah Poppink to her friends) herself. The languid “The Keiki Hula” is a slow-motion grass skirt-shaker, just as any good hula song should be. The real treat to these ears, though, is “Isabella Is,” a reggae-fied day in the life of a six-year-old that is happy and poppy, just like the rest of the record.Funniest thing about DidiPop Goes to Hawaii? The bulk of it was recorded in Nashville. ‘Twas produced by Poppink and Brad Jones, the guy who helmed my two favorite Josh Rouse records (1972 and, naturally, Nashville). You can hear a stream of the entire record at her Web site. I highly recommend you check ‘er out.”
“DidiPop Goes to Hawaii. Didi Pop (aka Deborah Poppink) presents a fun, lively album celebrating all things Hawaiian. She performs 13 songs in various styles of rock, Hawaiian-style folk, and calypso. Her sweet, mellow alto voice is accompanied by excellent performances on piano, guitar, ukulele, percussion, bass, keyboards, vibes, drums, pedal steel, autoharp, harmonica, flute, and saxophone. Deborah’s two young daughters join in on several numbers. Among the songs are “Wowie Gazowie (Goin’ to Maui),” “Coconut Candy” (don’t sit under a coconut tree!), “Kapalua Bay,” “Mango,” and “I Like Pigs.” “The Hawaiian Alphabet Song” and “The Keiki Hula” both introduce listeners to Hawaiian words and phrases. “The Sugar Cane Train” includes sound effects of a train on the rails. “Cowabunga” is performed in a great imitation of the Beach Boys style rock. The album winds down with a lullaby for a long airplane ride, “Going Home.” A great album for vacationers or for library programs on Hawaii. ”
I sat down to listen to the album DidiPop Goes to Hawaii on an unseasonably cold Melbourne afternoon. It brightened my day instantly.Billed as ‘family music with a tropical twist’, “DidiPop Goes to Hawaii” is an album brimming with happy Hawaiian-style tunes. The songs are ordered to chronologically reflect a family’s holiday to Hawaii, so the album begins with “Wowie Gazowie” and finishes with “Going Home”. In between there’s warm sand, eating juicy mangoes, bouncing on the hotel bed and swimming at Kapalua Bay.
It is not until you listen that you note all the sounds that make traditional Hawaiian music unique. Obviously there is the ukulele (and there are an impressive four ukulele players on this album!) but also listen out for slack-key guitar which gives Hawaiian music its distinctive sliding ‘wahine’ and Didi Pop’s deft vocals that reflect traditional Hawaiian chants, falsettos and rhythms.
The opening track, Wowie Gozowie (Goin’ to Maui), is incredibly catchy but my favourite is “The Hawaiian Alphabet Song” – get the kids sorted for their next tropical holiday by practising their “Humu humu nuku nuku apu aa” – DidiPop makes it sound so easy!
It’s not Hawaiian without a hula and DidiPop’s contribution, “The Keiki Hula” is perfect for an impromptu lounge room luau – pull out the grass skirts, put a hibiscus behind your ear and you’re set!