PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portlanders were invited to Buckman Elementary School’s “cafetorium” to celebrate the CD release of "Goldfish Don’t Eat Pizza," the debut kids’ album by former KGW.com writer/producer Anna Antonia Giedwoyn.
The free party will be from 2-4 p.m, with a short concert starting at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4, and feature face-painting, balloon animals and an appearance by Snow White.
The album contains 22 original children’s songs written and sung by Giedwoyn. The album grew from an idea to a reality with the help of talented Portland musicians, including friends and neighbors.
“I’ve been so touched by people’s kindness and enthusiasm. My musician neighbors, Keith Fleming and Scott Killops, said ‘yes’ to the project before they’d even heard a single note,” says Giedwoyn.
She said she barely knew those neighbors at the time, but often heard Fleming practicing drums as she walked by his house, and sometimes heard the sounds of Killops’ banjo waft through the summer air from his front porch.
“I’d spoken to Scott and Keith maybe once or twice before, so I had no idea if they’d be interested in playing on the album, since they barely knew me,” says Giedwoyn, “but they’re terrific musicians and incredible people!”
Since she was attending graduate school full-time while working on the album, Giedwoyn said she had a full schedule, so full that she wrote songs during lunch breaks between classes, meetings, and seeing therapy clients.
For each CD sold at the event, 10 percent of proceeds will be donated to the buyer’s school of choice. Giedwoyn recommended the album as an excellent Christmas gift for children (ages 2-8) and their parents.
Buckman Elementary School is located in southeast Portland at 320 SE 16th Ave.