Again Again: Interview with Musicians Jennifer Cook and Anne Montone

Again Again
Music artists Jennifer Cook and Anne Montone are the duo that make up Again Again, an award-winning performing duo.

Music artists Jennifer Cook and Anne Montone are the duo that make up Again Again, an award-winning performing duo that has created a musical style and message that speaks to the harmonious development of children in both heart and mind. Their single, “Signs Up High,” is due to be released on March 4, 2022.

Jennifer and Anne recently discussed this single and more via an exclusive interview.

Meagan Meehan (MM): How did you get interested in music and songwriting and did you always gravitate towards the children’s genre?

Jen: Music was an important part of both our homes growing up. I started playing piano and writing songs at age 5 and majored in Theater in college.  I spent the weekends producing short films with my friends including soundtracks and special effects.

Anne: My earliest memories are of singing. My dad said he could tell when I was happy because I’d be singing.  I also played the piano and violin in elementary school and was always a member of local choir, college choir and community choirs.

Anne: We started making music together when we created an electronic band after college. Fast forward many years to when we had children: we were both independently making up ditties for our kids, i.e., bath time, bed time songs, etc. I suggested we come together to record these songs. Again Again was born.

Again AgainMM: How did you break into the industry and how would you describe your style?

Jen: We created a downtempo electronic band called Elephonic. We learned the DIY style of promoting and marketing ourselves.  After that period, we both continued creating and collaborating with a multitude of musicians and producers. We reunited to create Again Again after our children were born. Again Again is children’s music but we explore all genres from pop, to folk, to sea shanties.

MM: What made you decide to work together?

Anne: Because we previously worked together, we knew our voices and writing styles blended well and our work ethics matched. We also felt that having children at the same time bonded us and helped us relate to one another.

MM: Why did you decide to create a song based on protest movements?

Jen: With “Signs Up High”, the inspiration came from the Black Lives Matter Movement, the Women’s Marches, and other marches. We saw how important it was to have a place to voice your opinions in a safe way.  We’re teaching our kids that their voices matter. We’d like our children to know that people are listening to what they have to say.  Again Again felt a desire to create a positive protest song that speaks to children and families and that encourages children to explore the things that they believe, to speak up and write about things they see. Our world is diverse, including our own families, and we have a responsibility to teach our youth that all are welcome. Teaching our children these important lessons from the start gives them the chance to follow the path of tolerance and love.

MM: What was it like to work through the pandemic, especially with children?

Anne: We loved the writing process for this song, especially because we started incorporating the ukulele into our repertoire during the pandemic. This actually was the first song written on the ukulele. We started taking lessons via Zoom and got together to write and create (safely, outdoors). Our rough recordings often had dog barks and birds chirping. Meanwhile, our producer, who lives in Philly, was getting his degree in music therapy. Recording the kids was a bit challenging as we needed to record them, one by one, while wearing masks and leaving the room while they took off their masks. They did great!

MM: Out of all songs on the album, do you have any personal favorites? If so, which ones and why?

Jen: Our upcoming full length (out this summer) is called Your Voice is Magic. Our favorite song, so far, is our first single, “Signs Up High,” released March 4, 2022.

MM: What’s the best fan feedback you’ve gotten about your music?

Again AgainAnne: We’ve been told that we create positive, family-friendly messages.  Also that our songs include progressive life lessons that are a top priority in today’s world. We love knowing that children and parents like to listen to our songs together!

MM: How would you describe your live performances?

Jen: Fun, engaging and kid participation encouraged! Again Again uses a DJ set in order to fully and physically bring songs to life and interact with the audience using dance and props and occasional ukulele for more intimate settings.

MM: How do you hope your career evolves over the next five years?

Anne: We’d love to play more live shows and to continue creating meaningful and powerful content for children. We would LOVE to produce music videos with a good budget.

MM: What are your ultimate goals for the future and is there anything else that you would like to mention?

Jen: Ultimate goal: To be a resource for families, teachers and caregivers. To teach children progressive life lessons.  After all, they are our future.


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