Rachel Davis, Founder of La La Tigers
Rachel began her journey with La La Tigers by delivering interactive live music sessions to children and their carers in the UK. However, after some incredibly profound life experiences and deep inner work, she felt called to write music that would have an even greater impact.
"The thing is, nobody remembers what their parents told them when they were 3, but they can recall all the songs, even 50 years later! So these songs, if done repetitively and with someone they love, have the potential to stay with these children forever."
In our interview Rachel shares her big vision for La La Tigers and the impact that it is already making. You will also learn more about how Rachel was able to get through some very challenging times in her life with HOPE and what that sounds like for her. We also touch upon her sons first memories. And she even gets to turn the table and ask me a couple of questions!
How do you define hope? What is it not?
That’s an interesting question. I believe that with work and practice, all of our behavior and feelings can be a choice. So for me, hope would be choosing relentless optimism and then also choosing not to give up on that.
During the period where you felt the most lost - what song would you use to describe this experience? What song would best describe your life right now?
This is harder - there are SO MANY SONGS!!! The soundtrack to my life is vast and varied, so I will have to cheat and choose 2 for each and say that this is still not definitive (choosing one is just too hard)!!
During moments where I have felt loss:
What do you hope to achieve with La La Tigers, what is the bigger vision and where are you now? What are your current obstacles?
Wow. Ok, BIG question! My intention is to empower children through the awesome power that is music, by planting some karmic seeds of self love, and courage in the next fierce generation.
The big goal is to have an app similar to Headspace with over 200,000 users, where you can work through the initial program, but then have the ability to unlock packs of songs and workshops from specialists on other common childhood issues; such as gratitude, going somewhere new, patience, sharing, feelings, manners. The possibilities are endless!
I have just finished recording and writing the first four months of the program, with filming and editing happening as we speak for a beta launch in October. The songs for the following four months are already written but are yet to be recorded at the studio.
Music is such an emotional journey. Sharing that journey with your child and using music to educate and connect with them, is quite simply one of the most rewarding things you will ever do.
Like most mothers, my current obstacles, are finances and juggling time. I am a full time single parent to two fabulous boys and have no support financial or otherwise. It has taken me over a year of waking up at 5 a.m. just to get from the "idea" stage to where I am now! And that has all been pretty emotional!
Can you share a story of a family or a person you have been able to touch with La La Tigers and how it made you feel?
Well I recently ran my first online workshop where I gave away three songs and I received the most wonderful messages.
One mother wrote to tell me that my song “ Raindrops” had completely transformed her bedtime routine!
Another mother told me she thought my songs were so beautiful, they made her cry as soon as she heard them. She thanked me for giving her such a special moment with her little one.
I was completely blown away by these messages and felt humbled to have been able to enable amazing memories like this.
I also can’t let this question go without mentioning the first time I truly believed my music would really work.
Early one morning I had been writing a song called “I am Capable of Anything,” and had been singing it over and over, whilst I worked out the chords.
I decided to continue working on my ideas at the skateboard park, so my kids could play and I could concentrate.
At the park, my 6 yr old came running up to me all excited and told me he had just dropped off the bowl! If you don't know - a bowl is a 12 ft straight drop on a skateboard - which is obviously kind of a big deal!
I looked at him incredulously and said “What?” He looked back at me excitedly, his eyes sparking with the most glorious mix of pride and achievement and said,
“Its like you said in your song Mummy! I just had to believe that I could do it and then I just did it!”
I was in awe, I didn’t even think they had been listening that morning since they were just doing their own thing - but it had all gone in!
Even now, every now and then, one of them will start singing this song out of the blue, and I just feel incredible, knowing that I taught them that. You can’t buy this kind of feeling.
What is one hope you have regarding motherhood right now - something you are currently working on? What would change if you were able to overcome this development area?
I hope that I can make more time for myself and my children. Because of my own experiences and transformation, I understand more than most the power of investing time in myself and my inner world. But there’s always another level. And the bigger the goal, the more things you have to overcome, both internally and externally.
Overcoming fear is a constant challenge for me and it manifests in so many ways, like procrastination and self sabotage. But my hope for the future is that i can be in a position to get support, both with the business and in the home, so that I can focus more on my areas of strength and have more downtime for investing in myself and my family.
What are your son's first memories? Please ask them.
Ha! So I asked them like you said and my youngest (6) said he remembered being sick into his dad’s mouth and my oldest (8) remembers getting his first light saber. All incredibly deep stuff, but you did ask! I’m surprised they didn’t mention pooh or bums!
What is one thing you hoped I would ask but didn't? And please answer that question.
This is hard, they are all great questions, but if I think hard, I wish you had asked me about why empowering children is so important to me.
My answer - I believe that by parents spending regular and quality time with their children they will have a positive effect on the child's self esteem and worthiness. The combination of that connection with the words of songs is very powerful.
The thing is, nobody remembers what their parents told them when they were 3, but they can recall all the songs, even 50 years later! So these songs, if done repetitively and with someone they love, have the potential to stay with these children forever.
Even if children don’t understand all of the lessons in these songs right now, at some point those little seeds are going to flower and make sense.
The bottom line is that we all have struggles and difficulties in our lives. And at some point our children are going to have to dig really deep for something. It is our job as parents to give them something to dig for.
8. What are 1-2 questions you would like to ask me about hope?
Rachel: "Where do you think hope comes from?"
Laura: "I believe hope comes from the depths of our soul. It is something bigger than ourselves. It is a guiding light that shines on us in times of darkness. Or a bright star that helps us glow when we find our passions. Or even a tiny finger touching us as a reminder that we are all children at heart."
Rachel: "What 2 things could you do today, to foster more of an attitude of hope in yourself and your family?"
Laura: "Now I see what it feels like to be on the other side of a challenging question. LOL! The first thing I could do is spend more time on myself. As you said this can really generate happiness not only internally but externally as well. And the second, is to worry less about the future and spend more time in the now. Hope doesn't always mean looking ahead for something. It can also mean you hope to stop all the noise around you and enjoy what is in front of you."
Thank you Rachel for sharing your musical passions with the world. I only wish this app was available today so I could share them with my son and all the Lady Boss Mamas out there! Please keep us posted when it is ready!
One of the reasons I was inspired to start Lady Boss Mamas is to create a community of women sharing real stories about what it takes to have a business, be a mom and also find time for yourself!
Every week I have had the pleasure to talk with such amazing women starting all types of businesses with experiences that we all can learn from! During these interviews, we laugh together, push the boundaries a bit over some controversial topics and sometimes we have even shed a few tears. Lady Boss Mamas are women with grit and soul looking to create magic in the world!
Which is why I am excited to feature this week's Lady Boss Mama - Rachel Davis, founder of La La Tigers and a single "mummy" (insert British accent) of two handsome boys. Rachel makes it her mission to empower the next fierce generation through music.
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