Saturday, April 29, 2006

***Lunch Money***

It’s crazy how much fun you can have with just a guitar, a bass, brushed drums, and voices! Just ask Lunch Money, a three piece from West Columbia, South Carolina, whose debut kids’ album, Silly Reflection, came out in 2004 on their Squirrel Mechanic Records label. They’re enjoying themselves so much, in fact, you can hear the smile in lead singer Molly Ledford’s voice.

Oh, the memories that accumulate on a “Tricycle” when it’s passed down from family member to family member: a dent in the fender, purple sparkle streamers, a Snoopy sticker and a “Keep On Truckin’” license plate. Here comes the “Caboose”, a finger snappin’, “Fever”-inspired ode to the last car on the train. And rainy days are cool because you get to twirl your “Umbrella” and watch everyone act like Gene Kelly.

“Roller Coaster” dares you to put your ride ticket where your mouth is, quit hanging out by the tea cups, and get on board! Yes, daddy-o, “We Have Rhythm”, from birth, it seems, where we learned it from our own heartbeat. “Got To Watch Out” made me think of one of those pastoral songs Ray Davies wrote for the Kinks in the mid- to late-60’s. And the best reason to “Want a Dog”? Well, you can’t walk a hamster down the street!

Low key, cheerful, lyrically inventive, funny: Silly Reflection is a great debut from Lunch Money, and hopefully a reflection of more silliness to come (wow, that was bad)!

Kudos to drummer Jay Barry for his CD package design. The layout and graphics are first class!

2 comments:

T.Tallent said...

Lunch Money is completely one of the most fun and yet pensive--yes, I said PENSIVE, bands making kids music that I know. Many of my adult friends listen to it to the point that we recite lines back to each other...we can't open an umbrella on a rainy day without reflecting on the gentle voice and lyrics of lead singer Molly! A really fun and lovely--yes, I said LOVELY--album! This trio from SC is well worth the trip if they're in your area...they'll have you a-dancin' and a-thinkin' all at the same time. Last summer they sprang a few new songs on a crowd at a concert, including "It only takes one night to make a balloon your friend." I tell you, folks, the crowd was smiling and crying at the same time. Can't wait til that next CD comes out. I'll be buying 3...one for me, one for my best friend, and one for my 8 year old niece...but me first!
T.T.

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