It is always cause for celebration, when a new Mister G recording arrives. Mister G’s (Ben Gundersheimer’s) albums are consistently and beautifully produced, with original songs that are at once, earth-loving, progressively thinking, musically captivating and above all tremendously fun. Here, the festivities begin with a lovely, gentle, pedal steel guitar enhanced remembrance of childhood, when he and his sister would be out in fields full of “Fireflies.” A snaking horn infused rhythm heralds the beginning of “Sweet Summertime,” while the light bluegrass of “Me and You” is both a morning wake-up tune and a song about waking up to the wonderfulness of life. “S’mores,” those traditional campfire treats, are given a mystically reverent tribute in song. Not since Lou Reed’s mighty ode to “Egg Creams” has a snack treat been so exalted. “Big Old World” is a hoedown ode to connectedness and gratitude; “My Four Footed Friend” is a sweet country ballad about a favorite canine; and “Crawl” is a gorgeously rendered, metaphor filled song about taking all things in their own good time. The over-all country theme of the album returns with Guy “Fooch” Fischetti’s chiming pedal steel guitar and Ruth Ungar’s melodious fiddle playing on “(We Are) Walking Together As One.” Often, Mr. G’s voice is strongly reminiscent of the gentle understatement of Paul Simon’s instrument, and the folk and country framework of this album really reinforces the positive comparison. “Perfect Day” is a near perfect song about finding peace and satisfaction from nature. The CD ends with the lovely, fingerpicked, acoustic lullaby “Moonbeams.” Though this is a children’s music album, and kids will undoubtably adore it, adults will continue to listen to it long after the little ones are off to dreamland.
Lahri Bond ©2019 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.