Put Your Arms in the Air
Put Your Arms in the Air follows The Salamanders previous winning formula of presenting well-crafted, absurdist and wisdom-filled songs set to some very skilled playing. This CD features nine new songs penned by Andrew A. Hunt, aka “Cowboy Andy”, including to instrumentals and an unlikely and delightful Iggy Pop cover. The rocking opening title track will get listeners up and moving, “Mom Only Counts to Three” is a witty little PDQ Bach-styled number about a parent’s use of a countdown to get kids going in the morning, as seen from a child’s perspective. “The Letter Why” is a barrelhouse piano, boogie number celebrating children’s favorite question, while the Calypso-tinged “Bowl of Eggs” is a hungrily humorous ode to breakfasts both traditional and alternative. “Countdown,” a song where the narrator manages to avoid saying the word chocolate, is sure to be a live performance favorite. Elsewhere, “Snow!” heralds the changing of the seasons and two instrumentals, the jazzy “Already Great” and the reverb drenched rocker “Pitfall,” round out their sound. The timely “Tu Eres Lo Más Preciado” is a bilingual story-song about eight-year-old Maria in San Bernardino, who asks her mother why so many people are angrily talking about building walls. The album ends with an acoustic, horn and cello fueled version of the Iggy Pop cover, “The Passenger.” The song, originally about estrangement, translates perfectly to a song about kids observing the world from the backseat of a family car; special kudos go to The Salamanders for making the connection.
The CD is housed in eco-friendly packaging, with full lyrics available on their website. The band, which includes the musical talents of Heather Hunt, Antonio Alvarez, Russ “Bones” Gay, Ian “Mr. Blue Sky” Smith, and Matthew Bainton, shines on each track.
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.