Mil’s Trills, a Brooklyn-based children’s music project led by Amelia Robinson, has delivered a delectable digital platter of Ridiculous Nonsense. Robinson has a wonderfully irreverent, playful streak in both her lyrics and arrangements. “You and Me” is a nice jazzy opener about friendship, bouncing to a Hugh Masekela-style trumpet. “Make It Up” celebrates the power of the imagination, buoyed by buoyant xylophone; “Wanna Feel” is a reggae-tinged ode to tactile sensations; and “Gimme Gimme” features sultry sax supporting this song of wishful desires. Elsewhere, “Get Up and Move” takes a funky, bi-lingual approach to getting children to dance, and “Put Your Pants on” is a slightly manic call to get dressed in the morning, that is part punk and part Spike Jones. “Make Some Noise” encourages children to find things to bang on, sing and make music. Other silliness includes, the appetite-losing “I Swallowed A Bug,” the well-rounded sense of humor of “Global,” the dryer monster tale of “Lost Sock,” and the appetite-wetting “Yummy Yummy.” The album finishes with a unifying movement song “Love The Music,” and the honied loveliness of “You Are A Star.” Ridiculous Nonsense is something of a multi-layered adventure, that gets richer with each spin.
Lahri Bond ©2018 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.