We Are One
The Chicago-based Animal Farm, home to musician-educators Seth Adams and David Ladon, and Stephanie “Sly” Young and Thor Bremer opens We Are One with the Jimmy Buffet-like “Snow Bird,” about a wishful fledgling who wishes to be in warmer clime. “Awesome Possum” is a gentle rocker that tells of the critter’s unusual defense strategy, while “Slow Down (Snail Song)” combines fine harmonies and Young’s consistently melodic fiddle to remind us to live life at a more reasonable pace. “It Always Could be Worse,” an over-the-top warning about complaining, is a standout. “Totes McGoats” is a catchy, Queen-like tale of a goat who learns to control his emotions. The sax augmented “Paws and Claws” is about finding peaceful solutions, as is the parable of Mort and Pat, the “Two-headed Tortoise” who go through many of the same challenges as siblings experience. “Screen Time” is a wonderfully silly, short ditty about electronics use, sung in 50s-style, four-part harmony, while “The Abyss” is a fun and informative surf-rocker about the unusual creatures found in the deep. “Nocturnal Me” is a sweet song about a bat who is initially scared of the dark, set to a melody that sounds much like “Dust in the Wind,” and “Monkey See, Monkey Do” skillfully talks about the importance of ecological preservation, as seen through simian eyes, and set to a grandiose, ELO style arrangement. The album closes with the title track, a nice acoustic anthem that reinforces our interconnectedness with all the living things.
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.