Why Why Why?
Portland, Oregon songwriters Johnny Clay and Dave Gulick along with friend and guitarist Nat Johnson have embarked on a new and exciting musical collaboration called Ants Ants Ants. Their debut children’s album Why Why Why? is a light hearted and fun pop romp. The 12 succinct original songs draw inspiration from classic kids’ music in the vein of Sesame Street and Schoolhouse Rocks. From “Why Why Why” the Beatle-esque title track with its George Harrison-style slide guitar, to and the Beach Boys-ish tune of impatience “Are We There Yet?,” the band shows they have integrated their influencers into a fresh new sound. The age-old game of “Six Pickup Sticks” acts as a departing point for a jazzy counting song, while “I Spy” recalls both Romper Room and REM. The pastoral “Pinwheel” and the chunky rock of “Helicopter Leaves” explore aerodynamic fun. Songs such as the acoustic guitar and handclapping tale of color “Blue,” the marching rhythm of “Ants,” and the infectious song of inquiry “Where Does The Moon Go?” all contain the pure pop sensibilities of bands such as Wilco, The Jayhawks and The Byrds. One of the albums finest, “Willow Tree,” combines a haunting folk melody with beautiful lyrics. The CD closes with the Harry Nilsson-like lullaby of “Stars.” This is a splendid debut album from an exciting new band in the field of Children’s Music.
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.