Wish You Were Here
Steve Weeks continues his tack of creating simple, fun and lively folk music for kids. The album opens with the travelogue title track, followed by “Change of Heart,” an animated farm song about making choices. The ukulele-driven reggae of “Open Yourself Up” is a gentle reminder to be accepting of life’s many possibilities, while “Tiny House” whimsically explores the joys of downsizing and “Run-On” is literally one very long sentence. There’s nonsense in the color namechecking song “Monday I Woke Up Purple,” and a funky melody livens up “A Raindrop For Me.” Likewise, “Get Up” is a clever song about persistence, and “Baby Started Dancing” is a Country rock celebration of a sibling milestone. The album concludes with the lightly rocking, though slightly confusing, out-of-order lyrics of “Songs Backwards The,” and the melodic and jazzy “A Little Sunshine.” While some songs would benefit from copyediting, they’re musically well-crafted and fun.
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.