Last week was a blur of time in the car.
I both dropped off and picked up people at our local airport on Monday (that’s two full trips two and from the airport).
Tuesday and Wednesday we checked out preschools and visited ‘Nana’ (my grandma) afterwards.
Thursday we ran errands, and Friday I stared at my again empty gas tank and sighed.
However, all of that time in the car was the perfect excuse to pop in some new music and listen to something else besides the ‘Cars’ soundtrack.
In went Ellen and Matt, and with the first song, ‘Playground’ my son was smiling and ‘snapping’ along.
Off topic- I can hardly take candid pictures of my kid anymore, he is that trained.
The album cover alone tells you it’s going to be a fun time. And the ‘kindie rock’ feel will pull an aggravated parent out of their slump, especially if their song ‘Drive Thru’ comes on during a trip to McDonald’s for some sweet tea.
That really happened.
The pair takes you on a music ride through the 60′s, 70′s, 80′s and 90′s, meaning any parent (or grandparent) would catch a song that they would like, and the funky mix goes together well. The first time I heard the album, my mom and I were naming singers we heard reflected in the songs. I was taken back to my own obsession with Carole King’s ‘Chicken Soup and Rice’ and ‘Pierre’ with a few of the songs on this album.
Ellen and Matt also look like they are a fun band to hear live.
There is a song for every mood her, from the sweet ‘Sleepover’ to the punky ‘Tickle Bug’. Ultimately, my favorite song on the album is ‘Capybara’. First of all, capybaras are almost as awesome as pygmy marmosets* and deserve not only to have their own song but to have a Meredith Brooks-esque ode to their so-cool lives at the zoo.
Also? This isn’t Ellen and Matt’s first album. They took time the last few years after making their critically acclaimed ‘Best Friends’ to raise their three boys.
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of their CD to review and thank goodness because my son finally has something he wants to hear besides the Cars soundtrack.
*Pygmy marmosets are the one animal I ALWAYS have to visit at the San Diego Zoo. Always.