John McCutcheon's Four Seasons: Summersongs
As refreshing as a cool breeze on a warm day, this enjoyable CD evokes all of the moods, memories, and favorite pastimes of summer. In twelve irresistible selections, singer/songwriter McCutcheon describes familiar highlights of this favorite season, such as camping in the backyard, waiting for the ice cream man, and the thrill of finally riding a bicycle without training wheels. The pleasures of getting good and dirty are highlighted in "mud," an upbeat song that includes the laugh-out-loud line: "There's mud on your pants! Mud on your hair! Mud in your underwear!" In another funny selection, a nine-year-old boy tells the tale of a too-short haircut ("I got a haircut/I got a scare cut"), bemoaning his new look and the fact that even his own dog doesn't recognize him. In "the kid who hates summer," the young narrator complains about sunburn, annoying bugs, and poison ivy, while dreaming about sledding, skiing, and Christmas. With a rocking beat and real sound effects from a '69 Nova, "power mower" takes listeners on a lawn-mowing adventure that goes way beyond the backyard. Sometimes humorous, sometimes whimsical, the lyrics are thoughtful and creative, and the tone and mood of the music always fit perfectly with each of the songs' themes. Buoyed along by McCutcheon's robust voice and endless enthusiasm, listeners young and old will be drawn to the catchy tunes, amusing subject matter, and simple good times found in Summersongs.