You may know who Keith Munslow is. Certainly if you have been hanging around this site for a while you will remember. He wrote Edward’s theme song. He drew us a picture. He is generally amazing. And he has a new album out. This time he is joined by Bridget Brewer, which is appropriate as the album is all about friendship. How can you make an album about togetherness by yourself? Right? Of course right. So he’s back, he brought friends, and I’m going to give away a copy of the album.
But first you might want to know if the music is any good. Fair enough. Despite the fact that Keith has given us some of our favorite songs in the world, you might be thinking, hey, what has he done for me lately? Has he lost his touch? Is he still amazing? Well hold on and I will tell you.
This album isn’t just good, it’s necessary. Remember that old song, “What the world needs now is love?” That song was wrong. It was close, but wrong. Because we have a lot of love going around right now. Love of self. Love of money. Love of greed. Love of fear. Love of alternative facts. The world does not need any more love. The world needs more empathy. Our kids need to learn that how they treat others matters. A lot.
The last thing I want my kids hearing at this point is another “Rah rah, I can do it! I’m the best!” anthem, not because it isn’t true, but because they are over saturated with it. No, I want them to hear Big Buncha Buddies. The title track, in addition to being dangerously upbeat and catchy, is basically a song about inclusion at its simplest. Life is better when there are more of us together. Can we please remind ourselves of this, so that we can teach our children?
The Loneliest Whale is, frankly, brilliant. It is, at its core, a very sad song. And yet it has a swing to it that will keep you dancing along. And switching from the whale to the kid is an incredible juxtaposition. My kids were laughing when the whale was singing about how unlovable he was because, well, it’s silly. But to hear a kid suddenly singing about the same emotions caused silence from my kids. They got it. They felt empathy. And they even thought about kids they knew who might be lonely in that way. And though it might be depressing, that closing repetitive chorus of “I’m looking for you…” means it ends on a note of hope, and that’s something we could all use.
There is a theme of fun had collectively, and of general acceptance, but hands down my kids’ favorite song is That Was a Bad Idea. They were cracking up so hard and immediately asked me to put it on again. This song will be on repeat here for probably years to come, right up there with “Tiny Destroyer” and, for now anyway, the Moana soundtrack. I am not going to spoil it for you, but let’s just say that this rockin’ little number includes some group fun that, um, doesn’t turn out so well. But in a mischievously gleeful way.
So that’s what we thought, but I’d love to know what you all think too! Do you agree? Do you think I am off my rocker? Do you not care and are only here because #winning? Well, you’re all welcome to enter the contest down below and next week I will announce who gets a free copy! And don’t worry, they already gave me a free copy, so I am ineligible to win. You already have a better chance!
If you are confused about how to enter, shoot me a message, but all you have to is visit some Facebook pages, follow us on Twitter, you know, that sort of thing. So good luck! Enter away! And if you don’t win (or can’t wait a week for the contest to end), you can get the album here. or if even that takes too long, you can download it immediately right here.