What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lisa Loeb delivers a nice-mom take on going away to camp with sweet, jolly songs about making friends, playing baseball with a pancake, the annoyance of rainy days, and gorgeously-produced covers of a few old camp chestnuts. Content is family-safe, but will be appreciated most by kids too young to actually go away to camp.
What's the story?
Indie-rock princess Lisa Loeb's CAMP LISA is a sweet collection of songs for and about summer camp. Using a very cooperative group of children -- divided into \"morning campers\" and \"afternoon campers\" -- as backup singers, Loeb troops gamely through a mellow mix of originals, old chestnuts, and even a coda (\"Make new friends and keep the old/one is silver and the other gold\" on \"It's Not Goodbye\") borrowed from the Girl Scouts.
Is it any good?
The performances are excellent and produced with loving care, but it's hard to imagine kids old enough to go away to camp getting excited about a song like "Going Away" ("got my name sewn in my underwear so no one gets confused"), a charming ditty perfect for preschoolers; even the covers of old camp chestnuts ("The Cookie Jar Chant," "Peanut Butter & Jelly," "Home on the Range") seem appropriate for very young children but never achieve the raucous joie de vivre of a bunch of muddy hikers shouting out "Lulu Had a Tugboat" -- or the soul-stirring inspiration of "This Little Light of Mine" around the campfire. Ultimately, Lisa sounds less like an eager camper and more like someone's nice mom trying to convince the kids that camp is going to be fun, really…
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the song "Best Friend." Did you ever meet someone with whom you had nothing in common, only to become best friends? "Going Away" lists all the things you might (or might not) need to bring with you to camp. Can you make your own list? How about adding a few ridiculous and funny things of your own?