Fun Food Songs

Music review by
Andy Davis, Common Sense Media
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School-age kids will appreciate silliness of songs.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that if they are folk music fans, particularly if they are familiar with Paxton's 1960s folk revival work, they will love sharing this CD with their kids. The songs are witty, and the musicians cover many musical styles.

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What's the story?

Tom Paxton was a major player during the early '60s folk revival, and has written several classic folk songs. His songwriting and singing are in top form on FUN FOOD SONGS. Each of these \"food songs\" extols the virtues of its subject with folky wit and wonderful, kid-friendly nonsense lyrics. Several songs feature particularly catchy refrains that work well with the verses, and repeat like mantras for food lovers. The chorus in \"Mashed Potatoes\" is great on its own, but it's even better when it follows a verse about a boy who opens his lunch box to find it's filled with mashed potatoes. On another track, Paxton discovers that repeating the word \"pita\" 24 times makes a marvelous chorus. (It's also easy to sing along with.)

Is it any good?

The musicianship here is excellent, with some fine banjo and guitar picking, and several inventive sound effects. The sound of a grumbling stomach is mimicked by a tuba and a steel guitar, and one song features a gargling solo. Whether they're reggae numbers with steel drums or a countrified rockers, many tunes make great dance songs. The songs' simple, light-hearted nature makes them great sing-along material.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of folk music. Do the catchy refrains and down-to-earth lyrics make it approachable and fun? Does the music appeal to all ages?

Music details

  • Artist: Tom Paxton
  • Release date: February 16, 1999
  • Label: Delta
  • Genre: Children's Music
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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