Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Bully for Billy! or Kudos for Kelly's Fourth CD

Kids are pretty silly.

So there's no reason they can't enjoy a children's musician who can get as silly as them.

Could that performer be Billy Kelly and the Blah Blah Blahs? Why, of course!

Billy's back (and I don't mean Billy Jack, the 1970s kung fu movie icon) with his new CD, AGAIN! It's 14 tracks with only a hint of serious content. I mean, how seriously can you take a song with a title like "Don't Tell Me That I Don't Know What I Know (When You Know That You Don't Know What I Know That I Know)"?

"It's An Illusion" gets kind of serious, explaining how the eye can trick the mind. Billy even drops M.C. Escher's name, which might drive more intensive parents to the Internet for their inquisitive children.

As Billy commented at his recent show at the Long Island Childrens Museum, there isn't enough Electric Light Orchestra these days. To remedy that situation, AGAIN! features a banjo-infected (I mean that in the best possible sense) cover of "Mr. Blue Sky."

Having heard the Blah Blah Blahs as a power trio, it's great to relisten to the songs with the fuller arrangements, with piano, horns, and other accoutrements. AGAIN! gives you tributes to small trees ("Bonsai"), condiments ("Ode to Butter"), and puppets ("You Made Me a Sock Monkey"). Billy loves the little things, as most kids do, and isn't afraid to celebrate them, no matter how silly.

The CD builds to the climactic final track, "Everybody's Going Out To Play":

The word came down from the very top.
The president went on TV and she said, "Everybody stop.
Stop what you're doing, put your work away."
She said, "The moment we've been waiting for has come, today's the day."
From Montauk Point to Maui, all across the USA,
Everybody's going out to play.

In the meantime, you could do worse than spend a little musical playtime with Billy Kelly and the Blah Blah Blahs.

AGAIN! is available on Billy's website, as well as from Amazon, CDBABY, and iTunes.

Here is the video for his duet with Davy Jones, "Me and My Brand New Haircut":


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