We've been dancing all around the house this week, my kids, my husband, and me, thanks to some refreshing new tunes. May I present?
My friend Mindy has been working tirelessly for about a year or so on this new labour of love. I remember brunching with her on New Year's Day (post-workout for both of us) and discussing all the work which would go into this album. I was, and remain, impressed and awed at all this woman has worked, has done, has sacrificed, for this project. It's a treasure.
The music itself matches the brilliant design of the album's cover (by Jed Wells, photography by Wendy Whitacre), feeling like a carefree day at a seaside park. From the catchy California-inspired sing-along pop songs to the make-shift waltzes (may I recommend waltzing with your family in the kitchen?), this album has the very effect of a sunny, vacation day: at its end, everyone is found calling, "AGAIN!"
I love that this is music that my entire family can enjoy together. The lyrics, "Oh, I want to know/All about your mom and your favorite song/And why you hypnotize me," are reminiscent of my younger days of crushes. Those, along with the lyrics, "I wanna hold the whole wide world/right here in my open hands/Maybe I'm just a little girl/A little girl with great big plans" . . . these are lyrics I can be excited for my daughters to sing.
Of all the songs, there is a tie for most-played song: All About Your Heart (to which my oldest has already begun choreographing a dance), and Mi Ancla, the bonus track in Spanish. (Did you know we speak Spanish in our home? Mmmhm, si.) I prefer any tracks with backup vocals so I can imagine myself getting to sing harmonies with Mindy again.
On Monday (only three more sleeps!) Mindy will be giving a concert to promote this new album. I just checked and there are still some seats left at The Covey Center, so get yours today. You don't want to miss this concert, featuring The Thrillioinaires (Lisa, Brett, Hailey*, Iloveyouguys). Also, the money you pay for admission to the concert goes to revitalizing The Arts in downtown Provo. (The Arts, Provo, Iloveyouguys). And don't forget a li'l extra cash to pick up your own copy of Anchor before it drops in stores.
See you at the concert on Monday! Enjoy your weekend! I'll be here, still dancing.
*Speaking of Hailey, I think she should win. You can very easily vote for her. Don't you think she should win?