Bruce Springsteen sings about the healing power of music. Huey Lewis and the News even sang "The Power of Love." Alison Faith Levy
truly believes. She brings back the girl group power-pop sound of the
1960s with her new children's music CD, THE START OF THINGS.
The MAD MEN era feel allows Levy to pour out some genuine emotion into
songs such as "Are You Happy" and "Why Am I Awake," a gentle lullaby
about insomnia from a child's perspective. "T.L.C." captures the farfisa
spirit of early Elvis Costello and the Attractions, an artistic stretch
for an album aimed at 3-to 8-year-olds. Levy also shares an
appreciation for the musical stylings of legendary lyricist Burt
Bacharach, as evident on "Rainbow Tunnel":
We can drive through the Rainbow Tunnel to the other side.
Where the sun is shining and the mountains are wide.
To the rainbow tunnel, just a car ride away.
It's not far to get there, but it's worth the wait.
On her first kid's CD, WORLD OF WONDER, Levy first delved into the time
machine for a Supremes-styled "Itsy Bitsy Spider." For THE START OF
THINGS, Levy mines the rich history of 60s power-pop and delivers a
winning selection of new (and old) material. Cat Stevens' return from
obscurity is harkened in her cover of "If You Want to Sing Out, Sing
Levy has worn many hats over the course of her musical career – from
alternative to family to collaborator. She is currently adapting WORLD
OF WONDER into a children's stage musical with a San Francisco-based
theater company. In the meantime, she continues to entertain children
and their families with her uplifting, lilting brand of sunny feelgood
West Coast pop. If this is just THE START OF THINGS, you wonder how
ambitious Levy's plan are for the future.