With a background as a former Sippy Cup band member, no wonder local musician Alison Faith Levy composes a solo album made for kids, adults, and adults without kids. Think of it as alternative or psychedelic groovy rock but whichever you pick, this is music meant for cool moves, sing-alongs and standing up! From the invigorating “Reach for the Sky” to the road-trip perfect “Detours,” the quiet “I Love the Rain” or the amazing take on “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider,” each track’s got its own wonderful personality.
Yes, the subject matter and lyrical content are for the kids, and the arrangements are for Mom and Dad. But the melodies, well, they’re for everybody.
Alison Faith Levy, formerly “Sippy Alison” from the kindie band, The Sippy Cups, has released her debut album this spring, World of Wonder. In early May this year, Alison guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show, putting together an excellent show about all things weather, including two cuts from this new album, “I Love the Rain” and “Eye of the Tornado.” Get a taste of the fabulous music off her new CD by listening to the podcast and check out the video we featured of the title track off this fabulous new album.
Every time we listen to World of Wonder by Alison Faith Levy, I can’t help but think that it could be turned into a Broadway musical for kids – this album just has that feel to it, in my opinion. It’s got the right blend of energy and storytelling that lends itself to a stage production. I wish I could explain that better, but feelings can be hard to put into words *smile*
It's a World of Wonder. Truly, that is the best way to describe the first solo album from Alison Faith Levy. It just also happens to be the title of this remarkable collection of songs.
You may know Alison's name from the legendary children's group The Sippy Cups. Alison was often referred to as "Sippy Alison". After having an incredible career, preforming such places as Lollapalooza, the House of Blues, and Central Park Summerstage, she took a break from children's music to dive into a more grown-up musical endeavor.
After watching the video, you will agree that the World of Wonder is right before our eyes! Alison encourages us to just open our eyes and look! Alison captures the magic of the world around us with her fun songs. Whether we are spinning like tops or saying Beep Beep, The World of Wonder is so much fun for kids ages 2 to 102. It encourages us to have fun, dance and spin in the first few rock songs. Then we quiet down and meditate on the world around us. Alison is so talented and makes that connection with children that draws us in.
After five solid years of recording and touring with the Sippy Cups, Alison Faith Levy needed a break, so she took a musical detour and created McCabe & Mrs. Miller, an Americana band. But she couldn’t fully kick the kids’ music habit — she started playing shows at a local bookstore, and the rest is history.
(1) Alison Faith Levy, “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” from World of Wonder (Mystery Lawn Music). On an album of children’s songs, this glorious recording—with startling new verses pitting a mouse against a cat, a monkey against a tiger, a hippo against a snake, and the spider against a bumblebee—comes forth huge, pounding, with a passionate vocal from Levy and, from producer Allen Clapp, the most convincing re-creation of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound anywhere.
How’s this for a cool name for a kindie band? The Sippy Cups. Yup, Sippy Cups aren’t just things from which you drink, but they are also a rock band for kids. And Alison Faith Levy, Sippy Cups band member formerly known as “Sippy Alison,” has returned to the kindie music scene to create a solo album for kids! Her newest CD, World of Wonder includes such catchy tunes as “Reach for the Sky,” “Like a Spinning Top,” and CW’s favorite “Detours” (which is all about driving and the detours we take)!
San Francisco's Sippy Cups were one of the first new (21st-century) acts to attract a lot of attention in the wake of the kids music explosion of circa 2006. They had a big, '60s-inspired sound and look (though they weren't limited by that era), and despite their large size, toured quite a bit. The band is on hiatus - maybe permanently - but some of the members of the band are making music for kids again.