The other reason it’s back is that Kids Place Live has started playing a song that we heard a while ago. When I first heard Lunch Money‘s song “Spicy Kid” on a session of Rompus Room, I immediately wanted to download it, but it hadn’t been released. I don’t know if this latest edition is in response to searches like mine, but I’m glad that “Spicy Kid” is finally back on the airwaves.
Lunch Money is a band from South Carolina, headed by the wonderfully quirky voice of Molly Ledford. What I adore about Molly’s voice is that there’s a lilt in it, some kind of timbre that suggests she’s grinning from ear to ear when she sings (which she probably is). That she’s in on the joke with the kid. That she “gets” them. Coupled with the indie sound of the band, it’s a combination that appeals to all age groups. I heart bands like this. Bands that make music I find myself singing when the kids aren’t around.
And then there’s “Spicy Kid.” Found on Lunch Money’s 2012 album of the same title, this song seems like it was written about Miss P. Of course, if you ask Miss P if she’s a spicy kid, she’ll give you That Look, the one that makes me dread the teenage years, and declare vehemently that in no way, under any circumstances, is she spicy. Sorry, sweetie, but you just presented Exhibit. A.
Were you born with a mind of your own? (I’m a spicy kid!)
Do you wish you had a microphone? (I’m a spicy kid!)
Saw you practicing your angry look. (I’m a spicy kid!)
Man, I hope you use your powers for good. (I’m a spicy kid!)
Then Mr. B will look at me with hopeful eyes and ask me “Am I a spicy kid?” With those big brown eyes, asking that question? Why yes, Mr. B. Because you want to be spicy. I love it…
What I love about the Lunch Money’s songwriting is that it’s written about and for children, but it’s by no means childish. It certainly comes from a parent’s perspective. One that sees the complex beauty of a young personality in bloom. Peppered with quirky lyrics and melodies. Sweetened with love and adoration. It’s definitely spicy.
The other songs on the album provide similar flavor, humor and wit. If you’re looking for something new to listen to this week, I highly suggest checking Lunch Money out! You can stream Lunch Money’s latest album Spicy Kid in its entirety HERE. Go there. Now.
MR B: I wanna be a Spicy Kid!
MISS P: I. Am. NOT. Spicy….
What about you? Do you have your own Spicy Kid?