"Are We There Yet?" is exactly as it seems, the song of the backseat on a long trip. "Canon Song" would be a great way to pass the time (and teach some music) on a car trip. "I Love New York" is your family's tour guide of the big city (your kids will surely be itching to explore, as are mine now.) "Family Tree", a pensive ballad and perhaps my favourite song in the album for it's tender meaning, reminds of the importance of family reunions and all those get-togethers with relatives. "Helmet" represents those endless summer days of feats of strength from the perspective of loving your body and wanting to protect it -- a good balance for daredevils. "Use Your Words" is a helpful guide for navigating frustrating situations. "Little Cloud" and "UFO", both very different songs, encapsulate the endless possibilities of a summer's afternoon. Each day ends with the fatigued child fighting sleep with "Bed." Never far from the summer fun is the excitement of going "Back to School" guaranteed to get anyone excited about crunchy leaves and freshly sharpened pencils -- be sure to catch the Ferris Bueller reference just for parents! Of course, "Fallin'" is also a great hommage to the bookend of summer, reminding us not to be sad when the days cool and the leaves fall because there is so much possibility in autumn as well.
No summer would be complete without friends, and Joanie has some friends on this bandwagon of fun just waiting for you. Listen for Justin Lansing (of the Okee Dokee Brothers,) Dean Jones, Jonatha Brooke, and Rachel Loshak. She's got a great rock voice with fun rhythms and I'm willing to bet your children won't be able to sit still while listening or stop humming when the music is over. Mine weren't. Come on! Get your summer started and jump on the bandwagon already!