Love is a Superpower is Ben Rudnick & Friends at the very top of their game. The album blends the vivacious spontaneity and ebullient creativity of the band’s live shows with the intricately layered textures that are possible in a highly crafted studio recording. Add stellar contributions from guest artists like Antiguan master bassist M’talewa Thomas (Entrain, Greatful Dread), fiddler Kenny Kosek (James Taylor, Jerry Garcia, Willie Nelson), trombonist Jon Garniss (Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, The Four Tops), trumpet player Rick Hammett (Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, The Temptations), and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Bird (Cowboy Junkies) to the mix, and you have one remarkable CD with such sophisticated underpinning that repeat listening becomes an adventure.
Ben Rudnick & Friends take pleasure in introducing kids and families to music that reflects the many hues of our cultural fabric. On Love is a Superpower can be found music inspired by classic performances of ’70s soul and funk, The Beatles, The Allman Brothers, T. Rex, and The Grateful Dead, paired with an intelligent retrospective of earlier, thoroughly American musical styles that include traditional bluegrass and country and a particularly authentic salute to Bob Wills style western swing. The result: kids and grownups listening, learning, singing, and dancing together, sharing a sense of community fun.
Notes Ben Rudnick, “It’s amazing to realize that families are strengthening their bonds while they enjoy our tunes. Our new album has a loose theme of ‘Love.’ What do I want to express? I wish people would love each other more, trust a bit more, have more confidence and self worth, be generally happy, take care of the world a bit better, get a little silly, and like western swing. In my twelfth year of making music for families, I feel incredibly fortunate to get to play as many shows for as many people as I do and to have been able to make recordings galore. I want to be sure to say the things I want to say while I have the chance. Love is a superpower! Love each other!”
Ben Rudnick & Friends have been joyfully laying down the sound track of families having fun together since 2000. The band’s previous albums include Live in Lexington: Under the Copper Beech (2011), It’s Santa Claus! (2010), A Frog Named Sam (2009), The Challenger Baseball Song and Other Hits (2007), Grace’s Bell (2007), Live at the Playground: WERS 88.9 FM Boston (2005), Blast Off! (2004), Fun and Games (2002), and Emily Songs (2000).
We’ve been enjoying listening to Love is a Super Power lately. This album is super kid friendly and imaginative! What clearly drew me to the album right off was the fantastic album cover art! It’s rich with color and the Heart shape on the front is filled with all sorts shapes and designs! The back of the album cover art list the tracks with another heart with rays of light coming from it. The art on the outside and inside completely reflects the mood of this album which is that Love is super!
Now the real test was to see if my children were fans of the album, and I’m pleased to say that they are. My kids are ages 4 years old and 1 and a half pointed out that they like the songs Where are the Dragons?, My Horse, Here Comes the Sun, & Scribbling. The tracks are silly, fun, and do a great job of reaching people of all ages.
There are fourteen tracks total and the CD is roughly around 45 minutes long. I enjoy the different sounds in each of the song with everything from bluegrass to rock! After listening to this album, I’m not surprised at all that Ben Rudnick & Friends were crowned with six Parents’ Choice Awards! They’ve totally won us over with their latest project and I am sure many other parents and kids would agree with me that this is an awesome CD!
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