Gastronomy is definitely an underrepresented theme in music. Honestly when I think about music for families I think of bugs and crayons and road trips. Why don’t I think about food as musical fodder? After all, eating is a much bigger part of our daily lives than any of those other things. So it should go without saying that I was intrigued to find I Am Your Food by Gunnar Madsen. I approached as I would any new food: with a little trepidation and a lot of nervous excitement. Sure I worry about not liking something, but I love the idea of finding a new love.
The food is a hit. I mean the music about food is a hit. Even my picky eaters, I mean listeners, loved it. Gunnar keeps things grounded in reality but with a healthy, natural dose of absurdity. In short he walks that same fine line that children love. Take In My Soup, for instance. It’s an entire song built on the joke “waiter, what’s this fly doing in my soup?” “The backstroke, sir.”
But that’s not the best one. Can I even pick a best song? I love Diet of Worms and it’s nod to They Might Be Giants. I love Egg Salad in the Sun (and frequently go back to replay the ending, it just cracks me up! Don’t judge me.) with it’s clear tribute to The Doors. But if I had to pick a favourite, it would be the one that gets the boys in the backseat singing along with me: the titular I Am Your Food.
You are what you eat, after all. And if what you eat if half as good as this album, then you’re excellent.