by Liz Gumbinner
If you've got kids heading off to summer camp, skip the snooze-fest tales of your own camping days and instead get them excited with Camp Lisa, the new release from 90s hipster-geek iconoclast turned Noggin fave, Lisa Loeb.
It's hard not to instantly fall for an album that kicks off with a cover of Are You Ready for Summer, the theme from the movie Meatballs. (Rudy the Rabbit! Rudy the Rabbit!) The rest of the kicky CD doesn't disappoint, featuring an array of original sing-along ready songs mixed with campfire classics like Home on the Range and even a cover of Neil Young's Love is a Rose. And color me impressed that Lisa's joined on tracks by a group of singing kids who aren't even annoying. Plus the likes of Jill Solbule, Vercua Salt's Nina Gordon and even Steve Martin showing off his banjo skills on the hilarious The Disappointing Pancake.
One more reason to join the fan club? Sales benefit the Camp Lisa Foundation which helps send less privileged kids to summer camp.
Check out track samples or order exclusively from B&N, then toss in a Camp Lisa tee from her online shop if you're so inclined. So much cooler than Camp Beverly Hills, don't you think?