A Review of the Chuck Brodsky CD
"Tulips For Lunch"

"Tulips For Lunch"
by Chuck Brodsky

Copyright 2006
Produced by JP Cormier

This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 4/06
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Mark Twain said that 'truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities, truth isn't.'

It can be assumed that Twain didn't have Chuck Brodsky in mind when he offered his pithy quote--but he could have.

Brodsky uses his music to shine light on history's dusty folds and obscure crevices, illuminating figures and events certain never to appear in any standardized history text.

Eclectic is the best word to describe the subject matter of Brodsky's musical lineage.

For example: there's the barnyard animal linked to the curse of the Chicago Cubs and why, despite a plethora of stars--Banks, Santo, Williams, Jenkins, Sosa--Wrigley Field has not enjoyed a World Series triumph.

Or, a not-so-jolly figure, most associated with gift-giving and good will towards men, creatively 'saluting' Philadelphia Eagle football fans.

There's also a member of a pachyderm parade who responds to stimuli like any human being would and pays the ultimate price for doing so.

A recounting of the D.B. Cooper tale is told as is one about the world's most arbitrary and mercurial taxi driver.

Brodsky also continues to mine the sports vein for material with four offerings, the aforementioned two and another pair involving ping pong 'diplomacy' and baseball being played as if one's life depended on it.

But it isn't all a litany of the weird and offbeat. Brodsky depicts what may very well be his family musical tree in "Old Song Handed Down" and a similarly-themed tale in "A Toast to the Woman in the Holler."

In "The Man Who Blew Kisses," Brodsky movingly portrays the quirkiest of individuals but leaves it to the listener to determine if the subject is someone mentally deficient or actually advanced. He sings:

"...The man who blew kisses in front of the stage
Knew nothing of jealousy and nothing of rage
Nothing of prejudice, nothing of shame
He had never been broken, he had never been tamed

...The man who blew kisses eats tulips for lunch
And probably rainbows but that's just a hunch
Sunshine and pixie dust mixed in his punch
Daisies for breakfast he picks by the bunch..."
There's also a 'tribute' to our Commander-In-Chief, "Liar Liar, Pants on Fire," with such verses as:
"...Talk the lingo, dress the part
Even put your hand on your heart
Bomber jacket, emperor's clothes
You can't even reach the end of your nose..."
Chuck Brodsky may be all over the map but, lucky for his listeners, he takes us along to the most unusual destinations.

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All songs written by Chuck Brodsky, except as noted.

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