You might think that Good Morning Kiss
is Carmen Lundy’s latest release on Justin Time Records. You would be half-right. Good Morning Kiss
also is Lundy’s oldest release as well.
Lundy recorded this CD first on Blackhawk Records in 1985, waiting several years after she had moved to New York. Like many idealistic singers and musicians, Lundy didn’t want to compromise and record something that she would regret. And so, she didn’t. She recorded something that she was proud of, and yes, Good Morning Kiss
holds up after 17 years.
One of the things that makes Good Morning Kiss
memorable is that Lundy recorded her own compositions. No doubt, she had been holding them for quite a while until the right recording opportunity presented itself. Still, "Time Is Love," with its 5/4 meter and its intervallic leaps, actually is a more challenging song than most singers would attempt on their first CD. As the first track, "Time Is Love" launches Lundy fearlessly into her musical excursion.
Contrasting with "Time Is Love" is "Quiet Times," both in mood and in orchestration, despite the similar themes addressing temporality. And love.
Lundy’s concerns on Good Morning Kiss,
as one would expect, are romantic, all the songs filling in pieces of the puzzle she creates. And so, "Quiet Times" supports the thematic complications of romance, as she intended. "Quiet times: They’re the days you spend alone when your only love has gone and left you behind.
The contrasting arrangements serve to make Lundy’s presentation more effective as well. On "Love For Sale," Lundy’s trio (including brother Curtis, who had moved from Miami to New York in the same time frame she did) supports her with a solid foundation and harmonic substitutions. But then, on songs like the finger-snapping "Perfect Stranger" or the rippling "The Lamp Is Low"--both of which Lundy arranged for her debut album, by the way--a hand-picked band consisting of the likes of young Steve Turre, Jon Faddis Rene McLean or Bobby Watson provides the accents, horn lines and vamps .
To fill out the original album to CD length, Good Morning Kiss
includes for the first time alternate takes of "Dindi," "Perfect Stranger" and "Good Morning Kiss."
Lundy’s last CD, This Is Carmen Lundy
contained what seemed to be a baring-of-Lundy’s-soul. With lyrics like "On the first day in heaven, my mother came to me. She said, It’s not your time, go back and find the true meaning of life and love! On the seventh day in heaven, the Father came to me and I said, Father have mercy on us. Let there be peace on earth."
Yet, now that her first recording has been re-released, we find that Lundy has been consistent throughout her entire career, writing her own music, recording with her long-time friends, and extolling the virtues of love and peace.