Parker & Alexander have just released a new album titled “All of Us: Bible Songs for Everyone” to welcome in the new year. Known as the creators of the popular children’s rock duo Spaghetti Eddie, the duo has set this new religious release for January 17, 2020.
“All of Us: Bible Songs for Everyone” presents story songs that, in these days of cross-cultural exploration, really do belong to “all of us,” told through upbeat, eclectic music with a lilting sense of rhythmic pulse and a laid-back, melodic charm. The result is a vibrant musical experience designed to engage the whole family in absorbing the timeless – and timely – lessons that have come to us from so long ago.
Brendan Parker and Erick Alexander recently discussed this new album via an exclusive interview.
Meagan Meehan (MM): How did you initially get interested in music and how did you break into the scene a la Spaghetti Eddie?
BP: I have been interested in music all of my life, and that’s largely due to my parents and a couple really close friends of mine who picked up guitars. Spaghetti Eddie was created quite by accident, but a happy one! The songs were initially written as a gift for my goddaughter and not for public consumption, but people liked them, so we wrote more, and then it kind of snowballed from there.
EA: Brendan and I started production on the first Spaghetti Eddie record about 10 years ago. I was a singer my entire childhood. When I was growing up, I had a music teacher named Patty Dunegan who took me everywhere to get me comfortable while entertaining in front of large crowds. I have her to thank for inspiring me to do much of what I do today.
MM: What inspired this religious album and how did you create the songs?
EA/BP: This album was mainly inspired by our introduction to John Kenney! He has been a big Spaghetti Eddie supporter for years. John thought that our sound would be a great fit to help tell the foundational Bible stories that he tells his grandkids!
MM: Many of the stories in the Bible are relatable to people everywhere, which are some of your personal favorite stories?
EA/BP: Our favorite story will always be the Good Samaritan. It’s really easy, within the fast-paced life we live, to forget who is our neighbor and furthermore what it means to love like a neighbor!
MM: Of all the songs you’ve made, have you any special favorites and what can audiences expect from your concerts and live shows?
EA: Spaghetti Eddie has a song called “Everybody’s different (that’s how we’re the same).” This song, which Brendan wrote, has always been one of my favorites. I love the buildup before we play it and the basic concept of loving on people that are different than us (whether they live somewhere we’ve never been, or look different than us, or act different than we do. God calls us to love…PERIOD.)
BP: There are plenty of Spaghetti Eddie songs that I really enjoy (see Erick’s answer) but on the new record, the song “All of Us” is one of my favorites we’ve ever done. It pretty much sums up the whole album and what it’s all about. Everything came together just right on that one.
MM: What are your ultimate goals for the future of your career?
EA/BP: Our simple goal is to just keep going! We believe we have found a lot of purpose in playing together, and as long as that purpose is real, we should keep it going. Plus we have a blast so it’s a win-win!
MM: Is there anything else that you would like to mention?
EA: Only if there’s something else YOU’D like to mention!
BP: We are extremely proud of this album and can’t wait for our fans to hear it, and we hope to gain new fans as well! Music is universal, and so are the messages we are singing about in these songs.
“All of Us: Bible Songs for Everyone” will be available at Apple Music/iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, and other streaming services. To learn more, visit their official website, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
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Meagan J. Meehan is a published author, poet, cartoonist, and produced playwright. She pens columns for the Great South Bay Magazine, Blasting News, and Entertainment Vine. She is also a stop-motion animator and an award-winning abstract artist. Meagan holds a BA in English Literature and a MA in Communication. She is also an animal advocate and a fledging toy and game designer.
Meagan is a contributing editor to Kidskintha writing on Toys, Games, Entertainment, and other topics that are happy and fun!