Pete McMahon - Loungeroom Sessions

Price: $20 AUD

Recorded 2020
… quote Forest Gump
‘Life is like a box of chocolates…..’
and so is this album, conceived by a network of crackerjack songwriters.
An eclectic basket of tuneful tales that showcase the trio, Pete McMahon, Kim Short and Sue McMahon.
These 14 songs were grown in a loungeroom, recorded in a home studio and have already delighted audiences.
This armchair collection of basic tracks is here for your enjoyment, complete with soft and hard centres.
Making Music in the good old-fashioned way!

CD review by Tony Smith
The 14 tracks on this CD are largely the work of Pete McMahon and Kim Short.
They play, sing, compose, arrange, record, mix, take photographs and produce!
Along the way, there is support from Sue McMahon (vocals, keyboard, management and Anglo concertina), Ralph Pride (pizzicato violin on a track) and Kathy Potter (flute on a track).
McMahon plays guitar and ukulele while Short plays bass, guitar, drums, percussion and keyboard.
The picture of a box of chocolates with various centres is an ideal visual representation of this assortment of tunes.
The tracks and their acknowledgements are: Mangoes (McMahon and Short), Downstairs (K McArthur), I Ride A Bicycle (G Floyd and Short), Rolling Dice (G Floyd), Ain’t Misbehaving (Brooks, Razaf, Waller), Murphy’s Pub (B McHardy, Short, S Lockwood), One Day (P and S McMahon), North Coast Line (Short), Driving to me Door (P Brosgarth), Liquorice Junkie (G Floyd), Making Music (K McArthur), Astrology (G Floyd and Short), Don’t Fence me In (C Porter) and Everybody’s Advertising (Short).
‘Mangoes’ has a summery feel and the voices blend well here.
‘Downstairs’ starts with a cheeky laugh and we soon find ourselves at a drunken party.
On ‘Rolling Dice’ the higher female voice over the walking bass provides nice variety.
Some fine guitar picking is a feature of ‘Ain’t Misbehaving’.
‘Murphy’s Pub’ is a strong drinking song, while ‘One Day’ encourages dreams of a happy future.
There is a surprisingly ethereal atmosphere to ‘Driving to My Door’.
‘Liquorice Junkie’ is perhaps one of the most appealing tracks here with Sue McMahon’s voice again central.
They kept the best till last.
‘Everybody’s Advertising’ has the guitar rhythms of a Rolling Stones’ tune and the lyrics are sharp.
Yes, everyone has a slogan on their t-shirt these days, and sometimes this amounts to ‘wearing your heart on your sleeve’, even if you do not really believe.
Overall, ‘Loungeroom Sessions’ has a simple enough theme.

Short and the McMahons are enjoying themselves, and why would they not want to share their pleasure in being able to perform and to join together so happily?