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Life's A Real Dream

Lard Dog & The Band of Shy

Tell us about your music

I am the Human Lard Dog—also known as the alter ego of artist Steven Erdman—and I’ve made music with one thing in mind: FUN! I am inspired by Robert Benchley, Nina Simone, Monty Python, Barbara Hepworth, Marcel Duchamp, Ernie Bushmiller and so many others. Know that just as you can’t judge a book by its cover, you also don’t always need an explanation for why something is the way it is. Our music is a bit nerd rock, a bit catchy sing-song jingles, and a bit total absurdism. We use lots of wordplay in our lyrics, such as “I’m just a hepped up, flap jack, mop top hurricon” or “slurp the noodle of life!” We also use many different instruments including trombone, Hammond organ, bongos, cello, and handclaps. It’s our hope that our music will inspire you to dance, sing, smile, or scratch your head—or all of the above!

About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.)

“Life’s A Real Dream" was originally composed while walking down the street in New York City on the lower east side. I sang it into my iPhone voice memo over and over again, until I got it just right—which eventually took a few months! I wanted it to sound like a song from my favorite Beach Boys record, “Friends.” The song serves an important role in our live concert performance to explain to the audience the meaning of LARD, which is an acronym for "Life’s A Real Dream” (and no, nothing to do with that cooking product!). We always sing the song in four-part harmony and on this studio recording my pal Boz Boorer (Morrissey’s musical director & guitarist) plays beautiful ukulele.

What you hope children & families will get from this song

I wrote this song for my own children, (ages 6 and 9) to remind them that things are not always as they seem. It’s important to imagine all the alternative possibilities and to never give up because Life is a Real Dream and happy are those who dream dreams. I think it’s a helpful song to listen to especially in times of rejection and hardship. We can all make any dream happen if we never give up, that is, until your last—shyin’ day!