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Influenced by legendary artists like Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Randy Newman and Carole King, Kennedy puts the unique, inviting stamp of her sandpaper and honey-tinged vocals on Speed Bump’s 14 dynamic folk/blues influenced pop/rock tracks. From the high-flying gospel/blues-driven opening title track through the whimsical, horn-fired closing track expressing her long held desire to write “A Hit Song,” Kennedy tells cleverly-spun, deeply-lived stories about experiences that might not have surfaced in her younger days. Perhaps no song is more intimate and touching than “How Was Your Life?” which has a music video created with the ultimate personal touch.
The video opens with this message “In 1929 my grandmother purchased a 16mm Kodak Model K movie camera. She filmed her life until 1948, then gave it to my mother who filmed hers until 1965.” What follows is a touching collection of Kennedy family footage that spans 4 decades of some of America’s finest years, and a near perfect stroll down memory lane. The 16mm collection shows the family at home, on vacation, and spending time on Main Street, USA. It’s a beautiful piece of cinema that gives us not just a personal glimpse into the generations of family that helped shaped Liz Kennedy and the woman she had become but also a connection to a more innocent and simpler time of youthful exuberance.