Ambrosia, the band, was formed in Southern California in 1970. Their top hits were “How Much I Feel”, “Your The Only Woman”, “Biggest Part of Me” and “Holding On To Yesterday.” This group played classical music fused with rock and pop and its sounds were incredible. They have a song called “Dance With Me George” which is a song about Amantine Lucile Dupin, who used the pen name George Sands for her novels. George Sands was a woman who was very much ahead of her time. She was a French novelist, smoked cigars and dressed like a man. She would be considered a feminist of her generation. Ms Sands was born in 1804 in France. One of her quotes was “there is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved.” Ambrosia’s lyrics about this woman are very entertaining. “The pants your wearing mama, And the Cigar in your hand, Sorta put me off at first, I didn’t understand. But now I love my Vichy mama, I adore you and, I wouldn’t ever leave you baby for another man, Come and Dance with me George.
Ambrosia writes another song called the “Mama Frog”. In this song Ambrosia narrates the Jabberwock from “Alice in Wonderland”. It is a must hear because it is so unique to have this in a song. There are no real words in the Jabberwock, written by Lewis Carroll. But each word sounds like a real word so it creates an illusion. “Twas brillig and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble and the wave.” This is also one of my favorites because it illustrates Alice and Wonderland so well without using real words.
The album “Somewhere I Never Traveled” is their best in my opinion. If you take the album cover, you can build it into a pyramid shape. Also songs like “Lover Arrive” and “Can’t Let a Woman Like You Get to My Head” are fantastic. Have a listen and decide for yourself.
Here is Mama Frog from their collection of songs: