The Children of Sunshine Finally Get Their Chance to Shine

Kids creating their own pop and rock music is fairly common today, with a few of them (Smoosh, Tiny Masters of Today, etc.) going on to relative success with their music.  But in the 1970s the musical landscape was quite different.  Though the early ’70s were a great decade for musical experimentation, independent music hadn’t quite come into its own yet, and studios were hard on the trail of the next Beatles or Rolling Stones.  In that environment it’s a wonder that Kitsy Christner and Therese “Tres” Williams, then both ten years old, were able to record an album.  Even so, the album Dandelions by Christner and Williams (a.k.a. Children of Sunshine) was an indie production with only 300 copies released, a novelty item that came and went quickly with little fanfare.  In all likelihood the album would’ve passed into the void of history unheard of by most if not for two key elements: the discovery of a copy at a garage sale by a local record collector and the internet.  You can read about how the album came into existence and how it attained fame over forty years later in this article at the Riverfront Times website.  It’s a fascinating story in and of itself.

As for the music, the entire album has been released on YouTube by ’60s/’70s acid rock aficionado The Psychedelic Garden.  It’s a short album and every bit as entertaining as it’s billed to be.  The music is stripped down and basic, and the girls are clearly musical fledglings, but that in no way detracts from the album’s charm and humor.  I’d say a reissue of Dandelions is well overdue, wouldn’t you?

By the way, be sure to read the newspaper article attached as a photo to the RFT article!

Edit: I urge you to read the replies section of this post as well, for the discussion brought forth another salient point about the nature of the relationship the girls had with their guitar teacher.

Frank Ackers (with Kitsy Christner & Tres Williams) - The Children of Sunshine - Dandelions (cover) (1971)

Frank Ackers (with Kitsy Christner & Tres Williams) – The Children of Sunshine – Dandelions (cover) (1971)