You Scream, I Scream

Park Slope band rethinks summer’s ubiquitous jingle.

ice cream truckWhen the band One Ring Zero records in their home studio on 11th Street, they have to stop and close the windows every time an ice cream trucks rolls by. One day that all-too-familiar ditty inspired band member Michael Hearst—who prefers homemade gelato at Colson Patisserie but always ran after the Good Humor truck as a kid—past the point of annoyance and into action.

“What if ice cream truck songs were actually pleasant to listen to?” he wondered. His resulting solo project, Songs for Ice Cream Trucks—featuring tracks with names like “Sprinkle, Twinkle,” “Tones for Cones,” and “Where Do Ice Cream Trucks Go in the Winter?”—exudes a circus quality thanks to the glockenspiel and other instruments with high tones that carry well outside. The tunes are decidedly not annoying—more like lullabies—which is why independent ice cream truck drivers from across the country started requesting copies of the album.

Hearst’s stomach continues to inspire his art: One Ring Zero is now at work on The Recipe Project, a compilation of songs inspired by recipes from celebrity chefs. “I’m fascinated by this whole phenomenon of chefs being treated like rock stars,” says Hearst. “I figured why not really make them rock stars?” You can hear “Butcher’s Treat,” essentially a reading of a brains-and-eggs recipe set to music, at a March blog entry on OffalGood.com.

Songs for Ice Cream Trucks is available at Colson Patisserie and Barbès, both at 9th Street and 6th Avenue in Park Slope, and at songsforicecreamtrucks.com and oneringzero.com.

Michael Hearst created ice cream truck songs that are not annoying.

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Jeanne Hodesh is a Brooklyn-based writer, eater, Greenmarket regular, and home cook. She grew up in the kitchen of her parent’s bed and breakfast on the Penobscot Bay in Maine where she squeezed fresh orange juice and fell in love with the rhythm of restaurants. An only child who used to amuse herself by telling tales, she always knew she wanted to write. She studied at Sarah Lawrence College, and upon graduation dove into the media-happy town that is New York City. After a year working for an art magazine company she realized people in the food industry have much more fun and always know where the parties are. She has written for Saveur, Edible Brooklyn, Edible Manhattan, Edilble East End, and Time Out New York. She started the e-newsletter Local Gourmands in the winter of 2008.