You Are My Sunshine インポート
Elizabeth Mitchell is a smidge less locked into the no-frills folkie formula on You Are My Sunshine than on her debut, You Are My Flower. In fact, if you subtract the A-list collaborators (and, OK, the dulcimers, mandolins, and human beat boxes), Mitchell starts to look a lot like the female Dan Zanes. The same rootsy sensibility rules both artists recordings, as does a reverence for tried-and-true folk tunes ("Good Night Irene," "Skip to My Lou") and clean production. More significantly, slivers of Zane-like adventurousness shine through here: "Alphabet Dub" set the ABCs to a reggae beat; "Hey Bo Diddley" tips its hat to the rock & roll pioneer; and the kids are called in to spice up "Crawdad." Counting kids' artists who are genuinely cool still requires fewer than 10 fingers, but with Flower and Sunshine, Mitchell proves she's among the elite. --Tammy La Gorce
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I first listened to 'Catch the Moon' with Lisa Loeb accompanying Mitchell and fell in love. I've collected everything she's put out there children's music-wise. She's also in an Indie band called 'Ida' that has a Kim Deal feel from 'Belly'.
This c.d. is warm, honest, and playful with voice/s set to eclectic and intelligent folk-ish/Rock and Roll/Ska music with the foundation of acoustic guitars, children's toy instruments, and harmony. A solid album.
There's something so right about a children's version of Leadbelly's 'Goodnight Irene'.
If you will pop in some Elizabeth Mitchell, they will be curious perhaps at first. And then a little soothed, and then as the songs progress from "So Glad I am here" on to the Dancehall Jamaican version of the ABC's and Ooby Dooby and See Bo Diddly (to the tune of "I Want Candy by Bow Wow Wow), the driver stands a chance that the music will enchant the children enough to carry them away from fighting or squabbles or general discontent.
If you are in your home, your child might ask for Ooby Dooby, or Skip to my Lou while they play with a favorite toy, and you might listen to them singing along with the songs, because they pull one in just that much. And unlike many other children's music, the parent won't feel like they are losing their minds, but also feel sort of curious about the songs and why they sound familiar... and so satisfying and peaceful. Something that she must just know, esp. in houses with more than one kid, peace is golden.
She does it here, that Elizabeth Mitchell. She walks this great line of music that both parents and kids can enjoy, sort of like TMBG but this stuff is gentle on the ears, and it works magic with my kids.
Thank you Elizabeth!
Initially the old picture on the cover caught my eye in one of Amazon's "People who bought this also bought..." suggestions. Then I saw that it had "You Are My Sunshine" on it and had to take a listen. I was immediately won over by Elizabeth Mitchell's (not to be confused with the LOST version) honest, warm, and very welcoming voice. So intimate and understated, and so absent from popular music today. Her arrangements are both simple and masterful and such that you just want to sing along.
It only took about three samples before I was completely sold and downloaded this album and "You Are My Flower," too. These became immediate hits with my family and the kids even requested to have this as their night-time music (displacing another CD that has occupied that spot for the last 4 years!).
These are great songs, very well done, and you can listen to them over and over and never get tired of it. You can listen to the samples and make your own decision, but I won't hesitate to recommend this album to my close friends, especially those with small kids.