Music CD, Musical Sound Recording, Sound Recording
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Folkways, p2010.
1 sound disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Traditional and popular songs and lullabies for children.
Elizabeth Mitchell, vocals, guitar, percussion, harmonica ; with, variously: Daniel Littleton, Storey Littleton, Levon Helm, Dan Zanes, Jon Langford, Chris Wood, Children of Agape Choir.
Recorded at On-Me Sound, Mt. Tremper, N.Y., 2006-2009; additional recording at various studios in Woodstock, N.Y., New York, N.Y., and Chicago, Ill.
Sung in English (principally) and Japanese.
Sunny day / Storey Littleton (1:32) -- Shoo lie loo / Bessie Jones (3:10) -- Mr. Rabbit (1:33) -- Ooki na kuri no ki no shita de = (Under the big chestnut tree) (1:15) -- Keep on the sunny side / Ada Blenkhorn (2:56) -- Lovely day / Bill Withers (2:26) -- Reggae in the fields / Augustus Pablo (2:07) -- Ong tal sam = (Little spring) / arr. Elizabeth Mitchell (1:48) -- Tell it again / Louis Hardin (1:22) -- Green, green rocky road (2:22) -- School days / Chuck Berry (3:43) -- Mystery train / Herman Parker, Jr. (2:36) -- Oh, John the Rabbit (1:51) -- David's mandolin / Daniel Littleton (2:48) -- This little light of mine (2:20) -- Fairy tale lullaby / John Martyn (2:30) -- Elephants all over the world / Storey Littleton (2:02) -- Little buckaroo / M.K. Jerome (2:37) -- Tsuki = (Moon) / arr. Elizabeth Mitchell (2:19).
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Notes / Track List
Elizabeth Mitchell’s third collection of children’s music follows in the footsteps of fellow tyke crooner Dan Zanes by employing numerous styles, including folk, country, and world music, to convey a world that is as boundless and creative as childhood is. Sunny Day’s 19 tracks feature Mitchell along with husband Daniel Littleton, daughter Storey, and an eclectic group of friends which includes the aforementioned Zanes, legendary Band drummer Levon Helm, Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers), and Warren DeFever (His Name Is Alive). It’s a quaint, earthy affair that hardly feels like a cookie cutter, keyboard-and-funny-voice-driven children’s record, relying instead on Appalachian and international folk songs and lullabies with an emphasis on acoustic arrangements. In short, it’s a sweet and serene collection of songs for kids that adults won’t tire of, let alone play begrudgingly. ~ James Christopher Monger
|2||Shoo Lie Loo|
|4||Ooki Na Kuri No Ki No Shita De [Under The Big Chestnut Tree]|
|5||Keep On The Sunny Side|
|7||Reggae In The Fields|
|8||Ong Tal Sam [Little Spring]|
|9||Tell It Again|
|10||Green, Green Rocky Road|
|13||Oh, John The Rabbit|
|15||This Little Light Of Mine|
|16||Fairy Tale Lullaby|
|17||Elephants All Over The World|
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