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Album Review

Most commercial children's music seems to be made under the assumption that youngsters are incapable of appreciating subtlety and need to be aurally slapped about the face with melodic and lyrical repetition in order to make sense of what they're hearing. Elizabeth Mitchell is an educator and musician who thankfully knows better; as the lead singer with Ida, she's been lending her lovely voice to folk-leaning indie rock for years, and in recent years she's been displaying the same intelligence and playful joie de vivre on a handful of recordings for children. You Are My Little Bird is Mitchell's third album for kids, recorded with help from Daniel Littleton (her husband and bandmate in Ida) as well as His Name Is Alive's Warren Defever, and it's a sweet, simple gem, as warm and joyous as a clear spring day. Mitchell's notion of what makes a children's song may be a bit different than those of most folks, since You Are My Little Bird includes covers of the Velvet Underground's "What Goes On" and Neil Young's "Little Wing," but there's an engaging simplicity and humanity to this music that should easily charm both kids and adults, and "Little Liza Jane," "Buckeye Jim" and "Grassy Grass Grass" are folk tunes that make perfect singalongs, regardless of the age of the audience. The arrangements on You Are My Little Bird are primarily acoustic and purposefully low-key, and they allow the melodies of these songs to shine through, and Mitchell's singing is elegant, unforced, and a thoroughly natural pleasure to behold. The quieter moments of this album are ideal for evening play or bedtime, and if you're looking for a disc that will soothe all members of the family during a long car ride, this album is just what you've been looking for. Some parents will doubtless find themselves borrowing You Are My Little Bird from their offspring to play for their own pleasure — it's an album almost magical in its enchanting simplicity, and should be welcome listening even in homes without any little ones about.

Customer Reviews

Finally! Children's music I can listen to!

Elizabeth Mitchell is awesome! Each song has a sweet simplicity - perfect for kids. And you've got to appreciate children's music that doesn't have annoying kids singing covers of pop hits. Buy the whole album - but if you're going to download just one song, pick "One Day, Two Days, Three Days Old" or "You Are My Flower" or "Little Sack of Sugar", or...well, you really can't go wrong with any!

Wonderful children's record

We have a 3 month old--our first child--and the thought of children's music really made me a little queasy. This is a beautiful album and very listenable. I especially love One Day, Two Days, Three Days Old and Little Sack of Sugar.

You Are My Flower

This record is in constant rotation in our home. For 5 years. We know these songs like the backs of our hands. My 7 year old boy loves it as does my 4 year old girl. We like it because it basically sounds like Ida playing childrens' songs. With 80 gigs of music, this CD is hands down the most frequently played. We love it and so will your family.

Biography

Genre: Children's Music

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Not to be confused with the television actress of the same name who co-starred on the hit series Lost, Elizabeth Mitchell is a folk-rock singer and guitarist with a widely varied background that incorporates coffeehouse-style folksinging, moody and contemplative alt-country, and playful children's music. Mitchell's professional musical career began when she was studying at Brown University in the late '80s, when she formed a folk duo with her roommate, Lisa Loeb, who worked the Providence, Rhode...
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