“So glad I’m Here Every Day” is how this album first opens up and, frankly, that is really how I feel when I listen to this album. And really anything that Elizabeth Mitchell produces. She has such a sweet way of luring me and my daughter into every word she sings. It’s beautiful music.
Although this is her second release, and she has done several releases and projects since then, I decided to review this album first since I am new at reviewing and it was my very first love, er listen, to Elizabeth Mitchell. Plus, we have been listening to it a lot lately.
This album is wonderful in so many ways. First off, it covers various styles of music and is diverse enough that parents may just find themselves listening to and/or singing songs from this album when the kids are not around. And not just because those darn kids songs don’t leave our heads, but because they are cool enough to be a part of the grown-up community. The tempo of the album starts off upbeat and slowly winds down with some great folk numbers.
Let’s start with the alphabet song. Yes, you’ve heard and sung this a million times, but when it’s put into a hip, dub-reggae composition such as Mitchell has done here it works, and works really well. Then there is the fun Bo Diddley which is set to the tune of Bow Wow’s “I Want Candy.” Brings back such memories for me. I still remember my Dad coming home with their LP.
The album contains a number of covers the likes of which include Ladybug Picnic, featured on Sesame Street and 3 is the Magic Number from The Magic School Bus. There are also other covers like Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad which was sung by likes of Woody Guthrie and even the Grateful Dead.
I have several favorites on this album but instead of listing them here, I would just urge you to visit her site, listen to her album and get into the groove.
You can get to know Elizabeth Mitchell at her site You Are My Flower and even listen to the album (and others) here.
This album probably works best for kids under 6. It’s been a toddler favorite in our household since E was a teeny little monster at 1.5 yrs old. Enjoy!