Mind of My Own
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Mind of My Own

November 9, 2010

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Song Title
Mind of My Own
Do You Hear the Birds Singing?
Jacques Cousteau
Red Balloon
Place In Your Heart
High on the Mountainside
Cookies & Milk
Vacation Delights
To Be
Come Back Home
All the Ways
Pieces of Me
Big Heart

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 9, 2010
  • Label: Frances England
  • Copyright: 2010 Frances England
  • Total Length: 37:09
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  • ASIN: B0046BGVLG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,557 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in the genre! February 7, 2011
Format:Audio CD
My kids and I are longtime fans of Frances' sweet melodies and touching and inspiring lyrics. We did not think it would be possible for her to top 2008's wonderful Family Tree, but she did! Mind of My Own is not only her best work to date but I think it just might be the best offering in the entire genre of children's music. I know, I know, shame on me for suggesting someone has trumped legendary long-timers in the genre like Elizabeth Mitchell, Raffi, and Laurie Berkner. You simply need to listen to these songs and you will agree that Frances has placed herself among the elite songwriters and performers in children's music. Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind of My Own January 19, 2011
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Frances England's music has grown as her kids have. Her first album, Fascinating Creatures I always give as a gift for parents with new babies (everyone becomes instantly hooked of course, it has some super catchy upbeat songs for the kiddos, the slow songs really tug at the heart strings of every new parent, but she never gets sappy)
And then Family Tree is my gift for families having a second child, (give the song Family Tree a listen to get the gist.) It is a very good well rounded CD as well.
Mind of my Own, the newest album is fantastic and is my family's favorite yet. It celebrates the growing kid, flexing some muscle while exploring their world. As an adult I find myself relating to all of the references, spun in a way that we have never seen before. Very honest and true, from the kid's perspective. The entire album is incredible and offers a wide range of style, tempo and subject matter. (My 4 year old LOVES Jacques Cousteau, so catchy, while Place in Your Heart, with all of it's sentiment is my favorite. Oh, and High on the Mountainside for it's sweet nod to a simpler time)
Great kid's (and adult's) CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great album January 19, 2011
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We love Frances England! I don't really buy children's music - prefer to listen to appropriate things already in our music collection. The exceptions are Frances England, Elizabeth Mitchell, Peter Paul & Mary, Raffi, and Jack Johnson's Curious George. Anyway, this album is as good as her other two: Fascinating Creatures and Family Tree. I think Family Tree is our favorite. Frances England is a great artist to support - buy her album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I even listen when my child is not around May 29, 2012
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This CD is excellent. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Our whole family does. We have a three year old daughter. I am always looking for good CDs which we can listen too without wanting to shoot ourselves. We love "Mind of our own" and "red balloon". I often listen to it when my daughter isn't around.
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Whatever daydreams I had of becoming a rock star when I was a young turk have long since faded away. But then there's Frances England, who has gone from recording the fine Fascinating Creatures as a DIY project for a preschool fundraiser almost five years ago to recording her third album Mind of My Own with kindie uber-producer Tor Hyams and getting Mates of State to sing with her. Those are pretty good rockstar daydreams.

One of the key charms of England's first two albums was the lo-fi intimacy England achieved that fit her folky sound. But if on those albums she was willing to make the recordings be akin to a secret shared between friends, on the new album she's a proud 4-year-old, sharing the news with all the world. The good news is that she's done that without sacrificing the charm of those first albums. She mixes both straight-ahead Americana pop-rockers, such as the title (and leadoff) track and "Jacques Cousteau" and laid-back folktunes such as "Red Balloon." England's songwriting is much stronger, with more hooks while finding more similes and getting to the heart of the song in as many words as it needs, and no more. The songs tend to be more about feelings and friendships than concrete events of childhood -- no songs about learning to brush one's teeth here.

Sonically, England's band and numerous guest performers (such as the Jellydots' Doug Snyder) perform admirably. Hyams gives the recording a warm, clear sound and brings out musical textures (the violin in "Do You Hear the Birds Singing?," the whistling and bike bells on "Bicycle") to keep the songs sounding fresh. And that song with Mates of State ("Place in Your Heart")? Every bit as awesome as you'd expect.

The album is most appropriate for kids ages 3 through 7.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My #1 Favorite Family Music Album November 4, 2011
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I am relatively new to Frances England -- several months ago I found I kept coming across her name when reading other music we've liked. My wife and I have a 2-year-old daughter. We all absolutely love this album (her most recent). I also think Family Tree is utterly fantastic. Fascinating Creatures (her first album) is good but we prefer the two more recent albums.
Frances England writes beautiful songs that celebrate the joy and wonder of childhood. I would love the lyrics as simply poems but with the wonderful music too her songs are a real treasure.
Frances is an amazing songwriter, musician, and singer. I absolutely love listening to her lush voice. I find it to be more agreeable to listen to over and over than some of the most vocally "bright" music like Laurie Berkner, although she has her place too. Vocally, she is more similar to Elizabeth Mitchell, whom we also like. In terms of comparing Frances England to Elizabeth Mitchell, they both have a folk influence, but Frances has several songs that are more like acoustic rock than strictly folk. Elizabeth writes some of her own songs but also does a lot of her own versions of folk songs, whereas Frances writes all her songs. And they are great!
Favorites on this album include the title track, which is a great upbeat song sung from the perspective of a toddler/preschooler (many of her songs are from the perspective of a kid) proposing some ingenious ideas such as "we could decorate the room with a hundred balloons" and "we could have lollipops for breakfast!" which mommy and daddy put the brakes on. Another favorite is "Place In Your Heart" which my daughter asks for as the "Wha-ah-oh-ooh" song because of the chorus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a delightful CD!
I heard this CD playing during storytime at our local library. I was enchanted right away so I checked it out. What a delight! Read more
Published on April 9, 2011 by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind of my own -Delightful.
I love Frances England's music.Having bought many copies of "Fascinating Creatures"and "Family Tree"for all the children of family and friends I eagerly awaited the launch of "Mind... Read more
Published on January 31, 2011 by Kay. Dublin
5.0 out of 5 stars A great CD for the whole family to enjoy together
We have all three of Frances England's CDs and my family enjoys all of them. Her newest CD, "Mind of My Own", is a rich mix of dance-worthy tunes and soothing melodies, with... Read more
Published on January 28, 2011 by Laura in VT
5.0 out of 5 stars Parents' Favorite Kid's Music
This is by far my favorite album of kid's music. The songs are fun and engaging for my daughter and I find myself wanting to skip very few tracks. Read more
Published on January 28, 2011 by Meregator
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites!
I love Frances' music! It's one of our very favorites... great to listen to for the kids AND me. And if you like Elizabeth Mitchell, another of my favorites, you'll love this as... Read more
Published on January 21, 2011 by CAmom
5.0 out of 5 stars A sound for my kid that I dig as well!
Fantastic music that's not just for our daughter. She's five and she loves it, of course, but it's right up there on my list as well. I listen to it even when she's not around! Read more
Published on January 20, 2011 by Grinell Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy, Snappy, Smart
I recently became aware of this album and I have to say, it's a bright spot in a sometimes cloudy world. This cheery music can really lift the spirit. Read more
Published on January 19, 2011 by GoJohnnyGoGoGoGo
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough!
Wish I could do a video review of my daughter dancing around to this fun, witty, lovely music. The first time she put the cd in, she hit repeat on every song, again and again, then... Read more
Published on January 19, 2011 by Krista Lucchesi
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