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You Are My Sunshine

Elizabeth MitchellAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Froggie Went a Courtin' by Elizabeth Mitchell from Blue Clouds (Smithsonian Folkways)


Elizabeth Mitchell, a Smithsonian Folkways Recording artist, has been recording and performing music for children since 1998. Elizabeth was the first new children's music artist signed to Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in the 21st century. She has released seven albums of children's music, including her 2006 release, You Are My Little Bird, which was voted Best Children's Album of ... Read more in Amazon's Elizabeth Mitchell Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 10, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Little Bird Records
  • ASIN: B00007LB2W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,136 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. So Glad I'm Here
2. Skip To My Lou
3. Ladybug Picnic
4. Hey Bo Diddley
5. Crawdad
6. Alphabet Dub
7. Car Car
8. Ooby Dooby
9. You Are My Sunshine
10. Goin Down the Road
11. Black Jack Baby
12. Jubilee
13. Here Comes My Baby
14. Three Is the Magic Number
15. Froggy Went A Courtin
16. Irene Goodnight

Editorial Reviews

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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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parents, keep your street cred and enchant your home December 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This might be the best children's album I've ever heard. Mitchell's soothing voice and folky instrumentation (toy pianos, acoustic guitars, sing-alongs) evoke memories of my own childhood, sitting around campfires, wide-eyed and transfixed at the magical stories spun by a guitarist through her music. The songs range from sad to charming to silly (the ABC's in reggae?). The set covers almost all the bases of children's folk music, with some well chosen standards ("Skip To My Lou," including some silly new verses) and covers (Schoolhouse Rock's "3 is the Magic Number" and "Goodnight Irene" by Leadbelly). The standout track is the traditional piece "Froggy Went a Courtin" (which has also been covered by the venerable Bob Dylan, to give you an idea of Mitchell's skill in song selection). It's the irreverent story of Mr. Frog and Miss. Mouse's wedding...but only after her uncle rat gives his blessing! Finally, the added bonus of owning this disc is that since Mitchell is from the indie band Ida, you can still keep your street cred among your hip but non-child-having buddies.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listening to this music is like coming home August 4, 2008
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I stumbled across this album while searching for another Brady Rymer album for my kids. My wife and I have the privilege of parenting 4 small children (our oldest just turned 5), and music is a big part of our lives.

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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't ask for better December 7, 2004
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
My Husband bought this CD for me when I was pregnant with our first child. My sister and I sang 'You are My Sunshine' to each other growing up and still do if we need to be cheered up. My husband heard a review of the album on National Public Radio and knew it was the perfect gift for me. He knew I loved folk and acoustic music.

After our son was born playing the album during our evening nursing sessions was a mainstay through the first four months. Now we keep the album in the car. We have a long commute to get grocery's and run errands so it keeps him very happy B-Boppin to 'Take you Ridin in the Car', 'BoDiddly', and 'The Ladybug Picnic'. My sister now sings 'You are my Sunshine' to her nephew and he loves it - I can't wait until he can sing along with her. Your children will love the album and so will you. I worked in early childhood education for several years and it is by far one of the best children's album I have heard.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful album! July 9, 2008
By saguaro
Format:Audio CD
This album not only has sweet songs that are familiar, but Elizabeth's voice is so naturally soothing. and the guitar and other music is so fun and vibrant considering it is soft music, the very first time i played it i had a smile stuck on my face through nearly every song and I still smile when i hear/sing these songs a year later! And as vain as it may sound, one of the most wonderful things about this album is that her voice is low and folksy, making it easy for me to sing along and also to sing the songs without the cd (for fun with my baby and also when he is upset). this cd calms my little guy every time he is upset and makes him smile when he hears the little kids singing and making little noises on the cd. This cd was a great blessing to me because i love singing to my baby and this album gave me a wonderful repertoire.
The only drawback for me is that a couple of the songs have somewhat sad words (not everyone cares about the words, but i do, esp since i am interested in learning songs to sing for my baby) and i don't really like singing the sad songs to him (maybe he doesn't even notice?). But the vast majority of the songs are sweet and catchy and not too babyish to where you get really sick of them.
It is a gem of an album and I feel so lucky to have stumbled upon it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and relaxing July 29, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I am a nanny who first heard this cd at one on my family's home. The child enjoyed it and I enjoyed it. I get tired of hearing Thomas the Train and Raffi, and so I bought this CD for the two other families I work for. They thought it was a great gift, and I finally found some music both the children and I could enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! March 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD recently for my 18 month old son and we just can't get enough of it! I wasn't surprised that it was good since my husband, son and I are huge fans of Catch the Moon but HOW good it was just blew me away.

Elizabeth's voice is so soothing and the music is so interesting and eclectic - folk, rock and roll, ska - that you just can't stop playing it. My son loves the ABC song in particular.

Bottom line - Elizabeth Mitchell is a genius at making tried and true childrens songs inviting, interesting and downright dreamy! No annoying kids songs here. YAY!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty voice...
Best song on there is Title song. Her voice is so soothing and peaceful, child like even. The Ladybugs picnic was a nice surprise throw back too.
Published 3 days ago by M. Dali
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
A big hit for my grandson. Love it.
Published 6 days ago by Terry Goings
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great songs and very soothing!
Published 10 days ago by C. Kendrick
5.0 out of 5 stars So cute, nice and calm
So much kids' music is so obnoxious, I love this CD for how nice and calm it is. Easy to sing along to, my one year old loves dancing to it and especially likes the little... Read more
Published 2 months ago by JackieG
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!
What a great CD for the entire family! My son (18 months) clapped after every song after hearing it for the first time. He loves it, as do I:)
Published 9 months ago by James Spicer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
Love this. Easy to listen to and relaxing . Not at al like some of the other annoying children's cd we have.
Published 10 months ago by shana fleiss
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely CD
The kids really like this one. Some familiar songs and some new ones. They enjoy music while in the car and this is one of the favorites.
Published 11 months ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
We love this cd. My son has picked up on the songs quickly and loves to sing along. Great cd for both mom and kiddos!
Published 12 months ago by Elizabeth C. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, pretty mellow, almost like lullabies
This is nice background music for the kids, although not the kind you sing along and dance to. I put it on for them when I want them to relax. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
My son is 15 months and he loves Elizabeth MItchell's music. I also enjoy her music, they are so much more entertaining than typical children's music.
Published 14 months ago by TD
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