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You Are My Sunshine

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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.

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2016)
  • Original Release Date: April 1, 2016
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: VIRTUAL LABEL GROUP
  • ASIN: B00007LB2W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Mr Joseph M. Goldberg on December 2, 2003
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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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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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I've run into some pretty lame children's music. Elizabeth Mitchell's 'You are my Sunshine' is not in that category.
I first listened to 'Catch the Moon' with Lisa Loeb accompanying Mitchell and fell in love. I've collected everything she's put out there children's music-wise. She's also in an Indie band called 'Ida' that has a Kim Deal feel from 'Belly'.
This c.d. is warm, honest, and playful with voice/s set to eclectic and intelligent folk-ish/Rock and Roll/Ska music with the foundation of acoustic guitars, children's toy instruments, and harmony. A solid album.
There's something so right about a children's version of Leadbelly's 'Goodnight Irene'.
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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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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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