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Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie

Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie

Fall 2012 Music
Ages: 3 - 9 yrs.
CD Price: $11.99

Elizabeth Mitchell's light, effortless soprano and natural warmth shine on her latest release Little Seed. On this compilation album, Mitchell's talents match the simplicity of the timeless songs by Woody Guthrie, who spun their melodies, lyrics and wordplay with the first-hand knowledge of a father's heart and a child's wonder. "Rattle rattle rattle/skiddle my skaddle" ("Rattle My Rattle"), "My pony runs to the music and drums/Round and round and round" ("Merry-Go-Round"), "I'm a little baby a few days old/I'm a little snick-snack some days old" ("One Day Old")-the nonsense words have a joyful rubber ball bounce, while the songs overall evoke play and family togetherness in a gentler world without electronic distractions. No museum pieces, Guthrie's songs are alive and thriving in the tender care of Mitchell and her fine cadre of fellow acoustic musicians.

Lynne Heffley   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Lynne was a staff writer for 25 years at the Los Angeles Times where she established and maintained the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat and was a general arts reporter. As a freelance writer and editor, Lynne is currently working in the arts and family entertainment fields.

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