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Sweet Sounds with Little Miss Ann

Sweet as sweet can be! This collection called Keep On, by Little Miss Ann, is just downright adorable! We feel like we’re sitting right there with Ann and Amy D. in a circle with instruments and snapping fingers, just like in music class! Their voices are friendly, loving, and happy, creating a beautiful experience for children and their families. We especially love Where is Thumbkin? and it’s unique arrangement of verses and bridges. But the one that caught my heart for sure is L.O.V.E., a catchy, harmonious tune that reminds us of all the wonderful ways we can love each other! Certainly an excellent reminder, no matter who you are.

And you know what else? They’re from Chicago so they’ve got to be good people!

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Keep On is available TODAY on Amazon and iTunes. Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary copy in exchange for this review.

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“Chicago, February 1 ~ Little Miss Ann has enjoyed national acclaim and a fervent following for her upbeat, down-to-earth and interactive folksy music. Her fifth album of hopeful and happy songs, Keep On, is the result of a collaboration with children’s music newcomer Amy D. Keep On will be available from various music retailers and from littlemissann.com on February 17.

Recorded in the Hudson Valley of New York with Grammy-winning producer Dean Jones, Keep On ranges in musical styles. Grownups will appreciate the 50’s doo-wop sounding song, “L.O.V.E.,” the Andrew Bird-meets-Liz Phair ode to Chicago “The 606,” as well as re-imagined traditional favorites like the Johnny Cash-esque “Where Is Thumbkin?” and a spirited Calypso song that originated in Jamaica called “Hill and Gully Rider.” There’s even a springy-swingy rendition of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” blending sweet harmonies, mandolin, and a toy piano. As Jones says, “These two complement each other perfectly. If it sounds like we were having fun it’s because we were. These songs come straight from the heart!”

Guest artists include Latin Grammy winner 123 Andrés and Tim Sutton from Ratboy Jr.

New to the independent family music scene and originally hailing from Nashville, Amy D sings and plays violin, mandolin, melodica, and piano. After meeting at a kids’ music class in Chicago, Ann and Amy discovered that they had many things in common, musically and culturally.  Amy D joined Little Miss Ann’s band in 2015, and the musical connection led to the process of writing and recording the songs of Keep On. Ann and Amy provide a fresh take on the tradition of sing-along, call-and-response style of trailblazers like Chicago-based Ella Jenkins, Raffi, Elizabeth Mitchell, and other enduring artists of the genre. 

Indeed, the songs grew out of both artists’ experiences in working with families: Ann in education (including Chicago’s historic Old Town School of Folk Music) and Amy in social work. Their common Filipino backgrounds inspired two of their original songs: “Ube,” about a cherished Filipino staple, the purple yam, and “The Senses Song,” which mentions halo-halo and lychee, sweet treats from Filipino cuisine. Other songs on the album, like “The 606,” are firmly rooted in Chicago’s vibrant scene.

See the Little Miss Ann Band, featuring Amy D,
in concert on February 26 at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago!

Little Miss Ann will also perform a show with Suzi Shelton at Jalopy in Brooklyn, NY, on March 26.” 

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They Stood Up, So Should We

“We Stood Up” Makes Me Want To

As America transitions into this new Presidential term and citizens are divided on so many important issues, I sincerely hope that children and their parents are listening to stories and songs like the ones in We Stood Up: Reflections on the Civil Rights Movement. Never have I heard a more comprehensive and poignant sampling of speeches, conversations, testimonies, and poetry from a span of generations affected by the Civil Rights Movement. The moving words of MLK Jr., Maya Angelou, and John Lewis are interspersed with songs that will make you stop and listen. Among the best is the song, Love. Simple, beautiful, and important, especially now. The title song, We Stood Up, represents the story of Rosa Parks and the Greensboro Five with an excellent rap. I can just see students across the country learning the words, choreographing their own dances, and performing this with pride for their parents and communities.

Best of all, this collection is FREE to educators and non-profit organizations!

Get it. Share it.

‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world.’   Mahatma Ghandi

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“Freedom, Opportunity, Equality: Civil Rights Leaders and Musicians Share Stories and Songs on New Album
We Stood Up: Reflections on the Civil Rights Movement

featuring John Lewis

On MLK Day, we wanted to remind you about an important anthology album for kids about the civil rights movement – We Stood Up: Reflections on the Civil Rights Movement. The producer of the album and sample tracks will air on WXPN Radio’s “Kids Corner” show, streaming live on xpn.org beginning at 7 pm ET.

We Stood Up offers a wealth of recordings to inspire children. Interviews with civil rights icons and standard-bearers – John Lewis, Shirley Franklin, Andrew Young, and the late Julian Bond, among several others with compelling stories to share with their young interviewers – talk about their experiences struggling for freedom and equality.
The album also features poems, including Maya Angelou‘s “Caged Bird” and Sonia Sanchez reading “Catch the Fire.” The title track and other original songs are performed by various artists (David Tobocman, Tim Kubart, Renee Stahl Dektor, Rhythm Child, Mista Cookie Jar, The Hollow Trees, and more).
 
Educators and nonprofit organizations may download the album, with related curricula, for free from this special Songs and Stories pageWe Stood Up is the latest of Lincoln Financial Foundation’s ongoing “Celebrate Lincoln’s Legacy” educational outreach programs.”