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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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More from Sugar Mountain PR:

“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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More from Sugar Mountain PR:

“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.”
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Musical Love Letter in “You’ve Got Me”

Musical Love Letter in “You’ve Got Me” by Sara Lovell…

It comes out tomorrow and you’re going to want it. What an amazing mix between sweet love songs from parent to child and bouncy, upbeat songs to play after making a dance floor in the living room! You can DANCE LIKE THERE’S MUSIC IN YOUR PANTS or sing to somebody you really like, I CAN TELL WE’RE GONNA BE FRIENDS.  When it’s quiet time or the sun has set, enjoy these two adorable ballads: NIGHT NIGHT GOLDEN SUN and AN UNBREAKABLE CORD. 

You can feel the love and adoration between mother and son in Sara’s voice, lyrics, and emotion. Share this musical love letter with your little darlings!

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More from Waldmania PR:

Celebrating the unbreakable connection between parent and child, independent recording artist Sara Lovell takes an adventurous leap forward with her fourth album — her first for kids and families — Youve Got Me, set for release on September 16.

A professional singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with wide-ranging musical interests and three critically praised albums to her credit, Sara Lovell moved to Berkeley from Los Angeles several years ago with a desire to create a permanent home and become a parent.  She’s now a full-time, single mom of an imaginative six-year-old who loves to paint his face and dance in front of the mirror.

Sara Lovell says, “Youve Got Me is most definitely a love letter to my son, as well as a love letter to other parents and children: to parents who sing and tell stories to their kids and to the children who flourish with joy and creativity.”

With a vividly perceptive eye, a vast musical landscape, and a voice rich in both purity and nuanced detail, Youve Got Me follows a day in the life of a child, beginning with a song to rouse even the sleepiest sleepyhead and concluding with a reflective lullaby as the sun goes down.

Furry alligator puppies, runaway socks, musical skeletons and flying ships are just a few of the wonders to be encountered in Sara Lovell’s fanciful world.  With Youve Got Me, it is apparent that Sara is not so much singing to children as she is reporting back with love from a magical landscape she inhabits.

Youve Got Me effortlessly incorporates genres as diverse as ’70s-influenced pop, reggaeton, Afro-Caribbean, klezmer, and lounge.  Album highlights include a great blast of energy on “Dance Like There’s Music In Your Pants,” a deliciously spooky number, “The Skeleton Band,” the driving “I Can’t Wait,” and the Harry Nilsson-esque “Off To Bed We Go.”  Passionate gospel-influenced vocals are featured on the album’s title track, a heartfelt pledge of friendship and love.

Sara Lovell explains, “I’ve been a composer and songwriter for the majority of my life, but I put music-making on hold for a while when I made plans to become a parent. I moved to a new city, renovated my house, set up my recording studio and got on the waiting list for adoption.  My beautiful son came, and for the next four and a half years I hummed and sang little bits and pieces of songs and played one-armed lullabies into my phone recorder.  Slowly more brain cells returned, my son became more independent, I began compiling the song snippets (some for grown-ups, too) and I played a few for my producer, Monica Pasqual.  She suggested I finish one of the kids’ songs first, so I completed ‘Off To Bed We Go,’ and the rest came pouring out!”

Youve Got Me will be available at amazon.com, iTunes, CDBaby, and saralovell.com.

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Last in my series: ‘Mom to Mom’

And finally, the last in my magazine series, Mom to Mom…a little message about patriotism from July 4th. It was part of an issue that honored the military families in our community. We love our service men and women in Nocatee!

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Proud to be an American

By: Libby Blumberg

Many consider one of the prides of Nocatee to be our military families. We respect them for their sacrifice and patriotism. They serve as excellent examples for all of us as we show pride in our country and gratefulness for our freedom. We do our best to support them during times of deployments and frequent re-locations.

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Whether or not we are directly affected by the life of a military family, we can certainly teach our children about patriotism, freedom, and independence from a very young age. A song that my daughter and her two/three year old classmates love to sing goes a little like this:

“This is our flag,

Red, white, and blue,

Before it we stand,

Loyal and true.”

Simple, sweet, and to the point. Our little ones don’t need much more than that to realize the significance of our flag and the reasons we stand with our hand on our heart or a salute at our brow, honoring Old Glory. Stand ‘loyal and true’ this Independence Day, and always, with your children by your side.

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Silent Sunday

silent sundayOn Silent Sunday, my thoughts are with the families and friends who lost their loved ones 20 years ago today.