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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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Happy Freedom Day from Shanti Mom!

Happy Freedom Day from Shanti Mom!

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She was singing here…don’t remember the song. I don’t think it was the 4th of July, but it turned out to be a perfectly patriotic photo! We wish all of our faithful followers a Happy Independence Day! Thank you for your support over the last three years. Let freedom ring!

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Short and Sweet Saturday

Both of these darlings are definitely short and sweet. They make my days happy and fun. One I can claim as my own. The other, not so much. Just thought I’d share them with my little world and spread some sweetness to you!

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This one can’t be claimed as my own, but we sure spend a lot of time together. This is Trevor being one of the girls in his tiara.
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You know this one’s mine. She’s proud of her Tegu block creation of a house and it’s garage.
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2015, A Year Ago Today

Throw Back Thursday to 2015

Looking back at a post from January 21, 2015, Wealth Wednesday, just for the fun of it. It reflects a positive vibe I’ve been feeling today as well. Great things are happening for me. The universe seems to be on my side. Honestly, I want to shout from the rooftops, but might just keep my feet on the ground. Hoping everybody out there is feeling happy and uplifted! Wouldn’t want to hog this feeling all for myself.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Bubbles!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Bubbles!

This is a cropped photo of the bubbles from my wedding reception. I love how the light reflects off the bubbles, creating pretty pastels. I also like the happy memories it brings. The hand belongs to one of my brothers. He’s on my mind today.

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