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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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Justin Robert’s Lemonade is Sweet!

Justin’s CD, Lemonade, takes me back to my middle school days with the song Dodgeball. How I dreaded that game! And the way he ‘do-wops’ his way through the song with repeated D’s fits the fast paced, cut throat idea behind it. I’m thankful that he makes me laugh about something I hated so much.

The collection of songs is fun and silly, yet touching and sweet. My daughter likes Must Be This Tall and Me And My Kangaroo. She’s tall for a four year old and has surprised me with her bravery on a couple of rides. Disney World is our next adventure. We shall see.

How Lucky We Are brings the sweetness. Justin’s voice and lyrics gently and lovingly remind us of our simple blessings.

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5/29/13 10:03:03 AM —
Justin Roberts and his Not Ready for Naptime Band
. © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2013

You can find this CD and more about Justin Roberts on his website. Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary CD in exchange for this review.

 

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Sweet Treats from the Recess Monkeys

Sweet Treats from the Recess Monkeys

Recess Monkey‘s new album, Novelties, comes out on Friday January 17th! You can stream it, download it, or buy the CD from Amazon.

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“Recess Monkey is a nationally acclaimed trio of teachers – Jack Forman (vocals, bass), Drew Holloway (lead vocals, guitar) and Korum Bischoff (drummer) – who make smart rock and pop music for kids and families. Time Out New York named them as one of the top three family music bands in America, and as USA Today notes, “There are bands you can’t go wrong with, and this is one of them.” The band tours nationally and has appeared at Symphony Space in NYC, World Café Live in Philadelphia, The Getty Museum in Los Angeles and with Teatro ZinZanni and the Seattle Symphony in their home town, among many other venues. Recess Monkey also leads Seattle’s Kindiependent artist collective. Most weekdays, young fans around the world chat with Forman during his “Live from the Monkey House” show on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Their previous 12 albums have won numerous awards and international acclaim. To learn more about Recess Monkey visit www.recessmonkey.com and get updates on their Facebook page.”

Do you like donuts? Well, it’s Time to Make the Donuts according to this trio of entertaining rockers. Check out the You Tube video of this song from Novelties as well as its FREE download. You can get the free download until 6/23. It’s only one of the many quirky songs you and your family will love.

“Kids and families will hear playful wordplay in tracks like “Sweaty Yeti” and “Chasing My Tail” while some songs will capture child-friendly moments, whether it’s a “Piggyback” ride or “Time To Make the Donuts.“

Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for my complimentary album download in exchange for this review.

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I Believe in Little Things

Thank you Waldmania PR for my complimentary copy of I Believe in Little Things in exchange for this review.

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It’s hard to believe I haven’t been shouting from the rooftops about Diana Panton’s CD, I Believe in Little Things. As a Norah Jones fan, I was immediately drawn to Diana’s sound in the first track, In a World of My Own. Diana has that same soft, sweet sound as Norah, but of course, is completely unique. Her renditions of a few familiar tunes like Pure Imagination and When You Wish Upon a Star are beautifully unique as well, with the extra bonus of singing right along. This CD is for all ages, but be sure to share it with your children at bed time. They will fall in love with Hushabye Mountain and Slumber My Darling…perfect songs for sweet dreams and a good night sleep.

 

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HAMILTON, ONTARIO — As winner of the 2015 JUNO Award for Best Vocal Jazz Recording for her album, RED, along with a multitude of other accolades, Diana Panton is accustomed to the praise that comes with being recognized as one of Canada’s leading jazz vocalists.  With her first album for children and families, I Believe in Little Things,Diana Panton is ready to bring her special brand of sweet and sincere swinging elegance straight to the hearts of the young and old alike.

I Believe in Little Things is at once a carefully curated anthology of under-appreciated gems and a collection of classic children’s masterpieces from DIsney, Sesame Street, Willy Wonka, and more.

While the string that perfectly ties the album together is the authentic jazz sound and style of Diana Panton‘s exquisite voice, the players all have stellar credentials of their own, starting with Order of Canada recipient Don Thompson’s splendid command of the piano, his tasteful mastery of the vibraphone, and his big, beautiful acoustic bass lines, not to mention the outstanding contribution of his musical arrangements.

In addition, the listener is treated to delightful cello artistry from internationally recognized Coenraad Bloemendal and superb playing from award-winning jazz guitarist Reg Schwager. This altogether extraordinary album should be part of every contemporary child’s experience.  Its polished delivery of wisely chosen lyrics and opulent creativity offer a respite of calm in an often-turbulent world.  The artistry of the performers is truly world class.

I Believe in Little Things establishes its tone with the beautiful, warm sound of “In a World of My Own” from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, as sung by Diana Panton in both English and French.  Coenraad Bloemendal’s lovely cello solo introduces the song “Alice in Wonderland,” also sung in English and French by Diana Panton, with wonderfully inventive jazz improvisation by pianist Don Thompson, who also contributes some solid bass playing to support guitarist Reg Schwager and cellist Coenraad Bloemendal.  Thompson and Schwager were members of The George Shearing Quartet, and Thompson’s arrangement of “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka is straight out of the George Shearing playbook.

Since her debut release in 2005, Diana Panton‘s career has predictably gathered incredible momentum. With seven critically acclaimed albums,Diana‘s impressive catalog has garnered numerous honors, including theJUNO win for RED, two Silver Disc Awards in Japan, three prior JUNO nominations, eight Hamilton Music Awards, and a host of National Jazz Awards and Canadian and US Indie nominations.  She was a first place jury selection to perform at the Jazz à Juan Révélations in France, where she was voted Premiere Dauphine by the Juan public.  Her albums have had Top 10 jazz chart success in Hong Kong, Japan, and Taiwan.  Recently she was named one of Canada’s Top 5 Jazz Vocalists by CBC radio host Tim Tamashiro.

I Believe in Little Things will be available in the U.S. from Amazon.com, Eastwind Imports, and iTunes.  In Canada, the album is available from Amazon.ca, iTunes.ca, and at retail locations such as HMV, Atelier Grigorian, and Archambault in Quebec.

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Our Sweet Emma Grace is Four!

Four years ago today, our sweet Emma Grace came into our lives. She answered our prayers and is the light of our lives. She’s our one and only. Happy Birthday precious girl! Thank you for your smile, laugh, wit, and spunk!

 

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