Monday, March 8, 2010

We've Been Wearing These Ones Out...

These albums have been our absolute favorites around here lately. I'll have to take a picture of the play count on our iTunes someday, it's pretty amazing. I've linked each artist to a site so that you can check them out as well!!

Elizabeth Mitchell. You Are My Little Bird and You Are My Sunshine.

Elizabeth Mitchell is the best children's musician I have discovered in a really long time. The folk songs on each album have been carefully selected and beautifully rewritten. Elizabeth's songs range from traditional folk songs to newer children's rhymes and she covers artists such as The Velvet Underground, Bob Marley, and Woodie Guthrie. Elizabeth's voice is soft and happy. Her songs are simple yet incredibly beautiful. A lot of the tracks feature a child singing along with her, her voice unedited and innocently raw. I like these albums the best because the songs are easy to sing along to and very catchy. I'm always singing them to Henry during bath, breastfeeding, riding in the car...These albums capture the beautiful simplicity of childhood.

We like: Crawdad, You Are My Sunshine, Little Bird, Three Little Birds.

Iron and Wine. Our Endless Numbered Days.

I have always loved this album. The songs remind me of summers in college and saying goodbye to beautiful friends. Sam Beam's raspy voice is a perfect match for the intricate guitar parts in each song and although Henry doesn't realize it yet, his lyrics are just as beautiful. A few songs feature piano as well, their melodies soft and warm. When Henry's upset, I place him on my chest and turn on this album. We've spent many hours rocking back and forth in the kitchen to "Passing Afternoon" where he usually sighs and quiver-breathes until he's calmed himself down into a peaceful state, which is exactly how this album makes you feel.

We like: Passing Afternoon, Sodom South Georgia, Sunset Soon Forgotten, Such Great Heights.

The Innocence Mission. Now the Day is Over.

The Innocence Mission is a beautiful husband and wife band. Their songs have always been my favorite and when I noticed some years back that they had created an entire album of lullabies, I knew that someday my baby would fall asleep to this every night. Each song is beautiful and very soothing, the album in its entirety is incredibly dream like. I love that rather than covering traditional lullabies, they have chosen songs that are more unique (and equally as sleep-inducing!)

We like: By-Lo, It Is Well With My Soul, Your Love Goes With Me, Edelweiss.

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Rose said...

I replied to your comment on my blog about cloth diapers, then came here to check out your blog and was surprised to see we did a post on the same topic today! Thanks for the new music recommendations!

It looks like we have a lot in common, (I'm also a teacher and we have similar taste in music and movies) based on your about me page. The bigger coincidence (to me) is that Henry was our top name choice if we'd had a boy. I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog!

Ailen said...

I love Iron and Wine. I can listen to the trapeze swinger over and over. I'll definitely be checking out your other kid music recommendations, we are always on the lookout for good tunes for Luki!

alliehallmarr said...

Trapeze Swinger is such a beautiful song, I don't think I could ever tire of listening to it! Hope you enjoy the rest of the music, it's so much fun when they are old enough to start dancing to your favorite songs :)

andrea said...

wow, these are great picks!! I'm always looking for good songs to play to Bresho. You have definitely inspired me with these picks!!! xxox

alliehallmarr said...

Glad you like them, Andrea! They are so much fun, I really can't get enough of Elizabeth Mitchell, especially now that Spring is finally arriving!

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