Elizabeth Miitchell: 'Little Seed' album review

By Meghan Giannotta,

At the age of twenty-four, Elizabeth Mitchell wandered into a record store to find an album of children’s music that would later become one of her own. The original album, Songs to Grow on for Mother and Child, was composed and performed by Woody Guthrie. Now, years later Mitchell has released her new album entitled Little Seed, which is her own compilation of performances based on songs written by Woody Guthrie.

Throughout the album, Mitchell is joined by other artists to help her perform her songs. In the tracks ‘Little Seed’ and ‘Riding in the Car,’ young children’s voices help add a youthful tone to her music. Hearing these children’s voices on the tracks helps to encourage young listeners to sing along.

She combines all of her songs with a relaxing guitar accompaniment, and each song tells a story of what may be going on in a child’s playful mind. "Riding in the Car" takes Mitchell and her three-year-old niece, Athena, on a journey during a not-so-normal ride in the car.

While most of the songs on this album have a mellow tone due to her guitar playing and soothing voice, there are a few songs that are more upbeat. "Bling Blang," for example, creates a melody that mother and child could dance along to together.

Mitchell performs her songs at local libraries for children. On her blog, she explained that once she performed "Bling Blang," children and parents began to sing and dance together, creating a fun environment.

Mitchell’s album is currently available for download on Amazon for ten dollars.



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