Sunny Day: Elizabeth Mitchell’s Newest CD

Elizabeth Mitchell: Sunny Day

'Sunny Day' offers "handmade music" which invites listeners to join in. As Amanda Blake Soule, the author of "The Creative Family," notes in the 28-page full-color booklet enclosed with 'Sunny Day,' "These songs bring our attention to the magical, mysterious, fabulous and special simple moments of everyday living." They provide a soundtrack to brighten any day, "inspiring family connection and togetherness," as Sooule says.

Elizabeth Mitchell’s new CD, Sunny Day, came out earlier this month and at just the right time for my family.

With the air getting crisper and school back in session, kids will invariably pick up (and bring home) fall colds. It’s no fun for anyone. When both mommy and child are feeling under the weather the best thing for everyone is to relax and take it easy.

Yes, I realize this is easier said than done, but Elizabeth’s soothing voice and mellow tunes really helped my son to calm down, rest, and focus on getting better rather than on how awful he felt. And that helped mommy feel better, too!

Elizabeth sings many traditional folk songs from around the world, but combines them in her seamless style. Her voice and arrangements are soft and safe; you can’t help but feel comfortable and comforted while listening to her music. It’s perfect music for after-school-wind-down time, for snuggling, or for just feeling happy and at home.

To get a feel for Elizabeth’s style, try listening to her version of Mr. Rabbit or the Japanese song Ooki Na Kuri No Ki No Shita De (Under the Big Chestnut Tree), two of our favorite songs on the new album.

If you’re looking for something easy to listen to, something you can pop in the CD player when you’ve just about had it with all the noise and the distractions, you’ve found it. Relax. You’re entire family deserves it!


Amber BobnarAmber Bobnar

Amber lives with her husband and son in Watertown, MA. Originally hailing from Hawaii, Amber and her family moved to Watertown to be closer to the Perkins School for the Blind where her son attends preschool. She has a Master’s degree in English from Tufts University and spends most of her “free time” writing about being a parent of a disabled child on or about the family’s musical adventures around Boston on But really most of her time is spent caring for and playing with her little boy. (Originally posted at Boston Children’s Music.)

HFVS Music Giveaway: Go Waggaloo by Sarah Lee Guthrie and Family

New Music Giveaway: Go Waggaloo by Sarah Lee Guthrie and Family

Featuring Woody Guthrie drawings on the cover art and booklet, ‘Go Waggaloo’ will entertain every member of every family.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings recently sent us a CD by local Western Massachusetts musician Sarah Lee Guthrie and Family, Go Waggaloo, her debut family album. The 13-track disc features her husband, Johnny Irion, their two daughters, and a host of other family and friends including her father Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Pete’s grandson Tao Rodriguez Seeger. An absolutely fantastic group of friends and family and an equally fantastic collection of both original and traditional folk music, including three songs featuring lyrics by Sarah’s grandfather Woody Guthrie from the Smithsonian Folkways archives never before put to music. The allurement of Sarah’s vocals, the originality of new songs and the familiarness of traditional folk music sung by folk music legends, make Go Waggaloo a “Grade A” family album! My daughter and I both love this new alum. We can’t stop playing it!

Arlo Guthrie writes in the introduction of this CD, “If you have enough kid left inside yourself somewhere for these songs to make sense, consider yourself lucky. They are building blocks of who you are and where you come from. I love songs that are inspired and/or written by kids themselves and not by the people who think they know what’s good for you.”

To find out more about Sarah Lee Guthrie and her husband, Johnny Irion, visit their web site at


Your chance to win Sarah Lee Guthrie and Family debut family album, Go Waggaloo, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply:

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW (one entry per household) and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) You must include your town and state to be eligible.
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  5. We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 11/04/09 @ 7pm (EST).


To continue to spread the word about this album, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is offering listeners the opportunity to stream the entire album for free until November 3rd, 2009 HERE.

Additionally, SFR is running a contest on their Facebook page where they ask listeners to define what they think “Go Waggaloo” means. The first 200 people who comment each get a free download from Smithsonian Folkways.

  • HOLIDAY GIFT: This would make a great holiday gift! If you don’t win, you can find copies HERE for sale.
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