You Are My Little Bird

You Are My Little Bird

by Elizabeth MitchellElizabeth Mitchell


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Rooted in tradition but with her own distinctive, breezy style, Elizabeth Mitchell offers a fresh, lively folk album that'll please little ones and their music-loving caregivers alike. As on her collaborative disc with Lisa Loeb, Catch the Moon, You Are My Little Bird focuses on the winsome sound of Mitchell's voice, backed by acoustic instruments, hand percussion, and harmonies from friends and family including her husband Dan Littleton and young daughter Storey Littleton. True to the album's folksy nature -- and its release through the lauded Smithsonian Folkways label, home to Pete Seeger and Ella Jenkins -- the song list includes tunes by Seeger (the irresistibly sweet "Little Bird, Little Bird," plucked on a banjo) and Woody Guthrie (the spare yet lively "Who's My Pretty Baby," outfitted with a Bo Diddley beat). From there, Mitchell tries her voice at non-English tunes such as the Korean "Pom Na Tu Ri (Springtime Outing)" and the Spanish "Los Pollitos (The Little Chicks)," which she says in the extensive liner notes that she discovered on a Folkways album by Suni Paz. From there, the adventurous singer introduces young fans to Vashti Bunyan (the singsongy "Lily Pond"), the Velvet Underground (a gently pulsing "What Goes On"), Gillian Welch (the blues-tinged "Winter's Come and Gone"), and Bob Marley ("Three Little Birds," which incorporates just enough youthful voices to add color without being cloying). With its decades-spanning repertoire and homespun arrangements, You Are My Little Bird plays like a soundtrack to a Saturday afternoon at the Mitchell-Littleton house - which, by the sound of it, would be a pretty nice place to spend the day.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2006
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074506325
catalogNumber: 45063
Rank: 2075


  1. Little Liza Jane
  2. Who's My Pretty Baby
  3. Zousan (Little Elephant)
  4. Little Bird, Little Bird
  5. Three Little Birds
  6. What Goes On
  7. Pom Na Tu Ri (Springtime Outing)
  8. Buckeye Jim
  9. Peace Like a River
  10. Los Pollitos
  11. Winter's Come and Gone
  12. Little Wing
  13. Lily Pond
  14. The North Wind
  15. If You Listen
  16. Down in the Valley
  17. Grassy Grass Grass

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elizabeth Mitchell   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Vocals,Wurlitzer
John Sebastian   Harmonica,Autoharp
Warren Defever   Bass,Bass Guitar
Dan Littleton   Banjo,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Harmonium,Hammond Organ,Viola,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Miggy Littleton   Percussion,Vocals
Jean Cook   Violin,Vocals
Charlotte "Coco" Constan   Vocals,Background Vocals
William "Boogie" Constan   Percussion,Vocals
Annika Enzien   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gabi Geujon   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kirsten Jacobson   Flute,Vocals
Hermina Littleton   Vocals
Athena Miros   Vocals,Background Vocals
Fenner Osmond Friedman   Vocals,Background Vocals
Daniel Littleton   Banjo,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Harmonium,Viola,Vocals,Hammond B3
Storey Littleton   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Woody Guthrie   Composer
Happy Traum   Liner Notes
Bob Marley   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Warren Defever   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Justin Guip   Engineer
Anthony Seeger   Liner Notes
Elizabeth Mitchell   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production,Song Notes
Gillian Welch   Composer
Micky Jones   Composer
David Rawlings   Composer
Ida Pearle   Artwork
Vashti   Composer
Mickey Jones   Composer
Tommy Brown   Composer
Hugh Musick   Liner Notes

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