Ten random tunes from the “happy” playlist in iTunes:
“Melodie d’Amour” by Pete Seeger from the album Waist Deep in the Big Muddy and Other Love Songs (1967, 1:52).
“Paradise” by Ana Laan from some SXSW collection (2007, 2:47).
“Tape It (Mastered)” by WinterKids (3:37).
4.4 stars on average.
The iTunes Music Store rightly describes the last album as “almost magical in its enchanting simplicity.” A mother singing reggae with her toddler could be so saccharine as to be toxic, but Elizabeth Mitchell knows enough to let her daughter have fun with the song, even if she does start singing to her own beat for a while. That one track has more wisdom about parenting than some stroller-pushers you pass on the street seem to. God bless Smithsonian Folkways for releasing such simple gems.