Songs to Grow On for Mother and Child
Woody Guthrie, the Okie troubadour who chronicled his times in song, is perhaps most well-known for his folk ballad “This Land Is Your Land.” But he also wrote lots of delightful children’s songs, mostly for his own young children. Collected here are 18 classics, and as Guthrie states in his liner notes, “I really did try to slant these songs at all of you citizens from four to six, but I spilled over a little on every side…” With a playful inventiveness with words and language, he celebrates some of the simple but important concerns in young children’s lives (bathtime, bedtime, eating, getting bigger, and the adoring attention of their parents) in songs such as “I Want My Milk (I Want It Now),” “Washy-y, Wash Wash (Warshy Little Tootsy),” “Little Sugar (Little Saka Sugar),” “I’ll Eat You, I’ll Drink You,” and “Goodnight Little Arlo (Goodnight Little Darlin’).” Accompanying himself on guitar, harmonica, and various percussion instruments, including castanets, rattles/shakers, and drums, Guthrie’s simple, touching vocals will make you want to sing along and get up and move. That’s what Guthrie hoped they would do – “I want to see you join right in, do what your kids do. Let your kids teach you how to play and how to act these songs out…Get your whole fam damily into the fun.” This recording is also available on audiocassette.