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cELLAbration! A Tribute to Ella Jenkins

cELLAbration! A Tribute to Ella Jenkins

Fall 2004 Music
Ages: All Ages
CD Price: $12.00
Ella Jenkins, who has been sharing her love of music-all kinds of music-with young children for decades, was honored for her efforts at this year's Grammy Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award, the first children's music artist to be so honored. This delightful CD, produced by family music veterans Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, pays lively tribute to this still-active children's music pioneer in another way.

It features a host of Jenkins' noted friends and admirers singing 18 songs closely associated with her, some she wrote, some from her vast collection of folk and world music. A sampling: "You'll Sing a Song and I'll Sing a Song," with Cathy Fink; "Did You Feed My Cow?," with Sweet Honey in the Rock"; "Please Is a Pleasant Expression," with Tom Chapin" and "Jambo," with Red Grammer. Bill Harley lends his comic storytelling skill to Jenkins' "The World of Whickum Whackum" and the CD ends with a new musical tribute, "Sing Me a Song Again, Ella," with a children's chorus and jaunty accompaniment that includes some ukulele strumming, one of Jenkins' specialities.

Lynne Heffley   ©2004 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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