Little Miss Ann | Music for Tots

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Music for Tots

by Little Miss Ann

Feel the Love. Little Miss Ann's cd will have kids (and parents) humming and tapping along to the tunes. Her voice is warm and her spirit shines through. Little Miss Ann and her drummin' husband create a quirky and melodic folk pop experience.
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1. Hello
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2. Sing a Rainbow
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3. Pirate Ship
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4. Dance with your Daddy
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5. You are my Sunshine
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6. Edamame
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7. There's a Little Wheel
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8. Moon Jelly
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9. Freight Train
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10. Golden Slumbers
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In a great city called Chicago there is a 5'2 woman (thus the name) playing a guitar and singing tunes for kids. "Little Miss Ann" has been teaching at the pride of Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music for 3 years. Here she sings with the wee ones and their "not-so-bad" parents tunes that they can't get out of their heads.

"Little Miss Ann" brings a different sound and face to kids music. She uses her experience as a first-generation filipina-american woman, a Chicago Public school teacher, mother, and band frontwoman to inspire a grand ole time. "Little Miss Ann" and her husband enjoyed making this kids' cd together. After putting their 4-year old daughter down to bed, they would go down into the basement of their home and practice their tunes together. Take a listen at what they have created together.

This album is being used in many educational settings especially public and Montessori Pre-school and Kindergarten classrooms!

Warren Truitt of Children's Music that Rocks says "Torralba and her husband have recorded an album of songs that are really ... well, for lack of a better term, groovy, but I mean that in the best way possible. The production is very warm and intimate, and there are lots of killer harmonies."

The Lovely Mrs. Davis says that Music for Tots by Little Miss Ann (Ann Torralba) is a fabulous album by a teacher from Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. With a mix of traditional songs and Torralba originals, the album has a folk-rock feel with rich vocals and a beautiful mix of simple instrumentation (guitar, pan flute, tin whistle, percussion, bass). Torralba's cover of "You Are My Sunshine" is one of the album's high points, but all 10 tracks are enjoyable.

Lou Carlozo from The Chicago Tribune wrote:
Little Miss Ann (Ann Torralba)

The lowdown: A folk rocker with tasty influences: Rickie Lee Jones, Joanna Newsom, Pink Floyd ("early Pink Floyd," she stresses) and The Beatles.

Not kidding: As mom to 5-year-old Olivia, Little Miss Ann has truesidewalk-chalk cred. She started singing to Olivia's play group four years ago; prior, she played Empty Bottle and Schubas in the quirk-folk outfit Jank. Her former day gig? Working with autistic public school kids.

Why we like her: On her CD "Music for Tots," Torralba brings tender invention to chestnuts such as "Pirate Ship"; the original "Moon Jelly" oozes toy xylophone zing. She uses Olivia on backup vocals and husband Patrick Milani on drums. Plus, she hopes to be a role model for female
and Philippine-American artists.

Grade: B+. By picking up a guitar and playing children's music, Little Miss Ann redefines "supermom."

Little Miss Ann's cd has been played on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, WLUW Kids Play, Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl, and Gooney Bird Kids!

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Genevieve

LOVE IT!!
We love this CD in my house and listen to it ALL the time. My daughters (ages 4 and 2)are always asking me to put it on so they can dance and I find myself humming the songs for the rest of the day. I'm not sure who likes it more!!!
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Cheryl Cox

a great alternative to Ella Jenkins!
Not only do the 3-6 year-old children in my Montessori classroom enjoying dancing to "Pirate Ship", but my almost two-year-old daughter requests it every time we are in the car. "More Miss Ann!" "You Are My Sunshine" and "Dance With Your Daddy" are songs we hear over and over and we never grow tired of them. This is a great contribution to the world of kids music!
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Emily Flippin Maruna

Intresting voice, infectious songs
My 1 year old daughter and I really like this CD, especially the songs "pirate ship", "edamame", and "freight train". The tunes are real catchy and fun to share with your little ones.
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Heather

Love it!!!!
This is a great CD to play in the car. The tunes are upbeat and my kids love to sing along. My personal favorite is Edemame.
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Laura Guenther

Good morning get moving music
The songs are short and fun! Perfect for our ride to daycare every morning. My 21 month old daughter really enjoys listening and I like to sing along.
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Cathleen Gillies

WOW and family music fest day!
Finally a kids cd that spreads joy and laughter that won't allienate parents. I found myself learning the tunes so I could keep up with my young singing neighbors. Where are the little miss ann t-shirts? This is the perfect gift for big sisters or brothers with newborn sibblings to sing with their parents as they get to know the new baby.
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Cathleen Gillies

WOW and family music fest day!
Finally a kids cd that spreads joy and laughter that won't allienate parents. I found myself learning the tunes so I could keep up with my young singing neighbors. Where are the little miss ann t-shirts? This is the perfect gift for big sisters or brothers with newborn sibblings to sing with their parents as they get to know the new baby.
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Michele

This CD rocks!!
Our family loves this CD. Every time we listen to it in the car, if I try to put on differnt music, my daughter
(1 year and 1/2) signs "more." She and my son can't sit still when they hear it!
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Deb Voss

Great fun. Great sounds. Lyrics for kids; melodies for all!
With this combination of new twists on classic tunes and original tracks , “Little Miss Ann” has released the soundtrack of my life! Great fun. Great sound. Lyrics are for the kids; melodies and rhythms appeal to adults and kids alike.

It’s rare to find records that are rich and meaty balanced with lilting and lovely but Torralba as “Little Miss Ann” pulls it off.

She rediscovers classics that we had almost forgotten and didn’t know we adored—like the friend who dives into a thrift store, comes out with the shirt you wore for your class photo in the second grade and reminds you of the love and comfort you had in that shirt. She finds those tunes but recreates them. At the same time, her original tunes are instantly familiar.

With this record, the spirit of a live performance is captured. We can hear her smile. We can hear her dance—and we can hear that she is wearing color, most likely lots of it. There’s enough substance here—grit—to appeal to the parent who dreads kiddie tunes.

But this is CD Baby so the true test is with the kids, yes? Well, it passed! The evidence? My girls, 3 and 5, are performing the two-part harmony to “Sing a Rainbow” and my kindergartener is constantly belting out “There’s a Little Wheel” which, btw, rocks. I’m thinking of purchasing a copy for her teacher. All this after one week with the CD.

Let’s hope it’s the first of many kids recordings for “Little Miss Ann.”
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DAvid Dziedzic

Awesome
My 11 month old daughter loves Classic Rock so I was a little scepticle that she would enjoy this. Man was I surprised! I put it in and we were rocking out for hours. Now she won't start her day untill I play at least a couple of the songs.
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