Down at the Sea Hotel: A Greg Brown Song

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A gaggle of stellar singers and musicians from Minnesota's roots-rock label Red House Records convened to record quiet songs written by the likes of Nanci Griffith, Tom Waits, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Neil Young, Billy Joel, Carole King, Bruce Cockburn, Jesse Winchester, Don Henley, and Steve Earle. Mireille Levert's amusingly fantastical illustrations focus on the whimsical title track penned by Greg Brown and performed by all of the singers. The whole project has a warm, rich, ...

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Overview

A gaggle of stellar singers and musicians from Minnesota's roots-rock label Red House Records convened to record quiet songs written by the likes of Nanci Griffith, Tom Waits, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Neil Young, Billy Joel, Carole King, Bruce Cockburn, Jesse Winchester, Don Henley, and Steve Earle. Mireille Levert's amusingly fantastical illustrations focus on the whimsical title track penned by Greg Brown and performed by all of the singers. The whole project has a warm, rich, soulful sound.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
These 14 songs were written by world class songwriters that may not have originally targeted them for an audience of children. However, they work surprisingly well as a collection of lullabies. All of the featured artists-John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson, Lucy Kaplansky, Guy Davis, Lynn Miles, and The Wailin' Jennys-perform on the title song, "Down at the Sea Hotel," as well as the closing piece, "Nothing But a Child." Among the other offerings are songs such as "Midnight Lullaby" written by Tom Waits and performed by Guy Davis, "Dreamland" written by Mary Chapin Carpenter and performed by Lucy Kaplansky, "Barefoot Floors" written by Neil Young and performed by The Wailin' Jennys, and "Child of Mine" written by Carole King and Gerald Goffin and performed by Eliza Gilkyson. The songs in this expertly performed collection range from pop to country to folk and feature an array of instruments. The delightful picture book version of the title song was written by acclaimed songwriter Greg Brown, with whimsical illustrations by Mireille Levert featuring a cute pig in plaid shorts and his friends from the sea. Children will enjoy the soothing songs while parents will enjoy the repurposing of pieces with which they are already familiar. A welcome addition to all collections.
—Veronica SchwartzCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782923163345
  • Publisher: The Secret Mountain
  • Publication date: 10/25/2007
  • Pages: 36
  • Age range: 2 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Brown is a singer and songwriter whose songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Shawn Colvin, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. He has also recorded more than a dozen albums and is a two-time Grammy Award nominee. He lives in Douds, Iowa.  Mireille Levert is two-time winner of the Governor General’s Literature Award in Children’s Literature Illustration and, recently, a finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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