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Cranberry Sauce Flotilla

by Dog on Fleas

Fun livingroom recordings for the whole family, mostly acoustic and live, rowdy and sweet, featuring really old songs and really new ones
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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1. Weevily Wheat
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2. Huckleberries
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3. Cranberry Sauce Flotilla
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4. Happy
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5. Twistification
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6. The Farmer Is
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7. Sleep Under Stars
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8. Bling-blang
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9. Ain't Gonna Rain No More
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10. Lazy Bones
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11. Days Still a Comin'
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12. Little Seed
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13. Fiddle-i-fee
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14. In My Head
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15. Over the River and Through the Woods
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16. 'taint No Sin (to Dance Around in Your Bones)
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17. Listen to the Mockingbird
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18. Cindy Cindy
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19. Little Bird
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20. When You're Smiling
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This CD topped the 12 Kids' Albums You Can't Live Without list in the July 2007 issue of the School Library Journal!!

"Mandolins and fiddles, a big booming upright bass, guitars and banjos, trombones and tubas, a barrelhouse piano, stacks of harmonies...In fact, throughout the whole CD you get the feeling that you've come across a New Orleans parlor band playing a kids' birthday party on a riverboat chugging up the Mississippi River. Except better."
- Warren Truitt, Head Children's Librarian, New York City Public Library, at his blog www.kidsmusicthatrocks.blogspot.com

Cranberry Sauce Flotilla finds Dog on Fleas back in their living room in upstate New York, playing live with acoustic instruments, and playing a variety of old, old songs, and a few new. This is the first CD on which the Fleas have done so many tradition songs and covers by such writers as Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer, Woody Guthrie, and Walter Donaldson. But they've made these songs their own with original arrangements, new words, and that certain je ne sais fleas. John Hughes has contributed a guaranteed new classic song, "Happy" that you will not be able to get out of your head. The album contains seven originals, seven traditional songs, and six covers totalling 20 great songs for kids and others.

Back when they recorded Hoi Polloi the band did a few songs live outside of the studio and they had such a good time they decided to do a whole album like that. The piano in Dean's living room is the glue that holds this CD together. Add to that upright bass, mandolin, guitars, ukeleles, banjo, tuba, trombone, saxophone, flute, fiddle, kazoos, cardboard boxes and drums, not to mention tons of great singing. Dean, David and John all sing a handful of songs in their own distinctive styles. And new to the band is Debbie Lan who plays the piano and sings some beautiful tunes (and a pretty silly one). Although there are a couple of studio tracks, most of the songs on this CD are live takes, and we guarantee it's either Take 1,2,3 or 4.

On a couple of songs Dog on Fleas is augmented by some of the band's kids and neighbors, singing some very spirited choruses. "Fiddle-i-fee" is a very old, pre-Old MacDonald farm song, with a few Dog on Fleas twists. And the song "Twistification" has so many singers and players we were lucky the house didn't collapse!!! The title cut may have your kids inventing new code words and hiding behind the couch. And then, thankfully, the wind-down of the final original song, David Levine's "Little Bird", sung by Debbie, will calm the wild things down.

The Fleas have done it again, combining the winning combo of sincerity, originality, variety and real musicianship with less microphones than ever, less studio tricks and even more feeling.


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Kelly O

Fabulous! Just fabulous!
Everyone with a child needs one. I was hooked the first time I listened and so was my little one. The great thing about this CD is that adults like it too, In fact, all ages like it from what I have observed.
It is worth the buy!

Mark

My Favorite
This CD is fantastic and a joy for adults and kids alike. My kids sing along, and so do I! If you get just one Dog on Fleas album, get this one. But, why limit yourself?

Jo Salas- Music Therapist

A CD packed with delights for kids and their lucky parents.
Curl up and cuddle on the couch, or jump up and get ready to
dance-Cranberry Sauce Flotilla is packed with delights for kids and
their lucky parents. From "Twistification," a sprightly song about the
Five Times Table, to "Happy," a father's ode to his children and how
they make him feel, from the gentle calypso lullaby of "Sleep Under the
Stars" to the raucous call-and-response of "Fiddle-i-fee," Cranberry
Sauce Flotilla will have you all giggling, dancing, and singing along.

You'll find some traditional songs here, sung straight up (like "Over
the river and Through the Woods" in Debbie Lan's warm voice) or
creatively embellished, songs by the likes of Woody Guthrie and Hoagy
Carmichael, and a number of tasty originals by band members Dean Jones,
John P. Hughes, and David Levine.

Dog On Fleas has produced a fine CD full of unobtrusive musical mastery.
It's exuberant, tender, playful, imaginative, and even thoughtful: "The
Farmer is" reminds us who works hard in the fields to feed us all-and
it's not your stereotype farmer either. Kids will dance to this music,
sing with it, sway and clap to it, and sometimes they'll just snuggle up
and have a little nap. Get this CD for every child you know but be sure
and keep one for yourself.

Lea Bachman

Fantastic!
I fell in love with this when I first heard it. My son (age 6) said he didn't like it, but he was dancing when I reappeared in the room. It's just contagious. One can't be in a bad mood while this music is playing.

Kirsten Delia Weiss

Cranberry Sauce Flotilla is Rollicking Good Fun!!!!
You know what I like most about the new CD from Dogs On Fleas? They don’t talk down to “their audience”. This is a rollicking and fun “Children’s Recording”. This is a recording that will make kids of all ages dance around and sing. But the tunes have a catchiness and an overall sassiness, that kids of all ages are sure to really “dig it”…I know I do, and I am hardly a kid. I haven’t taken it out of the CD player since I got it in the mail. The harmonies are rich and the melodies are infinitely “hummable”. I have been humming “Little Seed” like a mantra for days!! And such a variety of styles, all played with dexterity, verve and THESE GUYS ARE HAVING FUN AND IT’S JUST FUN TO LISTEN TO!!!! This is such a great CD, you gotta get a copy of it, yesterday….if not sooner!!!! I give it 5 out of 5 hula hoops!!!!

Tanya Nieri

Everybody sing!
I was playing the cd when a friend from out of town came over to my house. Without realizing, I was giggling at the music during the conversation with my friend. Finally, my friend asked, What are you listening to? I shouted out with glee, Cranberry Sauce Flooooo-tillaaaa!!!, just like Dog on Fleas does in the song. The fun is inescapable! It's serious silliness!

Ines Anchondo

Dog on Fleas
We love this music. This is our second CD Cranberry Sauce Flotilla disk we get. The first one we played and played and played. My 2 year old son dances and sings along to all the songs. Thank you....keep it up....please

Stella Maguire

Dog on fleas makes long car trips a possibility. We love it!!
I love the traditional songs with new lyrics and the new tunes. We are Dog on Fleas fans and this is their funnest recording yet. I recommend it to all parents who are real music lovers and want their kids to be too.

Amy

FANTASTIC STUFF!
One listen online was all it took -- these guys are great! I ended up buying all 3 of their albums and we're thrilled with all of them. My son bops around his room to the songs, and I walk around singing the title song all day long.

jenny

Love at First Listen
We borrowed this CD from the library and I had to order a copy right away (which I did). It is SOOO much fun! My 4 year old and I sing the songs all the time, especially the title song, which is hilarious. We love it so much we ordered When I Get Little, another Dog On Fleas CD, which is just as good. (Honestly, I also play it when my toddler is at school! But don't tell him.) It's the kind of music that makes me wish I had written it myself. Bravo, Fleas!