"The Sweetness of You" is a collection of traditional and original songs for children and their families. Ellen sings and plays banjo, guitar, dulcimer, mandolin and autoharp on the recording, and is backed with cello, flute and fiddle. The album envelops the listener in a loving spirit, perfect for comforting, settling, and soothing children and adults alike.
A native of Los Angeles, Ellen grew up in a musical family with influences of classical, folk and film music. As a youngster, folk music became her passion, when her mom brought home recordings by Pete Seeger. Learning first the guitar, then the banjo, she became particularly enthralled with the traditional music of Appalachia. This led to learning both the autoharp and mountain dulcimer. Working with her father, the late film composer Jerry Goldsmith, Ellen played guitar and autoharp for his popular television theme for "The Waltons", and for the film score of "Wild Rovers".
Following a move to rural New Hampshire, Ellen worked for luthier and guitar maker Michael Gurian before returning to school to complete her education as a teacher. Subsequently, she has blended her love of traditional folk music and children in a career as a both a musician and educator. Children's literature, poetry and life experiences inspired the songs included in this collection.
"The Sweetness of You" is Ellen's second collaboration with her brother, film composer ,Joel Goldsmith. Their work together produced the award-winning CD "Family Fare", as well as Ellen contributing guitar, dulcimer and autoharp tracks to Joel's score for the film "Shilo".