The Mix Tape: “Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie”

Joanna Newsom’s lulling tune is sure to enchant

Joanna Newsom could be a fairy. Really. Imagine a small woman with long hair and a huge harp, singing in a strange and lovely high-pitched voice about dragons, roses, and bumblebees. The words are part poetry, part nursery rhyme, part riddle. Is she a rose? Is she a child? Is she the sky? Children will know there is something true about this one. And images of “bats all dissolving in a row / into the wishy, washy dark that cannot let go” will linger long after the song is over. —Anna Pellicioli

About The Mix Tape

Think you have to wait until your kids are twelve to share your favorite tunes with them? Think again.  Kids’ music, you may have noticed, can become a bit of a recurring nightmare—especially when you’re stuck in traffic with no more snacks!  Sooner or later, those songs about brushing your teeth or why you should eat broccoli will seep into your head, and you’ll catch yourself humming one in the elevator.

There is no reason to succumb to this—leave that to pre-school. Our music often has enough sing-along choruses, alliterative catchiness, and even teachable moments to hold your little ones’ attention during grocery runs, traffic jams or unruly birthday parties.On The Mix Tape, I’ll give you a song a week, guaranteed to leave you sane and better for it, even after 5000 listens. Parental Discretion Encouraged.