Smol Stuff, a kid​-​positive mixtape

by S. J. Tucker

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wiscflyer Can't wait to horrify our youngest son and his wife by teaching this to their little girl . . .. Favorite track: Never Grow Up, Never Give In (the Lost Girls Pirate Academy Alma Mater).
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witchling Perfectly brilliant, every song is absolutely amazing and makes me feel good in one way or another

Favorite song: For Pinocchio Favorite track: For Pinocchio.
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bjse-akoh Something about the tone of this song ...Calls to my confidence......Which is it seems inaccessible to my will.... Always sing this song with pride- That I might not caterwaul as badly as perceived MAYBE people won't scurry to grab their guns to shut me up ?? But SERIOUSLY I just gotta back ya XOXO HAPPY ADVENTURES~ I be begging to tag along! Favorite track: Glashtyn Shanty.
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player_03 Surreal and amazing. Favorite track: The Kingdom of Mice.
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about

From Sooj:
Fans have asked me for a version of this playlist for a while, so I thought of the songs of mine that parents have told me their little ones love best, no matter how wacky or creepy, and I put it together for everyone to (hopefully) enjoy. Included here are old friends and new surprises of all sorts. I hope they give you reason to dance, no matter how young or young at heart you are.
If this goes over well, I will keep adding things to it, for easy access to fan-tested kid faves.

credits

released May 17, 2018

All music and lyrics, images, guitars, bass, keys, flutes, and percussion by S. J. Tucker, with the following guests:
Clint McCune, djembe & backing vocals on "Little Bird"
Jamie Tinney, Ryan Loyd, Alexander James Adams, and Kevin K. Wiley, backing vocals on "Glashtyn Shanty"
Betsy Tinney, cello on "Glashtyn Shanty", "Manticore's Lullaby", "Ask Me Anything", and "Little Skylark"
Bekah Kelso, Ginger Doss, and Kevin K. Wiley, backing vocals on "The Kingdom of Mice"
Alexander James Adams, mandolin and initial tracking on "Manticore's Lullaby"
J. M. Loyd (The Captain), backing vocals on "Ask Me Anything"
The lioness' share of mixing on tracks 5, 6, and 13 was completed by Ginger Doss, for which the artist is eternally grateful. All other tunes mixed by S. J. Tucker at The Pixie House.
Cover photo of the artist as a toddler by Mary Jo Tucker, circa 1982.

This mixtape is dedicated to all kids who sing and dance fearlessly and all adults who give them mental and physical space to do so, and all those who raise the generations after to love and appreciate music. Keep up the good work.

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Track Name: Dance the Faery Ring
Summertime sky is high at the solstice.
Dragonflies are kings of the air.
Starlight reigns when sunset's over,
bright as the fireflies glowing there.
They dance the Faery Ring.

Autumn sky is blue for the harvest.
Smoke and mystery soon rise.
The very air grows thick with spirits,
taking the place of the fireflies.

Dance, dance the Faery Ring!
Revel in each season's change!
Will-o-the-wisps are beckoning,
"dance the Faery Ring!"
Dance, dance the Faery Ring!
Revel in each season's change!
The Wheel of the Year turns 'round again
as we dance the Faery Ring!

Winter sky is pale and vivid,
promises on the whistling wind.
Magic of the cold and quiet
brings our dancing back again
and we dance the Faery Ring.

Spring! The sky is full to bursting.
Rainfall bids us all to wake
just as flowers rise and riot,
blooming fit for the earth to shake!

Dance, dance the Faery Ring!
Revel in each season's change!
Will-o-the-wisps are beckoning,
"dance the Faery Ring!"
Dance, dance the Faery Ring!
Revel in each season's change!
The Wheel of the Year turns 'round again
as we dance the Faery Ring!
Track Name: Kashkash, A Nursery Rhyme
peeking through the embers
stirring up a storm
kashkash is watching you
and keeping you from harm

Ember Ash and Kindling
pretty kings and queens
counting out your wishes
lighting up your dreams

listen to your mother
when she takes you to town
for kashkash gobbles all
the naughty children down

Hearth, Tinder, Flint & Steel
pretty kings and queens
granting all your wishes
dancing in your dreams

never make a wish that will
make your mother frown
for kashkash gobbles all
the naughty children down
Track Name: Veo un Arbol (Lullaby for Detained Children)
M'ija, m'ija
¿Que tal tu dia?
Descansa y sueña tan dulce

En ti, veo un arbol
alto y fuerte, y maleable
con el viento

M'ijo, M'ijo,
¿Que tal tu dia?
Descansa y sueña tan dulce

En ti, veo un arbol
alto y fuerte, y maleable
con el viento

Girl child, girl child,
how was your day?
Rest now and dream so sweetly

In you, I see a tree
tall and strong,
able to bend with the wind

Boy child, boy child,
how was your day?
Rest now and dream so sweetly

In you, I see a strong, tall tree
able to bend with the wind