Artist: Elizabeth Mitchell and Friends
Song: "Little Bitty Baby (A Cumulative Song)"
Album: The Sounding Joy
Description: As a general rule, I have a strong aversion to listening to Christmas and holiday music when it's more than 100 degrees out. Such is the occupational hazard of a music reviewer in the Sonoran Desert. But I'm willing to make the sacrifice for Elizabeth Mitchell's long-awaited holiday album. The Sounding Joy uses songs from Ruth Crawford Seeger's out-of-print 1953 songbook American Folk Songs for Christmas . Based on the song Folkways has posted for streaming, this seems like it's going to be a very festive and joyful album. And, yes, it works even in 107-degree weather.