Elizabeth St.

Elizabeth St.

BandAlternativeChildren's Music

Funky, folky, alternative music for kids and their grown ups.

Biography

The goal was to create music that has the ability to speak to kids while engaging parents (and teenage siblings) as well. As a parent I believe that there is nothing more important than having an open line of communication with my children. Regardless of how uncomfortable, silly or gross the subject matter may seem, these little people need to know that I am here for them and that I love them no matter what they throw at me.
While driving in the car, I realized that my little sponges were singing word for word, note for note songs from some of my favorite bands. I figured that if they could absorb, contemplate and ask questions about songs by The White Stripes, The Strokes, Jack Johnson and whatever else we were playing, I could find a way to truly bridge the gap between our music and theirs. Music that is pleasing to both parents and children that can open a dialogue about important topics. This is what I set out to do.
The result is a not so ordinary kids album that we have a lot of fun listening to. We still listen to the grown up music (they sing "Hello Operator" like nobody's business) but now the sponges request and inquire about my music as well, and it brings about many interesting discussions.

Lyrics

Shoes

Written By: Susan Kolbenheyer

Hey Mom,
Can I come in?
I don't wanna go outside again.
The kids are playing
Out in the sun
I thought I'd go and join the fun.
But they say they're not my friends today,
Like it was really no big deal.
I said the same to someone yesterday,
I wish I'd known how bad this feels.

But I'll lift up my chin,
Cause I've learned a lesson,
To really be a friend, I've gotta choose
To walk in somebody else's shoes.

My friends and I were in the school lunch line,
When a kid came in, this boy whose
really shy.
He looked for a place to set down his food,
My friends all laughed cause no one
gave him room.
I said, "You know, I think that's really mean, did you ever think about how awful he must feel?".
I thought I saw him brush away a tear from his cheek,
I took his tray and said, "Come sit by me".

And I'll lift up my chin,
Cause I've learned a lesson,
To really be a friend, I've gotta choose
To walk in somebody else's shoes.

Cause it could be you on lonely avenue,
Wishing someone understood just what you're going through.
I know cause I've been down that lonely road.

I'll lift up my chin,
Cause I've learned a lesson,
To really be a friend, I've gotta choose
To walk in somebody else's shoes.

Cricket Songs

Written By: Susan Kolbenheyer

Hey, Hey Mr. Sun
The long, long day is done
Come on down and rest your rays
You've worked so hard today

Sleep, sleep and listen to the cricket songs
Dream, dream as the cool breeze hums along.

Rise high lady moon, you shine so bright
Oh queen of the darkened sky
Bathe us in your light

Sleep, sleep and listen to the cricket songs
Dream, dream as the cool breeze hums along

Dance, dance little stars, I'll wish with all my might
I'll trace you with my fingertips
Paint magic in the night

Sleep, sleep and listen to the cricket songs,
Dream, dream as the cool breeze hums along

Sleep, sleep oh love of mine
Dream yourself a smile
Drift off to a land so sweet
Rest your head on a pillow pile

And sleep, sleep, listen to the cricket songs
Dream, dream as the cool breeze hums along.
Sleep, sleep and listen to the cricket songs
Have sweet dreams, sweet dreams til the morning comes.

Discography

Debut album "Different" was released in 2006.
Various tracks from "Different" currently have airplay on WRIU kids - RI, SMCB - TN, Loopy Moose Radio, Spare The Rock, Spoil the Child - MA

Set List

Typical set list as follows....
Plastic Spiders, Counting Fireflies, Dragon For Dinner, Shoes, The Eyeball People, Really Gross, Fair, Misbehavin', Changes, Different, We're All Friends, You Can Tell Me, Cricket Songs, as well as family friendly covers/requests. Sets can last 40 - 90 minutes.