Some Music for Milo and Me.

By on 11-21-2011 in Blog

Some Music for Milo and Me.

Indie Legends Celebrate the Songs of Shel Silverstein


Andrew Bird, My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog, and other indie icons pay homage to the beloved children’s author.

Though best-known as the author of children’s classics like The Giving Tree, beloved author Shel Silverstein (whose recent posthumous anthologyof 137 never-before-seen poems and drawings is among the season’s greatest treats) was also a prolific songwriter. Not only did the album version of his book Where The Sidewalk Ends win a Grammy in 1984 for Best Children’s Recording, but he also collaborated with a number of prominent “grown-up” musicians between 1959 and his death in 1999, including Johnny Cash (“A Boy Named Sue”), Irish Rovers (“The Unicorn Song”), and Bobby Bare (“Daddy What If,” among many others).

Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein(iTunes link) is a fantastic homage to Silverstein by a formidable roster of contemporary indie music icons, including Andrew BirdMy Morning Jacket,Dr. DogLucinda Williams, and Bobby Bare, Jr., Bobby Bare’s son, performing with his four-year-old daughter Bella.

Rianbow Rumpus has a wonderful interview with Bobby Bare, Jr. on his memories of Silverstein and how the author’s ethic of fearlessness influenced his own songwriting.

via Rainbow Rumpus


  1. Dear Alyssa Milano Bugliari, I Hope You and Your Family had a Fun, Happy & Joyous Thanksgiving! Maybe Baby Milo will develop a Love for Music like what You have, Alyssa! Thanks for sharing this wonderful music with us! Good luck with Your Holiday Shopping! Love, Doug xoxo

  2. Dear Alyssa,
    His music is quite nice, very country. But then again you are talking to a Mozart afficionado. Although a completely different medium, Silverstein’s music is quite daring-I heard it-it is quite interesting.
    Anyhow Alyssa if you read this-do put on A Litte Night Music (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik) Kochel 525 and Symphony No.40 Kochel 550 for Milo. It is widely known although never proven it develops children’s sensitivity to music when very very little. Any music store in the Classical Section will have them.
    I planned to be a Classical Concert Pianist, but due to fierce competition in this industry I became a Beauty Products manufacturer in Montreal Canada, our beautiful City and continued the familly tradition in the same business now 64 years old. Kindest regards from our beautiful City! Love, Mayer Sasson.