Ellis And Lynch – Songs For Our Children
According to Ken Scott’s Archivist book, Ron Ellis and Michael Lynch recorded no less than six LPs of Xian melodic folk music with their families between 1974 and 1979, all released on their Seattle-based Ra-O or Raven Records labels. “Songs For Our Children” is their fifth release (from 1977), and the title is pretty self-explanatory. Most of the songs were written by Ron Ellis, including the beautifully sweet acoustic number Music All Around Me, which satisfies with it’s gentle guitar melody and bells. Several of the songs feature vocal contributions from the Ellis & Lynch children (Matthew, Kristin, Erin and Dianne — that’s them on the cover), which provide a nice, woozy background to pieces like Circle of Love, Train Song and Counting My Sheep. There’s something about the sweetly melodic songwriting coupled with the charming enthusiasm the kids bring to the process that makes this one a keeper for me.