To celebrate the launch of our new Kids' CBC stream on CBC Music, we asked Kids' CBC celebrity yam Mamma Yamma
to share her shuffle playlist. Yamma put her iPod on shuffle, and told us about the first 10 songs to play out. Given the numerous musical guests who've played her Kensington Market grocery-cafe, it's no surprise many of those talented Canadians landed on her playlist.
1. "See you on the Moon" (Kids' CBC version)
"When I was a kid, I really wanted to be a famous chef. Then I grew up and changed my mind. I decided I wanted to be Anne Murray. Somehow, the chef thing stuck. I think Tony Dekker from the Great Lake Swimmers really gets it. He inspires us all to think about what we want to be when we get older. What did you want to be when you grew up? (P.S. Even though I didn't grow up to be Anne, I'm pretty sure my golf swing is comparable to hers.)"
2. "Fashionable People" (Kids' CBC version)
"Joel is tall and handsome. Most importantly, his voice is so smooth it makes me feel like I'm getting a tan. This guy is so Canadian that I can slightly taste maple syrup when I listen to him on the radio. I heart this song. And I heart Joel Plaskett. Doesn't everybody?"
"Ron's voice makes me feel like crying, in a really happy way. You know? His slower songs especially – they all sound like lullabies. His emotions are soft, like kittens. This sweet kids' song specifically makes me want to be kind to everybody I meet. Even my next door neighbour, who insists on vacuuming his garden gnomes at 11:30 p.m."
4. "I Want" (original version)
"Somehow the Good Lovelies' music fits the mood for every occasion. Gardening. Swimming laps. Peeling potatoes. Dancing. Throwing out old pantyhose. Dusting off my Grant Lawrence shine. Did I just say that out loud? Anyways. I love this song."
5. "She Brings out the Broccoli in Me"
"When I think of rock 'n' roll, I think of Amy Millan. She brings out the leather jacket in all of us. But, there is a softer side to Amy. She now has a baby of her own. Here, she sings one of my favourite songs, about how her inner 'broccoli' comes to life, whenever a certain friend comes around. Amy is a queen. I give this song five Golden Potato Latka stars."
6. "Pinball Count"
The Pointer Sisters
"Somehow, everyone has this song lodged deep within the windmills of their mind. Because it's a genius way of learning how to count to 10. Did you know this was the Pointer Sisters? These women are idols of mine. Together, they harness enough energy to power a small amusement park. And just like me, these sisters are doin' it for themselves. (OK. Sometimes I'll just do it for myself and a free pastrami sandwich.)"
7. "When We Grow Up"
Michael Jackson and Roberta Flack
"A song about being comfortable with who you are always hits it out of the park for me. One of my all-time favourite duets. This tune makes me feel joyous enough to wear a bikini to the public pool. With a matching purse, bathing cap and flip-flops. Obviously."
8. "Eat the Alphabet"
"It seems as though Kathleen Edwards says, feels and does whatever makes her feel good. And this inspires others to do the same. I really admire that quality. She re-wrote one of her tunes ("Cheapest Key") to come on my show. And in a nutshell, this song makes me feel very, very hungry."
9. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
"I adore Motown oldies. This era of music might be my all-time favourite. There's just something about all that reverb, the big tambourines and the beehive hairdos that make me feel completely at home. Also, this song is what I blast in my kitchen every time Jian or Strombo come home from vacation."
10. "Sing Sing" (live)
"Mamma motto number one: be yourself. No one should ever have to make themselves smaller than who they are. Stomp your feet. Clap your hands. And sing. Sing out loud, and use your voice. Thanks, Serena Ryder, for writing this ditty. I love it with all my heart."
on Jul 18, 2012