Published Jun 20, 2008While most expectant new moms have enough on their minds, Jenny Omnichord (aka Jenny Mitchell of the Barmitzvah Brothers) is already plotting a double release for her unborn sons due date. No, not twins; to celebrate her childs birth, scheduled for September 27, Mitchell plans to simultaneously release an album of original childrens songs, written and sung with an impressive list of friends and collaborators.
Participating artists confirmed to date include Win Butler (Arcade Fire), Jim Guthrie, Geordie Gordon (the Magic), Kim Barlow, Old Man Luedecke, Shad, Great Aunt Ida, David Celia, Andy Swan, Patrick Walsh, Jeff Munro, Wax Mannequin, FemBots, Mathias Kom (the Burning Hell), Tony Dekker (Great Lake Swimmers), Andrew Penner (the Sunparlour Players), and the boys proud papa-to-be, Andy Magoffin (Two-Minute Miracles).
Of the unconfirmed but entirely possible longshots is omnichord fan Randy Bachman, whose "These Eyes Mitchell covered on her debut EP. Mitchell recently re-did the song and sent it along to an apparently appreciative Bachman and his wife/Vinyl Tap co-host, Denise.
According to Mitchell, the special circumstances of her childs projected arrival prompted all of this extra effort. Mitchell herself was originally due on September 27 but instead was born the following day. Furthermore, her own mother was pregnant with Mitchell at 23, which is Mitchells age now. So, in Mitchells unusual universe of happy coincidences, all of these factors lining up meant she had to give her new son the best "welcome to earth" party and gift ever, hence this yet-to-be titled, multi-artist album. Oh, and Randy Bachmans birthday? September 27.
Early indications suggest that these original compositions might be about alien planets, ninja babies, squirrels, sneezing, birds and garbage cans, cats and dogs, and the death of family pets. Magoffin and Omnichord have written a song about first discovering they might be parents, and Mitchell is also planning a duet with her father Ray Mitchell, infamous owner of Guelphs Family Thrift Store, where many of the aforementioned artists have played shows and Butler purchased his engagement ring. Prior to and after the albums release on weewerk records, Jenny Omnichord will tour with a new Pregnancy EP that comes with a voucher for the children's album and listeners can redeem it once the baby has been born.
Jenny Omnichord tour dates:
6/21 Kingston ON, Skeleton Park Music Festival
7/19 Toronto ON, Tranzac Open House
7/25 to 27 Guelph ON, Hillside Festival
7/30 Halifax NS, Gus Pub
7/31 Charlottetown PEI, Ampersand
8/1 to 3 Sackville NB, Sappyfest