Dedicated to all the little babies of the world and their parents!
My idea was to make this CD utterly simple, just like a loving mother singing to a baby - just as it probably always has been, and just as it (hopefully) always will be.
Of course I'd include fathers, siblings, grandparents, family members and friends might all sing to the baby too. but it's the rhythm, the simplicity and the (mainly) single voice that I thought was timeless and powerful.
Scientific studies have now proved what we have always instinctively known about the power of music, melody and rhythm, the transmission of love through sound and the soothing of babies to sleep....
And did you know this?:
"The positive effect of kindness on the immune system and on the increased production of serotonin in the brain has been proven in research studies. Even more amazing is that persons observing the act of kindness have similar beneficial results. Imagine this! Kindness extended, received, or observed beneficially impacts the physical health and feelings of everyone involved! " (Wayne Dyer)
Hopefully you'll be inspired to surround your baby with opportunities to witness kindness - often!!
1. Hush, Little Baby (Trad. American)
2. All The Pretty Little Horses (Trad. African American)
3. Hush-a-bye (Richard G. Mitchell & Barbara J Hunt)
4. Rock-a-bye Baby (Trad. English)
5. Skye Boat Song (Trad. Scottish/Lyrics Sir Harold Boulton)
6. Row, Row, Row Your Boat (Trad. American)
7. Lavender Blue (Trad. English)
8. I Love My Boy (Barbara J Hunt)
9. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (Trad. English/Lyrics Jane Taylor)
10. Polymaesae (Trad. Aboriginal) (?)
11. Scarborough Fair (Trad. English)
12. I Had A Little Nut Tree (Trad. English)
13. Golden Slumbers (Lyrics Thomas Dekker)
14. Scarlet Ribbons (Lyrics Jack Segal/Music Evelyn Danzig)
15. Brahms Lullaby (Brahms/Trad.)
16. Sleep, Sleep, Sleep (Barbara J Hunt)
17. Row, Row, Row Your Boat (Reprise)
Sung by Barbara J Hunt
Recorded and Produced by Richard G Mitchell
There's quite a "motley crew" of lullabies, here. Some I just love, some I just wrote, some I just "knew" (I learnt the "Aboriginal" lullaby at school, hundreds of years ago - so I apologise for all mis-spellings, mis-pronunciations and any inadvertent displeasure this might cause!)
I tried to find the origin of each one and honour any composers or lyricists who were discoverable to me. I'm very happy to update the information on the website if anyone has any corrections they'd like to add (unfortunately the CD has already been pressed, so obviously all "errors" will mean that this first run could become collectors items one day!)
And just a note on "I Love My Boy" - please feel free to change the lyrics if you are singing to a baby girl! I wrote this song about my beautiful boy when he was about 2 1/2 years old.