Monday, November 9, 2009

The Lullaby Album

I've never been one who can sleep without some kind of background noise, whether it be a fan or some soft music. Turns out...my kids are just like me in that sense.

When Garrett and Landon were born, I put the CD player in their room, along with a favorite lullaby CD. Cole and Bella seemed to adapt well but there were times they asked me to put on the radio for them, so they could have something to listen to before falling asleep.

Last week, Jennifer Thomas, a pianist and composer from Seattle, WA, contacted me about her new CD, The Lullaby Album. As soon as she mentioned "lullaby", I was more than happy to receive a complimentary CD and let the kids listen to it.

As a new mom herself, Jennifer's son had difficulty sleeping. She spent many nights with him in his swing next to her at the piano as she played and made up lullabies for him. After several months doing that, she decided to turn her lullabies into an album.

What's really special about this album is that Jennifer's mother, Carolyn Southworth, joined along and it became a truly wonderful Mother-Daughter work of art. Together, they each wrote half of the songs, recorded and produced them. This is their 2nd album each.

Jennifer and Carolyn were fortunate enough to work with some amazing musicians on the album – Emmy award winning composer Jace Vek, Grammy Nominated artist/producer Paul Speer, Award winning vocalists Jillian Goldin and Lori Cunnigham. In the end, they ended up with a 2–disc lullaby album, which they are so excited about.

After we received the CD album, Cole and Bella listened to a little bit of both disks - one is lullabies with a solo piano (simple and elegant, perfect for calming at bedtime) and the other is piano with orchestra (for those who like a little more to listen to). They chose the piano with orchestra for that first night.

Cole and Bella recognized some of the songs, such as Brahm's Lullaby, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and All Through the Night (which is my personal favorite and one of many lullabies I sang to them when they were young babies). They enjoyed many of the other songs, which were written by either Jennifer or Carolyn...such as Baby of Mine (Preston's song) and Dream Weaver. The words to some of the songs are in the disk cover, which is helpful for those of us who can barely remember our first names, let alone an entire lullaby.

The funny thing is that Cole was struggling to stay awake so he could listen to the music. He didn't want to miss a thing. Bella kept telling me she wasn't tired so I asked her to just lay still, close her eyes and listen to the music. I left the room for a few minutes and when I came back, they were both sound asleep....looking so angelic and peaceful, as children often do when they're sleeping.

Every night since then, they've listened to the piano with orchestra, which is the one they prefer. I've been listening to the solo piano to help me unwind before bedtime. All the arrangements are beautiful....very calming and serene.

The Lullaby Album is available for purchase through the music store on Jennifer's site. She's currently running a special where if you buy 2 or more CD's, each CD is only $9.99! That's a great deal! So when you buy one for yourself, you can get an extra one for a mommy friend of yours or a new mommy-to-be (it would make a great baby shower gift). The CD is also available for purchase through Amazon, iTunes and Cdbaby but you'll get the best deal by buying it directly from Jennifer's site.

And....she has been generous enough to offer one of my readers a chance to win their own The Lullaby Album!!

GIVEAWAY - GIVEAWAY - GIVEAWAY

To enter the giveaway, simply visit the site Jennifer Thomas Music and then come back here and tell me which music clip is your favorite. All the songs on both disks are listed and all you have to do is click on the lullabies and you'll get to hear a sample of that song.

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This contest ends on Monday, November 16, 2009 at 9:00 pm PST. One winner will be chosen via Random.org. Please make sure you leave your e-mail address in your comment if it's not accessible on your blog profile.

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42 comments:

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

I don't do giveaways, but I do think that sounds incredible. And since the giveaways I have done, I have NEVER won...unless I am the only person commenting, and with your greatness, that would not happen, I might just have to go and buy it myself!

Amy said...

This is amazing. I want to crawl back into bed and listen to more.

We liked the Dancing on Clouds and twinkle twinkle little star is a favorite in our house. I mean my girl can really sing to that tune...

Amy said...

Thanks for sharing this giveaway with me. I so follow you. If you want you can come by on Friday and link up this great giveaway. I am having my Round Robin...

kys said...

That sounds like a good cd. My kids listened to music while falling asleep until they were around 4 or 5.

Angela said...

I really love this album! I don't know if I can pick just one--probably I am a child of God, or Good night my angel. Two that I already love.

Tess said...

I usually have to have the tv on when I go to bed, so I know what you mean. I love the classic twinkle twinkle little star!

Carly said...

I love all the pretty little horses. I would love to winthis for my lil worm. Awesome give a way.

Jen said...

I LOVE this CD. And their version of Brahm's Lullaby is awesome. Please enter me.

And now I need to go and take a nap.

Jen said...

I am a follower.

Jen said...

I also follow you on twitter.

Nezzy said...

Sweet! I am a follower. My daughter spent a good part of her first year in the hospital. Hospitals are not quiet places so when Charity had trouble going to sleep a sweet lullaby did not work...but if I ran the vacuum she was gone instantly. Her vaccum lullabies still crack me up.

Have a great day!!!

yonca said...

Sounds like a great CD.
I like 'sweet dreams'
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yonca said...

I'm a follower.

yonca said...

I follow you on twitter. yonca1

Twincerely,Olga said...

I am a follower!I love piano and lullabies! My twins have music on every night while they sleep!

Cascia said...

Brahm's Lullaby is beautiful. My kids love music.

MamaOtwins+1 said...

I like Dancing on the Clouds- such a great giveaway!

MamaOtwins+1 said...

I'm a follower!

MamaOtwins+1 said...

Follow you on twitter and Tweeted
http://twitter.com/MamaOtwins1/statuses/5567011588

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

I like falling asleep and used to like waking up to music too but my husband doesn't so I don't do it anymore. He did buy me a noise maker thing with a light that makes nature sounds or white noise which I use to fall asleep. I have it on the ocean sound.

blueviolet said...

I love "All Through the Night". I've always loved it and it sounds pretty on her album too!

blueviolet said...

I'm a follower as well.

Ms Mae said...

I love the twinkle twinkle.

Ms Mae said...

I'm a follower as well.

Liz said...

Long story about how I know Jenni - I have never met her - but she is one of my blog friends! I bought 3 of these CDs when they were first release. One for me. One for a cousin that had just had a baby and one for a cousin about to deliver a baby. My 20 month old LOVES listening and it is a great way to get him to calm down after he does his 'laps-to-gain-energy-10-minutes-before-bedtime-workout'. :-) Hope the winner enjoys! -Liz P.S. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog. Bring me to tears and making me laugh my butt off! Okay not really off - I wish! ;-)

Dawn said...

Unseen Angel was my favorite.

Dawn said...

I follow you on Twitter and I tweeted http://twitter.com/dawn408/status/5572866303

Lisita said...

I am a Child of God is my fav! I'm a big fan already, Jennifer is amazing!!!

Corrie Howe said...

Since my kids are past this stage, I'll pass if my name comes up. I used to play classical music for Jonathan, which seemed the only thing to soothe him. I often wonder if that is the reason he's so smart about math????

Christine AKA Mommie2my3girls said...

Thanks so much for passing this on Helene we have been dying for some sleepy time music and we are having bedtime issues really really bad!! Finally weaned at 20 months on to sleeping through the night and in our own bed. lol

BoufMom9 said...

How beautiful! I too have a whole bunch of kids who don't sleep without music playing in the background... LOVE this CD!

I love the piano by itself, it's very soothing. My favorite is the Old Scottish one. Very pretty :)

BoufMom9 said...

I already follow you :)

BoufMom9 said...

Following you on twitter :)

Frugal Vicki said...

Awwww, I am a child of God is so sweet! I love it!

Frugal Vicki said...

tweeted http://twitter.com/frugalvicki/status/5627876344

kanishk said...

liked the Dancing on Clouds and twinkle twinkle little star is a favorite in our house. I mean my girl can really sing to that tune... Work from home India

TheBlakeFamily said...

I love Twinkle Twinkie, so classic and a wonderful composition. :)

CGBG said...

I loved Sweet Dreams and Dream Weaver...and Last hope from another album I saw!

CGBG said...

I'm a follower!

kristin said...

i love i am a child of god! today is my first time to your blog, and i love it!

yyeres said...

my favorite is twinkle twinkle. yyeres(at)gmail(dot)com

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