There’s a lot to be said for lullabies. I never really understood the power of them until I was given a CD of baby lullabies when my son was born – the music put my husband and I to sleep within minutes.
British singer/ songwriter Essie Jain has recently released an album of original lullabies for children of all ages, Light of Morning. The album is carefully composed to encourage listeners (babies, children and parents) to unwind as it progresses – the music becomes softer and more relaxed, eventually becoming as soothing and regular as a heartbeat.
Jain’s music is ‘new-age’ with a folksy edge. I use the term ‘new-age’ a little reluctantly because although you might not choose that style of music to play during the day, it is perfect for relaxing and sleep. The lyrics make lots of mentions of the moon, the stars, closing your eyes and sweet dreams but the songs are in no way repetitive.
My favourite is the very simple ‘O’ I Love You‘ – it has few lyrics and instead features melodic, carefree humming, exactly as one might do when nursing a baby or settling a child to sleep (except if you’re me – my three-year-old asked me to stop singing yesterday because “it’s making me feel sick”.)
Some of the tracks on Light of Morning have titles that suggest they may be a little jazzy or have a big sound (‘I’m Not Afraid of the Dark‘, ‘Midnight Starship‘ and ‘What a Big Wide World‘) but in fact they are handled in the same, delicate way as the rest of the album – soothing, slow and deliriously calming.
Many albums recorded for children feature a lullaby as the very last track and sometimes you need a bit more to wind down so it is lovely to find a full album of calming tunes. Although this album does not come with guaranteed sleep, I think Jain would be very close to being able to promise exactly that.
Light of Morning CD is available from the Light of Morning shop for US$12 and can be shipped internationally.
Now excuse me, I’m off for a nap.