Think Norah Jones or Dido for babies – this album is just gorgeous.
Good Morning My Love is an award-winning album by Vered. I was pre-programmed to love this album from the very first track, Good Morning My Love, simply because one of my pet names for my own babies was (and still is) ‘my love’. And it’s a beautiful song – a softly lilting melody with sweet, sweet lyrics.
Vered’s background is in musical therapy and she has clearly put her knowledge and skills to good use on this album. Her goal was to provide parents with the musical tools to help them become aware of the use of rhythm and its benefits, certain vowel sounds and vibrations, and the use of music to establish routine, to play and to soothe. She achieves this and more, including a good pull at the heartstrings – perhaps I was feeling a little emotional when I first listened to this album but a couple of the songs, notably One Day and When You Smile, brought a sentimental tear to my eye.
“When you smile at me, you know I feel like an ice cream cone, and I melt…”
There’s so much to love on this album – standouts include Vered’s upbeat take on the classic Sunshine, the ode to independence, Don’t Leave Me, and the simple tune, Swinging that is guaranteed to find its way to the playground with you!
All the songs on Good Morning My Love have a particularly delightful quality – it almost seems as if Vered is making up lyrics as she goes along. Perhaps I’m speaking for myself here, but I would often make up nonsense ditties for my kids, whether it be an a capella tribute to their nicknames or a simple musical call to bath-time. Obviously mine weren’t nearly as memorable as Vered’s and nor were they grounded in any theory but there’s no denying that babies respond positively to music.
Good Morning My Love is aimed at parents and babies – clearly sung lyrics, striped down instrumentals and short songs will hold the attention of even the youngest listener. It’s available from Amazon for US$8.99 as an MP3 digital download.