download my latest mix, ‘lullabies: a musical guide to putting your kids to sleep & retaining your musical dignity’

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Monday, March 14th, 2011

lullaby mix

download my latest mix, ‘lullabies: a musical guide to putting your kids to sleep & retaining your musical dignity’

as many of you know (and i’ve been meaning to blog about it for those who do not…), we moved into a new house a few weeks ago and we’re loving it. we have double the space, a big backyard and the house is just beautiful.

one of the not-so-great things is that the girls have had a hard time adjusting to bedtime in their new bedroom upstairs. it’s not really that they’re scared, but actually, that they love their room (and playroom) so much that they just don’t want to go to sleep every night. since being here, we’ve had a couple nights that we literally spent 2 hours from the time they got in bed until they were actually sleeping. it’s been incredibly frustrating.

our main objective to create a little more calm during and leading up to bedtime. one of the first things i tried, naturally, was to create a lullaby mix to calm them down as they laid in their beds. and, i’m glad to report, it’s worked!

one of the things, though, that i feel strongly about is that i don’t want my kids growing up with crappy music. most children’s music, of course, is exactly that. not only do i not want them getting accustomed to terrible music, but i just can’t stand to listen to it myself. so, i created my own mix, with some unexpected (and some probably expected) artists and songs.

i know there are a lot of parents who have an equally bad (and often worse) bedtime experience each night, so i thought i’d share the mix. maybe it will work for you and your child(ren).

here’s the lineup:

1. lullaby / dixie chicks
2. all this time / sara watkins
3. when you come back down / nickel creek
4. cannonball / brandi carlile
5. farewell / don chaffer
6. thistled spring / horse feathers
7. comes a time / mutual admiration society
8. sleep / kimya dawson
9. out of the woods / nickel creek
10. give me jesus / sara watkins
11. can i stay / ray lamontagne
12. roll to the middle / sara groves
13. mellon collie & the infinite sadness / smashing pumpkins
14. that year / brandi carlile
15. everything’ll be alright / joshua radin
16. and i can’t sleep / waterdeep
17. falling catching / agnes obel
18. forgetting / david gray
19. coal mountain lullaby / the low anthem
20. movement II sketch / lost in the trees

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  1. I made a “Does Not Suck” lullabye mixtape for a friend’s baby. It included:

    1. “You Can Close Your Eyes” James Taylor and Carole King
    2. “My Little Girl” Jack Johnson
    3. “Moon River” Patty Griffin version
    4. “Golden Slumbers” Ben Folds version
    5. “If You Can’t Sleep” She & Him
    6. “Harvest Moon” Neil Young (always reminds me of my own childhood and my Dad)
    7. “Hold You in my Arms” Ray Lamontagne
    8. “Heartbeats” Jose Gonzales
    9. “Blackbird” Sarah McLachlan version
    10.”Come Away with Me” Norah Jones
    11.”Home” David LaMotte
    12.”The Way You Look Tonight” Harry Connick Jr. version
    13.”I Adore You” Melpo Mene
    14.”My Funny Valentine” Over the Rhine
    15.”When the Stars Go Blue” Ryan Adams
    16.”Amazing Grace” Sufjan Stevens
    17.”Quelqu’un m’a dit” Carla Bruni
    18.”Lullabye (Goodnight my Angel)” Billy Joel

  2. Also: this post has the world’s longest URL.

  3. genius. love it. before you know it, Starbucks will be calling and asking to market it themselves right there by the cash register. when that happens, i think i deserve 10% of the profits. for no real reason. just cause.

  4. bonnie says:

    one more album to check out in this vein:

    Golden Slumbers sung by Mindy Gledhill is amazing.

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