Lullabies are a given when you have a baby in your house. I find myself singing nonsense words during the day, and humming my kids off to sleep at night. Music is powerful and I love filling up our home with songs that are beautiful and meaningful.
This upcoming album release is a beautiful mixed collection of original songs plus some that are well-known and loved. Artists Sarah Sample and Edie Carey decided in 2012 to combine their talents and create this album after they walked through Edie's journey of infertility. The focus of their album is to honor the quiet moments between parent and child, plus to acknowledge the struggle of infertility and the painful road that can come with it.
'Til the Morning: Lullabies and Songs of Comfort opens with a cover of the Dixie Chicks' "Lullaby," which sets lyrics of maternal love and devotion in a texture of cascading vocal and instrumental lines and features guest performer Mai Bloomfield (of Raining Jane and Jason Mraz) contributing the golden sound of her cello and ethereal harmonies. An exquisite treatment of Wilco's "California Stars" follows, bringing out the elegance of its mesmerizing harmonic progression. Other highlights include the beloved perennial, "Turn Around," the familiar hymn "Softly and Tenderly" (with lyrics modified to reference "Mama" and "children"), Townes Van Zandt's treasured song "If I Needed You," and "La La Lu," the famous lullaby sung by Peggy Lee in Walt Disney's Lady and the Tramp.
Here's the track list -
2. California Stars
3. Turn Around
4. Slumber My Darling
5. North Star
6. I'm On Your Side
7. Softly & Tenderly
8. Your Own Stars
9. If I Needed You
10. All the Pretty Little Horses
11. La La Lu
12. These Things
13. Sweet Sweet Dreams
14. Now The Day Is Over
I love the harmony of this album of unexpected vocal duets. I am constantly making up harmonies to my kids' lullaby songs, so this adds a fun dimension for me as a listener. Some of my standout favorites from the album include Turn Around (it makes me cry), La La Lu (because Addie is obsessed with Lady & the Tramp - and I know this song will always remind me of this stage in her toddler life), and These Things (especially poignant for a mama who has waited a long, long time to have her dreams of a child fulfilled).
Hop over to the websites of Sarah Sample or Edie Carey, where you can read all about this album collaboration. You can also follow along on Facebook (Sarah Sample and Edie Carey) or Twitter (Sarah Sample and Edie Carey).
One Director Jewels reader will win a copy of "Til the Morning" on CD! This giveaway will end on June 23 at 11:59pm CST. This giveaway is open to US readers only. Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited.
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