Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Announcement: Lullaby Album Coming Soon!

I'm excited to announce that my mother and I will be collaborating together on a Lullabies album.

While I will be hard at work for the next year composing and recording my own 2nd album (to be released Fall of 2009), this "lullaby" album will be a smaller seperate project involving both the work of myself and my mother, and will be released digitally this Fall/Winter 2008.

We've talked about doing a project like this together for a while, but it hasn't been until the birth of my own baby that the idea came together.The album will be bedtime songs for babies; something you can put in the cd player in the nursury and just let play. Songs like Brahm's Lullaby, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, as well as some original songs by each of us.

With the recent birth of Preston, it has been really interesting to watch and observe which kinds of music he is drawn to. I've noticed that he doesn't have the ability to concentrate on multi-instrumental music. It is too busy for him and actually makes him fussy. I've also tried Classical music, and it I've seen that he requires extremely simple melodies. Mozart is fantastic because his music is very light and mathmatical.

I've also observed that he responds really well to music where there is one-lined melodies with an instrument that his ear can pick out well - like a piano, or other bright instruments like the Illean Pipes (a Celtic instrument in the bagpipe family), or the flute.

In one of the many baby books I've been reading, I recently learned that babies at his age cannot really concentrate on more than one or two things at a time. Thus, the reason why if a baby is crying it is good to "shush" and "pat" them. Because that is three things. They can no longer concentrate on crying if they are tuning into the sound of the shushing and the patting on their back. It is too much.

So as a musician, it is super duper neat to observe how my baby responds to music. It is the reason why we decided to put together an album of lullabies - specifically for babies. And doing it together as a Mother-Daughter team will make it even more special since we are both mothers now.

We plan to get working on it right away and have it done within the next couple of months. We plan to do a "Digital" release at first (iTunes, Amazon, Cdbaby) and later on release hard copies. And best of all it will be "Kid tested, Mother approved". :)

9 comments:

Dan Thomas said...

Music is good way to communicate with babies. It is also a good way for them to communicate.

Vern Eastley said...

My baby boy is really excited about this. His dad might get caught listening to it too...

steele life said...

i would be very interested, and that sounds soo cool jenni, that is awesome that you and your mom will be doing that together, what a great bond for the two of you, and to put it together for your baby

NelsonFam said...

really excited - the primary songs are already getting kind of old.

Andy and Brandie said...

I am so happy to hear that I love listening to Lullaby music. I can not wait to hear it. I am so happy that you are working on somethin with your mom. Love you lots Brandie

Sandy said...

I wish you'd had it out when I was a young mom. I can't wait to hear it. I love how you are so intune to Preston and learn from him, like you do. I love you!!

Kate said...

What a fantastic idea! I can't wait to hear it.

Brian & Veronica said...

I can't wait for this Jenni. I also love the pictures of you holding preston after your date night. We've yet to get out ourselves! :) You guys are so sweet with him, he's such a sweet, precious baby. I don't know what it is about those pictures, maybe the way he's curled into you, but I just love them. so precious.

Lisita said...

Looking forward to the new album, how exciting!!