Category archive: music

September 6, 2004

Lullaby Cover Songs from Punk Rock Baby

I know it's great, and the kids love it and all, but I'm just not into all the folk-y music. And while I support hemp in theory, I'm not ready to limit my kid to Paul Simon's CD series of...
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The Thula Project: South African Lullaby Compilation

This CD takes its name from "Thula Mntwana," the Zulu version of that mid-night staple of new parents everywhere, "Hush Little Baby." Have you heard it? It goes a little something like this: "Hush little baby don't you cry/ Mama...
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September 3, 2004

John Lithgow's CD To Stay Awake To

Yes, that John Lithgow. And no, there are no songs from Buckaroo Banzai. I have it on great authority that--ok, fine. Some random commenter on Defective Yeti said, "Mr. Lithgow however never ceases to entertain." Which, if you listen to...
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August 30, 2004

Elizabeth Mitchell's CDs for kids

You Are My Flower is a CD of childrens' music Elizabeth Mitchell and Daniel Littleton whipped up while on tour for their rock band, Ida. [You know how cuh-razy musicians get when they're on the road.] It was intended as...
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August 23, 2004

Vintage Electronic Baby Music by Raymond Scott

The only thing that chilled out DT reader (and dance music guru) Tom Whitwell's son Alex during "a very colicky first six months" [!] was Raymond Scott's pioneering (1962-3) synth-meets-noise-meets-big band series, Soothing Sounds For Baby. Unsuccessful at the time,...
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July 27, 2004

The Poopsmith Song, by Over the Rhine

The Ohio-based band Over the Rhine is putting out a children's album and will distribute 50,000 copies of it "at no cost to parents by several Ohio." And while they may be hippies, they're probably not communists, so buy the...
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June 20, 2004

Waiting for Aiko: Sonogram-inspired Soundtrack

Brooklyn Daddy Type Blake Leyh is a composer and sound designer by profession. During the sweltering days of last summer, after all the nursery setup, the hospital routes, and the breathing exercises were ready--and with the kid taking her own...
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May 17, 2004

Coldplay's Daddy Video: The Nappies

When they have a baby, some musicians get their friends together and make silly T-shirts. Others get their friends together, put on silly wigs, and make silly videos. Coldplay, it turns out, falls into the latter category. To celebrate the...
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April 30, 2004

The White Noise Album

Grandma's Fussbuster is the latest CD from the VonCannon Family Singers. [1] It contains six 9-minute tracks scientifically designed to soothe a fussy baby. As lead singer/pediatric nurse/mom Lisa VonCannon says, "The clinical explanation for all this has something...
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April 22, 2004

Enya: Music to Torture a Pregnant Woman By

Ben talks about singing Enya non-stop to his pregnant wife when they found out they were having a girl. Obviously he survived the adventure, but what are the longterm effects on the kid? Think of the children......
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April 2, 2004

More Improvised Lullaby Lyrics

I found that, at 3AM, my memory for lyrics is about as useless as my ability to rhyme up some improvised replacements. Fortunately, over at Defective Yeti, Matthew has better luck; or not, if you ask his kid. DY's mid-night...
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March 3, 2004

African Lullaby CD

African Lullaby is a CD collection of 14 good performances of traditional lullabies. For example, the first track is by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the South African men's chorus Paul Simon tried to glom onto. (Hey, where there's world music, Paul...
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Week 1: So now he's an expert

Never mind trying to explain how I have the capacity to post anything during the first week of my daughter's life. Here are a few things that are working and some things I wish we'd done differently in advance of...
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