Sunday, December 13, 2009

Hush a Bye

I think everyone should have a song about them.

A song that is specifically about them and to them.

I am not a songwriter, but even so, I have decided to give my children a song.

Once upon a time I dated a guy. This was before I knew that I was madly in love with Jeffrey. In fact I think Jeffrey was serving his mission at the time. At any rate the timeline does not matter. While I was dating that particular guy he said something that intrigued me. He mentioned that he wanted each of his children to have their own lullaby.

How incredibly special! I thought. In this way every child could have their own song. Their special song. I loved the idea.

It wasn't hard to find a song for Keith. He actually has three songs he insists be sung to him each night before he goes to sleep. But only one of those songs is his song.

And then three weeks ago I encountered a problem. Faye was born and I didn't have a song just for her. As I sat holding her in the hospital, I opened Jeffrey's laptop and began my journey of finding the perfect song just for her.I didn't find anything perfect, so I settled on Billy Joel's Lullaby (Good Night My Angel) but it just didn't seem right.

Last week Keith was begging to watch Nightmare Before Christmas. I think that show is too scary for him, but to appease him I opened the laptop and went to YouTube for a scene with Jack singing just to make Keith happy. Instead I made him bored and me very happy.

I found Faye's song!

Someone had made a movie of Jack the skeleton singing (with Michael Ball's voice) Hushabye Mountain. I fell in love with it. I dug up the lyrics, and it is now Faye's song.

There are so many good lullabies out there that I may just have to have at least five more kids just so they can have their own lullaby... what are some of your favorite lullabies?


Malinda said...

Oh my goodness I love this song!!

...side note: Spirited Away is an awesome movie!

Capt'n Amazing's wife said...

So I'm currently on our dysfunctional laptop and can't listen to those but I will listen to them next time I find myself on the other computer. (I'd get up now but the cute baby is sleeping and I just can't leave his side) Anyway I like that idea too. I made up a song the other day and one of these days I'm going to post it along with a really cute baby picture. I'm still trying to get around to it.

Noodle said...

sammy loves oh dear what could the matter be... when ever she is really fussy or upset we can sing it to her and settle her down... I havn't found the one song that Allison really likes yet but its fun testing out lullaby's on her... Sammy always sings "rocka baby" to her she seams to like it but only when Sammy sings it...

Sue said...

I used to sing my kids Feed the Birds from Mary Poppins. I also sang a song I learned in choir called Shalom Havarim (sp on Havarim is uncertain). We have an old Swedish lullaby in my family that I sang a lot, and I also liked Dare to Do Right and La Vie en Rose.

I did actually make up a silly bed-time song for each one of them that I sang as I took them to their cribs. A couple of them still remember theirs!


PS. These are the fun, creative things of motherhood. It's so neat to make things special in some way for them, isn't it?

Familia Morales said...

I've sung "papa's gone buy you a mockingbird" to all 3 of mine. But I've also made up songs for each of them too--they're really silly but they like them (or at least they like me singing like a monkey to entertain them)

Em said...

it's this one that my mom sang to me that says, "stay awake, don't close your eyes, fast asleep now in your bed..." or something. i sing my own words to the tune, but now i'm googling for it. brennan asks me to sing it twice when i sing it to him. it makes me really happy:-)

Em said...

duh, it was from mary poppins! how could i have never put that together??? well, glad i know where it's from so i can learn the right words to sing to brennan;)

Nikia, May and da kids said...

Oh you just brought back a flood of memories for me. My song for my son 18 years ago was Baby Mine by Bette Midler. I played it all the time for him. I only sang it to him when he fell asleep on my chest every night until he became to big for me to lie him there anymore. Thanks for conjuring up those lovely memories with your lullabye post.

Awwwww... what a precious song.


Bec said...

What a sweet idea! As a non-mom, I don't really have a list of lullabies on the top of my head. But my mom always used to sing me one about a goldfish.

Emmy said...

I have just kind of made up songs for my kids.. they are probably combos of real songs out there, but they do both have their own song.
And Alex loves the classic rock-a-bye baby she thinks it is funny.

Amy Robbins-Wilson said...

I completely agree that each child has their own song. Good for you for finding them for your children! Music is such a powerful link.

I wrote "Child of Sunshine" for my son when he was about 4 months old. We are currently using it to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network as they saved his life. Would love it if you would check out our video on

Amy Robbins-Wilson