A Child's Celebration of Lullaby
Featuring a diverse array of vocalists, this eclectic mix of soft and gentle songs is perfect for bedtime or any quiet time. Beginning with favorite children’s crooner Raffi, singing his own “Morningtown Ride,” and ending with Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville harmonizing to an orchestral arrangement of “Brahms’ Lullaby,” this compilation features lots of soothing treats in between. There’s Taj Mahal singing the traditional “Little Brown Dog” to acoustic guitar, Kathie Lee Gifford (yes, that Kathie Lee – and she’s got a beautiful voice) singing a Kenny Loggins’ tune about a parent’s unconditional love in “Cody’s Song,” the 10-man South African a capella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo singing the traditional African lullaby “Be Still My Child,” Jerry Garcia and David Grisman on acoustic guitar and banjo performing “A Shenandoah Lullaby,” and two Gershwin tunes: the jazzy “Summertime” sung with velvety smoothness by Lena Horne, and the instrumental “Lullaby” performed by Van Dyke Parks and the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. Only one track falls short for this listener – The Roches’ treacly storysong “Good Night,” about a princess locked in a tower by an invisible wizard – blech! This is one in the A Child’s Celebration of series (which includes Rock ‘n’ Roll, Showtunes, Broadway, Folk Music, and Christmas) by the Music for Little People label, which produces consistently high quality recordings for children.