Music Mama: Lullabies & Sleepy Songs

By Shannon Magsam

I’m stopping by Music Mama Jackie’s place to share a playlist for babies. I was cleaning out my home office recently and found a CD that was a gift from friends Kyle and Laura Kellams (Kyle has access to some awesome music as news director at KUAF). The homemade cover says “Lullabies & Sleepy Songs” and the date, Dec. 9, 2001. Wow, did that CD take me back to Ladybug’s babyhood. I remember worrying that I would wear it out I played it so often when she was an infant.

I thought I’d share the list. Download the songs for your baby or take the Kellams’ good idea and give it to an expectant mom. I thought it was the best gift my baby girl received when she was born. The song “Dreamland” in particular pulls at my heart strings. I still sing that one to my daughter after all these years.

The songs:

  1. Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Israel Kamakawiwoole
  2. Moonlight Serenade, Glenn Miller
  3. Mister Sandman, The Chordettes
  4. Sail Away, Enya
  5. Pink Moon, Nick Drake
  6. Stand By Me, Ben E. King
  7. Kind of Blue, Miles Davis
  8. Somewhere Out There, Linda Ronstadt/James Ingram
  9. Hobo’s Lullaby, Emmy lou Harris
  10. The Postman’s Lullaby, from “Il Postino”
  11. Dreamland, Mary Chapin Carpenter
  12. Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata
  13. Goodnight Sweetheart, The Platters
  14. Hawaiian Lullaby, Kealii Reichel
  15. Sleepytime Down South, Al Hirt
  16. Silo Lullaby, Toad the wet sprocket
  17. Brahms’ Lullaby, New York Philharmonic
  18. Lambs & Doves, Phish
  19. Novio, Moby
  20. Paper Moon, Nat King Cole
  21. Bonus track (pick a little “surprise” song for the parents)

The Music Mama is back during the first week of each month with a new list of songs. To create this playlist on your iPod or MP3 player, just print the list and use it to download your favorites from an online music store like iTunes. Happy listening!