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Goodnight My Love

“Goodnight, my love” is often what I say to my daughter when I kiss her cheek and leave her for the night. It is also the title of a beautiful lullaby sung by Sarah Vaughan. And that lullaby is part of a new Book/CD collection by The Secret Mountain and we are in LOVE with it!

The book includes the lyrics, history of the jazz artists, and amazing illustrations.

Bedtime is such a sweet time for my daughter and me. We love to snuggle is her big girl bed, read stories, sing songs, talk about the day, and imagine what we will dream. This precious Book/CD, Dreams Are Made for Children, has made it even more magical. Jazz greats like Nat King Cole, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, and Billie Holiday sing my little girl to sleep. What a treat it is to share this classic music with her, as my parents did with me.

Her favorite by default is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, but only because I’ve been singing that with her for months. She knows the lyrics and the melody and sings along beautifully. The rest of the collection intrigues her, soothes her, and helps her fall asleep. The diverse, colorful, and lovingly sweet illustrations are a perfect accompaniment to this timeless music.

Thank you so much to Sugar Mountain PR for this complimentary Book/CD set in exchange for my review. It was indeed my pleasure.

More information from Sugar Mountain PR:

Fall 2015 ~ Sometimes, a little jazz is all a baby needs for a good night’s rest!  Adding to their growing catalog of storybooks with CDs for children, The Secret Mountain will release Dreams Are Made for Children on October 1. The enclosed 35 minute album features twelve popular standards from the golden age of jazz recorded by singing legends Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan and Chet Baker, amongst others.

The music was selected by Misja Fitzgerald Michel, a Paris-based jazz musician, and noted children’s illustrator Ilya Green created the colorful images in the 36-page hardcover book.

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More about The Secret Mountain
The Secret Mountain offers a varied collection of storybooks and enhanced e-books with music. Earlier this year, the Montreal-based publisher released two other book-CD combos, both of which have just won 2015 awards from the National Parenting Publications of America (NAPPA Awards) and Parents’ ChoiceSleep Softly: Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, Debussy… (music performed and recorded in France by L’Ensemble Agora), and Tomorrow Is a Chance To Start Over,by Vancouver artist Hilary Grist. Visit www.thesecretmountain.com for details.
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Must buy ‘Simpatico’ !

 Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for this complimentary CD in exchange for my review.

 must buy

‘SIMPATICO’ by renee & friends

adjective: simpatico (of a person) likable and easy to get along with; having or characterized by shared attributes or interests; compatible. “a simpatico relationship”
Don’t tell my daughter, but this one is mine! As I listen to this sweet, adorable music full of love and joy, I think of many times in our lives we could all benefit from hearing the words and beautiful melodies. Kids aren’t the only ones who need reminders that “You Were Meant to Be”.
Renee and her friends, including Lisa Loeb, Maya Rudolph, and Molly Shannon, offer up their hearts in all of . The collection opens with “Gather Round”, which sets the tone for the happiness you will feel as you listen. “Dream About the Moonlight” would lull anyone into a dream-filled sleep. The cute lyrics and sweet beat of “Starfish and Coffee” with Maya Rudolph is catchy and fun!
Thank you, Renee & Friends, for this gift. It will be played, and played, and played.
From Sugar Mountain PR:
Los Angeles, CA, July 28, 2015 ~ Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon, Lisa Loeb, Colin Hay, Glen Phillips, Chris Ballew, Jeremy Toback, and an assortment of other musical friends are featured on a new album Simpatico, by  Renee & Friends, a  project by Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Renee Stahl and producer Rich Jacques. This crossover album is available on August 28, 2015 (One Melody Records, $13.98 CD, $9.99 digital).Like the critically acclaimed music of Stahl’s much-beloved family music duo, Renee & Jeremy (whom Jacques has also produced) these songs are not just for kids; they build off of hushed harmonies and reassuring lyrics about friendship and familial love.
From the first track, “Gather Round” (featuring Lisa Loeb) the warmth of these songs and voices envelopes the listener with love and reassurance. The guest roster is heartfelt and astounding, built on genuine personal relationships with the lead artists: Renee’s friend Colin Hay has a spoken word moment with “Are We There Yet?” Another friend, Maya Rudolph provides a sensitive and jaunty cover of Prince’s hit “Starfish and Coffee.” Molly Shannon, who performed with Stahl in school productions when they were growing up in Cleveland, lends her honest vocals to “Happiness,” from the “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” musical. Chris Ballew (Presidents of the USA, Casper Babypants) sings with Stahl on the symphonic anthem “I Am Not Afraid.” Stahl is a longtime fan and colleague of Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), and they co-wrote the powerful and wistful ode from a parent to child, “You Were Meant To Be.” Other guests include world music artist Tom Rossi, French bilingual artist Sophie et les Petits, and electronica star Kyler England.
mingle monday

Mingle Monday

I spent Mingle Monday reading other blog posts and I was inspired by a few bloggers to write a poem. I used to write a great deal of poetry. Not sure what happened. Other forms of expression came into play, I suppose. This poem is based on a really cool dream I had the other night. I don’t dream as much as I used to either. Hmmm. What’s happening to me?

I’ll save that can of worms for another day.

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Veil of Midnight Blue

Movement, energy, hustle.

Numbers of them at the ready.

My task so seemingly mundane.

Longed to be in the flow.

Obstacles, racing, for what?

He was ready for our part.

They said not to worry.

But the colors and sounds spoke louder.

A veil of midnight blue

Made me smile.

She was there and she was ready.

I could wait.