Let There be Songs … to Fill the Air 2


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Momma Bird has told me that when she got home from the hospital with the 2 older babies, her first thought was, “Now what do I do?”

When Little Bird got here, I understood exactly what she meant. Little Bird spent his first few days in NICU (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit), building up strength to come home. My first thought upon getting him home, was: “Holy Cow, how do I take care of this (seemingly) fragile baby?!”

So, naturally, when Little Bird cried (inconsolably) for the first time at home, I panicked. All I could think to do was sing. I knew no nursery rhymes, and may be tone deaf. The first song that came into my head was “The Ballad of the Green Beret“… I gently sung this song to Little Bird, and it worked!

Instant peace for the Little Bird. And, by extension, instant peace for me.

Since then, music has been my go-to weapon in Little Bird’s constant battle with sleep (like his older brother, he’s a sleep fighter).

Over the past 30 days, Little Bird’s playlist has grown. A process of trial and error has helped him find 30 songs that bring on Sleep. He is partial to simple, repetitive rhythms, with solid lyrics and a hypnotic voice…which explains why “Outlaw Country” is nearly as effective in bringing on sleep as Momma Bird’s soothing presence.

Here is a short list of the 15 songs that are almost guaranteed to help bring sleep to Little Bird.   (You can click on the links to listen to samples of (or download) these songs from Amazon.com  … soon, I hope to have a link to download on iTunes).

1. Blackbird (The Beatles)

2. The Ghost of Tom Joad (Bruce Springsteen)

3. Riding for a Fall (Chris Ledoux)

4. Amazing Grace (Jerry Garcia, and others)

5. Amarillo by Morning (George Strait)

6. Ripple (Grateful Dead)

7. Me & Bobby McGee (Janis Joplin)

8. What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)

9. The Boxer (Mumford & Sons, featuring Jerry Douglas and Paul Simon)

10. Mother (Natalie Maines)

11. Purple Rain (Prince and the Revolution)

12. Pancho and Lefty (Townes Van Zandt)

13. Waiting ’round to Die (Be Good Tanyas)

14. Rainy Day Woman (Waylon Jennings)

15. This Land is Your Land (Woody Guthrie)

Does music help your newborn sleep? What songs does your baby like?

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2 thoughts on “Let There be Songs … to Fill the Air

  • carla7007

    Music is one of the most calming things we all can have in our lives. Looks like Little Bird has found his from the start. Most babys like the dryer going. Looks like Little Bird know good music when he here’s it. Look forward to see the list get bigger.