How to Stay Sane with Baby Music

Coldplay Lullaby

The current generation of adults doesn’t count their music collection in terms of albums, but rather in terms of Gigabytes. Since the rise of mp3’s and later iTunes and all things digital, we can boast of our music collections in data intensive ways. Odds are that we also probably own (but not necessarily possess) more music than our parents did. It’s also likely that our children will not physically own music: it will either  all be in stored in the cloud that is the internet or through an all-encompassing subscription service.

No Country, No Baby

But I digress…. This father’s music collection is about 40 gigabytes or 5,333 thousand songs. Enough to play music for 22.2 days straight. The type of music is pretty wide ranging, but it contains NO COUNTRY and NO BABY.

I clearly remember an episode during which my then-girlfriend-wife-to-be and I were driving in my friend’s car along with their baby. My friend, a scruffy former ultimate frisbee player who at one point in his life had a full collection of Grateful Dead live concerts on tape, w

as driving around town blasting The Barney Song with full vocal chorus support. And sober, might I add. Then-girlfriend-wife-to-be looked at me in horror as we pondered whether our relationship could go any further, let alone produce any children.

So fast forward a few years. Then-girlfriend is now heavily-pregnant-wife and I remain  unable to correctly recite the lyrics to Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars.  I am still scarred by the Barney driving incident but my fatherhood Jiminy Cricket is telling me that I need to bit

e the bullet and get some baby music and lullabies for the sake of my incoming offspring. I am, however, also foreseeing the long sleepless nights trying to put my baby to sleep and losing my sanity on multiple accounts. Or, worse, never being to soothe or entertain that crying or fussy baby with something that appeals to its ears.

Would I really have to sing my four known verses of “Au Clair De La Lune” over and over again? [Note: I would end up doing exactly that at various times  anyway]

The Classical Music Charade

What About Classical Music?” they say. Yes, classical music is wonderful and timeless. While I do like classical music and have enjoyed it in the past (especially live), I actually do not have any in my entire collection beyond a random Techno-Beethoven track given to me by  a German girl some time ago (I had barely managed a Danke).  Of course, I could buy some and make myself believe I really enjoyed it, but I was fooling no one but myself.

Enter Rockabye Baby

I’m not sure how, but amid the desperation of my impending descent into baby music hell I came across the Rockabye Baby series on iTunes. Maybe I was led there by a carillon of lullaby sirens or maybe just that the demographic overlap of Parents and iTunes users probably leads you straight to it like a perfectly designed marketing strategy. Odds are you already know them, but if you don’t,  the Rockabye Baby series a lullaby renditions of rock (and other) songs. Say What?

The original artists span several generations: starting with (among others) Elvis and The Beatles, moving to AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and The Eagles, followed by Metallica, The Cure, Guns n Roses and Bon Jovi and ending with the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, Radio HeadNo Doubt and Coldplay. In addition to rock, you also have songs by Bob Marley and Kanye West.

Sure, the Beatles. But Nine Inch Nails?

The thing is, the songs really work. Each was “converted” with great care and attention to detail making some of the tracks amazing pieces on their own. It’s easy to imagine converting a nice rock ballad to a lullaby, but Tool? Nine Inch Nails? Yep. It really works.

While that does demonstrate the talents of the Rockabye Baby team, it also underscores the universal nature of music regardless of its genre. Also a great gift idea if you want to be that cool aunt or uncle…

papalogic’s lullaby mix

And with iTunes (or Amazon’s music store), you can build a baby mix  guaranteed to please your baby and keep you sane  for only a few bucks. Here’s just one of mine:

  1. Clocks – Coldplayj
  2. Don’t Speak – No Doubt
  3. No Surprises – Radio Head
  4. Tonight Tonight – Smashing Pumpkins
  5. No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley
  6. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
  7. Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin
  8. Hey You – Pink Floyd
  9. In My Place – Coldplay
  10. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

So what’s on your baby mix?

Has your kid’s music driven you crazy? Share you experiences!

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