Shawn Colvin: The Starlighter...Review & Giveaway!
Last month, Shawn Colvin release a lovely collection of children's music that I have had the pleasure of listening to. I have been meaning to tell you about it for weeks but between school vacation and many snow days I have been running WAY behind!
Many of you, like me, might have memories of Shawn Colvin tied to her Grammy winning hit "Sunny Came Home". She has a great voice and it has been really nice to see it in the children's music realm. Here is the scoop on The Starlighter....
When Shawn Colvin was an eight-year-old girl, her parents presented her with Lullabies and Night Songs, a collection of children's music that joined famed composer Alec Wilder's arrangements with the fantastical artwork of author/illustrator Maurice Sendak. The budding young musician found inspiration in the book and in 1998, Colvin, then eight months pregnant with her daughter and on the cusp of becoming a parent herself, returned to its pages to record the seasonal album, Holiday Songs and Lullabies, which featured her re-workings of several of Wilder and Sendak's selections.
Now, 19 years later, she has revisited Lullabies and Night Songs for her newest release, The Starlighter. The Starlighter finds the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist once again reaching back to her childhood inspiration in service of crafting an elegant and graceful musical offering- one that resonates with the warmth and tenderness of poignant familial experience and remembrance. Its 14 songs are a mix of traditional numbers and children's standards, all of them culled from the pages of Wilder and Sendak's transformative book.
The selections that Colvin chose for The Starlighter run the gamut from traditional fare like "Hush Little Baby" and "Raisins and Almonds" to "Minnie and Winnie" with words by 19th century poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and "Cradle Song," with lyrics by celebrated English poet William Blake. Colvin and producer Doug Petty remain true to Wilder's original arrangements while also embellishing them with gentle orchestration, horns, accordion, piano and Colvin's signature acoustic guitar. The result is an album that captures the magic and mystery of children's lullabies while also offering a moving and timeless musical experience.
Raisins and Almonds
Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Minnie and Winnie
Sleep, Baby, Sleep
Many Million Years Ago
The Cuckoo is a Pretty Bird
The Nut Tree
Hush Little Baby
My Thoughts: I like kid music that is not totally kid music. This means it is not all silliness that has limited grownup appeal. The Starlighter is a CD that everyone can enjoy and I have listened to it plenty of times when my kids were not in the room! Shawn Colvin has a really lovely voice...clear and pure with lots of depth and I find her overall style to be very soothing. The instrumental portion is aching beautiful and sweet and I can absolutely imagine rocking a little one to sleep while listening. I enjoyed all 14 tracks and I think this is one of those great collections where you don't have to skip a song...I love it when that happens! If I had to choose a favorite I would go with the classic Hush, Little Baby. Shawn Colvin's unique stamp on this song is really beautiful.
This CD would make a thoughtful baby shower gift or gift for a new parent dreaming of sleep! You can purchase the CD and stream the songs on Amazon by clicking HERE.
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