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Sunday, February 24, 2008

 

Stardust

I began my week of music with a post about lullabies. Every parent, I would hope, has a favorite lullaby to sing or play their babies off to sleep. Mine was "If I Had Words." Yes, I was Farmer Hoggett and my kids were Babe the Pig. I would even do the dance for them on occasion.

Lullabies are important. It's the first music your children will ever hear (unless you're rocking them to sleep to Panic! At The Disco). The good news is there are countless number of lullaby CDs for you to pick from. The bad news is that most of them are sterile and emotionless. If you don't choose wisely, you might doom your innocent little baby to a bleak future as a state legislator.

Thankfully, I'm here to steer you toward CDs like the stunning new Stardust by Cher and Gene Klosner, a brother/sister duo out of Omaha, Nebraska. Stardust just happens to be one of the best lullaby collections I've ever heard.

There are many things that set it apart from other CDs of its kind. First and foremost is the care and attention that Cher and Gene put into its production. Over the course of seven months, they invited members of the Omaha Symphony and Omaha Conservatory of Music into the recording studio to give their songs that rich, warm sound that you can only get from real instruments. Combined with their beautiful, soothing voices, the result is extremely pleasing to the ears of parents and babies alike.

The selection of songs is another big part of what makes this collection work so well. There are 21 tracks on two discs, mostly classics, but a few nice surprises as well. John Denver's "For Baby" fits perfectly with the better known lullabies such as "Rock-a-Bye Baby" and "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." The songs flow easily along, guaranteeing rest and relaxation for both child and parent at naptime.

Even better, Cher and Gene want to teach parents to sing to their children, so they've included an instrumental version of each song so you can give each lullaby a personal spin. Imagine the joy on your baby's face when they see mom and dad doing karaoke in the nursery!

Listen: "Lullaby (Cradle Song)" song clip

Listen: "Baby Mine" song clip

You can sample every song at the Stardust Lullaby website, where you can also buy the CD. Like I said, there are a lot of lullaby CDs out there. This is one of the keepers. It gets the highest recommendation from my family!

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Blogger Cher & Gene Klosner said...

Thank you so much, Phil! :) You have no idea how much this means to us - you made my week! I really enjoy your blog as well. Have a terrific day,

Cher Klosner Lane
(Cher & Gene Klosner)

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