The following post is by music reviewer Jennifer Brown.
This month you’ll be hearing a lot of love songs. It’s that time of year, let’s face it: Love is in the air!
While I hope you all take some time this month (and perhaps even more often than that) to tell the important people in your lives how much you love and appreciate them, I’m going to talk a little about another kind of love.
No matter what holiday is on the calendar or season of life we’re in, God’s love is always there for us and the details of our lives are important to Him. One of the ways we try to remember this in our family is through some of our bedtime song collections.
We have a couple in particular that are time tested favorites that I want to share with you this month.
The first is “Before I Dream: Lord, I Love You” an audio storybook that was given to us as a gift when my oldest was a baby. There is a picture on the cover of the moon, so in our house it’s affectionately called “Moon Moon.”
We aren’t a family who is loyal to any one lullaby selection at bedtime, but once my oldest began requesting “Moon Moon” we soon became hooked. Now, it‘s the number one played selection for our baby at bed and naptime.
This audio song and storybook is comprised of a collection of original songs and retelling of Bible stories in a format that is memorable and engaging for your preschooler. My four-year-old is able to recount the stories he’s heard and has a familiarity with key figures in the Bible such as Samuel, Queen Esther, Moses and Daniel.
Interspersed with the stories are original songs that reinforce the stories and soothe little ones to sleep. In fact, once my nine-month-old hears the first few lines of track one “Up and up and up Jesus went” he’s often starting to settle himself down for sleep. So much for not picking favorites, huh?
While I enjoy the story component of this album, as a mom I prefer the music of my next recommendation: “Scripture Lullabies-Hidden in my Heart” by BreakAway Music.
The hidden in my heart concept is not original to BreakAway Music, in fact we own a similar CD called “Hide ‘Em in Your Heart Lullabies,” but it’s by far the best I’ve heard yet.
This lullaby CD is a collection of Bible verses put to music, nothing more nothing less. However, the quality of the score and talent on the album is worth noting. The creation of this album may have been intended as a lullaby for children, but it’s an appropriate choice for anyone looking for a peaceful, soothing reminder of God’s love. I enjoy the serenity it brings to my ears in the midst of a hectic day. I also appreciate that it helps our family remember key verses in Scripture which is a personal challenge for me.
Visit BreakAway Music’s website to hear samples from the album as well as download a free song! They also make it really easy to send their music as a gift, what a wonderful way to show your kids some love this Valentine’s Day!
A Giveaway from BreakAway Music
In fact, BreakAway Music has offered to show some love to two lucky Simple Kids readers with a giveaway of this fantastic CD, Scripture Lullabies.
To enter, just respond to this post with a comment about your family’s favorite bedtime lullabies.
Break Away Music has also generously created a 15% off discount code for Simple Kids readers: “SIMPLE2011.” I also got an insider’s tip to look for another volume of these sweet lullabies later in 2011.
This giveaway will end at 11:59pm Friday, February 11, 2011. Two readers will win. Good Luck!