Jennifer returns to share a new recommendation of What We’re Listenting To for this month. As autumn settles in, our rhythms naturally begin to slow down. This month’s selection provides a perfect soundtrack for the ever-shortening days of fall:
Sometimes we just need a little music to soothe our souls. I know I can really identify with that this month, having recently packed up my home and put myself and my son on an airplane for an extended visit away. It seems like September faded into chaos as the day to leave got closer, and now that we’re here we’ve started to find ways to settle into a somewhat familiar routine in our home away from home.
One of the ways we’ve done that is by bringing an iPod loaded with my son’s favorite “up-time” and bedtime music (I’m truly thankful right now for technology that allows me to bring so much in such a small package!). One soothing album I love to turn back to again and again is Into White by Carly Simon.
This album was released just a couple of months after my son was born and just about the time we solidified our bedtime ritual of having music playing as he was being soothed to sleep. In my new mother haze I somehow caught an interview with the artist promoting this album, and I loved her description of the album as one she put together with children in mind and quickly added it to our family’s collection. I’m so glad I did.
We have many choices for bedtime music in our house, but this is one of Mommy’s favorites. I love the simplicity of the selections and the beautiful voice of a truly talented artist. The melodic rhythm has a calming, centering quality that helps me to relax in that rocking chair at the end of the day just as much as it does my child.
“Into White” has both old favorites you will recognize like “Oh! Susannah,” “You Are My Sunshine,” and “Over the Rainbow” blended with originals unique to this album. I simply adore “You Can Close Your Eyes” sung with her children Ben and Sally Taylor – the harmony is amazing and beautiful.
For a sneak preview, you can check out a selection of songs Carly Simon’s official website for this album.
This is an album your family can enjoy for generations to come.