Featuring songs, stories, lullabies, and poetry created just for drifting off to sleep, the album is imbued with the magic of the gentle, personal style that has become Sukey Molloy's calling card.
A companion to Sukey Molloy's 2012 album, I Am Happy! with Sukey Molloy, I Am Sleepy! draws children of all ages -- and even adults -- into a safe and trusting relationship as they settle into slumber.
Sukey Molloy explains, "I wanted to give parents a recording that they could use to help create a peaceful, soothing, beautiful atmosphere that would nourish a sense of comfort and joy for a wide age range -- toddler, preschooler, or a mother with a newborn infant."
I Am Sleepy! blends traditional (and not often heard) lullabies, original songs that Sukey composed especially for nighttime listening, and stories and poetry she created with the intention of bringing a sense of both security and mystery at bedtime. The album weaves its way through a calming, quiet, yet always engaging and sometimes playful nighttime "under the stars" tapestry imbued with the sounds of crickets, owls, and lambs. Sukey's gentle storytelling and vocals are complemented by the contributions of her classically trained musician friends on harp, recorder, violin, dulcimer, guitar, bass, and piano
While Sukey Molloy's lyrics and melodies express a sweet, childlike nuance, she doesn't compromise when it comes to musical integrity and production values. Joining Sukey as co-producer of I Am Sleepy! isGrammy-winner Larry Alexander, who has served in this capacity for all four of Sukey's CDs. Larry brings to this new release his work with some of the biggest stars in the music business, including Diana Ross (six albums), Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Bon Jovi, and David Bowie, to name but a few.
I Am Sleepy! opens with the crystal clear vocal tones of Sukey Molloy, a cappella, singing elegantly simple melodic lines with lyrics that are crafted to instill a natural understanding of poetry, music, and rhythm in the child. Track two, "Hush My Little One," begins with the delicate instrumental sounds of guitar, dulcimer, and bass and lyrics reminding parents that every moment with their little ones is precious. The next song, "Evening's Coming," helps children think of the darkness as their gentle friend. A pleasant contrast is achieved with the recitation of "Quiet Night Poem," which is set against a nocturnal background of crickets and owls. The beautiful sound of solo violin becomes a significant musical voice in "Night is Falling." To listen to the simple, yet meaningful, organization of the poetry and music in I Am Sleepy! gives children and adults alike a sense of security. Like Robert Schuman and Claude Debussy who created significant musical portraits of the nursery, Sukey Molloy brings a sense of highly artistic aesthetics based on an elegant balance of contrast and unity into the lives of children and parents.
Sukey Molloy's award-winning body of work includes the CDs Circle Songs! with Sukey Molloy (2005; Children's Music Web Award, Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award), I Like to Sing! with Sukey Molloy (2007; NAPPA Honors Award), and I Am Happy! with Sukey Molloy (2012; Creative Child CD of the Year Award, Mom's Choice Gold Award, Preferred Choice Award), and two Sukey's Circle! DVDs (2009 and 2010; NAPPA Honors Award, Mom's Choice Gold Award, Preferred Choice Award, NAPPA Rising Star Commendation).
I AM SLEEPY! TRACK LIST:
The Moon Shines Down
Hush My Little One
Quiet Night Poem
The Story of Twinkle Little Star
Night is Falling
Early in the Evening
Sleep So Gently
Shadows Dance Upon My Wall
Scottish Folk Song
The Story of Little Lamb
Little Lamb's Song
Wind Through My Window
Sleep Now and Rest
All the World is Sleeping
Check out Sukey Molloy's website at http://sukeymolloy.com
Are you looking for a calm, soothing CD to help your little ones fall asleep at night or during daytime naps? Then look no further than I Am Sleepy by Sukey Molloy. I had the please of reviewing I Am Happy from this artist, so was very excited to review this upcoming release (Oct 15, 2012).
We received this wonderful CD only a few weeks ago, and already it is a favorite of my girls to listen to. I have used it for bedtime mostly but also during times when I want the girls to play calmly and quietly, instead of getting wound up. The songs are all wonderful, but family favorites include, The Story of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star; Russian Lullaby and Quiet Time Poem. This is the perfect idea for a baby shower, or new baby gift, and would be a great addition to any child care program for quiet and nap time sessions.
I highly recommend this CD and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can pre-order I Am Sleepy by Sukey Molloy online here (will be released in October 2012)
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