As adults, lack of sleep has been found to be detrimental to our health.
Today’s children aren’t getting enough sleep either. There are suggested
times and hours needed for each age group. I won’t bother to quote the
many more hours we all should rest and sleep. I try but can usually only
“sleep in” reaching a whopping seven total hours a night. I found a sweet
album to suggest listening to, for any age.
A new music CD, released from a long-term collaboration of two friends who
became fathers in 1995, is called, “Precious Child– Love Songs & Lullabies.”
There are some happy parts of this collaboration but one really sad one, too.
The Jazz guitarist and composer named Joe Beck combined with the singer,
composer and pianist Darryl Tookes.
Joe and Darryl worked on this album since 1995, moved by their new venture
into fatherhood. The album had to be put on ‘hold’ due to Joe’s being diagnosed
with cancer. During his illness, their friendship strengthened, but he did not
feel up to working. Once he passed away, Darryl finished the CD in honor of his
friend and their families continuation of friendship.
Although this friendship is about the celebration of family and friendship, I started
to think of this plot as a possible movie. It truly reminds me of that sentimental and
tear producing story of Brian Piccolo and the movie, “Brian’s Song.”
When Darryl was a child, he had parents who believed in the Civil Rights movement.
He also became involved, tagging along on marches and sit-in’s. He aids environmental
causes and contributes to charities for children. When he was in college, Darryl studied
physics. He currently teaches college students music.
Joe’s story about his days in a jazz group when he was a teenager, sound like fun. Joe
got a lot of practice in during the period that Darryl’s family was participating in sit-in’s.
Once an adult, Joe Beck’s music was featured in movies and in television shows. His
work record was diverse, including a period of time working on a dairy farm. Joe raised
money for college music scholarships and one special project: water supply to Darfur,
Sudan. He also was like Darryl, believing in his life making a difference.
I have heard this beautiful music. The story alone pulled my heart strings. Two musical
individuals joined by music, love of their children and family. Both so giving to others. I
imagine their children growing up with such a creative force burning through them.
Check out this new CD. I hope you will find soothing music to share with any children
you may know. It may just be the “thing” to rock you gently, calming you to sleep!
You may already have favorite songs to sing or hum to your children. Ever since my own
were young, I have treasured this short list of songs, some from musicals.
1. “Edelweiss,” from “The Sound of Music.”
2. “Feed the Birds,” from “Mary Poppins.”
3. “Stay Awake,” from “Mary Poppins.”
4. “My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean.”
5. “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”
6. “The Johnny Appleseed Song.”
7. A simple prayer, “I see the moon, the moon sees me. God bless the moon, God bless me.”
Here were three books suggested by for children:
1. “Zzz . . .” by Trudee Romanek.
2. “Sleep is for Everyone,” by Paul Showers.
3. “Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book,” by Dr. Seuss.
Of course, more than once we have mentioned in our unanimous love for the books,
“Goodnight, Moon” and “Runaway Bunny” both written by Margaret Wise Brown.
Oh, for controversial reasons, I must add, “In the Night Kitchen,” by Maurice Sendak.
Although this book has won a Caldecott Award, it also has a nude child in it, so it has
been ‘banned’ and edited by librarians across the land.
I enjoy a cup of Sleepytime Tea, (which has a nice combination of herbs, including
chamomile) by Celestial Seasonings Herbal Teas. I like to nibble on a cookie or a
biscotti. It goes back to my childhood, where milk and cookies were our bedtime
snack. If I have a small glass of wine, it also helps produce sleep, if I am in a prone
position. If I am out dancing or mingling, wine doesn’t do this, instead it makes me
want to be on the dance floor. Rain sure helps, on the roof of a house. . .
Please add if you have any suggested reading or your own ‘remedy’ to help us sleep.
If you like, tell us some kind of special routine with your children or grandchildren.