Laurie Berkner’s latest album, Lullabies, is a joy for children and parents alike. The first thing you’ll notice when you open up the CD is that there are 21 songs! I was so excited to see that. Usually you only see about 12-15 songs on albums, but I was thrilled to see so many. The second thing that you’ll notice is that Laurie has written a blurb about each song and what they mean to her. As a music lover, I adore hearing the stories behind the songs, so I thought that this was a great inclusion to the album’s packaging.
Reading through the track list, I noticed a few songs that Laurie had re-worked as lullabies, like Under a Shady Tree and Five Days Old, as well as brand new, original songs, like All Around My Room, and Stars are Shining. Additionally, there are some nursery rhymes and traditional folk songs, which really round the album out and make it feel complete.
Laurie’s beautiful voice is crystal clear as always, and lends itself well to each and every song, but some of my favorites included Fireflies, I Gave My Love a Cherry (The Riddle Song), All the Planets, Nona Nona, and Five Days Old.
I Gave My Love a Cherry was one of the most beautiful songs on the album, in my opinion, because Laurie’s daughter Lucy is singing along with her. I just love when Zachary and I sing together, and I’m certainly not a professional singer – haha – so I can imagine how special it was for her to have her daughter sing with her. And this may sound a little silly, but Five Days Old has been one of my very favorite songs since I heard it for the first time on Nick Jr, when Zachary started watching TV as a toddler. I love it and was just so happy to hear it as a lullaby. It is a special song for me.
If you pick this album up, I guarantee that you and your children will enjoy listening to it. Laurie Berkner is a master at what she does. This album is lovely and will make a wonderful addition to your children’s music collection.
Disclosure: A copy of the album was provided in exchange for an honest review.