When I first heard that Laurie Berkner was releasing her first-ever lullaby album, I practically ran to put on my PJs and jump into bed. Having spoken with her on the phone for an article in a local parenting magazine, I can instantly recall her soothing voice, one that would be ideal for assuring a good night’s sleep for any tired tyke. Sure enough, Laurie Berkner Lullabies offers up plenty of reasons to grab a blankie and settle down for the night. Among our favorites are “Fireflies,” a nod to our favorite season and its magical creatures, and “Pillowland,” an imaginary place that invites listeners to play and dream. Astute listeners will pick up on two Berkner classics, “Under A Shady Tree” and “Five Days Old” that have been refreshed with toned down vocals and muted musical accompaniment. The result is soothing songs that are just as good as their originals, if not more meaningful. Parents in search of a new way to help little ones wind down before bedtime need look no further. Berkner has a standing invitation to our house, 8 p.m. sharp. Nighty-nighty.
In a Nutshell: Getting ready for bed just got a whole lot easier, thanks to a new release of lullabies from a favorite indie kids’ artist.