Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project (**GIVEAWAY**)

I have always had a special place in my heart for lullabies.  I remember my parents and grandparents singing them to me.  I have sung them to countless children in daycares and NICUs.  And, I have sung them to my own children.  I even wrote a new one for each of my children.  When I received the OVER THE MOON set in the mail, I was excited to find that it was a collection of 26 original songs on two CDs, plus a picture book that included a 17-lullaby CD (a sampling of the 26 songs on the other two CDs).

These are not just everyday lullabies.  They are a collection of original songs written and performed by composers, lyricists and performers from BROADWAY.  Wow!  The children’s book was illustrated by theater designers and illustrators.  Wow!  Before I even started listening and looking and reading, I knew it had to be great.  As I listened, I enjoyed hearing an amazing variety of lullabies.  Some are stories, some sing about specific elements of a child’s life, others speak directly to the task of sleep.  Many are realistic dreamings, while others send imaginings on a cloud of soft music.  There is at least one song on these discs that you will love.  Most likely, several.  Check out these titles and artists:

Little Sleepy Eyes
Illustration by Sean Qualls
Music & Lyrics by Nona Hendryx, Marva Hicks & Charles Randolph-Wright
Marva Hicks – vocal
Larry Campbell – guitars
Tony Scherr – acoustic bass
Bashiri Johnson – percussion

A sweet, sleepy lullaby sending them off to the sandman…

Think of the Moon
Illustration by R. Gregory Christie
Music & Lyrics by Adam Gwon
Brian d’Arcy James – vocal
Larry Campbell – guitars
James Genus – bass
Bashiri Johnson – percussion

A wandering of the imagination…

A Lullaby for Midnight
Illustration by Wendell Minor
Music & Lyrics by Rupert Holmes
Vanessa Williams – vocal
Taylor Eigsti – piano
Julian Lage – guitar
Scott Colley – bass
Bashiri Johnson – percussion

Reverse psychology set to music…

Lucky
(from the opera Séance on a Wet Afternoon)
Illustration by Marc Simont
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Donna Murphy – vocal
Jody Redhage – cello
Gil Goldstein – piano

Possibly the musings of a mother who gave her child up for adoption…

How Much Love
Illustration by Richard Egielski
Music & Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa
Audra McDonald – vocal
Brad Mehldau – piano

How much love can one heart hold?  How much love does mine hold?  Musical musings…

Onesie
Illustration by Paul O. Zelinsky
Music by Wayne Barker; Lyrics by BD Wong
Michael Cerveris – vocal
Gil Goldstein – piano
Julian Lage – guitar
Scott Colley – bass
Bashiri Johnson – percussion

This is my favorite.  A story of a little one in the NICU, this is a story so many parents can relate to, and perhaps wish they couldn’t.  What a treasure!

It’s Time, Little Man
Illustration by Cornelius Van Wright & Ying-Hwa Hu
Music by Jenny Giering; Lyrics by Sean Barry
Rebecca Luker – vocal
Gil Goldstein – piano, accordion

A snuggling and thinking song…

Lullaby to Mr. Waggles
Illustration by Betsy Lewin
Music & Lyrics by Dan Lipton & David Rossmer; Lyrics by Sandy Rustin
Kelli O’Hara – vocal
Kevin Hays – piano, celeste

A humorous change from the norm…

Look (A Rainbow)
Illustration by Lynne Avril
Music & Lyrics by Scott Alan
Christiane Noll – vocal
Gil Goldstein – celeste, Fender Rhodes

Wishing there were no mean, hard things in the world…

Everything I Do You Do
Illustration by Paulette Bogan
Music by Timothy Huang; Lyrics by Timothy Huang & Sara Wordsworth
Sutton Foster & Stephanie Bast – vocals
Fred Hersch – piano
Julian Lage – guitar
Harish Raghavan – bass

If you love the copying stage, you will love this song…

I Love You
Illustration by Gary Zamchick
Music & Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez
Laura Osnes – vocal
Taylor Eigsti – piano
Julian Lage – guitar

A love note from a parent to a child…

Over the Moon
Illustration by Melissa Sweet
Music by Zina Goldrich; Lyrics by Marcy Heisler
Caesar Samayoa – vocal
Gil Goldstein – accordion
Larry Campbell – guitars
James Genus – bass
Bashiri Johnson – percussion

I love the intermingling of nursery rhymes and the author’s feelings.  “Tell the cat and the fiddle that “hey diddle diddle”, it’s me who is over the moon…”

A Father’s Lullaby
Illustration by Julia Gran
Music & Lyrics by David Shire
Marc Kudisch – vocal
Dave Eggar – cello
David Shire – piano
Julian Lage – guitar
Harish Raghavan – bass
Ezekiel Cohen – baby

A soothing soliloquy begging to the child to go to sleep…

Who can’t relate to that?

As sweet as this song is, I found myself chuckling in remembrance of nights just like this.

Jadelyn’s Song
Illustration by Selina Alko
Music & Lyrics by Christopher Jackson
Anika Noni Rose – vocal
Larry Campbell – guitars
James Genus – bass
Bashiri Johnson – percussion

Sweet imaginings while drifting off to sleep…

Every Breath and Thought
Illustration by Tony Walton & Genevieve LeRoy Walton
Music by Henry Krieger; Lyrics by Bill Russell
Anastasia Barzee – vocal
Larry Campbell – guitars
Tony Scherr – acoustic bass
Bashiri Johnson – percussion

“Every breath and thought is filled with you.”

I’ll Always Be There
Illustration by Lauren Castillo
Music & Lyrics by Jeff Blumenkrantz
Victoria Clark – vocal
Jeff Blumenkrantz – piano

Promises, promises…

This Little World
Illustration by Javaka Steptoe
Music & Lyrics by Michael Friedman
Raul Esparza – vocal
Gil Goldstein – piano, Fender Rhodes
Julian Lage – guitars

Sad musings…

It Takes All Kinds
Illustration by Neil Waldman
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Dana Ivey &Walter Charles – vocals
Gil Goldstein – piano, Fender Rhodes
Aaron Heick – bass flute

It takes all kinds of people to make up the world.

Poppy, the Little Brown Bear
Illustration by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Music & Lyrics by Jeff Bowen
Janet Dacal – vocal
Larry Campbell – guitars
Bashiri Johnson – percussion

The story of a bear named Poppy and the things she did.  This one will make you smile.

Riding a White Horse
Illustration by Emily Arnold McCully
Music by Jill Santoriello; Lyrics by John Patrick Shanley
Will Swenson – vocal
Gil Goldstein – piano
Larry Campbell – guitar, cittern

Adventures on a white horse, a connection between two while they are apart…

Yolanda
(from an adaptation of St. Cecilia, or the Power of Music by Heinrich von Kleist)
Illustration by Beowulf Boritt
Music by Ricky Ian Gordon; Lyrics by Tony Kushner
Judy Kuhn – vocal
Ricky Ian Gordon – piano

A strange addition to a lullaby collection…

All New
Illustration by Jane Dyer
Music by Marisa Michelson; Lyrics by Joshua H. Cohen
Nikki M. James – vocal
Dave Eggar – cello
Fred Hersch – piano

Thinking about how new this is to me and how new it must be to you…

First Sonogram
Illustration by Anna Louizos
Music by Tom Kitt
Peter Sachon – cello
Kathleen Tagg – piano

A wordless expression of the events of a first sonogram…

Sweet Child
Illustration by Jon J Muth
Music by Lucy Simon; Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Kate Dawson & Jed Cohen – vocals
Gil Goldstein – piano, Fender Rhodes
Julian Lage – guitar
Bashiri Johnson – percussion

A sweet duet from father and mother to child while they are away…

Winding Down to Sleep (Lullaby With No Words)
Illustration by Peter H. Reynolds
Music by Maury Yeston
Luke Kolbe Mannikus – vocal
Gil Goldstein – piano, Fender Rhodes, accordion
Taylor Eigsti – piano
Larry Campbell – guitar

Another wordless lullaby…  (unless you count “lalala” as a word) I love the inclusion of a child’s singing voice.  The music slows down slowly as the song progresses.  Nice touch.

The Man Who Invented Ice Cream
Illustration by Seymour Chwast
Music by Charles Strouse; Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Tillie, Keegan, & Zi Glucksman – vocals
Fred Hersch – piano
Julian Lage – guitar
Harish Raghavan – bass

A silly song about the man who invented ice cream filled with crazy rhymes… Just plain fun!

The book written and illustrated to accompany these songs is filled with terrific illustrations, lyrics and information.  No two song illustrations are the same, making the graphic art full of the same astounding variety as the recordings.  What a great combination!

You can learn more about the OVER THE MOON Broadway Lullaby Project, listen to audio clips, view video clips, read reviews, find out about related local events, learn more about the celebrities who participated in this project, find out about the charities who will benefit and purchase items here.

Happy listening!

BUY IT!  When you purchase Over the Moon, all proceeds go to benefit breast cancer research!  The 26-song album is $14.99, the Hardcover book with17 song  CD is $13.83, and the Ebook is $8.99

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