Jane Roman Pitt’s Midnight Lullaby is a delightfully soothing collection of bedtime songs written by some of our generations most endeared singer songwriters including Bob Dylan, Wilco, Tom Waits, The Dixie Chicks, Sade and more. In the moments when it’s time for parents and baby to retire for the night, this serves as something that parents and babies alike enjoy. In Jane’s words, the album is a way for parent to lovingly tell child, “I love you very much, I’m here, please go to sleep because I’m tired.” And the collection says just that.
Midnight Lullaby was produced in Nashville by Grammy Award winner Mac Gayden and features many of Nashville’s finest musicians.
“New parents often play their own personal favorites for their children, rather than traditional bedtime nursery rhymes,” says Jane, who holds a master’s degree in music theory and literature and is a student of the history of lullabies. “I found soothing bedtime songs that the artists wrote for their own children, using their personal thoughts and musical styles.”
Not only is the act of lulling children to sleep with music a pleasurable experience, but studies show that music enhances a baby’s brain development. These songs, which crossover into adult contemporary genre have a significant impact on the child’s health and wellbeing.
Music professor Ellen Dissanayake from the University of Washington says that communication between mothers and babies through music developed about two million years ago, long before language, and early musical communication is still the basis of important emotional and social skills. Neuroscientist, Dr. Daniel Levitin of McGill University also says that there is evidence that listening to music engages all parts of the brain at once, leading to increased intellectual capacity and computational skills.
“It’s very fulfilling to know that something as simple as listening to a soothing lullaby before bed can have such a profound and far-reaching effect on the life of a child,” says Jane.
A portion of the proceeds from this CD will be donated to The Mary Benson House, a shelter for pregnant women and their babies in Asheville, North Carolina.
Find Jane Roman Pitt’s Facebook here, where parents are encouraged to tell the story of the songs they sing to their children.