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Hushhhhh Little Baby

  • I'm a little teapot – anonymous
  • There were ten in the bed – traditional
  • Humpty Dumpty – traditional
  • Merrily we roll along – folk song
  • Three blind mice – traditional round
  • Incy wincy spider – traditional
  • Open shut them – L. P. MacCarteney
  • Row, row, row your boat – traditional
  • Six little ducks – anonymous
  • Baa baa black sheep – traditional
  • Five little ducks – anonymous
  • Twinkle, twinkle – traditional
  • Hush little baby – American folk song

It was the quaint observation of an audience member that gave me the idea to lend the deep and soothing voice of the recorder to the humble lullaby. The father of a newborn son reflected on the unique sound of the instrument and deemed it ideal for settling his child, any child, to sleep.

What a fantastic idea! Could the recorder really settle a baby to sleep?

Popular research indicates that the hearing range of an infant is not fully realised inside the womb; however, the unborn child does respond to sound. The womb is penetrated by rumbles, vibrations and muted, low frequency sounds entering from the world outside.

The unique voice of the C-bass recorder, combined with the extensive use of repetition, is reminiscent of a life in the womb, generating for the infant listener, familiar and intimate feelings of comfort, safety and reassurance.

All pieces arranged and performed by Kara Ciezki on Kung C-Bass Recorder.

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jarrod Kirby.

Edited and produced by Jarrod Kirby and Kara Ciezki at Infinite Recordings, 2006.

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