Sleepy music for kids (and big people too)

Violet mentioned these lullaby versions of rock songs, which made me yelp and leap back in horror. Eeeek! Elevatorized versions of good music! Run away, run away!

I am a huge fan of bizarre cover versions of things — Ozzy Osbourne doing “Staying Alive,” a cabaret version of “Darling Nikki,” Laibach doing “Sympathy for the Devil,” Dread Zeppelin‘s entire oeuvre — but somehow to me there’s a difference between taking a different approach to a song (the covers) and trying to make it something it isn’t (lullabies).

As a perpetual insomniac, I can say with authority that there’s lots of good music out there that works to put people both large and small to sleep; there’s no need to mangle Metallica and U2 to do so. As one example here’s the playlist from M’s bedtime CD: Zzz (PDF, 26k). It runs 76 minutes, I think, and I can attest that it is impossible to listen to the whole thing while lying down without falling asleep. The first track is a little more upbeat, to catch the (small) listener’s attention, but after that it’s all zzzzzzzzz.

2 thoughts on “Sleepy music for kids (and big people too)

  1. I bought an album last year by Grant Lee Buffalo called nineteeneighties after hearing one cover on the radio. When I brought it home and played the whole thing I realized in horror that I had bought a collection of slow, elevatoresque covers of some songs I really like (Pixies, etc.) — aimed at people our age who, I guess, are supposed to want to listen to slowed down, de-rocked versions of things. Needless to say, it’s not often played.

  2. I do like a slow (but not elevatoresque) version of the Pixies’ “Wave of Mutilation” off the soundtrack of whatever movie that was with Christian Slater and the pirate radio station.

    I just don’t see the attraction of de-rocked songs. If I wanted that, wouldn’t I just listen to 98.1 or some damn thing? Why wreck other stuff?

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