Monday, February 28, 2011

Softly, Softly, Slowly Goes the Day...

     One of my fondest memories of late computer science professor Randy Pausch's memoir 'The Last Lecture' is actually this passage, which gives a momentary breath of refreshing air in the middle of the solemn reading:
"...As I spoke about childhood dreams, I'd ask everyone to close their eyes and rub their crayons in their fingers—to feel the texture, the paper, the wax. Then I'd have them bring their crayons up to their noses and take a good long whiff. Smelling a crayon takes you right back to your childhood, doesn't it?
I once saw a colleague do a similar crayon routine with a group of people, and it had inspired me. In fact, since then, I've often carried a crayon in my shirt pocket. When I need to go back in time, I put it under my nose and I take another hit."

     Other than recontacting with our true ideals and reaffirming our lifelong passions, sometimes reconnecting with the inner child lingering deep inside everyone of us casts away all troubles and sorrows in a split moment. If sniffing crayons is not your cup of tea, Lavender Country has something subtler to share:
Click to visit Good Night Lullabies' site.
Good Night Lullabies

     Listening to lullabies soothes away fears and worries, snapping us back to a simpler and more innocent time long forgotten. Good Night Lullabies offers a selection of relaxing music inspired by Chopins, Brahms and Irish folk tunes that "combine piano, strings and woodwinds to evoke a peaceful atmosphere". Composed by Patrice Cosie, a music educator and performer with a MA in music and 30 years of experience in the field including work as a UCLA instructor and a music therapist, each lullaby blends in gentle sounds and restful patterns to create a tranquil mood. Notably, the music has won accolades from clinical psychologist Piper Walsh and yoga guru Tara Kilgallen. Four of these original pieces are available for trial listening on the site. Purchase can be made through PayPal or from the iTunes music store or the Amazon link to the right. Alternatively, the full length versions of "In a Mother's arms" and "Beautiful Child" can be downloaded for free from here.

     Whether you are winding down from a long day or struggling to catch forty winks, lullabies can be a nice-to-have in your iPod. Like what one customer attested to, Lavender Country found that listening to the lullabies after a day of work was like "wrapping my senses in a warm blanket". But more than that, the endearing melodies worked almost like a charm, easing away the tension in every strand of your muscles. The serendipity that happens in a marriage between an age-old art and 21st century technology.

     Before we conclude, let's not forget the most obvious benefit of lullabies. With the mercury reading creeping stealthily up, mums on Facebook have been lamenting that their infants are having a harder time sleeping through the night. Perhaps a time or two can work some magic, like our own mothers used to.

Disclaimer: Lavender Country is in no way associated with Good Night Lullabies or Lily Pond Lane Music.

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