Mom, Will You Sing to Me?

My children are getting older. In fact, yesterday I spent the afternoon making a (late) birthday cheesecake for my oldest child. 🙂 We have yet to eat it (hopefully we will dig into it tonight), but the recipe looked delicious!

Anyway, I used to often sing to my little people when my eyes were tired from reading many stories and I was ready for the room to be darkened.  I sang songs from our church’s Children’s Songbook along with songs I learned in my college voice classes (like “Wiegenlied” by Brahms in the original German or “O Rest in the Lord” from Mendelssohn’s Elijah).

Sometimes my little ones would tell me to stop singing (which would break my heart because of the many fond memories of my mother singing to me at bedtime).

Then, the other day, I was surprised by my oldest daughter (who is fast approaching teenage life), as she called from her own room to me at bedtime with these words:

“Mom, will you sing to me?”

My heart melted, and I was taken aback for a moment, wondering what to sing, trying to find my voice.  Soon I began to sing one of my favorite Children’s Songbook songs, “I Feel My Savior’s Love,” which I sang to her oh-so-many-years-ago as I held her in my arms, nursed her at my breast.

The whole house fell silent, except for my voice, ringing through their bedrooms singing of love.

My husband soon joined me, and we sang together to our little people.  Our voices blended and lulled our children into safe and pleasant slumbering.

And, now, I have another favorite memory to add to my already full heart.


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A Study of Sleep in Song

I’ve been thinking about sleeping and waking lately. I’m not sure the reason, except maybe with the changes in season and Daylight Savings Time approaching…and maybe the fact that I adjusted my alarm to wake me up one hour earlier this week (which has been interesting). It’s been fun to press snooze a little longer…and on days that I don’t find the button soon enough, to get up a little earlier and have a few more quiet moments in my morning than I have had for quite some time. 🙂

I find a bit of humor in our patterns of life and wanting to sleep, or wanting others to sleep (parenting, anyone?)–and particularly the badges of amazingness we give each other for staying up all night (teenagers? college students?). I don’t have any solid hypotheses as of yet…but on tired, yawning days, I wish I’d taken sleep a little more seriously when I had prior opportunities to partake of its goodness.

Anyway, here are some studies for your weekend regarding sleep & waking set to music (with apologies for a little weirdness in some of the videos–hopefully you get the point):


“Lullaby” – Brahms (which I can actually sing in the original German thanks to an amazing voice teacher in college)


“Little Man, You’re Crying” – Sigler, Wayne & Hoffman


“Hush-a-Bye” – Bing Crosby


“Don’t Wake Me Up” – Chris Brown


“Losing Sleep” – Parachute


“Counting Stars” – One Republic


“Wide Awake” – Katy Perry


“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” – Wham!


“Up All Night” – 1D

What are your favorite sleeping and waking songs?

Happy Friday! 🙂