Today is the last day in the series of posts with answers to everyday parenting questions, answered by ACL musicians. First, we talked about lullabies for babies, then practice vs, inspiration in teenagers, then what to do if you don’t like your kids music. Now, for answers to the most requested question of all, related to lullabies but different, how do you get the little kids to go to sleep? It’s so important because when kids get more sleep, you get more sleep.
- Survey answer #1: Routine. Whatever it is that you do, do it the same each night. It’s a harder discipline for the grown-ups than the kids sometimes, but it’s worth it.
- Survey answer #2: Run ’em real good. Tire them out. Wrestling, tickling, tag in the house, whatever it takes.
- Survey answer #3: Dancing, playing music and singing followed by reading, cuddling, talking, making up silly stories, making up silly songs and sharing happy thoughts. I must say, I totally want to go to bed at these two houses: Brian Vander Ark’s from The Verve Pipe and Kristen Geller from the Andy Z and the Andyland Band. I might show up one night. Really.
Some folks suggested specific songs, shows or stories to play real quiet, maybe in a loop, as they fall to sleep.
- Ian Bevis from Bear Mountain recommended Stairway to Heaven, which does have a dreamy vibe, but I don’t know what I would say if they asked me what it means. Does anyone know what it means?
- Tim Kubart from Tim and the Space Cadets recommends PBS Sprout’s “Goodnight” show.
- Andy Zamenes fr0m Andy Z and the Andyland Band recommends Andy Z and the Andyland Band musical stories. Which is totally fair, since kids are his specialty.
- Greg Attonito and Shanti Wintergate from Play Date both recommended the Play Date song written for bedtime, “AYO.” I recommend it to. I might even sing it to myself tonight as I try to sleep.
- Gordy Quist from The Band of Heathens has also written his own lullaby. He wrote this as a gift to parents everywhere looking for restful sleep. God Bless him. It’s a free download here. It’s beautiful.
Many thanks to all the musicians who took part in the interviews: Rev. Sterling Lands II from The Warrior Gospel Band, Gordy Quist from The Band of Heathens, Shanti Wintergate, Greg Attonito and Rick Silvestri from Play Date, Andy Zamenes and Kristen Geller fr0m Andy Z and the Andyland Band , Brian Vander Ark from The Verve Pipe , Johnathan Terrell from Not In the Face , Seth Goldstein from The Ohmies, Tim Kubart from Tim and the Space Cadets, Kevin Russell from Shiny Ribs, Arlene Bell from Disciples for Christ, Kevin Marks from JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Rick Carney, Music Director for School of Rock, Elizabeth McQueen from Asleep at the Wheel, Ian Bevis from Bear Mountain and Scott Mills from CALEB.
Thank y’all for taking a listen to all that was ACL this year. Stay tuned for a last post with just a few more thoughts.