First I have to say, I’m not a big Lady Gaga fan, but I was so curious about this CD that I had to review it. The last person I would have ever figured would be on a ‘soothing baby music’ CD would have been Lady Gaga, however after seeing that Madonna had also been redone I figured it was kind of up in the air.
Created by teacher, composer and performer, Josh Rutt, Baby Blanket Music was developed under the guidance of a wide range of doctors, teachers and child development specialists. As his closest friends began having children, Josh carefully observed and participated in the little ones’ development. He soon discovered that there was room for improvement in the quality of baby music that was available on the market.
It later dawned on me how genius it was! It was music that we listen to and obviously filters on some comfort level to our unborn and/or newly born infants. Of course it could be remastered as lullabies! With that in mind, I opened myself up to the wonder that was going to be the Soothing Lullaby Arrangements of Songs Made Famous by Lady Gaga.
Designed to soothe while enhancing the enjoyment and cognition of music, Baby Blanket Music features familiar baby sounds like vibraphones and music boxes paired with a full medley of rich, classical instruments including strings, woodwinds, pianos, harps and soft percussion. Together, these instrumental arrangements create gentle textures that are calming and enjoyable to ears of any age.
There are 10 tracks on the CD and have some popular tunes such as, Paparazzi and Bad Romance. Each song is broken down to simple piano (and some synthesizer sounding) notes. If you have ever heard the old Midi files and/or what they used to use in phones for ring-tones prior to the revolutionary Smartphones then you’d understand. Which doesn’t sound so great until you start listening to it and realize that you kind of get lured into the sound. My toddler would stop whatever he was doing to listen and I think it was the simplicity of the notes that really captured him as well as the familiar tune that he’s probably heard on the radio quite a few times. You can hear mini clips on the title’s page.
As for whether it makes little ones fall asleep, I couldn’t tell you. What I can tell you is that they’ll love it and it did often make me sleepy. The wonderful thing is that Baby Blanket Music is using tunes we recognize, can hum along with and are in some way comforting to both the parent and the child and that makes them worth the purchase. And if you aren’t into Lady Gaga, check out Simon & Garfunkel, Garth Brooks or The Beatles; which I wish I had when my little one was in my tummy since Hey Jude is part of his namesake.
Enjoyable hits found on the other Baby Blanket Music albums are The Beatles’ Hey Jude and Let It Be; Madonna’s Holiday and Material Girl; Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean and Man in the Mirror; Billy Joel’s Piano Man and Uptown Girl; Elton John’s Tiny Dancer and Your Song; John Mayer’s Daughters and Why Georgia; Garth Brooks’ Callin’ Baton Rouge and Friends In Low Places and Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water and Mrs. Robinson.
Give them a listen. I think you’ll see why they’re quite popular!
Purchase: You can purchase Soothing Lullaby Arrangements of Songs Made Famous by Lady Gaga for $14.99.
I received a sample for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation.