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by James Hurley

An improvised set of original lullaby melodies, creating a warm and relaxing listening experience with a rich variety of colours and textures.
Genre: Kids/Family: Lullabies
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1. Nightscapes
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I grew up listening to the Goldberg Variations while going to sleep - and that music had a profound effect on me, eventually leading me to pursue a life in Music. After graduating from the New England Conservatory with a Masters in Piano Performance, I moved to Germany and in 2016 my son was born. I improvised little songs for him all the time, singing so that he might fall asleep, and sometimes recorded these melodies. I then had the idea to record them as a sort of sleep soundtrack that could become part of his routine, a way for me to sing to him all night (my piano voice is much better than with my singing one). The resulting take was over an hour long and is not static music or white noise, but a flow of contrasting texture and style -- a variety that I feel is better for sleeping and relaxation.

Nightscapes is my first adventure into the world of recorded music. I feel it is an honest statement, and one that I hope brings warmth and relaxation to those who listen to it. I think it can bring relaxation not only to sleeping children, but also to those who need a moment to unwind after a busy day.

The music opens with echoes of lullabies I heard as a child, sung to me by my father. There is then a sequence of the melodies I sang for my son in the first months of his life, flowing from one to through improvised bridges. Scattered throughout the recording are quotations of Newfoundland Folksongs - songs from my home. Towards the end is a German lullaby - one that became meaningful for me since living here.

As of the time of this release, these songs have no words. When singing, I would make up new words all the time - something you can do too, if the melodies catch your ear. I hope listening to this music transports you or your child to a beautiful, comfortable place.



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