Aiko Shimada and Elizabeth Falconer | Oyasumi - Goodnight

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Oyasumi - Goodnight

by Aiko Shimada and Elizabeth Falconer

Japanese Lullabies and Restful Melodies; Aiko Shimada's voice cradles your soul, floating on Elizabeth Falconer's gentle breeze of koto music.
Genre: Kids/Family: Lullabies
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Oborozuki yo (Moonlit Night)
Aiko Shimada and Elizabeth Falconer
2:15 $0.99
2. Fursato (My Heart's Home)
Aiko Shimada and Elizabeth Falconer
2:33 $0.99
3. Sakura, Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)
Aiko Shimada and Elizabeth Falconer
5:55 $0.99
4. Momji (Scarlet Leaves)
Aiko Shimada and Elizabeth Falconer
2:19 $0.99
5. Takeda no Komoriuta (Takeda Lullaby)
Aiko Shimada and Elizabeth Falconer
2:27 $0.99
6. Aiko's Lullaby
Aiko Shimada and Elizabeth Falconer
4:30 $0.99
7. Aka Tonbo (Red Dragonfly)
Aiko Shimada and Elizabeth Falconer
6:42 $0.99
8. Aogeba Totoshi (Song of Gratitude)
Aiko Shimada and Elizabeth Falconer
3:33 $0.99
9. Umi (Vast Ocean)
Aiko Shimada and Elizabeth Falconer
3:54 $0.99
10. Mimura nu Angwa (Girls from Three Villages)
Aiko Shimada and Elizabeth Falconer
1:47 $0.99
11. Hatsu Yuki (First Snow)
Elizabeth Falconer
6:44 $0.99
12. Kirakira Boshi (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Aiko Shimada and Elizabeth Falconer
3:19 $0.99
13. Hama Chidori (Plovers on the Shore)
Aiko Shimada and Elizabeth Falconer
3:15 $0.99
14. Hagoromo no Komoriuta (Okinawan Lullaby)
Aiko Shimada and Elizabeth Falconer
1:35 $0.99
15. Komoriuta (Japanese Lullaby)
Aiko Shimada and Elizabeth Falconer
2:35 $0.99
16. Oyasumi (Goodnight)
Aiko Shimada and Elizabeth Falconer
4:03 $0.99
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Album Notes
Winner of a Parents' Choice GOLD award AND a 2002 NAPPA GOLD award, and nominated for "Best Asian" Music Award by Just Plain Folks!
Fall 2001 Audio
Ages: 1 to 99

Aiko Shimada (voice) and Elizabeth Falconer (koto) play old songs from Japan; lullabies and age-old favorites that have been used to soothe children and adults alike for centuries. Compellingly understated arrangements bring out the warmth of Shimada's voice and the ephemeral beauty of the 13-string koto. Works sung largely in Japanese, with some English lyrics artfully woven in, but no knowledge of Japanese is necessary to enjoy the beauty of these intimate, nurturing songs.

This exquisite album, a collaboration between singer Aiko Shimada and koto master Elizabeth Falconer, can carry listeners of any age to a place of quiet and enfolding peace. The sweet, expressive clarity of Falconer's artistry on the 13-string, traditional Japanese koto, and Shimada's tender vocals in Japanese and in English, combine to create lullaby music that evokes images of soft, falling rain, blossoms nodding in a gentle breeze, and dragonflies on the wing. Curl up with your child, close your eyes and let the drifting music, as Longfellow put it so eloquently, "quiet the restless pulse of care." - Parents' Choice

A mesmerizing, very relaxing compilation of songs sung in Japanese and English. Some interpret classic folk tunes, some are modern original ballads (a la Jewel or Tracy Chapman). All feature Ms. Shimada's spectacularly clear, pure, delicate voice, accompanied by the sonorous rainwater sounds of Ms. Falconer's koto. The harmonies are delightful and enchanting.
Even without knowing the lyrics (which can be accessed on their website), you'll be able to hum along with many of them, and the language exposure is wonderful for young minds! The CD is long enough that even an energetic little one will slow down by the end. My 18-month old was completely transfixed for the first 3 or 4 songs at least, and on subsequent days would hand me the case as a hint to play it, even at bathtime.
With songs about dragonflies, cherry blossoms, stars and the ocean, one's spirit feels charmed, lightened and youthful; and yet there is also a deep wisdom and connectedness to nature and culture in these traditional sounds that have probably soothed generations.
-Amazon Reviewer

Lovely album, October 8, 2001
Reviewer: dv8or70 from Seattle, WA USA
Aiko Shimada's voice is like the sky on a clear blue day. Simply gorgeous. Elizabeth Falconer's koto playing is superb! Simple and never distracting. This album of traditional Japanese lullabies is amazing. I would recommend it to anyone who loves Japanese music. This one is not just for children and parents.

A review of the lullaby cd on AMG:

AMG EXPERT REVIEW: Albums aimed at children can go two ways ?Ea few are sublime, but the vast majority go for the lowest common denominator, talking down to the kids and just being generally stupid. Without a doubt, Oyasumi falls into the former category. Singer/songwriter Aiko Shimada (who's been making a name for herself as a writer and performer) offers shimmering vocals on music from her native Japan, while Elizabeth Falconer (an American who fell in love with Japan) is an inspired and accomplished counterpart on koto. The material's drawn from a number of sources, some traditional, some more contemporary (including a beautiful Japanese version of "Twinkle, Tinkle Little Star" that brings fresh life to a tired old standard), and some original, with "Aiko's Lullaby" a real standout. But, truth to tell, there's little to choose between any of the 16 tracks here, as the standard is so high throughout. The arrangements are flawless, with Falconer inspired and endlessly inventive on her instrument. Where Shimada contributes guitar, it's subtle and often unusual, but fits perfectly with the song, and her vocals, almost whispered at times, create a lushness when double-tracked, managing the interesting trick of being full and spare at the same time. For Falconer, an avowed Japanophile, it's a way of exploring her passion; for Shimada it's a way to reclaim her heritage. That the two Seattle residents come together so well is excellent. That they make lullabies which aren't just for children, but that can also please and soothe people of every age, is a sure sign of success. Chris Nickson



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Brought my mother back home....
I had one of the tracks from an iTunes selection and needed to find more. My mother is originally from Okinawa, left when she was only 19 and has only visited once about 25 years ago! She didn't even need to hear it. When I handed it to her for Mother's Day she looked as if I had given her a brand new car! Then her face changed a bit. Her face was washed over with comfort. She told me that every song brought her a memory back.
Thank you CD baby for making it so easy to find!


Beautiful album for kids and adults!!
Definitely not "just for kids"! I purchased this CD for my little nephew,having already been familiar with Aiko Shimada's moving music. Though he may not be able to appreciate Shimada's beautiful singing of lullaby's and Falconer's exquisite koto playing - at least not in the sense an adult "appreciates" these things - maybe he is better off - just laying there in his little bed...experiencing the sounds and the voices - not getting caught up on translating - just listening.I think the beauty and purity of this music will resonate with him just the same. Good music sinks into us. Great music sinks into us and becomes a part of us. This is great music!

Yolande Jaskiw

Genki Aiko and Elizabeth, terrific music, terrific songs, i am enjoying the CD everyday in my practice. Thank you.


wonderful CD
The music is beautiful and I play it every night as my baby goes to sleep. It is very peaceful and the lullabyes we will never get tired of hearing.


Big hit!
I bought this for my niece and nephew whose mother is from Japan. The kids love it and my sister-in-law says they won't go to bed without it!

Judy Stickland

Beautiful, Aiko's voice is like a tinkling stream. gentle lilting music.
I am a singer myself. I do appreciate the fact that the C.D is independant. I bought one for my one year old grandaughter and one for myself. I have just bought a Koto and I want to learn "Sakura". This is why I stumbled on the C.D. I was looking for the song on the net. I was mesmerised by the gentle music and lyrics. It creates inner peace. It's been a delightful and unexpected discovery.