Mae Robertson | Dream

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Dream

by Mae Robertson

"Robertson's interpretations of pop songs as lullabies are truly inspired and there are traditional lullabies here as well, all performed with Robertson's lovely and patient voice." LA Parent
Genre: Folk: Children's Folk
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1. The One Who Knows
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2. Great Big World
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3. Winken, Blinken and Nod
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4. You Can Close Your Eyes
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5. Golden Slumbers
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6. St. Judy's Comet
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7. Midnight Lullaby
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8. Forever Young
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9. Dreamland
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10. Lullabies
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11. I See the Moon
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12. Godspeed
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13. Hush, Little Baby
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14. Dream a Dream
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
WINNER OF PARENTS' CHOICE AWARD FOR 2007!!!
WINNER OF MOM'S CHOICE AWARD

Not so long ago, Mae Robertson was the owner of three children's stores in the Northeast, and a new mother, when a friend overheard her singing the traditional folk song "The Water Is Wide" as a lullaby to her baby. He convinced her to record a suite of traditional and contemporary songs as lullabies and a new career was born.

Now, with four award-winning albums in her Lullaby & Lovesong Collection: All Through The Night, The Sun Upon The Lake Is Low, Sweet Dreams of Home, and the newly released Dream, Mae has built a loyal audience of listeners, both young and old. She has also garnered some remarkable reviews: "Her vocals are pure, spun gold," raved the Los Angeles Times. And the CDs have been named Notable Recordings for Children by The American Library Association; and have also won awards from Parent’s Choice, North American Parenting Publications and The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio.

Growing up in Alabama, Mae was influenced by the folk collections of her older brothers and sister. Later, she gravitated toward singer-songwriters because, like traditional folk music, their songs were lyric-driven. "I have always been drawn to the poetry and the story in songs,” she says.

In 1995, Mae founded, and remains the president of, Lyric Partners, a music label dedicated to the idea that music for children need not teach, preach, or condescend. “I’m a song collector by nature,” says Robertson “and I especially respond to sweet songs that soothe and inspire. I love expanding the lullaby genre and making music for families that will delight both parent and child.”

In 2000, Mae and her family moved back to Birmingham, Alabama after 20 years in and around New York City. That same year she recorded Stone by Stone, her first album targeting a grown-up audience, which included her own compositions as well as the work of other songwriters. “I was working on a new album when the attacks of September 11 occurred. For a few months, I didn’t listen to music. I didn’t even sing. As I slowly returned to music, I instinctively began to sing songs that I felt would help me grieve or help me heal.” These songs became the centerpiece of her album Smile, recorded in the spring of 2002.

In 2004, Mae recorded December Sky. It features seasonal songs of winter and the holidays from an assortment of genres -- traditional, spiritual, and contemporary -- presented in acoustic settings to reveal the simple yet timeless beauties within.

Mae’s love for the singer-songwriter genre, coupled with a desire to bring more great music to Birmingham, inspired her to create "The Troubadour Series"-- concerts featuring a slate of nationally touring acoustic artists. This very popular series made a significant contribution to the Birmingham music scene.

Over the past decade, on top of a busy performing and recording schedule, Mae has become a much-sought-after teacher, leading workshops in Independent Marketing, Managing Stage Fright, and Performance for The Swannanoa Gathering, SummerSongs, and The NE Regional Folk Alliance. Additionally, she has expanded the offerings of the Lyric Partners label by adding a new artist to its roster: Tony® nominated Broadway star Euan Morton.

Whether she's singing sweet lullabies for children or creating sophisticated sounds for adults, Mae Robertson's personal vision is the mortar in her artistry. “Sharing music with an audience is as wonderful and rewarding as anything I can imagine. My hope is that listeners will connect with the truth of the lyrics and the beauty in the melodies.”

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Marcia Owen

Delightful, luxurious lullabies I'm enjoying morning, noon and night.
As a longtime fan of Mae’s music I’m here to say that this is an extra special album. Mae’s voice and arrangements are delightful and luxurious. The production quality is tops. Old favorites become like new songs. They’re lullabies for grown-ups and for babies. Actually, I’m listening to this album morning, noon and night!
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Sue Rogers

Dream
This was the PERFECT baby gift for my friends. Mae\'s voice is just beautiful!!! Thank you!!!
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David Young

"Dream" is truly dreamy!
Every album that Mae has released has been a gem but this one has an even brighter shine. Her talents as a singer and interpreter have deepened, and the production quality is brilliant. If you are looking for a baby gift, look no further. But you don't have to have young children to fall in love with this album.

There are several covers, including Paul Simon's "St. Judy's Comet," "Midnight Lullaby" by Tom Waits, "You Can Close Your Eyes" by James Taylor, and Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" that are given new life on this album. They beautifully display the best of what a cover song should be: a reimagining and reinvigoration of a classic. And there are more traditional lullabies like "Godspeed" and "Dream a Dream" that glow with the warmth and beauty of Mae's voice.

The musicians assembled for this project are equally stellar and, together with the sensitive production, they create a deep and rich sound.

When I first heard this album and was searching for a way to describe it, the phrase "conjugations of beauty" came to mind. I don't know if I made this phrase up myself or if I heard it before, but it definitely applies to these songs.

I encourage you to listen to the song samples and then treat yourself and your children to this album. The songs are soothing and inspiring at the same time.
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