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Goodnight Songs

by Tom Proutt & Emily Gary

From Margaret Wise Brown, author of the beloved GOODNIGHT MOON, comes a collection of charming lullabies, sung by the Virginia-based folk singer duo Tom Proutt and Emily Gary. The perfect gift to wish children a sweet goodnight.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Noon Balloon (feat. Jeff Romano, Andy Thacker & Stuart Gunter)
Tom Proutt & Emily Gary
2:44 $0.99
2. Mambian Melody (feat. Jeff Romano & Stuart Gunter)
Tom Proutt & Emily Gary
3:45 $0.99
3. Goat On the Mountain (feat. Stuart Gunter & Laura Light)
Tom Proutt & Emily Gary
2:30 $0.99
4. Sleep Like a Rabbit (feat. Stuart Gunter & John Lloyd)
Tom Proutt & Emily Gary
3:41 $0.99
5. When the Man in the Moon Was a Little Boy (feat. Stuart Gunter & Andy Thacker)
Tom Proutt & Emily Gary
3:50 $0.99
6. Song to Estyn (feat. Stuart Gunter, Jim Gagnon & Andrew Gabbert)
Tom Proutt & Emily Gary
2:31 $0.99
7. The Secret Song (feat. Jeff Romano, Stuart Gunter, Jeff Romano & Mary Gordon Hall)
Tom Proutt & Emily Gary
3:20 $0.99
8. Wooden Town (feat. Stuart Gunter & Andy Thacker)
Tom Proutt & Emily Gary
2:05 $0.99
9. Little Donkey Close Your Eyes (feat. Stuart Gunter & Andy Thacker)
Tom Proutt & Emily Gary
3:36 $0.99
10. When I Close My Eyes At Night (feat. Stuart Gunter)
Tom Proutt & Emily Gary
1:12 $0.99
11. Sounds in the Night (feat. Mary Gordon Hall & Stuart Gunter)
Tom Proutt & Emily Gary
2:54 $0.99
12. The Mouse’s Prayer
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5:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
Tom Proutt and Emily Gary, singer/songwriters known as the duo “Tom and Emily,” have beautifully and respectfully translated the poetry of Margaret Wise Brown to music in such a way that will captivate listeners of all ages. Using the language of voice and instrumentation, they’ve created a soundscape conveying serenity and hushed wonder as well as mystery and wildness.

The stories of Margaret Wise Brown were read to us as children. We read them to our children. So it was with familiarity and fondness that we began this project of creating a soundscape to accompany her poetry.

These unpublished works are so rich in imagery that they invite instrumentation and melodies. Margaret Wise Brown often used simple, spare images that enable a listener to home in on little details—a bell, a bug, a buoy—with an almost meditative focus. “The Mouse’s Prayer” and “Sounds in the Night” evoke stillness and quiet so effectively that readers may well imagine being able to hear the far away sounds mentioned in the poems. But her words also invite us into a surprising world of wildness, wandering, and risk taking, where monkeys throw coconuts at the sky and baboons and bears take an outlandish trip to the moon in a hot air balloon.

The mandolin helped us convey the excitement and adventure of “The Noon Balloon” and “When the Man in the Moon Was a Little Boy.” We chose to use a thumb piano, a high-strung electric guitar, and a lilting slide guitar to approximate an African sound in “Mambian Melody.” The sleepy slide trombone mimics yawning in “Sleep like a Rabbit.” In “The Secret Song,” long notes from a bass harmonica create a foghorn effect. These sounds fell into place as we sought to mirror the lovely and lively images in Margaret Wise Brown’s poetry. We hope you enjoy them!

—Tom Proutt & Emily Gary

This album was originally a companion CD to the book GOODNIGHT SONGS by Margaret Wise Brown, published in 2014 by Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Text and lyrics © 2014 by Hollins University. Music © 2014 by Proutt and Gary. Performed by Tom Proutt and Emily Gary. Album cover illustration © 2014 by Isabel Roxas. Album cover design by Merideth Harte. All rights reserved.



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Kristine W.

A lovely collection of songs
This CD is such a big part of our daily family routine with our baby, and has been since he was born. Through this music, we travel through many different genres of sound, instrumentations, harmonies, visual lyrics, and special - even magical - moments. It's funny, sweet, charming, and so nice to sing along to (I find myself singing the tunes when I'm by myself!) There's so much joy in each of theses songs, I feel happy singing along and my little guy loves it too. "Wooden Town" is his favorite -- if only I could post a picture of his 6 month old toothless gummy smile when he hears that song!!! It is truly a family favorite, and I'm sure it will be for many years to come.

Adam Zeitz

Hauntingly beautiful gem you don't want to miss
I’m not a child nor do I have any children and yet Tom & Emily’s “Goodnight Songs” CD has quickly become one of my favorites. From the opening gem “The Noon Balloon” (that you will be signing along to by the end of the song and then for the rest of the day) to the closing lullaby “The Mouse’s Prayer,” this album is filled with sing-alongs, lullabies, and solidly-written folk songs (“Little Donkey Close Your Eyes” is another of my favorites) for children and adults of all ages.

Emily’s vocals are both soothing and haunting, and when joined by Tom on harmonies the duo (plus band) really shines (not that Emily needs any help – she can obviously stand on her own - their voices just blend so well together).

This CD is by far one of the best purchases I’ve made this year. And such a bargain: $10 for what I’m sure will be many years of enjoyment. I look forward to Tom & Emily’s next project with excitement!

Frank Gutch Jr.

Childrens Music Adults Will Love
Albums like this make me want to be a kid again. Growing up, I had missed the poetry of Margaret Wise Brown and the sense of wonder she creates which I am just now discovering through this album. Luckily, Tom Proutt and Emily Gary became involved in newly-found works by Brown, some of which are the heart of "Goodnight Songs." They take Brown's magical words and weave them into the fabric of music written especially to them, creating the sense that all is right with the world (which is what every child should feel). That sense is magnified by a voice, that of Emily, wrapping its arms around children (and adults) as they slip from this world into that of subconscious wonder. For children of all ages.

k morris

beautiful & enchanting
This book of wonderfully illustrated poems is top-shelf, indeed, but I’m equally floored by the CD of songs that accompanies it. I’ve reviewed albums in the past, and I recall reviewing several children’s albums that were nominated for Grammys. “Goodnight Songs” is far better than any of those. Tom Proutt and Emily Gary have taken Margaret Wise Brown’s poems to new heights, turning them into songs imbued with warmth and a sense of wonder.

The refreshing thing here is that Proutt and Gary have made a thoroughly accessible children’s album that doesn’t talk down to its audience. In fact, the songs are smart enough that they’ll appeal to adults as well. How often can you say that about a children’s album? That’s the beauty of this record: it’s not just for children, it’s for the whole family. And it’s darn good.

Listen to “Sounds in the Night” and you’ll hear immediately what I’m talking about. You’ll also probably recognize the Brian Wilson influence on the vocals and melody line. But “Sounds in the Night” stands on its own--a lullaby with a subtly mysterious air about it. Your kids probably won’t recognize the influence of REM on the chord progression of “LIttle Donkey Close Your Eyes,” but you will, and you’ll appreciate the song even more because of it. Or maybe it’s because of Andy Thacker, whose virtuoso mandolin-playing runs through the album.

The key to the record’s effectiveness is the combination of Proutt’s deft musical instincts and Gary’s appropriately sweet and motherly vocals. They handle this material flawlessly. “Goodnight Songs” is intelligent, evocative stuff. The music industry has dumbed down children’s music for several decades now, to the point that they’ve practically killed what once was a vital art form. But “Goodnight Songs” revitalizes the genre and provides a direction for the future. This is what children’s music can be. And what it should be.