My father is a singer songwriter. He carries small pocket spiral notebooks so he always as something to catch a thought with. I remember re-enacting to his murder ballad "A Red Rose For Lisa" with my younger brother in front of the family fireplace in Nashville. I have held on to different songs of his through different times in my life, but whenever I feel far from home his song "Slow Moving Freight Train" runs on repeat in my brain and I find lines from it falling out of my mouth when I walk down the street.
The other song stuck in my head these days is that old song Misty. I find myself singing the first line "Look at me. I'm as helpless as a kitten up a tree." and then stopping immediately, because I don't want to be singing the words "I'm helpless" walking down the streets of a strange city.
I am interested in music. It has been challenging to find people to share lullabies with me on the journey. I realize I am asking people to share a private memory with me. Although, guess what? Everything I ask is socially private. Do parents sing to children anymore? Are lullabies part of a fading generation?
If you have a lullaby that your parents, grandparents, babysitters sang to you, or you have sung to children, I invite you to let me know. I would like to collect as many as I can. They can be half gibberish, plays on pop songs, made up songs, or just melodies - I'm all ears!