A cradle tune, or lullaby is a sweet and relaxing piece of music, which is sung or played to little ones to lull them to sleep. These lullabies are often used to give cultural values and tradition. In addition, the cradle songs are also useful in establishing communication skills and keeping infants’ concentrated attention. Cradle tune is typically repetitive as it is a sleep aid for babies and easy for moms to sing.
Twinkle Little Star
” Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” is a popular English cradle song. The lullaby was first published in 1806 in “Rhymes for the Nursery, a collection of poems” by Taylor and his sibling Ann. It is often sung to the tune of Ah! vous dirai-je, maman, a French melody. “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” English lyrics have 5 stanzas, however only the very first is commonly known and sung around the world.
” Rock-a-bye Infant” is among the well-known lullabies. Different theories have been related to the origin of this song. One of the theories identifies a tune as a very first rhyme composed on American song, by an English immigrant, who observed how the native-American women rocked their children in birch-bark cradles, which were tied to tree branches.
Among the theories suggests that the tune describes events immediately preceding the Glorious Transformation. The “child” is described be the boy of James VII and II. “Wind” in the lyrics is stated to be the Protestant originating from Netherlands bringing James’ nephew and son-in-law William of Orange, who would throw out King James II in the revolution. The “cradle” is said to be a homeowner of the royal family. The earliest tape-recorded version of a song in print appeared with a footnote, “This may work as a warning to the Proud and Ambitious, who climb up so high that they generally fall at last”.
In England, the local legend relates the rhyme to a regional character, Betty Kenny (Kate Kenyon), who was surviving with her charcoal-burner partner, Luke and their 8 kids in a huge yew tree, where a hollowed-out bough served as a cradle.
Hush Little Infant
” Hush Little Child” is a standard cradle song for babies, sung by mommies to lull their children to sleep. An author and date of this folk tune is unknown. It is thought that it was written in the Southern United States. Simple and sweet lyrics in the rhyme promises all sort of benefits to the kids if he or she is peaceful.