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Martha Stewart Baby: Sleepytime

4.9 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

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Equating Martha Stewart with hip is enough to give any parent pause. Are "good things" on the order of ribbon-festooned lampshades what cool has come to? Yes and no. Sleepytime may not crash through the cool barrier entirely--its liner notes leap right over the music, choosing, instead to instruct how to frame hand-knit booties--but it comes admirably close. Sending preciousness scampering to the opposite side of the street on this 14-track disc are the artists: Keb' Mo', Lucinda Williams, Billy Bragg, and Alison Krauss represent, in more hushed tones than usual, what makes modern music worth listening to. The Barenaked Ladies loosen the tongues from their cheeks for "Close to You," Linda Ronstadt works out the bedtime kinks on a cover of Lennon and McCartney's "Goodnight," and Bobby McFerrin lulls listeners along unintelligibly on "Common Threads." Songs by Tuck and Patti, Jenny Bruce, and Nickel Creek swoop in softly, grab us by the mushy parental core, and encircle us with an intoxicating calm. With Sleepytime Martha Stewart proves, in a typically tasteful package streaked with uncharacteristic cool, that she hasn't lost the scent of success. --Tammy La Gorce

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Baby Mine - Alison Krauss
  2. Blackbird - Kenny Rankin
  3. Out Of The Woods - Nickel Creek
  4. Takes My Breath Away - Tuck And Patti
  5. Home - Jenny Bruce
  6. Birds And Ships - Billy Bragg
  7. Close To You - Barenaked Ladies
  8. Common Threads - Bobby McFerrin
  9. Infinite Eyes - Keb' Mo'
  10. Which Will - Lucinda Williams
  11. Love Is Strange - Everything But The Girl
  12. Come Away To Sea - David Wilcox
  13. Over The Rainbow - Eva Cassidy
  14. Goodnight - Linda Ronstadt


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 4, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kid Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005NQK6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I originally bought this CD for my new grandaughter. It is so wonderful I keep playing it over and over, and never get tired of it. To quote one of my favorite selections "It takes my breath away." It is a beautiful collection of mellow peaceful music for your children or your inner child. I plan on buying several more for my family and friends.
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I was shopping for some non-traditional music for my new son, and up pops Martha Stewart Sleepytime. I have to say I clicked on it out of sheer curiosity. (Martha Stewart? Childrearing? Hmmmmm....) I mean, she can weave a basket for me or show me how to make crepes, but I never actually considered her an expert on children. Call me crazy, but this CD is just what I was looking for.
The music is, above all, very soothing. The vocals are smooth and relaxing, without being too babyish. The fact is, most of the songs are not kids songs at all. Its a wonderful mix of modern and folk singers, which blend to make for a nice addition to your evening routine.

There are a few surprises, like Barenaked Ladies crooning 'Close to You', or Bobby McFerren on 'Common Threads'. And I absolutely adore Keb' Mo'. Then you have a few of the more expected tracks, such as Allison Krauss singing 'Baby Mine'. It's a nice version, but I'm still scratching my head wondering why everyone feels the need to use this song on thier kids' CD. Love ya Dumbo, but been there, done that!
Bottom line: if you're looking for something to listen to while you're rockin' that bundle of joy, here's your ticket. It's a 'good thing'.
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If you have small children; if you are a child at heart; if you like Allison Krauss BUY THIS CD. Do it now! Every minute you wait will be seconds ticking off of you life that you could be enjoying this amazing piece of work...
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I played this for my older child every night at bedtime. Both children have asked for their favorite songs from this CD to be sung when they're needing some extra sleepytime TLC. I was heartbroken when our original CD disappeared and paid a hefty premium to replace it when baby #2 arrived (it's now a staple in our MP3 collection).

Many, many great arrangements on this CD, and a welcome break from Brahms and other overplayed lullabies. Favorites (for me and the kids) include Baby Mine, Over the Rainbow, and Good Night.

Some of the arrangements are beautifully poignant - and honestly, they occasionally bring tears to my eyes even now. I expect that when I'm in the "right mood" someday, as an empty nester I will pull out the baby photo albums, put on this CD, pour myself a cup of tea (herbal, of course) and have a good cry.
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Soothing and easy to listen to for quiet time with baby. So unlike other CDs that are "powder puffy" or classical. Great CD for nursing and cuddling. I absolutely love this version of "Over the Rainbow" - beautiful and original. This CD helped make these special times w/my baby even more memorable. I will buy this again and again for my pregnant friends and family.
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This CD is wonderful! Where else can you and your baby fall asleep to BNL singing "Close to You?" Unlike most lullaby CDs (that are not instrumental,) this one remains at the same noise level and doesn't wake my daughter up when the songs change. (The only slightly loud one is "Over the Rainbow".) I leave it on all night and so far have not tired of it. I highly recommend this CD to parents who are tired of listening to the same old traditional lullabies.
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When my 2 year old daughter was a baby, I played this CD every time I wanted to soother her, which was almost daily for the first 9 months. The music on this CD is beautiful, not only does it introduce you child to some of the best songs ever written like Blackbird, Close to You and Over the Rainbow, it also introduces your entire family to some wonderful singers like Alison Krauss, Bobby Mcferrin and Eva Cassidy. I have moved away from the compilations in favor of more original fare but this album remains a stand-out. This album has created a bond between my daughter and I that will always remind me of those first precious months of her life. I received it as a gift and I proudly give it as a gift to new parents. Lastly, Eva Cassidy has one of the most hauntingly beautiful voices you may never have heard, her rendition of Over the Rainbow is sublime.
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Based on the great customer reviews, I bought this CD -- and everyone was right. This is a wonderful CD for babies... and parents. On my own, I listen primarily to CCM music, so I was fairly unfamiliar with these artists. No worries -- buy this regardless of your affinity to these artists. I have come to love these songs, and find myself popping in the CD even when my baby is not around. The songs are peaceful and quiet -- not like other lullaby CD's that can startle a little one with unexpected punches in the rhythm or volume. It has put me to sleep (in a good way) several times. I am so sold on this CD, that I'm going to be shopping thru the line of Martha Stewart CD's. A MUST BUY!
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