The guy who wondered why he couldn’t find a woman as great as the one Jesse had eventually settled down and had two kids of his own. Turns out they weren’t great sleepers. So Rick, being a songwriter, wrote them some lullabies. When he recently found the songs “stuck in the back of a drawer,” he found that he liked them and decided to put them out for the world to hear.
In an interview, Rick (he lets me call him Rick) referred to the tunes as “baby pop songs.” That’s a good description, but they also feel deeply personal. Listening to the CD feels a little bit like eavesdropping. These are actually songs he wrote for his children, and by his own admission, they aren’t as polished as some of his other work. That doesn’t mean unprofessional; the sound and production values are fine. But since the songs weren’t initially written for everyone to hear, they have an appealingly private quality.
Put simply, don’t expect “Jesse’s Girl” or “Love Somebody.” These are lullabies, meant to help kids fall asleep. As such, they’re calm, pleasant, and enjoyable to listen to. Unlike an artist who switches from his “real” music to kid stuff, this is an adult musician who also happened to write some kid-friendly songs years ago, and only just decided to release them. As a father, it’s hard not to get a little misty-eyed listening to the disc. There’s a lot of genuine emotion in the music and the lyrics. Like “I love to watch you sleep / In the quiet of the night” from the title track — what parent doesn’t understand that? It may not be deeply profound, but so what? For grown-up Rick fans (and there are many, as I found out when I interviewed him and my mother, wife, and babysitter all suddenly expressed a keen interest in my work), “My Precious Little One” is certainly different from what you’re used to. Check out some preview tracks at RickSpringfield.com and see for yourself. This might be the only time when a musician won’t be offended if you tell him you fell asleep listening to his songs.
“My Precious Little One” is now available at Amazon.com exclusively for eight weeks; after that it will be available at retail outlets everywhere.