My husband and I have always been “jam band” fans, and traveling to music festivals and concerts has always been a traditional summertime activity for us. But since having four kids over the course of 7 years, our concert days are all but a thing of the past at this point.
But just because we can’t see our favorite bands in person doesn’t mean we can’t sing their praises. As long as my husband has been a father, his favorite way to put the kids to bed has been to quietly sing them songs of the groove variety: Grateful Dead, Phish, Allman Brothers Band; you name it, he will sing it.
One of my favorite things to do is to tip-toe up to the half cracked door of my son’s bedroom and listen to my husband singing my son to sleep.
One of his go-to sleepy songs:
“Lay down my dear brother, lay down and take your rest,
Won’t you lay your head upon your saviors chest,
I love you, but Jesus loves you the best
And we bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight … ”
~ Grateful Dead, And We Bid You Goodnight.
He changes the word “brother” to “Paul”, and the word “we” to “I”. Yes, it melts my postpartum heart into a big goopy, blubbering, mess.
10 “Jam Band” ballads sure to send your baby into slumber time:
Even if you’re not a jam band fan, there is not denying that these songs are so very soft and sweet. And anyway, who says Twinkle Twinkle was the only way to sing a baby to sleep?
What is your favorite non-traditional song to sing your baby to sleep?