Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star: Lullaby Versions of John Lennon (2013)

Reviewing an album of lullabies may seem unusual for us at Something Else! Reviews. However, music fans who are also parents can agree on two things: one, it’s important to introduce your baby to quality music early; and two, you and the child need sleep!

In recent years, more music labels have recognized this market, catering to moms and dads who may want to hear more than “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” or “Rockabye Baby.” The latest edition in the Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star series, Lullaby Versions of John Lennon, allow parents to expose their little one to Lennon’s music while still soothing her.

All tracks are instrumental and rearranged to calm babies — and even their parents. Unlike similar children’s albums, this one moves beyond the music box template. Instead, it incorporates slight percussion and a fuller sound. What makes Lullaby Versions of John Lennon stand out, however, is its choice of tunes. Yes, obvious tracks like “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” are included, but intense songs such as “Working Class Hero” translate surprisingly well into tender lullabies. Anyone who thought “Jealous Guy” would never work as a lullaby will be surprised by this lovely rendition.

Another interesting selection, “Stand by Me” transforms Lennon’s cover version into a pleasantly calming ballad, presumably effective in persuading an infant to sleep through the night. “Woman” receives a makeover, stressing its pretty melody and becoming a gentle song that would make any baby feel safe and loved. Due to their already mystical natures, “#9 Dream” and “Mind Games” also function effectively as lullabies, leading one to wonder if Lennon ever serenaded his own son Sean with these classics.

No Beatles tracks appear on this Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star collection, although there is a separate album devoted to the band’s music. On the companion website, the company stresses that their albums are geared toward not only babies and their tired parents, but those who meditate or practice yoga. The gentle, repetitive nature of the tracks may complement these activities well, allowing listeners to find additional inspiration from “Power to the People” or “Instant Karma.” With the holiday season almost here, families may want to include this version of “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” in their Christmas playlists.

Children’s music has grown tremendously since its nursery rhyme beginnings. While the classics will never fall out of favor, appropriately rearranged versions of rock tracks soothe the baby and please her parents. Now kids can be introduced to quality material — or at least their mom and dad’s favorite bands — at a young age, instilling in them a love for music that will last a lifetime. Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star’s Lullaby Versions of John Lennon introduces babies to a legend and, at the very least, some unforgettable songs.

Kit O'Toole

Kit O'Toole is a lifelong music enthusiast who maintains a stand-alone music blog called Listen to the Band. In addition, she is the internet columnist and a contributing editor for Beatlefan magazine. She also holds an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.

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