The Simon Sisters Sing for Children


I bought this for myself.  True, the title suggests it's for children, but I totally bought it for ME, not the girls.  I found it at the Vintage Stock store on South Main Street in Joplin.


My little brother was born when I was 10 1/2.  My mother had a cassette tape of lullabies she would play. Side One was with (beautiful) vocals, Side Two was instrumental versions of the same songs.  Perhaps the loveliest song was a version of  Eugene Field's poem "Wynken, Blynken and Nod," one of my favorites.  I remember that the music was credited to folksinger Buffy Sainte-Marie.  When I would read the poem to the girls, I always sang it to the melody on the tape.

Years later, I finally saw a clip of Buffy Sainte-Marie singing her version of "Wynken, Blynken and Nod."  It's pretty, but it wasn't the melody on the tape.

Then as I was playing around on the internet, I found a clip of The Simon Sisters singing their version of the poem.  This is the melody I knew.  The music was written by Lucy Simon, older sister of the more famous Carly.





The Simon Sisters had a short recording career.  This album was a re-recording of a 1969 album called The Simon Sisters Sing The Lobster Quadrille and Other Songs for Children.  It was released in 1973.  [Here's the Wikipedia entry]. As you can see from the track listing, the album consists of musical renditions of famous poems, including "The Owl and the Pussycat," another favorite of mine.








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While Lucy didn't have the pop music success that Carly enjoyed, she did become a successful composer on Broadway.  In 1991, along with playwright Marsha Norman, she collaborated on the Broadway musical The Secret Garden, earning a Tony nod for Best Original Score.  Her musical heart does seem to lie with literature.  Fitting that she is the daughter of one of the founders of Simon & Schuster.




Carly Simon has a page for this album on her website.  You can find a used CD on Amazon, stream the album on Spotify, or purchase it to download on iTunes.


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  1. Oh my goodness - Carly was a daughter of Simon and Schuster! And this sounds lovely, I'll be checking around for a second hand copy. Also -we are just back from France where we were camping and almost returned with a Darth Vader like yours. My third son turned nine while we were there and chose it as his present, but then changed his mind (thankfully - Vader would have needed his own seat and we really didn't have the space to bring him home!) I told him about yours though!

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    1. Hooray for the Dark Side! :) He doesn't do anything but stand there, but we have great fun posing him.

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  2. As much as I like Carly I can't believe I didn't know she has a sister.

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    1. Two older sisters and a younger brother. Her oldest sister is (was?) an opera singer. You can copy and paste this link to hear her: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhpVuFuJJ5s

      Here is her Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joanna_Simon_(mezzo-soprano)

      And she was Walter Cronkite's companion at the time of his death.

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  3. My mom would love this! What an amazing find.

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