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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