in Celebration and Honor of Paul's
First Grandson, Thomas Alan Laughlin,
born on November 24, 2014 at 2:00 a.m.
("pink and perfect" and "freakin' adorable" @ 6 lbs.
My "Tom-Tom's Tunes"
is an ongoing project of recording
lullabies and other child-and-parent friendly tunes
in honor of
my grandson, Thomas Alan Laughlin, born at
exactly 2:00 a.m.
on November 24, 2014, thanks to the fine
"work" of Momma
Jess Laughlin and Papa Drew Laughlin.
All of the selections were recorded after September,
2014 in my
home-based piano-organ-keyboard rehearsal and
using a Yamaha P105B electric piano as a controller
to my MacBook Pro laptop and using Apple's
software program or app that provides a virtual
recording studio. Scroll all the way down the page
a photo of my layout.
Here is an image of the projected CD album based on
tunes accessible below. We'll be handing this
version out to
family members and extremely close friends; but once
the production line up and running, we'll also
make a generic
version free of charge for anyone who wants one.
may enjoy and download the seventeen tunes listed
pass them on your own family members and friends.
I'm told by
folks who have previewed these little musical pieces
that they are
not only fun to hear, but work as sleep aids to
people of all ages!
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R. (James Royce) Shannon
Since the name Laughlin is
hopelessly Irish, I thought this would be
a good tune for the start of the project.
Little Prelude in C Major"
This is perhaps at the
same time the simplest
most difficult to play
of all of Bach's many
because its repetitive
lulls (!) the performer
into inattention to
but often mispronounced
used Bach's tune as the
harmonic basis of his
melodic version of "Ave
have remixed it as such
a synthetic alto flute
to play Gounod's
haunting melody. (NOTE:
One does not have
be a Roman Catholic, or
even Christian or
religious, to enjoy
its huge cache of
Background: One of the reasons I
chose this lovely ballad
was my free association of the words "lullaby,"
"dreams." Another was that it is a rather dreamy
tune. Yet a third
was that its composer was that "Father of
Stephen Foster, who is probably best known for
his "My Old
Kentucky Home," the official song of the
really--and the Kentucky Derby. where I grew up.
surprise to learn that Pennsylvania was his
despite the fact that he lived in Cincinnati for
a while, there is no
real evidence that he ever bothered to cross the
river and visit
even Northern Kentucky! Still, "Beautiful
a pretty tune and makes a nice lullaby.
Background: This is
not only the most familiar and beloved
lullaby in Western culture, but the tune for which
composer is most remembered. It took me a great deal
time and thought to get just the feel that I wanted
This version is very close to what passes for
perfect for me.
by Chuck Mangione
Chuck Mangione is a
and composer who
reached the peak of
his productivity and
popularity in the
1970s and 1980s. His
biggest hit was "Feels
So Good." This
"Lullaby" was part of
a movie score that he
composed for the
Anthony Quinn. It
and ironically, some
of Mangione's best
by Johnny Mercer
Background: This tune is not really a
but lullabies remind me of sleep, and sleep
reminds me of dreams, and this is a totally
Oscar Hammerstein & Richard Rogers
Background: This song is from the
"The Sound of Music." It, too, is not usually
thought of as a lullaby, but can truly serve
as one. It's also my wife Donna's favorite
song, so I just had to include it!
"Farm Fresh Lullaby"
Background: The Farmer
in the Dell" meets
"Old MacDonald." What could go wrong?
Background: This is
a medley of familiar children's
songs. At just
over seven minutes, it's also the
longest recording in this
Night, My Someone"
by Meredith Wilson
This tune is from the 20th
century musical and
movie, "The Music Man." It is
really the same melody as
another song in the same
show/movie, "76 Trombones," only
set to a slower-tempo 3/4 waltz
time signature, rather
than an up-tempo 4/4 march.
by Helen Deutsch & Bronislau Kaper
Background: This song was published in 1952, and
Lowly, Infant Holy"
This is a Christmas Carol about
Jesus in the manger on his birth day (not his
birthday, the first of which would come a year
later, right?) In my view, all infants are lowly
and holy, so I included it here.
George A. Norton
Background: This song, one of the most frequently
songs of the
1912 and first
in public by
on the popular
1950s TV show
"I Love Lucy"
on "My Three
Background: This song was composed in 1912, the same
was born. It
one of the
by a pop
to have been
because to a
had to an
more than 50
and oldest and
"Billy" for as
long as they
and he lived.
M. Lewis &
Background: The title of the tune is ambiguous because
(with a Dixie
had to do it,
and I live to
by Chauncey Olcott, George Graff, Jr. & Ernest R.
Background: Written for a musical about Ireland, this
1912, the year
born. Dad was
proud of his
"When You Wish
Upon a Star"
by Leigh Harris & Ned Washington
Background: Written for the 1940 Walt Disney film
it was sung
credits and at
the end of the
Ike"), who did
voice of the
song for The
TV shows, and
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included on on
the CD, is
Birth Day to
Background: This is the most recognized and performed
song in the
Hill in the
I agree with
consider it in
since here it
of life, than
which is what
has come to
intended it to
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This is my home Keyboard Room/Recording
Studio. It was
a living room, but on the other side of the
kitchen, there is a huge family room, where the family
spends most of its time when we are at home.
all of the recording is done in the
corner at the far
end of the room. You will notice no
microphones in this
photo, because digital recording doesn't
though they are always an option for the
instruments, like the baby grand piano
and the Hammond
B-3 organ, which are pictured, and
horns, drums, guitars,
instruments that may be used from
time to time. Sometimes the room looks
Son Drew Laughlin,
stepson Korey Black, and me
-- at least 60 pounds ago. (Weight
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