The first time I listened to Essie Jain's Until The Light of Morning album I made the mistake of doing so at night while I was trying to get some work done on my computer. The only reason this was not a good idea was because I wanted to stay awake, and by the time her 35 minute album was done I was ready for bed. (She has obviously passed the test for a lullaby album's effectiveness.)
While Until The Light of Morning didn't turn out to be the best music choice for that instance, I have to clarify that I really do like this entire album. Essie Jain has a lovely ethereal voice that easily lulls both children and adults to sleep. I also think that Until The Light of Morning is the perfect time length to help get kids calmed down for bed or off to sleep. The tracks also become progressively more relaxing, unwinding until the end with the entirely instrumental "Midnight Starship."
In the words of Essie:
I've been playing music and singing songs for as long as I can remember. Over the last few years, I've been blessed with the opportunity to perform all over the world. The thing that struck me the most during my travels, was how often people told me that they felt soothed, calmed and comforted when I sang to them. At the same time, my family and friends back home had started to have kids. It became apparent to me that they were always looking for new music to soothe their babies at nap and bedtime, and as a result of hearing the same CD for the hundredth time, they were quietly going crazy listening to songs that were working for their little ones, but certainly didn't do it for them. It was then that I realised what my next project would be...
Even this video for "What A Big Wide World" from the album is relaxing...
Essie Jain | What a big Wide World | Light Of Morning from Carolina Melis on Vimeo.
Essie Jain, Until The Light of Morning CD :: $12
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*I was provided with the CD mentioned above in order to conduct this review using personal experience. The opinions provided are my own.*