Confession Time. #1: I love Taylor Swift; I’m three times her age so I must love her like a granddaughter. As a matter of fact, it was my granddaughter Chloë who got me listening to Taylor Swift, although I was sold the first time I saw her — I was in a well known store looking at electronics and her “Love Story” video came on all the television screens. #2: I love cover songs. If there’s a tune I like, I want to hear it done in as many styles by as many people as possible. #3: One of my new favorite CDs is Dennis Caplinger’s Hushabye Baby – Lullaby Renditions of Taylor Swift.
Caplinger produced, recorded, and mixed these selections, in addition to playing guitars, mandolin, banjo, dobro, keyboards, and percussion (Sharon Whyte also provided keyboards). The gentle, almost-music-box quality of Swift’s songs provides a suitable background for those trying to (or fighting) sleep.
Everyone should go to sleep listening to music. Currently, husband Chip and I have been nodding off to bluegrass renditions of Eagles’ songs, though he seldom makes it to “Hotel California.” Before that, it was the music from Twin Peaks. Listening to the same soothing melodies every night is part of a routine that says “bedtime.”
Parents have long used music to lull their children to sleep, the more talented singing lullabies, while my tone-deaf compatriots and I relied on recorded music. My kids are lucky this album wasn’t available when they were children — I don’t know if I could’ve resisted singing along with “You Belong with Me.” Not only would they not be able to drop right off to sleep, they would’ve also had nightmares.
Other songs included on Hushabye Baby – Lullaby Renditions of Taylor Swift are “White Horse,” “Forever and Always”, “Our Song,” “Today Was a Fairytale,” “ Teardrops on my Guitar,” “ Jump Then Fall,” “ Stay Beautiful,” “ Picture to Burn,” “ Fearless,” and “Tim McGraw.” ( When I read that there was a Johnny Cash version, it immediately went on my wish list; there I discovered Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, George Strait, and — OMG — Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline versions as well. I’m planning on doing a lot of sleeping!)
Along with that jumbo-pack of disposable diapers, Hushabye Baby – Lullaby Renditions of Taylor Swift would make the perfect baby-shower gift, especially if mom is a Taylor Swift fan (if she’s not, lucky you can keep the album for yourself and replace it with another box of Huggies).