|New York City Lullabies: Oral
Twentieth Anniversary Release (2004)
Co-produced by Julia Soto Lebentritt & Karen Pearlman
More than thirty songs, plus memories, and sleep time sounds from Hispanic, Ukrainian, Chinese, Jewish, Haitian, Italian, and other communities of New York City
FROM INTRODUCTION TO THE FIRST EDITION:
Throughout the world, there is a rich and ancient tradition of lullabies- the songs that people sing to soothe and please children and to lull them to sleep. Even in our modern cities, lullabies continue to function as one of the oldest and most intimate forms of human interaction. Many of us remember with happiness going to sleep with a bedtime ritual. But lullabies are not just for children; we all respond to the universal language of lulling.
New York City Lullabies Project was conceived in 1981 to meet a growing interest in the collecting and sharing of the rich folklore found in N.Y. Citys various communities. Under the direction of Julia Soto Lebentritt, the Lullaby Project received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Council for the Humanities, and National Public Radio.
Julia Soto Lebentritt and Karen Pearlman produced this recording with engineer Gerald Lindahl. Project Consultants are Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, and Dr. Nancy Groce.