About the Lullaby Project
The Lullaby Project, initiated by Carnegie Hall, brings pregnant women and new mothers together with professional musicians to write original lullabies for their babies. The project is completed in three sessions: reflection and brainstorming, songwriting, and recording. The project intends to support families in difficult circumstances, nurturing maternal health and child development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. In building these relationships, our hope is to continue working with these families through our Early Childhood Music classes eventually inviting them into our strings programs.
Palaver has completed Lullaby Projects both in Boston and Portland, Maine, working with songwriting producer and engineer Matthew Brady. In June 2017, project participant Caitlin Gillespie performed her lullaby, “Harper Rose,” at Carnegie Hall, alongside two members of Palaver.
In Season 6, Palaver will continue to work in Portland, Maine with the Opportunity Alliance to recruit mothers for this year’s project. Participants will be guided through writing a song for their baby, will have space to connect with other participants, will make and receive a professional recording of their lullaby, and will have the opportunity to perform their song in public if they wish.
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