Barely a night goes by when our 4 year-old daughter doesn't ask us to sing her "Over the Rainbow" after we switch off the light. We usually comply but each often slip in something else as well. One is something I've been singing her at bedtime since almost day one--Paul McCartney's "I Will," from the Beatles' White Album, which I never realized till I had a kid is just the perfect bedtime song. But wanting to bring her lullabies/musical education more into the modern era I also began singing her this one, the closer on one of my favorite records, Yo La Tengo's 1997 "I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One." Turns out that the original actually predates "I Will"--it was written in 1960 and first recorded by none other than Anita Bryant. Someday I'll tell Eleanor about the irony that for quite a while there were a lot of folks that Anita expressly did not want to have join her in her little corner of the world, but that can wait a decade or so. Meantime, the song remains in heavy bedtime rotation. And as I sang it to her last night, for the first time she started singing along, although making up a lot of her own words.
My Little Corner of the World
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