Saturday, May 19, 2012

Giveaway: Moonrise Lullaby Celtic Harp CD (10 Copies!) $20 ARV {6/9; Worldwide}

Patricia Sereno is offering Anktangle readers a chance to win one of 10 copies of her CD Moonrise Lullaby, a value of $20. Moonrise Lullaby is a collection of soothing Celtic harp pieces designed to calm your baby into a peaceful sleep.

My thoughts and experiences:


I truly love this CD. Patricia Sereno really has a gift for writing lullabies! Each one has a unique sound and mood from the last, yet they all come together as a cohesive unit, set to rock your baby to sleep with the soft strings of the Celtic harp. The songs in Moonrise Lullaby flow smoothly from one to the next, with no abrupt interruptions or startling introductions which might wake Baby when she's in that in-between sleep stage.

I've enjoyed rocking Daniel to sleep at nap time while listening to this album. He is fairly picky about what types of sounds he'll tolerate during the early sleep stage, but Moonrise Lullaby goes over well even with my sensitive kiddo. I play it very softly over speakers in the room, and the notes of the lullabies float in over us as we rock in the glider together. I've found myself rocking with Daniel longer than usual lately (even after he's fast asleep), because I so much enjoy the peace and sense of calm that I feel while holding and breathing with him in that space.

We also play this album in the living room during quiet "chill-out" times when we all need to slow down and decrease overwhelming stimulation in the environment. Like using some other types of music, the harp pieces on this CD can help to calm Daniel down when he's feeling too wound up.

Moonrise Lullaby is definitely not just for babies (or nearly two-year-olds, like my baby), but it seems as though it would also be extremely useful for calming the frazzled nerves of over-tired mamas and papas everywhere. I've taken to listening to the tracks of Patricia's album while doing work at my computer, to help ease tension from any difficult projects I'm working on. The Celtic harp has such a beautiful, resonant, ethereal sound which is very soothing and peaceful.

In the process of setting up this review and giveaway, I had the pleasure of having a lovely phone conversation with Patricia. I enjoyed talking with her so much that I thought you might like to get to know her a little better, too! I hope you enjoy learning more about what motivates and inspires her to make beautiful music to help soothe babies around the World:

Amy: How did you get started playing the harp? And do you play other instruments?

Patricia: Since I was nine years old I knew I wanted to play the harp.  Music in my life began with the piano when I was five.  After that, I played classical flute for many years before learning the Celtic harp in my early 30s.  There was the wonderful opportunity to borrow a harp, which I took and then gave myself lessons for one year.  Right away, I knew I had found the instrument of my heart and at the end of that year, bought my own harp!

What is it that you love about playing the harp in particular?

I love how the sound of the harp vibrates and has such a long resonance.  This means the lower notes can still be vibrating as I play higher notes on top of it which creates a special sound.  What is wonderful is when I play the harp, I can feel the vibrations of the music.

I also love that the harp, especially the smaller sized harp, has a history that is over 5,000 years old and was part of so many ancient cultures.  In addition, the harp has always been strongly associated with spirituality, healing and Angels.


What motivates you to write music?

Each piece of music tells a story.  Each piece reflects a feeling, situation or event that I attempt to communicate to the listener.  When I am moved about something that happens to me or someone around me, I turn to the harp and try to capture that essence and feeling with a certain melody, harmony and tempo.  The tempo of most of my compositions reflect the natural rhythms of the body such as heartbeat, breathing or walking which the listener can consciously or unconsciously relate to.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

Loreena McKennitt has been my inspiration both as a harpist and independent musician.  Her music is powerful and moving and she produced her early albums under her own label in order to keep the integrity of her music rather than make her music into what the big music labels wanted to sell.  I admire that immensely.

What got you started into writing music for babies?

People found my music easy to fall asleep to and many were using my first two albums to put their children to sleep, and to be a part of their children’s bedtime ritual.  So I thought, if that music works, imagine what would happen if I made an album of intentional music to put babies to sleep - that would be even more effective!  Happily, that is exactly what has happened.

I get a lot of comments from people that they haven’t been able to listen to the whole album because they fall asleep during the first few tracks!  Recently I was sent a photograph in an email from a mother who plays my music regularly for her two small children.  The email was entitled “Track 2” and all it contained was a photo of her daughter fast asleep in her car seat!  To me that was a sign of true success for my album – I have accomplished what I set out to do, put babies to sleep!


What's your favorite lullaby?

My favorite lullaby is Sleeping with Angels.  This is because I know that Angels watch over all babies, even the ones we have lost.  Losing a baby, before or after birth, can be a silent grief carried by women that nobody talks about.  Yet this kind of loss has been the experience of women since the beginning of time.  I wanted to give a voice to that bittersweet grief and love that I have felt, and perhaps other women have felt too.

My second favorite is
Ellianna Rose, which is a piece I wrote for my great niece when she was born. She was only 2 lbs and 10 weeks early.  She was a tiny miracle of life.  She just turned 6 this year and is smart, healthy and strong – including strong minded!  This piece is about the strength of the human spirit, how it can survive and thrive despite uncertain beginnings.

Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself, your music, your calling?

When I was 23 I had an ectopic pregnancy and almost died.  After that, I was so damaged internally I was unable to have any more children.  Through the lullabies, through the music, I am able to love to sleep all the babies who hear it.  When I recorded the album, I played the harp as if I were playing the music to put my own baby to sleep.

I am also aware that babies born today have so many more challenges than ever before.  The speed with which everything is changing, the use of technology in almost every area of our life, and the complications of modern life are just a few examples.  There are so many more noises and distractions that babies have to cope with now that never existed before.  Because of these and other reasons, it was important for me to create a peaceful space apart from all of that for the babies and their parents to relax in, even if it is only for a few minutes at a time.

It is my great wish that my lullabies and the sounds of my harp might give babies a comforting experience and perhaps transport their parents to a place of simple calm, where time moves more slowly.  



I can tell you that even from the relatively brief time I've known her, that Patricia has a real gift for connecting with and understanding people. She deeply cares about babies and their parents, and she hopes that through her music she can make a difference in the lives of sleepless families everywhere.

Thank you, Patricia, for taking the time to talk with me and for sharing your story and your gift of music with all of us. 

 

Buy it!


You can purchase your own copy of Patricia Sereno's Moonrise Lullaby CD through Indie Pool for $20, or from iTunes if you prefer to put it directly onto your smartphone or mp3 player. Patricia's other albums, Evolution of Light and Mystic Morning are available for sale through Indie Pool and iTunes as well!


Win it!


For your chance to win your own Moonrise Lullaby CD from Patricia Sereno and Anktangle, simply enter by leaving a comment and using the Rafflecopter system below!

Ten winners will receive a copy of Moonrise Lullaby. Contest open Worldwide.
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42 comments:

  1. I would play it for my 16 month old daughter. We both love Celtic music (Loreena McKennit!) and would love some lullabies set to the harp.

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  2. i would play for my house during quite time

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  3. I would play this for my daughter at nap times and night time. She loves her beautiful music.. She even said to me tonight. "I LOVE my music mom!" She is 2 1/2 years old. :) I really hope I can win a copy of this beautiful cd. :)
    amymccarty at hotmail dot com

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  4. I would play it for my entire family. We always have music on during "bed time" and I know that each and every one of us would enjoy this!! Thank you so much for the giveaway!!

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  5. My baby boy coming sometime soon. :)

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  6. I would play it for my next child! And I'm sure my current children will enjoy it as well.

    hrfarley at gmail dot com

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  7. I would play it as my family loves celtic music. Val
    vsbelley@gmil.com

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  8. I would play it for my toddler. We also love celtic music so, by default of us being close by, it would also be for the rest of the family.

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  9. I would play it for my son, he loves all music, and especially calming music. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  11. The harp is such a calming instrument, I will use it for Archie to drown out his older brothers hollering. =)
    danica wilson @ gmail. com

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  12. I would play this for my 6 month old son :)

    danielleaknapp at gmail dot com

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  13. Hannabert NEEDS this - what baby never sleeps?

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  14. I would play this for my daughter and me(lol) at nap and bed times!!

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  15. This CD sounds beautiful. I would play it for my two boys at bedtime. :)

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  16. My children have always loved music, especially to help quiet their minds for bed! I would play it for them.

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  17. I would play it for my one year old, maybe it would help him sleep!

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  18. I would LOVE to play this for my little Irish kiddos :)

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  19. I'm not sure who would need this CD more - my toddler or our new baby on the way. I'm sure both would enjoy it!

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  20. I'd play this for Andrew at naptime....and probably myself. Naptime is crucial around here! :D

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  21. I would play it for my daughter (1 1/2) and myself - I love Celtic music and this sounds so beautiful. :)

    Kelly(at)BecomingCrunchy(dot)com

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  22. George does love a good harp tune; I'd love to play this for him!

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  23. Jemma and I would listen to it - she LOVES music :)
    thatmamagretchen@gmail.com

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  24. Thank you for sharing this with us Amy & Patricia. :) I would play it for the kids... any and all of the five. I am quite sure they would all appreciate it as relaxing music is something we treasure at rest times. Especially with the basis that this particular set was created with.

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  25. First, would play it for my little one, Iris. Then, I would use the songs as part of the soundtrack for our Ireland week at the baby academy I run! 50 plus children would hear it!

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  26. I would give it to my next door neighbor, who has a 12-day old baby girl.

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  27. I would love to listen to it myself to fall asleep. I have lost 2 babies and would love the comfort of the music.

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  28. I would greedily keep it for myself. I have a 15 month old who prefers to play than sleep.

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  29. I would play it for my nephew

    brn2lisn {AT} gmail [dot] com

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  30. This would be for my 3 kiddos. I love soothing music to play for them during quiet time and also leading up to bedtime :-)

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  31. If I won this, I would share it with my son! Maybe play it for him as he goes to sleep at night. midwife101blog@gmail.com

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  32. I would play it for my 5 year old son and 18month old daughter, and when we are babysitting. I would play it during quiet time, when everyone is either takign a nap or laying down reading a book. I'm always looking for new bedtime/quiet time songs :)

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  33. i'd play it for my 3 year old son and 18 month old son. well, and myself, of course! this sounds like perfect music to unwind to at the end of the day for all of us!

    marfmom at gmail dot com

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  34. My kids (2.5 years old). They love to go to bed to music like this. And I love it to because they.go.to.bed!

    journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

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  35. I would play it for myself! Celtic music is my favorite!! :)
    mybeagleboo{at}gmail{dot}com

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  36. I would use it for my daughter (and any future children as well!)
    jennifer.am.lewis[at]gmail[dot]com

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  37. I would rotate it between my office computer (cd player) for settling calmness or in my car for a relaxing ride to and from work. Calm music is not just for babies. We need to baby ourselves once in awhile.
    godleyv at yahoo[dot]com

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  38. i would play it for my baby girl :)

    hollyngunter@gmail.com

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  39. I could use this right about now for myself!! But if I won it and was in a less stressed place I would give this to my high school best friend who is expecting her 2nd baby any day now! :)

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  40. oopsie. bfingmomsunite AT gmail DOT com (or find my on FB as you know!) Thanks Amy!

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