Golden Slumbers in Dreamland

What better way to start the New Year than in peace and harmony with a couple of CDs by accomplished artists? These two give children a dreamy way to enter the New Year.

Dave Koz is a Grammy-nominated saxophonist, producer and radio personality and his first release on his fledgling record label, Rendezvous, is a winner. For Golden Slumbers: A Fatherís Lullaby, Koz has assembled a stellar cast of top jazz instrumentalists including David Benoit, Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Brian Culbertson, John Stoddard, Peter White and his brother Jeff, whose daughterís birth prompted the recording (but all of the musicians are dads or uncles).

"The credit really goes to my sister-in-law," says Koz. "She suggested that Jeff and I put together a few tracks that would create a more comforting, relaxing environment in the nursery."

Thanks to their efforts, all parents can enjoy the appealing treatments these musicians give favorites such as "When You Wish Upon A Star," "Blackbird," "Brahmís Lullaby" and "Isnít She Lovely?"

ē Golden Slumbers: A Fatherís Lullaby, Dave Koz, Rendezvous Entertainment; $18.98 CD;

Is there a sweeter voice in childrenís music than Joanie Bartels? Bartelsí voice has never sounded better that it does on her new release, Dreamland. With a career that began in 1985 Ė 12 recordings ago Ė Bartels is truly in it for the long haul and brings love and sincerity that enhance every song.

"Iíve dedicated this album to all my nieces, nephews and great-nieces for inspiring me in my work, and to the late Rosemary Clooney, who was my very first inspiration to become a singer," says Bartels. You can never have enough lullabies and Bartels, along with gifted producer/arranger Chris Rhyne, has penned seven new ones, soon to be classics.

ē Dreamland, Joanie Bartels, Purple Frog Records; $15.98 CD;

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From United Parenting Publications, January 2003