Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Gentle, Jazzy Way to Say 'Sweet Dreams' ; an Effort to Create a Bond between Fathers and Infants Recognizes Involved Dads Nationwide

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Gentle, Jazzy Way to Say 'Sweet Dreams' ; an Effort to Create a Bond between Fathers and Infants Recognizes Involved Dads Nationwide

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The word "lullaby" usually conjures up images of mothers and babies. But jazz musician Dave Koz is hoping to change that. He wants people also to think of the mysterious, beautiful bond between fathers and their infants.

That aspect of fatherhood has been celebrated by 12 jazz musicians - all dads or proud uncles - in an award- winning album, "Golden Slumbers: A Father's Lullaby."

Mr. Koz, an acclaimed musician, producer, and radio personality under whose direction the CD came together, says the "coolest aspect of this project was that it all happened so organically." The idea was sparked by his sister-in-law, Unique Koz, who was having trouble getting her infant daughter, Jordan, to sleep. She noticed that most lullaby recordings stimulated rather than calmed the baby.

So Koz and his brother, Jeff, also a jazz musician, experimented with instrumental versions of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and the Beatles' classic "Blackbird."

"They worked," he says, "and the idea sprang forth - why not do a full album?" Koz recognized that a lot of his musician friends were becoming new dads - and the theme took shape. "It was an easy sell, because these artists are such great fathers." He describes the CD as "very relaxing, it's familiar, it's put together in a lovely way, and as such, I think it can really inspire moms and dads to really engage with their kids in that special time before bed."

Corresponding via e-mail, he writes that "Golden Slumbers" is a "bonding CD - there's something in there, an intangible aspect that ... really helps set the mood for those special moments to happen between parents and their kids."

Koz and his dad shared many such moments, and he is hoping the fathers who hear the CD will have similar experiences. He also launched a website, www.goldenslumbers.com, with helpful information and activities for fathers. …

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