CD Brainy Baby Music: Cheerful Baby (CD 888569),
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Brainy Baby Music: Cheerful Baby

  • 1. London Bridge Is Falling Down
    2. Little Bo-Peep
    3. Minuet in G
    4. Happiness
    5. Meditation
    6. La Ci Darem la Mano
    7. Farmer in the Dell, The
    8. Song of Spring
    9. Ash Grove, The
    10. Foreign Lands and People
    11. Gavotte
    12. Sunday
    13. Simple Gifts
    14. Day and Night
    15. Minuet in F
    16. Minuet in C
    17. Serenade
    18. Golden Cradle
    19. Mocking Bird
    20. Cheerful Thoughts
    21. Poetry
    22. Rondo
    23. Short Story, A
    24. Manx Lullaby
    25. Nature's Goodnight
    26. Oh Dear! What Can the Matter Be?
    27. Waltzing Doll
    28. Morning Mood
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0403

  • Credits

    Bearing the highfalutin name Advanced Brain Technologies, Inc. (ABT), the company issuing Cheerful Baby, one of four titles in its Music for Babies series, promises a great deal more than your average CD. This isn't just good music, mind you. It "helps infants and toddlers achieve their extraordinary, and unique, potential." It does so by introducing them to a collection of excerpts from classical music by the likes of Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart, as well as traditional melodies, played by a chamber orchestra consisting of harp, celeste, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, and flute. Cheerful Baby is "a happy collection arranged to offer your children increased joy in their world." Whether it will offer their parents increased joy is liable to be a matter of taste. Grownups who like European classical music may accept ABT's pseudo-scientific pronouncements about the virtues of having their infants exposed to it (although they may be more inclined to play CDs already in their collections instead of buying this one), but people from other cultures and traditions may question the whole idea. Still, the music is consistently pleasant, and it no doubt will make for a more congenial environment for child-rearing than some other music and sounds children are likely to hear. ~ William Ruhlmann

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