Baby Lullaby Music

Soothing Lullabies proven to make you sleepy.

Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major is of course one of the most famous and recognizable classical compositions regularly heard during the last 40 years. It is most familiar as wedding music; many brides and bridesmaids have walked the aisle to the relaxing strains of this Pachelbel classic.

As a lullaby, Pachelbel’s Canon in D is ideal. The chord progression that the composer employed is widely regarded as one of the most relaxing chord progressions. And to that end, it is sometimes used in music created for those who need assistance with sleeping, both young and old alike.

So what better music for a lullaby than a piece that is widely regarded as one of the most relaxing classical pieces ever composed? In our arrangement of Pachelbel’s Canon, we have replaced some of the brighter sounding instruments with more gentle tones, and softened the sound of the ones that we’ve used.That’s because while the mood and effect of the song is relaxing and soothing, it would not be as sleep inducing without the changes we’ve made in the music.

A quick example will illustrate. Although orchestra bells (glockenspiel) have a very lullaby-ish sound to them and indeed are often employed in lullaby arrangements, nevertheless, they have a very bright and piercing tone that can be detrimental to getting your child to sleep. So we have opted to choose other instruments when perhaps the orchestra bells might have otherwise been the first choice. In some cases, we have chosen to use bright sounding instruments, but softened the tone through “EQ” or equalization.

This is doubly true in the extended sleep version at the end of the album. It’s a wash of sound – you can hardly pick out the melody at times, as the dark tones of the electric piano permeate the arrangement, and the gentle sounds of a stream in the background add to the peace and tranquility.

If you haven’t noticed yet, the Pachelbel’s Canon “Extended Sleep Version” is about 20 minutes long! If you’re rocking your child, or trying to keep the background sounds gentle and unchanging, you’ll have a full 20 minutes after all the other songs have played to send the little one off to the ‘land of Nod’, as it’s called in a children’s book I used to read to our children.

You can immediately see that if you have a child that is especially alert, or bright, or resistant to sleep, this extended version of the Canon in D could be very helpful in sealing the deal with that wonderful little child who needs his or her sleep.

Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major (both versions) and 9 other lullabies can be found here; and you can listen before you buy to each song in it’s entirety.