A Collaborative Songbook Exploring Fatherhood, Sleep Deprivation, and Music-Making

Songwriter Simon Fink and visual artist Benjamin Parks, announce the release of their multi-media collaboration, Lullabies Till Dawn, a songbook exploring fatherhood, sleep-deprivation, and music-making through twelve songs, illustrations, and stories. 

A few years ago, Simon Fink quit his academic job to stay at home with his toddler and newborn. Fresh out of music school, Fink found that his most creative moments were no longer in the music studio, but in the late-night rocking chair. “Sleep was definitely my biggest challenge as a new parent,” Fink notes. “I was using all my energy to try to get my kids to sleep—and I sang a lot of lullabies.” This experience led Fink—an award-winning songwriter and composer—to the idea of the songbook as a way to share this private music with a broader audience.

Artist Benjamin Parks joined the project as illustrator and designer after meeting Fink at a professional development workshop: “As I was listening to the lullabies, I was totally transported back to walking my son around the living room, trying to get him to sleep. The music is heartfelt and real, and I tried to echo that in the illustrations.”

The lullabies come from a variety of sources. Most are wholly original or based on poems. There are also arrangements of a 19th century German art song, a traditional American folk song, and two formerly unpublished songs by Fink’s grandfather. Each is accompanied by an illustration and short narrative tracing the experience of fatherhood.

The Wires alternative string duo join Fink on the CD recording for musical arrangements ranging from sparse to lush, blissful to anguished. “Any parent of a baby knows that lullabies are not all rainbows and unicorns,” Fink notes with a smile. “It’s an beautiful time, but things can get pretty dark and desperate as the night wears on.”


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