“THE LULLABY PROJECT”

Soothing through song. In tiny suburbs, homeless shelters, or even in prisons, creating the mother-child bond is essential for wellbeing. Tonight, we’ll take you inside the visionary “lullaby project”.

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Aired on May 04, 2018. 

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> TONIGHT WE CONTINUE OUR ONGOING REPORTING INITIATIVE CHASING THE DREAM, POVERTY AND OPPORTUNITY IN AMERICA.

BY INTRODUCING YOU TO A TERRIFIC PROGRAM THAT BEGINS WITH A TERRIFIC SONG.

IT IS OF ALL THINGS A LULABY.

SIMPLE SONG USED TO LULL A CHILD TO SLEEP AND FOR THEIR MOTHERS AND CHILDREN IT CAN BE MORE.

THE CARNEY ALL PROGRAM HAS COMPARED WOMEN WITHIN ARTIST WHO WRITE AND SING SONGS TO BABIES.

THE CHASING THE DREAM AIDS MATERNAL HEALTH AND STRENGTHENINGS THE BOND BETWEEN PARENT AND CLALD.

THE PROJ REACHES OUT ACROSS THE CITY TO MOTHERS IN PLACES LIKE HOSPITALS HOMELESS SHELTERS AND SCHOOLS AND RIKERS ISLAND CORRECTIONAL FACILITY.

A NEW ALBUM OF THE ORIGINAL LULABY HAS BEEN RELEASED ON DECK OF GOLD.

IT'S TITLED HOPES AND DREAMS, THE LULLABY PROJ HERE IS ONE SUNK BY JANICE FRIEDMAN WHO APPEARED ON THE VOICE.

♪♪ YOU'RE MINE ♪ TO PURSUE ALL OF YOUR WILDEST DREAMS ♪ ♪ SUCH A BLESSING I FEEL CONTENT ♪ ♪ I'M YOURS ♪ ♪♪

WILDEST DREAMS WAS COWRITTEN BY OUR NEXT GUEST WHO WROTE THE LYRICS FOR HER SON AFTER HE WAS BORN.

AND WE HEAR HE KNOWS ALL THE WORDS THAT HE IS 3 YEARS OLD.

SHE IS JOINED BY THE CARNEGIE HALL CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER.

ISAIAH I WAS RRD READY FOR HIM TO BREAK INTO SONG.

HE IS BEING VERY GOOD BY THE WAY.

SARAH LET ME START WITH YOU BY THIS WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM.

THE IDEA STARTED AT ZWRAK BY HOSPITALS IN THE BRONX AND CARNEGIE HALL WAS IN A MEETING THERE WITH STAFF, PHYSICIANS ABARTISTS.

THE STAFF FROM THE HOSPITAL TALKED ABOUT SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THEY WERE EXPERIENCING WITH THEIR PREGNANT TEEN POPULATION.

AND SO WHAT THEY SAID HAPPENS, THE YOUNG WOMEN PREGNANT OFTEN END UP FACING KALKS, HAVING A LOT OF STRESS IN THEIR LIVES.

AND WHAT HAPPENS FROM A MEDICAL SIDE IS THEY HAVE A HARD TIME ATTACHING EMOTIONALLY TO THEIR CHILDREN.

AND THIS ATTACHMENT PIECE BETWEEN MOTHER AND CHILD IS SO FUNDAMENTAL AND ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL FOR LONG-TERM HEALTH.

WE HEAR SO MUCH ABOUT THAT OVER THE YEARS.

I LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHEN OUR CHILDREN WAS BREN AND WHEN MY DAUGHTER'S SON WAS BORN AND HOW WE KNOW SO MUCH MORE ABOUT THE NOTION OF PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT.

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WE HEARD ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE AND STARTED TO WONDER, WHAT ABOUT A LULLABY WHAT ABOUT AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A MOM TO WORK WITH A AN ARTIST TO REFLECT ON THE DOOPS DREAMS HE SHE HAS FOR HER CHILD, HER RELATIONSHIP WITH HER CHILD, AND WHAT IF SHE HAD A BEAUTIFUL RECORDING OF THAT SONG AND COULD SING THAT WITH HER CHILD, HOW SHE COULD USE IT OVER TIME TO SOOTING HERSELF AS A REALLY SPECIAL GIFT TO HER BABY AND AS SOMETHING THAT REALLY CONNECTS THEM.

YOU TALK ABOUT THE EMOTIONS.

DO YOU REMEMBER HOW YOU FELT THE VERY FIRST TIME THIS COMPLETED SONG WAS PLAYED FOR YOU AND ISAIAH TOGETHER?

IT BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES.

HONESTLY I -- I KNEW IT WAS GOOD WORK AND WORKING WITH SARAH SHE WAS JUST SO HELPFUL AND SO OPEN MINDED AND STUFF.

AND EVERY IDEA SHE SHOT OUT I DWA GAVE HER SHE SHOT BACK WITH SUCH A BEAUTIFUL RESPONSE, YEAH LET'S PUT THIS.

WHO HELPED YOU WITH YOUR WRITING.

SO SHE IS JUST AMAZING.

SHE MADE ME FEEL LIKE I CAN DO IT AND I CONQUERED IT.

SHE GAVE ME THAT VIBE WHERE IF I TELL HER ANYTHING SHETS JUST GOING WITH IT AND SHE CAN MAKE IT EVEN BETTER.

SO IT WAS LIKE A BEAUTIFUL PROCESS.

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AND THEY PLAYED LULABY AND WHEN I HEARD IT IT BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES.

I WAS SO JOYFUL.

AND ISAIAH WAS SMILING SO I KNEW HE LIKED IT.

YOU HAD THIS WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE WITH YOU AND YOUR OWN CHILD.

AND NOW IT'S PART OF AN ALBUM.

MARVELLOUS TALENT SINGING IT.

BEING SHARED BY LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF OTHER MOTHERS AND CHILDREN.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?

I'M -- I FEEL LIKE EXCITED THAT I CAN EVEN BE JUST A PART OF THE INSPIRATION TO SOMEONE ELSE.

YOU KNOW, BECAUSE THERE IS -- LIKE ESPECIALLY FOR SINGLE MOTHERS OUT THERE, YOU KNOW, IT'S A JOYFUL EXPERIENCE AND IF YOU GET THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WON'T REGRET IT BECAUSE I DON'T.

AND NOW I'M GOING THROUGH THIS PROCESS WHERE IT'S ON A ALBUM.

AND I MEAN I KNEW IT WAS BIG.

I JUST DIDN'T FEEL LIKE IT WOULD GO THAT FAR.

NOW THAT IT CAME THIS FAR I'M SO EXCITED THIS IS SOMETHING I ACCOMPLISHED LIKE A BIG ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR ME.

AND EVERYBODY BACKS ME UP ON PROCESS IT MY HUSBAND AND MOM AND STUFF AND SO.

SARAH FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE, THE CARNEGIE HALL, YOU LOOK AT DARIUS'S STORY, ALL THE OTHER SONGS ON THE ALBUM.

DID YOU EVER ANTICIPATE IT WOULD BECOME THIS.

I DON'T THINK WE EVER KNEW THAT IT WOULD GO THIS FAR.

WHAT I WOULD SAY IS THAT PEOPLE RESPOND TO THE PROJECT.

THERE IS SOMETHING SO SIMPLE ABOUT IT AND SO FUNDAMENTAL, RIGHT?

IT'S ULTIMATELY ABOUT LOVE.

AND FOR THE REST OF YOUR CHILDREN'S LIVES THEY'LL HAVE THAT LULLABY AND PASS IT ON.

A MARVELLOUS PROGRAM FABULOUS JOB BY YOU.

AS YOU SAID SIMPLE BUT EXTRAORDINARILY PROFOUND.

EXACTLY, EXACTLY.

GOOD LUCK TO YOU.

THANK YOU.

AND TO THE CHILDREN SARAH THANK YOU SO MUCH AND GREAT WORK.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

AND YOU CAN HEAR THE LOVELY LULLABY AND MANY SORE SOOTHING SONGS ON THE DECK A GOLD ALBUM HOPES AND DREAMS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION LOG ONTO METROFOCUS.ORG AND FOR MORE STORIES LIKE THIS CHECK OU PBS.ORG AND CHASING DREAM.

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