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A {Guest Post} About Our Lullabies Album

Hey friends...Happy Friday!

We saw someone tweet a link to a blog about our recent Lullabies album a few days ago and after reading it we HAD to share it with y'all. Reading her words reminds us of two things:

  1. We are all in this together. 
  2. Music has power to change us. 

So, without rambling on, and with her permission, please read these beautiful words. We hope they inspire and move you as much as they did us. Thanks Megan (@mcaro05) for your honesty, openness and for sharing your story. Much love...j&k

Lullabies

When I was in high school, a loved one was suffering from severe depression. I remember another wise friend of mine saying to this person "you need to arm yourself with the necessary tools to fight this." I loved that phrase then and I love it now. Whenever I find myself struggling, I go back to those words. Over the years I've personally found solace in many different "tools:" prayer, writing, talking it out, and, most recently, working out. I've found all of these things to help clear my head, to give me confidence, and to bring me comfort, and peace. But above all of these things, there's one that stands above the rest:

Music.

Music brings something out in me like nothing else can. I am so often comforted by lyrics or a melody. I have certain songs that I turn to for nearly every mood. When it comes down to it, music is there for me. And no matter the genre, I can always find something that sparks a fire in me, or something that brings me peace. And as someone who is very often filled with worry, peace is something I long for.

Nighttime is a parade of worry. It's like as soon as the world starts to calm down, my brain decides it's the perfect time to craft to do lists, negative thoughts, long term worries, and overall emotion. I've struggled with this for several years. There are nights I only get a few hours of sleep because I simply cannot get my brain to settle. I've tried nearly every remedy: meditation, prayer, Melatonin, oils, deep breathing, the list goes on and on. And usually, these things work. For a short time. And then it's back to the struggle. 

Music, though, has once again come to the rescue. A few months ago, one of my favorite musical acts, Jill and Kate, released an album called "Lullabies." And. As the title suggests, it is an album of lullabies that they wrote. The duo surprised a good friend for her baby shower, as this friend had been requesting this kind of album from Jill and Kate. 

So, at 28 years old, I decided to give this album a try to help me sleep. And it's worked. The songs are so beautiful and pure. Each song is special for its own reason, but the song "Sunshine" brings me a unique sense of comfort. I could see that most would think the song is intended to be a parent's message to their child, but when I listen I imagine it's God's words to me. I take great comfort in knowing that God is on my side. This song has done wonders for my prayer life.

I never quite make it through the whole album without falling into a peaceful sleep. I just put it on shuffle and let it do its work. I find something new every night. 

I don't usually listen to the album during the day. I kind of like to have it saved. I don't want it to lose it's magic. I do, however, turn to it in moments of panic, when I need something to bring me back down. 

I've been trying to figure out the best way to share the impact this album has had on me. It didn't seem enough to just post a Facebook status. This album is so much more. It's my safety net, it's the words I need to hear, and it's the tool I use to arm myself for battle. My hope is that by sharing this, others who may struggle with nighttime anxiety or insomnia will take a listen and find just as much comfort as I do.

And while you're at it, check out Jill and Kate's other music. Those two have something so special. Their songs are written from the heart and they harmonize so beautifully. Their music has been part of my life for several years now, and I'm super grateful for that.

You can find Lullabies on ITunesSpotify, or Amazon.

 

 

 

 

Why We Made A LULLABIES Album

SURPRISE! We made a LULLABIES ALBUM!

You can now pre-order our brand new LULLABIES album right here, right now, with a world-wide digital release coming December 4th, 2015! When you pre-order, you receive an autographed copy of the physical album that will ship before the release, one of the tracks, “Angels Watching Over You” immediately, AND $5 of every pre-order is being donated to the amazing kids at Houses of Hope Africa.

Here is the story on why we made an album full of lullabies.

One of our best friends, Jenny, is a mom of two boys (Jackson & Micah) and she’s been asking for well over four years for us to make her an album of songs that her kids can fall asleep to. Well, she is pregnant again and so we decided now was the time. We decided to surprise her with the gift of the album at her baby shower, which happened last night (!!!) The pic was taken a minute after we surprised her!

You guys...keeping this secret was pretty much pure torture since she is one of our best friends. But, the surprise was so awesome! She didn’t know that we’ve spent the last few months writing and recording these songs and to finally be able to talk about it and share it with her and with YOU GUYS makes us SO happy.

When we started we thought, “Ok, let’s write some kids’ songs.” But as we got into the project we realized we had the opportunity to speak important words over these little ones. These are words that will play while they drift off into unconsciousness and all of a sudden we took writing this album very seriously. What do we want these little friends to know? What do we want to be reconfirmed in their hearts and minds? We have the chance to speak life, joy, dreams, and love over them. Then as the songs began to come out we realized that adults could relate to most of these messages just as much as kids. So yes, while lullabies are generally for kids, we think these songs are for the kid and the kid in the adult in all of us.

Night time can be a scary time. Just the darkness of night can sometimes feel overwhelming. It can be a time of loneliness and restlessness. Not sure if it’s this way for you, but for us, that can be the time that fear, anxiety and worry starts to creep into our minds. That’s when doubt starts to rise within us from our core. The silence and darkness can fill those voids with negative voices. Having experienced those very things firsthand, we decided to start writing from that perspective. What could be the antidote to those thoughts? What would we want spoken over our own children if we had them? What would we have wanted spoken over us when we were young? What do we want to speak over ourselves now?

Words that speak peace, unconditional love, and hope. Child-like prayers. The ability to dream big dreams and believe that anything is possible. Asking God to be near us. Words that remind us that we are safe. That we can be brave. What if we replaced the negative voices with ones of love and positivity? That’s what we wanted these songs to communicate.

We wanted this album to be different...and it is. We’ve never done anything like this before. We set out with a goal in mind that really came out of a desire to give a gift to a friend. But, like life, the outcome was different than we could’ve ever imagined.

We’ve also never released anything that no one has ever heard before. So it’s extra exciting and who doesn’t love a good surprise? Woohoo! Thank you to our amazing fans that have waited patiently for new music. Thank you for being the ones we thought of as we made this album...we kept thinking...man, we hope (fill in your name here) will like it.

We hope that this album resonates with your soul. That it lulls you to sleep. That it brings hope. That it brings peaceful sleep.

Let us all help each other walk in positivity towards the light.

Much love,

Jill and Kate