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Published on May 04, 2016

REX Women’s Center Unveils an Original CD of Lullabies for Newborns (and Parents)

RALEIGH, N.C. – UNC REX Healthcare (UNC REX) is proud to announce the delivery of a new labor of love: an original album of beautiful lullabies for new babies and their parents.

What a Busy Day Lullaby AlbumThe CD, called “What a Busy Day” after one of the original songs featured, will debut at a launch party on Thursday, May 5, at 10 a.m., in the lobby of the REX’s Women’s Center. On Mother’s Day, May 8, it will be presented to new mothers at the REX Women’s Center. It will also be available for purchase at a minimal cost in the REX Gift Shop, with all proceeds benefitting the REX Healthcare Foundation Women’s & Children’s Fund.

The project is the brainchild of Meghan Presnell, a mother-baby nurse at the REX Women’s Center. Presnell, who was previously a professional singer in Nashville, often sings to newborns, and overheard many of her fellow nurses and other caregivers singing to new babies. She suggested the idea of a CD from the UNC REX family, and helped recruit other volunteer performers among her co-workers.

“I knew we had some talented musicians and singers, but I was blown away by how this turned out,” Presnell said. “I wanted to give something back to moms and babies, and that inspired my idea of creating a gift of music, some of the first songs newborns will hear.”

The album’s amateur performers all have ties to UNC REX. Presnell sings lead vocals on several songs and backup vocals on others. The piano accompaniment is performed by Chris Morris, a retired law enforcement officer who now helps new parents install car seats in front of the REX Women’s Center.

Studies have shown that music can help babies’ development, foster parent-child bonding and improve cognitive skills. Singing along to lullabies and other music can also help reduce parents’ stress.

“This CD is a wonderful example of how much our nurses care about their patients and families, and how each patient becomes part of our family,” said Susan O’Dell, Director of the REX Women’s Center. “I’m incredibly proud of our team for creating this beautiful collection of music.”

The album features seven songs, including two originals, classic lullabies and contemporary music. It was recorded over several days at Bunker Sound Productions in Chapel Hill and was produced by Blue Yonder Media. For more information and to see a short video, visit www.rexhealth.com/busyday.

 

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

  • The amateur musicians and singers behind the “What a Busy Day” CD are available for interviews, including nurse Meghan Presnell.
  • There will be an album launch party on Thursday, May 5, at 10 a.m., in the REX Women’s Center lobby at UNC REX Hospital. The musicians behind the “What a Busy Day” CD will perform select songs.
  • On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, the CD will be presented to new moms in the REX Women’s Center.

“What a Busy Day” song list:

1. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”: written by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg; Lead Vocal: Meghan Presnell; Piano: Chris Morris

 

2. “Don’t Leave Nobody but the Baby (Traditional)”: Lead Vocal: Meghan Presnell; Harmony Vocals: Abby Schiller, Claire Fitzpatrick, Helen Dobbins, Laurie Cain, Mark Hackett, Sylvia Hackett, Chris Morris

 

3. “What a Busy Day”: written by John William Carlson; Lead Vocals: Sylvia and Mark Hackett; Harmony Vocals: Meghan Presnell, Chris Morris, John Wooten, John Carlson; Guitar: John Carlson

 

4. “Lullaby”: written by M. Macquire, N. Maines, E. Robison, and D. Wilson; Lead Vocal: Abby Schiller; Harmony Vocals: Meghan Presnell, Claire Fitzpatrick, Helen Dobbins, Laurie Cain, Mark Hackett;

Piano: Chris Morris; Guitar/Mandolin: John Carlson

 

5. “Sleep Tight”: written by Emily Dobson; Lead Vocal: Meghan Presnell; Harmony Vocals: Joel Ray, Abby Schiller, Claire Fitzpatrick, Helen Dobbins, Laurie Cain, Mark Hackett, Sylvia Hackett, Chris Morris

 

6. “Brahms Lullaby”: written by Johannes Brahms; Lead Vocal: Claire Fitzpatrick; Harmony Vocals: Meghan Presnell, Helen Dobbins; Piano: Chris Morris; Guitar: John Carlson

 

7. “Heavenly Day”: written by Patti Griffin; Lead Vocal: Meghan Presnell; Harmony Vocals: Abby Schiller, Claire Fitzpatrick, Helen Dobbins, Laurie Cain, Mark Hackett, Sylvia Hackett; Piano: Chris Morris; Guitar: John Carlson

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