When it’s time for bed, there’s nothing more effective to get little kids to sleep than bedtime stories and lullaby songs. Unless, of course, your little kids are intergalactic aliens with no respect for authority. Then, all bets are off. And you’d better get your force field up and your lightsaber ready.
But little Bedtime Buckaroos are able to understand why it’s time for bed.
And they know when you tell ’em dark time is sleep time, that it’s time to get some rest. So they can be ready for tomorrow. And the only way to turn the night time into daytime again is to close your eyes and go to sleep.
That’s why I designed the title song to my collection of Western-themed lullabies, Bedtime Buckaroos, as a midnight dream rodeo. (side note: I use the ro-day-oh pronunciation in the song…for effect) So, I mention rope, ponies, cactus, and (of course) dancin’.
Here’s a little inside information about how I came up with the rhythm for the song. Have you ever watched an old Western movie where a horse and rider slowly walk through town as the locals look on? And have you ever paid attention to the sound of the horse’s hooves? Sort of a slow, shuffling, clippity clop. Well, that’s the rhythm.
It’s also a little bit like a relaxed heartbeat. And it’s part of the Western charm to help your little buckaroos relax, enjoy the music and story, and drift off to their own midnight dream rodeo.
Now, I won’t guarantee you that every little kid in the world will love these Western-themed lullabies. Because apparently there are some kids, somewhere, who prefer video games on their techy mobile devices. But my sources tell me these songs have the desired effect on even some of the most resistant aliens…uh…kids.
So, here’s what I suggest.
Get a copy of the Bedtime Buckaroos Songbook (which is also a coloring book and drawing book), find the secret link to all the songs, download ’em, and try ’em out on your little buckaroos.
So, what are waitin’ for pawdnuh?
Ki yi…keep that twinkle in your eye.
Drift off, ’cause it’s bedtime, buckaroos. (© 2011)