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Teddy Bears' Picnic - Jerry Garcia and David Grisman

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Teddy Bears' Picnic - Jerry Garcia and David Grisman

Near the end of his life, Jerry Garcia recorded a children’s album with David Grisman. You wouldn’t necessarily pick a depressive end-stage heroin addict to sing children’s music, but against all logic, the album is superb. The high point is their wry, jazzy arrangement of “Teddy Bears’ Picnic.”

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Here, There, and Everywhere - The Beatles

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Here, There, and Everywhere - The Beatles

Sir Paul McCartney has a heavy presence in the lullaby rotation for the same reason that the writers of old jazz standards do: easily singable tunes, easily understandable lyrics, and big direct emotions. Okay, maybe you wouldn't want to sing "Helter Skelter" or "Why Don't We Do It In The Road" at bedtime, but most McCartney songs suit the mood perfectly.

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