by Maria Kouvarou
(Aurelie & Georgia)
“You are my life, my miracle…”
…sings Aurelie to her baby boy in the lullaby she started creating during her pregnancy and, in those three syllables mir – a – cle, she encapsulates the universal essence of parenthood. Central element of this miracular manifestation is hope, symbolized in the very nature of pregnancy itself: the nurturing of a new life, a bridge from the past to the future generation.
Lullabies can also be seen as bridges from the past to the future. They are the songs with which babies are lulled to sleep – passages from tonight to tomorrow, from the darkness of the evening to the brightness of every following day. And this is most probably why lullabies usually express optimism and hopefulness. Even if – or, especially when – they are created or sung during difficult times. Lullabies, in many ways, become the beacons of positivity with which parents and caregivers paint images of a better future, promising and wishing to their babies a life path filled with light.
This is a promise that Aurelie also makes to her baby, her “hope for life”. Because she wants him, as she writes, “to live, to experience the joy of this world, to see the flowers, to dance, to enjoy music”. And music she prepares, especially for him, through the creation of her lullaby.
Artist collaborating with mother: Georgia Chrystoforou
Lullaby Sponsor: XM Cyprus
"Let us reveal to our children the beauty of music, and music shall reveal to our children the beauty of life" - José Antonio Abreu, Founder of El SIstema