by Maria Kouvarou
“A recipe for love”
(Louise & Giorgos)
“My love, doudou, I love you with all my heart
and I pray to the Lord everyday to protect you
and make you an intelligent person”…
…Louise sings, and she sings from the heart, in the lullaby she wrote for her little boy. And, although the lyrics she wrote are in the Bassa language, the song itself – as the majority of lullabies – preserves its universal tinge. And it resonates. It resonates with all the mothers and the children of the world.
Louise loves to sing. She loves to sing from the heart. She loves to bake cakes, too. Combining different ingredients to create something flavoursome, enjoyable, soothing. A pinch of this and a spoonful of that. Separate elements mixed for the creation of a meaningful whole.
In the lyrics quoted above, Louise creates the base with boundless love (“I love you with all my heart”), goes on to add the hope that her son will be protected and safe at all times (“I pray to the Lord everyday to protect you”), and follows with the wish that he is blessed with intelligence (“make you an intelligent person”). These three elements are strong indicators of parental affection and of the dreams they have for their children’s future
And, as ingredients, all three elements have been used in just the right amount here – so as, when sung, to be able to “serve” the very essence of the lullaby. Louise’s lullaby for her son and every parent’s lullaby for every child. The essence of the lullaby as the carrier of parental affection.
And this is the perfect recipe for love!
Artist collaborating with mother: Giorgos Christofi
Lullaby Supported by: EY 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