by Maria Kouvarou
“Love of my life”
(Aurelie & Georgia)
“I dedicate this song to my baby, the love of my life, my hope for life…”
…that’s how Aurelie begins the dedication she has written to accompany the lullaby for her little baby. For the little miracle she carried in her womb for nine months; the one that she now carries in her arms. The little miracle to whom and for whom she has been singing.
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In this seemingly simple dedication, Aurelie unveils and communicates deeper ties between a lullaby, a mother, and her child; between a lullaby, a mother, and the love of her life. For lullabies are, much too often, love songs – bodies of melodies, harmonies, rhythm and words that carry the feelings of unconditional love that parents and caregivers have for their babies. Love songs sung to lull babies each night, filled with affection and care and gratitude and hope for a life filled with light.
Her dedication reminds us, also, how lullabies can be seen as extensions, as sonic embodiments, even, of that connection between mother and child. When Aurelie was writing the lullaby for her baby, she was singing it to him, and he could hear it from within. An internal sonic bond that can only be experienced between embryo and mother, as extensions of one of the other. Now, Aurelie sings to her baby while holding it. And, her voice, becomes the extension of that extension – the extension of that connection, that aurally envelops the baby, creating a safe, comforting space.
And so, when one reads the full dedication of Aurelie:
“I dedicate this song to my baby, the love of my life, my hope for life. You can go wherever you want, I will never be far”
…we know that that bond, sonically embodied by their lullaby, is one that connects mother and child regardless of place, circumstances, and time.
Artist collaborating with mother: Georgia Chrystoforou
Lullaby Sponsor: XM Cyprus
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"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