GETTING MORE TALE #591: My Rock and Roll Lullaby
When I was a young child, I used to hum myself to sleep. My favourite music was movie themes. Whether it be Superman, Indiana Jones or Star Wars, soundtracks were 99% of what I liked to listen to. And 99% of those soundtracks were John Williams. Come bedtime, mom or dad would tuck me in, and I’d hum a favourite theme until I was asleep.
As I entered the pre-teen years, my parents bought me my first ghetto blaster. It was a Sanyo, built solid like a Brinks truck. The Sanyo brought music back to bed time, only now I didn’t have to hum!
By the time I had the Sanyo, I was getting in to rock and roll really seriously. Kiss tapes were great for falling asleep to. They were just the right length, and I loved each and every album. Sure, you’d have to get up halfway through to flip sides (no auto-reverse on my first Sanyo), but suddenly I had a new bedtime routine. I’d literally rock myself to sleep.
This nightly habit soon became nightly necessity. It was hard to fall asleep without music! If we were away from home, I’d bring a Walkman, but falling asleep with earphones on was uncomfortable to say the least. Cheap 1980s earphones were not designed with comfort (or sound quality) in mind.
The bedtime music habit continued through highschool and into university. Sometimes I worried, “What happens when I get married? Is my wife going to want to fall asleep to Kiss Alive with me?”
No, no she wouldn’t. But I did manage to start falling asleep without music. When I got my own place, I’d stay up a little later and go to bed when I was exhausted. If I tossed and turned, then I would throw on a CD to help me fall asleep like the old days.
Have you ever needed musical accompaniment to fall asleep? What tunes did you like?
No, no no!