L is for LULLABY

Welcome to Day 12 of the Third Annual A to Z Challenge!

My theme my 26 fiction posts will revolve around something musical – it could be anything, as long as it's musically-related… maybe a song title, an artist/band, musical terminology, musical instruments, words relating to sound/rhythm/movement/dance etc.

MUSICAL ASSOCIATION/CONNECTION. LULLABY – a soothing song, usually sung to young children before they go to sleep, with the intention of speeding that process; as a result they are often simple and repetitive.


Hush little baby, don’t you cry, mama’s gonna sing you a lullaby…

… I’ve heard this sweet melody countless times… over the years… from generation to generation… hush little baby don’t you cry…

Perched in the corner of the sitting room, proud and resplendent in all my almost-antiquated glory, as the infamous imbuia family couch, I’m without a doubt,  the only piece of furniture that will most probably outlive them all.

Old, dependable, tried and tested, a stalwart who has endured the glories, triumphs, trials and tribulations of many generations; and still I soldier on…

Etched into my wooden frame are the battle scars from being dragged, pushed, pulled and banged. My upholstery boasts an assortment of stains: ink blotches, alcohol and food stains ; a poignant testament to student living , family gatherings and untold revellery of a bygone era.

Ah… I could tell you stories… make you laugh… make you cry… but that’s for another time…

There's just one thing – the lullaby moments are the most precious of them all…

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  1. Sarah Allan on April 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    What a fun theme for the A-Z Challenge! Lullabies must be hard to write…they have to be soothing and sweet.  Great job!

    • michelle on April 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks Sarah! 🙂

  2. Melodie on April 13, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Trying to picture what an imbuia coach looks like…must google. Great idea for an AZ theme!

    • michelle on April 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Imbuia is a type of wood… so it's a wooden couch with upholstered cushions. Thanks Melodie.

  3. Damyanti on April 14, 2012 at 1:53 am

    A lullaby is the most soothing song…well written.
    I used your prompt for L, so that's a story dedicated to you 🙂

    Look forward to the rest of your challenge run…can’t believe we’ve had 14 days already!
    –Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012
    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

    • michelle on April 14, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      I will check it out later, Damy. Thanks for the dedication. 🙂

  4. Elise Fallson on April 14, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    What a touching post. I sing lullabies to my children sometimes and it always has a calming effect. The lullaby Rock-a-bye baby on the treetops, has a beautiful melody, but I dislike the lyrics so much that I changed them for my children.

    • michelle on April 14, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      Now that you mention it, the rock-a-bye baby lyrics are a little disturbing… I wonder what went through that person's mind when writing those lyrics?

  5. Cheryl on April 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I love your theme!  Beautiful writing… You made that couch come alive!

    • michelle on April 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Ah, thank you so much – I appreciate the kind comment!

  6. Texas Playwright Chick on April 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I've often wondered myself of what the furniture remembers…much like the walls. If this sofa could talk!
    <a href=http://www.playwrightchick.com>Texas Playwright Chick</a>

    • michelle on April 14, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Great idea for a dramatic piece… little sketch/skit… something you could write and perform…  even monologue could work here…

  7. mary aalgaard on April 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Love the perspective of the rocking chair.

  8. michelle on April 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Well, where I come from, the family couch fulfills numerous functions, including eating, sleeping, homework, and rocking a baby to sleep…

  9. Beth Stilborn on April 14, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Mmmm, lullaby memories are some of the best memories of all, whether one is the luller or the lullee. Thank you!

  10. michelle on April 15, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Luller or lullee *chuckles*… that's quite original!

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