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As a child readies for bed, the sounds of his family echo around him, soothing him to sleep. The steady beat of cars passing on the street outside and raindrops falling onto the roof above punctuate a rhythm created by the shouts of uncles over a barbecue, the clink of dishes washed by cousins, and a grandfather’s booming laughter. It all blends together to form the soundtrack of a child’s life—a soundtrack of love.
A musical read-aloud that tenderly captures the comforts of a loving home and family, Nighttime Symphony is as contemporary as it is timeless.
Sophisticated nighttime spreads by Myers (Wings) and Kaa Illustration accompany this lullaby about a stormy city night by rapper Timbaland, making his debut, and Myers. The group reimagines the scary sounds of a storm as an energetic symphony for a child watching out his window. An African-American father holds his young son as rain spatters against the boy's bedroom windows: "Hey there, darling baby child,/ you're safe in here/ though the storm is wild." The boy is uncertain, his hand around his father's wrist, but the father puts the boy to bed, "safe in sound." As the narration continues to reassure ("Do you hear the raindrops tap/ upon the windows of your nap?"), glittering musical notes appear across the dark sky outside. Meter stays tight ("Radios sing in every home,/ steady like the city's metronome") until, after a clap of thunder, the verse halts to speak words of comfort: "The angels too/ are musicians." Brilliant golds, slate grays, and bright vermilion show passersby, a parade of umbrellas, and an elegant cityscape, and the sleek aesthetic gives the city's wet streets and glowing windows all the surprising glamor of a thumping storm. Ages 4 8.