Richard Tocci

Richard Tocci
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Monday, January 19, 2009

Hayden's Lullaby

January 18th was Hayden's 2nd birthday. I took Alex and Hayden out to eat with friends, and then spent some time at home with them.

A friend of mine on Facebook told me recently that she always remembered I had a song in my head. I would tap it out on the desk, or a book, or I'd be humming something. She imagined I had the tunes fully written in my head.

Well, she was right, most of the time. Some of those tunes I did keep and write down.

When Hayden was born, I held him in my arms as he slept. I formed a melody in my head, and as soon as I put him down into his bed at the hospital, I wrote the melody on the whiteboard in my wife's room. I had to draw the staves, but I got it all down, took a picture on my mother-in-law's camera, and saved it for later.

I did get around to making the melody. I harmonized it as a wind quartet.

UPDATE: I finally finished the full orchestration:


Penni said...

That's really beautiful. I love it. Hayden is very lucky.

The Guptas said...

Very nice!

Richard Tocci said...

I still sing this to him before he goes to be at night. If he's not in a good mood or doesn't want to go to bed, and he hears this, he knows what I'm trying to do, and fights me. In this respect, he is VERY much like his brother.