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Sing To Your Baby: Fighting Parental Stage Fright

This isn't <em>American Idol</em>.
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This isn't American Idol.

If you'd like to sing to your baby this Mother's Day, but think your voice is enough to make a small child cry — or an adult, for that matter — fear not. A new CD just might boost your confidence. Sing to Your Baby is a collection of simple songs for parents who are convinced they're singing-impaired.

The songs were written by Grammy winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. The collection features 11 songs, but each one appears twice: once in a key intended for moms and once adjusted for dads to sing. Cathy Fink says most of the tunes are what's known as "zipper songs," written so it's easy to zip out a line and zip in one of your own.

"It's really important for parents to realize that your baby is not judging your singing voice," Fink says. "You are a rock star from day one, so as long as you're having fun and enjoying the moment, the baby's going to have fun and enjoy the moment."

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Barry Gordemer is an award-winning producer, editor, and director for NPR's Morning Edition. He's helped produce and direct NPR coverage of two Persian Gulf wars, eight presidential elections, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and hurricanes Katrina and Harvey. He's also produced numerous profiles of actors, musicians, and writers.