|raves and reviews!
stardust is a cut above, it may be because it doesn't
try too hard to be a children's cd.
klosners, a sister-brother duo, avoid the squeaky girl and
boy soprano sounds that dominate many lullaby recordings.
cher sings songs such as 'la la lu,' from 'lady and the tramp,'
with the chesty alto of a torch singer. gene, meanwhile, adopts
the suave demeanor of a jazz crooner in tunes such as 'pillow
time' by janelle scott, mother of micky dolenz of the monkees."
john pitcher, omaha world-herald
your kids ever have trouble settling down to go to sleep at
night, i strongly recommend that you purchase the cd stardust
by local artists cher & gene klosner.
as a result of having been ill a great deal of the winter,
my six-year-old son recently developed some sleep problems.
because there were so many times when he had awakened in the
middle of the night with fevers, stomach upset, etc., he had
become very nervous about bedtime. when i asked our pediatrician
what i could do to help him relax, she suggested that we start
playing some soothing music starting at dinner and continuing
throughout the evening up until bedtime. i had previously
bought a copy of cher's cd to give to someone as a baby gift,
but after i heard the doctor's advice, i decided to break
the cd out of its wrapper (after all, i could buy another
one for the baby gift) and give it a try with our son.
it worked like a charm. aidan has gone to sleep promptly every
evening since we began playing the cd."
- rhonda dunaway, administrator, momsofomaha.com
"stardust... is a 2-cd
collection of lullabies both traditional and original. it's
the most lushly produced album here, and the wide-ranging
instrumentation sounds great."
- stefan shepherd, zooglobble.com
cd by cher & gene klosner was wonderful! the songs were very
soothing and relaxing. the children enjoyed listening to the
songs over and over again during their quiet time at school.
i myself enjoyed listening to both the vocal tracks and instrumental
renditions after school to relax and regroup for the next
day of work.�
�my family appreciated hearing familiar lullabies from our
childhood. our children enjoyed learning the words to many
of the familiar tunes. we used this music cd during quiet
play time as well as bedtime, and it worked quite well!�
�the stardust cd is a beautifully done work of art.
the music is wonderful and the voice of the singer is beautiful
and calming. i loved playing this cd for the children, it
was relaxing and helped them drift off to sleep.�
�i think that on most children�s music/cd�s, the instrumentation
is either too much, or not enough. stardust seems
to have it just right! i enjoyed the soothing jazz undertones
of these lullabies. this cd is perfect for parents to listen
to and i doubt that people would grow tired of listening to
these songs anytime soon.�
- reviewer feedback from iparenting media
listen to a lot of children's music in my various roles as
parent, teacher, musician, and critic. with my first listen,
i'm looking to see if it's something i can tolerate repeatedly
- every parent knows how important this is.
so i listened to stardust, a collection of lullabies,
the first few times to hear whether kids and families can
enjoy this together. (they most certainly can.) and now the
last few times i've settled in with the collection, it's with
the ears of a music fan, and i am continually struck by the
many delights of this ambitious two-disc set.
this brother-and-sister duo has created a lush, subtly beautiful
release that makes use of only "authentic" instruments.
so you get to hear oboe, clarinet, cello, vibraphone - and
it's the real deal, courtesy of top-notch symphony and jazz
- chip withrow, muse's muse
began my week of music with a post about lullabies. every
parent, i would hope, has a favorite lullaby to sing or play
their babies off to sleep. mine was "if i had words." yes,
i was farmer hoggett and my kids were babe the pig. i would
even do the dance for them on occasion.
lullabies are important. it's the first music your children
will ever hear (unless you're rocking them to sleep to panic!
at the disco). the good news is there are countless number
of lullaby cds for you to pick from. the bad news is that
most of them are sterile and emotionless. if you don't choose
wisely, you might doom your innocent little baby to a bleak
future as a state legislator.
thankfully, i'm here to steer you toward cds like the stunning
new stardust by cher and gene klosner, a brother/sister duo
out of omaha, nebraska. stardust just happens to be one of
the best lullaby collections i've ever heard..."
- phil corless, a family runs
favorite aspects of this album are as follows:
both cher & gene have amazing voices. soothing, rich,
and beautiful. perfect for lullabies
they've taken old favorites and rearranged them with style
and class, for example, "twinkle, twinkle, little star,"
which is my son's favorite song to sing along with me, so
i'm particularly pleased to have a new version for him to
hear. also, you can't go wrong with "baby mine,"
from the movie dumbo. that song pierces straight through every
mother's heart, and this version is no different.
new songs that will quickly become favorites. "pillow
soft, blanket warm (dreams' doorway)" is absolutely stunning,
from the creative lyrics and storyline to gene's gorgeous
vocal. also, "seepy sams" is just about the cutest
song i've heard in a long, long time. i just have to share
the story behind it, as found in the album booklet:
can't get enough of the sound of kids' laughter. i wrote this
silly little song for my son, just to hear him giggle. having
no clarinet available, i would sing "nuh-nul-la-nah-nah"
in the tag, which always got the giggles going.' - cher
could go on and on and on. two full discs of original tracks
and fantastic arrangements of classics from the carpenters,
john denver, the musical genius of johannes brahms, and many
more, this album exceeds all expectations i could ever even
think to have for a lullaby cd. they even have an instrumental
version of each song, as if the album weren't perfect enough!
this is not a lie: every single song on this album by itself
is worth the purchase of this cd.
& gene, i'm your new biggest fan, and i'm definitely not
alone. i can't wait to hear the rest of your music!..."
- stephanie mondrut, hear it,
love it, share it
a lullaby cd set created by award winning singer/songwriter
siblings, seems to magically lull madelyn to sleep within
10 minutes of being put to bed. i love it!!
in addition to helping little one's get to sleep, the
soothing collection of traditional and original lullabies
creates a relaxing environment for those of us who need to
release ourselves from 'the chaos that is parenting'. i have
one cd in madelyn's room and one in the kitchen. between cooking
dinner, emptying the dish washer, and eating, and homework,
the kitchen is where i get the most stressed. now i just hit
play on the cd player and wah lah.. my stress induced high
blood pressure plummets and i am able to concentrate on the
task at hand while madelyn dances to the music.." (read
- alicia hagan, the mommy insider
generations, adults have used lullabies to soothe babies to
sleep. caretakers who sing to children create cherished memories,
while contributing to a lifelong appreciation of music. award-winning
singer/songwriter siblings cher and gene klosner recently
released a 2-disc cd which beautifully celebrates the importance
of lullabies for people of all ages. the stardust ($24.95)
collection of lullabies is certain to create sweet memories
and induce sweet dreams for all of its listeners." (read
- krista l. peck, boutique flair
always looking for ways to make bedtime a little easier for
the girls and for myself. that's why i was thrilled to receive
a copy of stardust lullaby - audible chocolate for sweet dreams.
a jazz lover myself, i especially enjoyed this wonderful musical
compilation. the 2-disc set included familiar lullabies which
the girls could relate to as well as brand new songs that
are sure to become some of our family's favorites. the best
part is that it's all presented in a way that not only appeals
to children but to parents as well. no matter how hectic my
day was, i found myself starting to relax to these very soothing
also came with a lyric book for those like me who sometimes
forget the words. thank goodness since my girls think i know
- kailani okamoto, an island
award-winner of the iparenting media award (2008 best products
- audio), this lullaby cd has a vocal and instrumental version
of each song. the soothing sound of the klosners� voices may
just calm your fussy baby � and may help start a good bedtime
routine � or simply play it for relaxing enjoyment. the two-disc
set that is a must have for any new parent."
- kiera ashford, associate editor,
well-produced collection of lullabyes and other quiet tunes
for bedtime. the klosners perform originals, traditional tunes,
and songs originally made famous by the monkees, the carpenters,
john denver, bing crosby, and others. this 2-cd set includes
instrumental versions of every song, giving you extended chilldown
time at the end of the day." (read
- warren truitt, children's
music that rocks
stardust lullaby collection by cher & gene klosner
is as enchanting as the name implies. my two-year old never
slept in the car until her rides were accompanied by the smooth
sounds of this cd. it puts the whole family in a mellow mood.
everyone has their favorites. my daughter sings along with
twinkle, twinkle, little star and little sir echo. my 6 year
old son sets his cd player to repeat seepy sams and tell me
why for lulling him to sleep at night. i get tears in my eyes
every time i hear you'll never be too old for a lullaby and
my husband loves all the instrumental versions.
this music reminds us to treasure every toddler bedtime snuggle
and kindergarten "i love you." our children may outgrow our
laps, but cher and gene will put magic into our goodnight
routine for years to come."
- michele whiteaker, freelance writer, laguna
both of your voices are at the same time stunning and relaxing.
a beautiful approach to the deliveries, and the music is flawless.
i may not have a child of my own, but i am going to recommend
this anytime i can."
- ray vawter, homer's music
stardust lullaby collection is a double disc set
of sweet and timeless lullabies for babies and young toddlers.
the collection is strong throughout but is especially good
at the top of the first disc (where a gorgeous version of
"wynken, blynken and nod" can be heard)...which is important
for parents as those are the tunes you'll be hearing while
you put your little one down each evening. "
- jeff bogle , out with the
by cher and gene klosner is a magical album celebrating children
of all ages. being a parent of a small child, it especially
hit home and i was touched by the original lullabys as well
as the duo's rendition of some of the classics. this sister
and brother team are truly blessed with an amazing talent.
i have been listening to the cd in my office and find myself
being choked-up on several occasions. the album is very touching
and completely charming. one of these albums is simply not
enough, you will want to give some to friends and family."
-dianne porter, valencia, ca
wonderful for it's entertainment value, and yes, for the relaxation
it can bestow to our spirits in this hectic world... but mostly,
for how it facilitates this fundamental tradition of 'a parent
connecting with their child while at the very same moment,
touching a wonderful part of their own past'."
- jill blake, milwaukee, wi
play this for my granddaughter when it's time to go to sleep
- it's her favorite! she walks around the house all
day singing 'hello, hello!' (from 'little sir echo')."
- mickey kotlarz, omaha, ne
is absolutely beautiful. it's so great that these songs will
be passed down to the grand kids and their grandkids. i'm
buying more for my friends - us grandparents like lullabies
- mary ann everitt, omaha, ne
bought one for my neighbor who has had bouts of insomnia for
the past three months - it put her right to sleep! stardust
is so relaxing - i am buying stardust for all of
my friends as christmas gifts!"
- sue sears, omaha, ne
very much enjoyed listening to stardust all the way
to howells, ne for the weekend. i was so relaxed by the time
i got home i almost melted on the couch and i believe i was
much more patient with the traffic...i have now given three
away...with one left to deliver...and of course i have one
for myself!! i must tell you, all the people i bought
stardust for love it. but i may need one more
too b/c i did not think about my mother...who has insomnia."
- kathy janata, omaha, ne