15 There's a Pretty Lighthouse / You're My Sweet Orion
16 You're My Baby
17 Four-Year-Old Orion's One-Boy Band
19 A Soft Rain Falls on My Home
20 There's a Line on the Ground
21 Where'd Everybody Go?
22 Orion's Boom Boom Boom
We made this album for our son, Orion Serendipity, when he was a baby. We wanted him to be able to remember the way we sang to him when he was little. The song 'Boom Boom Boom' was something that I (David) just started singing one day for no particular reason; what it means, if anything, I really don't know. Jane wrote 'Watermelon Song' as a tribute to that sweet fruit, and added her sweeter voice to it. 'Smiling' is one that came to me fully formed on waking and I rushed to write it down and do a simple recording; it expresses the way Jane and I found each other as soulmates; we added some lyrics after we were married in Bermuda. 'Jane...David' grew out of my teach-yourself guitar instructions; a few simple chords help to eloquently express Jane and my feelings for each other. I was in the backyard raking leaves when 'I Rake the Leaves' presented itself to me; creativity is a mysterious process; the song offers gentle, funny encouragement for persevering even when things might not be that much fun.' Jane wrote 'David' when I said to her, 'You've written songs for other people; where's mine?' She certainly exceeded my expectations with that one; I think it's one of the best songs on the album. ''m nah goh worry 'bow' is kind of like 'Don't worry, be happy' but harder to decipher; if you can't make it out, it's saying 'I'm not going to worry about.' A lot of birds come through our yard (we don't have cats or dogs) and Jane admires the interesting sounds of bluejays, so she wrote 'Bluejay'; you can hear a real one in the beginning of the song, and our son, Orion, can be heard squawking in the background (we tried to record when he was napping, but sometimes we wanted to keep going when he was awake, and his precious squawking adds immeasurably to the song). While waiting for Orion to be born, Jane wrote this profound and emotional song, 'Sweet Little Child Inside'; I do my best to harmonize with her on this and many of the other songs. 'There Was A Baby Named Orion' sounds a little like El Kabong or Zorro, but it tells briefly about some of Orion's early experiences. 'Orion is My Name' has a little Caribbean beat to it as it celebrates our son's unique first and middle (Serendipity) names. Jane wasn't too sure about giving Orion the middle name Serendipity, but I helped her get used to the idea with this goofy, contrasting song, 'Serendipity'. Jane sweetened the name further by composing 'S-e-r-e-n-d-i-p-i-t-y' and singing it a cappella; the purpose was to help Orion learn to spell his middle name; now Orion is a champion speller at age 14. When Jane got out of the hospital after Orion's caeserean birth, I tried to give her a break in the mornings by taking our son outside for early morning walks; I soothed him to sleep that hot July, by talking to him while walking; the memory of that inspired Jane to write 'Orion's Walks'. 'There's a Pretty Lighthouse / You're My Sweet Orion' is based on Jane and my wedding / honeymoon trip to Bermuda where we admired the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse in the day and it's powerful beacon at night; we even stood in the spot where Queen Elizabeth had stood to admire the view; Jane would add 'You're my sweet Orion' to the song when singing it to Orion. 'You're My Baby' is something I came up with using my rudimentary guitar ability; the song is featured at the end of a video we made called 'The Birth of Orion Serendipity Lowy' which shows, in detail, Orion's first twelve days. At just under three years old, Orion played drums amazingly in the percussion department at the Mars Music Store; people would look around to see who it was; we compiled the music for 'Four-year-old Orion's One-Boy-Band' but it is all Orion, who added the singing part when he was four. 'Lullaby' is something we would sweetly sing to Orion at the end of the day, and sometimes we still sing the ABCs (which we used to sing to him before he was born and moments after he was born, to help him recognize us). One day, a gentle rain was falling while I had the guitar out and Jane was feeding Orion; 'A Soft Rain Falls On My Home' was the result. When Orion was nine and ten months old, we took a trip across the southwestern United States and California; in the motel shower in Santa Barbara, California I just started singing 'There's a Line On The Ground'; I don't know how the fully developed song just popped into my head--all that driving I guess, but Jane makes it great with hear delicious harmony. 'Where'd Everybody Go' is kind of a tribute to all the people I've known who are no longer around (for one reason or another), but when Orion first heard it he thought it was about the sudden absence of people at a local park. And finally, 'Orion's Boom Boom Boom' is his sweet reprise at age four of the first track on the album.