Korean Lullabies

Pipi has been teaching me a Korean lullaby. Here is a recording of her, I could listen to it forever. 

I've been doing a bit of research on lullabies in general. Its interesting how they are international, every culture in the world sings songs to babies. The quality of the singing doesn't matter, the baby doesn't mind if you go out of key, but its mostly about that connection between baby and carer. In some cultures lullabies are quite dark, even the most well know of lullabies like this one:

Hush little baby
On the treetop
when the bough breaks
the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks
the cradle will fall
down will come cradle
baby and all

Its actually a little scary when you think about it, who puts their baby in a tree? And who wants the cradle to fall out of the tree and what happens to that baby? Well, apparently the reason why  lullabies are quite dark is for stress relief for the mother. By singing her fears out loud she soothes herself and her baby at the same time. I always find singing such a huge stress reliever, so this makes a lot of sense.