In June of 2008, brothers Kanishka and Ganesha, while visiting their parents in Sri Lanka, came across an obsolete piece of technology, a cassette tape, used to record audio, long before smart phones, and digital recorders. The tape was recorded in Sri Lanka in the 70’s, intended to their father who at the time was on a government scholarship in Japan. This contained recordings of various members of the extended family singing, doing skits and commentary of the day’s events which would have brought a smile and a tear to any family member living several seas away from his loved ones.
A particular part of the cassette tape caught the attention and pulled on the heart strings of the two brothers. That was their grandmother, who had since passed, singing a lullaby to the two of them who at that time were only a few weeks old. They could hear themselves cry in the background as their “Aththamma” (Grandmother) started to sing an Angelic lullaby to calm them. Listening to the chorus of the lullaby, “Baa….lolly….lolly…..baa….lolly…lolly….” brought them a sense of comfort and also a sense of sorrow. It was at this inspiring moment that they thought of writing a song honoring their grandmother. They used the grandmother’s singing as the motif for the melody and created this anthem, lullaby - reminiscing the undying love of a grandmother.
The brothers have dedicated this song in the loving memory of their “Aththamma” whom they still hold dearly in their hearts. This song marked the beginning of their newest music project. "Lullaby" eventually became the title track of their newest EP, Island Nation.
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The Story Behind "Lullaby"
Written by islandna
Monday, 14 November 2011 00:00