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Article: How Music Saved My Life and a Gift Giveaway!

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How Music Saved My Life and a Gift Giveaway!

I have to admit I had some tough years when I was a child. I actually didn't grow up with the best father figure-as I actually didn't grow up with a father at all. What I did grow up with was music, which was always there for me. During harsh times, I turned to music and books, specifically power metal and fantasy novels. You see, power metal and fantasy novels go hand in hand. The subject matter of power metal and fantasy novels often is based in folklore and mythology. When things went bad, as they often did during my early teenage years, I would retreat to my room, push my bed up to the door, and listen to my album collection. In the beginning, my collection included Kiss, Motley Crue, Black Sabbath, and the soundtrack to Flash Gordon by Queen.


Over time, my collection grew to include the true pioneers of the power metal genre: Iron Maiden and Dio. The lyrics were familiar to me. The songs reminded me of ballads from a time long ago when bards sang of heroes and conquest, supernatural battles and, of course, everyone's favorite creatures-dragons. It allowed me-if only for a brief moment in time-to be the master of my own fantastical world where I was the hero. No one could hurt me in my realm. It gave me hope for my own future. Music will always be there to take me back to the realm where anything can happen. And now that I am a father I wish to take my daughter, Little D, with me on these journeys: whether it is driving her in the car listening to HammerFall or Wintersun; or reading the Icelandic Sagas and Norse myths to her. She is my inspiration and together we will conquer new worlds through the power of metal and books. We might even write a rock opera with Norse themes set in Hollywood. Why not? With an ally in power metal, anything is possible to achieve or overcome. I am living proof.

CLOSED: Congrats to our winner: MJ

Music matters. Is there someone in your life who you think could use some sweet lullabies? For today's giveaway, we want to give a Rockabye Baby CD as a gift on your behalf.

Who do you think should get a Rockabye Baby CD as a gift and why?

Tell us in the comments below by 8 pm PT tonight and 3 of you will be randomly selected to have your person of choice receive a Rockabye Baby Lullaby Renditions CD gift on us!


My best friend is having her first baby and I would love to give her a copy of the Rockabye Baby Pink Floyd CD because she loves them so much and I know she would want to pass her love of them to her baby boy. What better way to do that than a lullabye rendition CD of her favorite band?

Daniela W

My cousin derserves a rockabye baby CD she is having her first child in May, and when I turned 18 she did the best mix-tapes for me… music from when she was 18, and music that would keep me 18 till I die ;) And now I would like to pass on some awesome music for her child.

Kristel Hune

My seven-year old son is a very sensitive boy and we are practising mindfulness with him in order to get him to relax, become less anixious… and go to sleep:-)
A Rockabye Baby cd would be perfect as he just got a new cd-player for christmas.
Greetings from Denmark :-)

Dorte Overgaard

my husband loves all these bands. he is always singing it with my twin boys and i think it would be a great gift for my husband and 2 little boys so they can listen together

Deana Lamm

One of my best friends from high school and his wife are having their 5th child in June. So, I think they could DEFINITELY use a little extra nap-time help!

Kelly D.

I think my husband deserves a CD, as he LOVES your cd’s, (but refuses to admit it) – I think it would be the perfect little “hint” to help him purchase ALL of them!


I think my frend deserves one because she has an extremely active 2 yr old. And she is searching for some music to help calm hhim down.

diana mathews

My ffriend has a brand new baby boy, Ryder. His dad is a musician in a band so music will always play a big part of his life. A rock-a-baby cd will be a great start for him.


I am a HUGE fan, I have almost every cd and my son is only a year old
I am only 6 away from owning every single CD made by Rockabye baby, a gift would be so great, either to add to my collection or share with a friend.


My husband he is always wishing “Mayzi” had something else to rock out to other than twinkle twinkle… And his band is a little to loud… He is the best a father to my 8 year old and our 7 week old plays them both to sleep with his gutiar and dosent mind getting up at night this would be the best gift for him to rock out with our girls!!!!

Jessica nix

I would gift a rockabye baby cd to my friend, Cass. She had 9.2 lb baby boy last week. They would love it!

Leigh A

Rockabye Baby helped me achieve a degree!

When I was writing my dissertation at university, I found listening was the perfect way to keep calm and concentrate. The soothing tunes meant I stayed relaxed (while still listening to my favourite bands) so I could write coherently and achieve a 2:1!

Sadly, my sister suffers from epilepsy, and recently had her first seizure since taking (supposedly) preventative medication. One of her ‘triggers’ include stress. I’d love to win her a Rockabye Baby CD for her to listen to after a stressful day at work. It sure helped me stay calm! And you never know, it might prevent a seizure..!

Keep doin’ what you do, RB!


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