Wind Through My Window – “I Am Sleepy” preview

Wind Through My Window by Sukey Molloy

I composed this song at dusk, out on the cliffs overlooking the Hudson River during the fall season. I was touched with the way the leaves danced as they fell from the trees in the wind. I continued to develop the song as I lay in bed that night, and listened to the wind come through my window. The sensation reminded me of my childhood.

The photo on the right is Axel Belohoubek playing dulcimer on Wind Through My Window. Axel’s a member of the Sukey Molloy & Friends band, and a professional music composer, arranger, pianist, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist.

Learn more about my brand new CD “I Am Sleepy!” here.

Hush My Little One – “I Am Sleepy” preview

Hush My Little One by Sukey Molloy

This is a traditional song from the American south that was shared with me by my friend Myra who heard it in her youth. Myra is now 80 years old, and she gave me the music notated in her own hand.

On the right is a photo of Stephen Benson playing guitar on Hush My Little One. Stephen’s a member of the Sukey Molloy & Friends band, and one of the most highly demanded Broadway and session guitarists in New York.

Learn more about my brand new CD “I Am Sleepy!” here.

Night Is Falling – “I Am Sleepy” preview

Night Is Falling by Sukey Molloy

Christopher Cardona

I wrote this while watching the sunset on the New Jersey shore with very dear friends. I felt that each of us should go to sleep at night knowing we have done our best that day, and that we can let the day go in complete trust.

To the right is a photo of Christopher Cardona playing violin on Night is Falling. Chris has played on all four of my CDs, and is currently playing in “Spider Man – Turn Off The Dark” on Broadway.

Scottish Folk Song – “I Am Sleepy!” preview

Scottish Folk Song by Sukey Molloy

Barbara Allen/Harp

This song was given to me by a friend in the town where I live. She had loved this song in her youth when she heard it at camp, and asked me to include it on the album.

The photo on the right is Barbara Allen playing harp on Scottish Folk Song. Barbara performs with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra and I am proud to have her on the album.

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Why Not Spend Them Together?

I was driving near my house, and passed a stop where the children wait for the school bus. I noticed a young mother, typing away on her cell phone, while her four year old son stood next to her, waiting and watching.

It seemed a little lonely, and a bit baffling, and I wanted to call out, “Please put the phone away until you get your son on the bus!” I remember being little myself, and what a special time that was. A child’s earliest years are so precious, why not spend them together?

Wake up Tick Tock!

Sukey and Tick TockEach time I give a concert, whether large or small, there’s a special moment when we stop to look for my friend Tick Tock – an over stuffed, blue felt clock. It amazes me still how this moment shines through so brightly every time!

When we actually “find” Tick Tock, we sing and dance the Tick Tock song together, and in the end, Tick Tock always falls asleep. The audience pretends to fall asleep too.

After counting to three, we call out, “Wake up Tick Tock!” and when Tick Tock wakes up, the children jump up, laughing and cheering. This mysterious drama creates such a special experience every time, and never ceases to amaze me!

The Magic Of The Moment

Sukey's Pearl River ConcertI was performing in a Sukey Molloy & Friends concert in a small library setting, and a young child from the audience walked right up to me while I was singing and playing the auto harp. Face to face, she placed herself in front of me, blocking my view of the audience, and insisted on handing me one of the finger puppets I had just given out. She seemed concerned that I didn’t have one! I was very struck with the wish to honor her gesture, and wasn’t sure what exactly to do.

I nodded and smiled, saying thank you with my eyes, and she would have none of it! She needed me to take that puppet, and it was clear it was the only thing to do. I stopped playing the harp, and along with the audience, gratefully accepted the gesture. I was reminded there is no “performing”, just the magic of the moment – and that moment is childhood.

Wonder and Joy

Sukey LiveI was giving an interactive class for parents and children and discovered a tender moment of childhood. We just finished singing and dancing with scarves and needed a moment to transition, so I invited everyone to lie down and enjoy just being there before going on to the next thing.

I noticed one little girl, lying on her tummy, head to the side, and scarves in hand, humming to herself in a state of relaxed bliss. She had no need to rush, and was thoroughly enjoying the sense of wonder and joy at being in a young new body!

When it came time to give back the scarves, she was quite ready to do so, and I was reminded how important it is to create extra time and space when children are transitioning from one thing to another!

Parents & Teachers

I have been extremely privileged to share in classes, concerts and events with children, teachers and parents, and have observed that we share a deep wish to do what is right for the children in our care. When engaging in activities, I make every effort to assist children in the joyful work of making sense and order out of all the many impressions they receive. Sensitivity to this process is the centerpiece of my interest as an artist, and as an educator, and I am happy to share this interest with you! I hope you’ll find these articles and videos useful.

Naming Parts of the Body

Featured song: These are my Eyes

Learning to name and identify parts of the body is one of the first achievements young children take pride in. Pointing to eyes, nose, mouth and belly button brings a personal sense of satisfaction. Singing songs that name parts of the body helps children participate in learning about themselves and others, and offers the joy of performing a task within reach.

When singing These Are My Eyes, I include my stuffed puppet Sunny. I also build a face on the felt board with arms, legs, and hair. I invite children to try all the actions along with me, and I find that even older children find pleasure in sharing what they’ve already learned! How many different parts of the body can you point to? Can you try adding those parts with new lyrics to the song?

Click here to download coloring page of Sunny felt art character

Click here to listen and download These are My Eyes

Click here to download These are My Eyes lyrics sheet.