Fred Mollin - Composer/Producer
If home is where the heart is, then I’ve been lovestruck since 1966, when as a kid from suburban Long Island, I came with my folks to visit the Vineyard. We stayed at a home on the lagoon in Tisbury and I was smitten with the island. The next year, my brother Larry was here in the summer as an actor in the Vineyard Players summer stock theater troupe and I became a mascot, musician and all around go-fer. Well, I was smitten even more. I knew that one day I would buy a home here and call myself a Vineyarder. For the many years of my music taking me many places, I would always try to rent a few weeks and keep my ties to this place. Finally in 1990, we bought a house and raised our 2 children with summers on the Vineyard and as many off-season trips as we could finagle.
After years in Toronto, I now have another second home where I make my musical living, and that’s Nashville. It’s the place that makes recording so rich and so easily facilitated. But if home is truly where the heart is, I’m a Vineyarder first, foremost and forever.
In my years in music, I’ve been many things to many projects, but in 1998 I got a call from Walt Disney Records to perform and produce an instrumental lullaby album. It sold extremely well and we followed it up with three more. After those, I was commissioned to produce one for Sony/Nickelodeon records. Apparently I’ve helped well over a million little ones fall asleep. Parents have been writing me letters for years with sincere thanks. I am honored.
So, yes, please give this gift of music to your baby or toddler and play it nice and softly in their bedroom as a sleep routine or quietly in the car when you want them to nap. Simply put: it works like a charm.
When writing these new lullabies at my piano in Katama and then recording them, the Vineyard was my sole inspiration.
I hope as parents or caregivers who love the Vineyard, you will also get some restful time listening to the album and be musically transported to this most magical island.
Fred Mollin, Katama, April 2012