Hos­pi­tal of­fers lul­la­bies with a Ca­jun flair

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Lafayette (La.) Gen­eral Med­i­cal Cen­ter lies in the heart of Acadiana, the home of the Ca­juns who set­tled in south­west Louisiana in the 18th cen­tury. So it’s not too sur­pris­ing that the hos­pi­tal’s foun­da­tion teamed up with Louisiana Folk Roots for a project that taps into the area’s rich her­itage.

“Je M’En­dors: Ca­jun and Cre­ole Lul­la­bies” is a new CD that will soon be play­ing for new­borns as they be­gin their lives at Lafayette Gen­eral. “Je M’En­dors,” which means “I’m sleepy,” fea­tures songs per­formed by lo­cal Ca­jun and Cre­ole mu­si­cians. Start­ing last week, the hos­pi­tal be­gan giv­ing it as a gift to the first 1,000 ba­bies born at Lafayette Gen­eral.

“We wanted to cel­e­brate the mir­a­cle of child­birth with some­thing re­ally spe­cial,” Ge­off Daily, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Lafayette Gen­eral Foun­da­tion, told the As­so­ci­ated Press. “And this ex­em­pli­fies the Ca­jun and Cre­ole cul­ture of this area.”

Most of the 14 selections on the CD are sung in French and fea­ture Gram­my­win­ning or –nom­i­nated artists such as Zachary Richard, Steve Ri­ley and Ter­rance Simien. The mu­si­cians per­form their own in­ter­pre­ta­tions of old clas­sics, as well as orig­i­nal tunes—some cre­ated just for the project.

“It’s an in­cred­i­ble mix,” said Todd Mou­ton, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Louisiana Folk Roots, a not-for-profit that pro­motes Ca­jun and Cre­ole cul­ture. “Sev­eral artists wrote songs on the spot for the project and sev­eral used old tra­di­tional lul­la­bies. They were over­whelm­ingly ex­cited to be a part of it.”

The CD, re­leased last week, is avail­able on iTunes and will be sold in the hos­pi­tal’s gift shop. The foun­da­tion hosted a car­ni­val-themed gala to help pay for the cost of the CD, as well as other ini­tia­tives it has led in the com­mu­nity. Those in­clude a telemedicine clinic project that pro­vides pre­ven­tive-and ur­gent-care ser­vices in schools.

“It’s about in­vest­ing in in­no­va­tion and cre­at­ing some­thing that can sus­tain it­self,” Daily said. “The Ca­jun Lul­laby project is just a great way of in­vest­ing in our cre­ative com­mu­nity and show­cas­ing part of what makes our com­mu­nity so great.”

Songs from the CD will be played for new­borns at Lafayette Gen­eral.

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