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Pooh Corner 3 - Submitted March 8, 2004
To say thank you seems so inadequate when I think of how influential your music has been for our family. My son is now 5... Return to Pooh Corner was the first song my husband sang to him. He still asks to hear "the Pooh bear song."
A little over a year ago our daughter was born. She spent her whole short life in the cardiac ICU. We were never able to bring her home but we did our best to make her "spot" in the unit a true nursery. And music was the most important part. Not a day went by that her Return to Pooh Corner cd wasn't played. The morning she died, one day shy of being 5 months old, we played some of her favorite songs for her. So as I said, "thank you" is just the tip of the iceberg. But thank you just the same. We have started a music library at the Sibley Heart Center in her honor. The first CD's we furnished were Return to Pooh Corner. This way, many other families can benefit from the gift of song as well.
My older brothers introduced me to your music through their Loggins and Messina albums probably 20 years ago, and I've been a fan ever since. My first child was born on October 4, 2000 -- a precious baby girl we love more than life itself! She was perfect, except she would not sleep -- at all!!
After about 2 months, I purchased Return to Pooh Corner and began singing along with it while we would walk laps around the house. It didn't take long before she began to fall asleep every time she would hear it. What a Godsend! She's now 5 months old and every night, all I have to do is put on that CD in her room and she's asleep before the end of the second track. She has never enjoyed lullaby CDs or any other children's music. I'm so glad she appreciates your music as much as I do. We have 3 copies -- one for her room, one in the living room, and one for the car!! Thank you for giving us back our sanity!! I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation for Return to Pooh Corner. I was a college student in the early 70s and we sang along with your albums at the top of our lungs at parties. Everyone always smiled and sang along with House at Pooh Corner - even the really cool guys. This past year I was sitting in my car at a drive-through when I first heard Return to Pooh Corner. I thought it was the original song, maybe just re-released because it sounded a little different.
When I heard the new verse at the end, I started to cry. I immediately ordered the CD, and my 8 and 9 yr. old children listen to it over and over in the car on the way to school! It has a very calming effect on them. Thank you for singing it for them, and thank you so much for singing it for me. You have been with me through all the stages in my life!
Today, I found 'More Songs from Pooh Corner' in the music store. Our daughter, now 5 but acting like an adolescent, is going through a rebellious stage. She and my wife got into an argument. I put the new CD into the player as my daughter was going to bed. My wife said that it was exactly what she needed tonight. I cuddled with my daughter as she went to bed and will cuddle with my wife as we listen to it again. Thanks, Kenny, your songs hit home with our family.