John Herndon‘s Close Your Eyes and Dream is based on a lullaby dedicated to his twin children, Taylor and Calvin. Herndon would sing this melody to his children to help them drift off to sleep. He later wrote lyrics with two slightly different verses to underscore the twins’ differing and unique personalities.
This piece can be performed in a number of ways: as an octet featuring all of the percussion parts, as a smaller ensemble without the optional percussion parts, or as a larger ensemble with expanded instrumentation, doubling the marimba, vibraphone, and xylophone parts. The vocal part (also optional) may also be expanded with each vocalist singing the melody in unison.
Close Your Eyes and Dream comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing an audio recording and all individual parts available for printing.