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I Will Protect You
By Arlen, with Joey Delahoussaye

Within a few minutes of meeting Arlen, I could tell that her soft-spoken manner belied her strength as a mother and protector of her children, who mean everything to her. In her lullaby, Arlen takes turns singing to her three daughters, Kamila, Fatima, and Valeria, and to her son, Angel. She hasn’t seen any of them since arriving at the Travis County Correctional Complex a few months ago.

Arlen would be the first to tell you how unique each of her children are, and for that reason we decided early on that this would not be a one-size-fits-all lullaby. Arlen uses the verses to speak directly to each child, addressing them one by one to offer words of encouragement. Then, in the chorus, she expresses her love for her family and commitment to protect them, no matter what. For all the uncertainty in Arlen’s life right now, her devotion to her children is steadfast. Writing this lullaby was a special experience that I won’t soon forget.

– Joey Delahoussaye, ACG Lullaby Project Clinician

 

Since 2014, Austin Classical Guitar has worked with young mothers in challenging circumstances to help them write personal songs for their children. The Lullaby Project has brought us some of our most challenging and rewarding experiences. We have partnered with Any Baby Can, Annunciation Maternity Home, People’s Community Clinic, as well as Travis County Jail – where this song was completed last week.

The Lullaby Project was created in 2012 by Carnegie Hall in New York City, and Austin Classical Guitar was their first national partner. If you would like to support this work, please click here to make a donation. You can use the comments field on the donation form to let us know you’d like your gift to be used for the Lullaby Project.