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    Grammy winner to perform at . . . the Children’s Museum?

    Shawn Colvin
    Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe/file
    Shawn Colvin

    When Shawn Colvin plays an all-ages show, it really is all ages.

    Colvin will perform for infants and toddlers at the Boston Children’s Museum Feb. 25 to promote her new album, “The Starlighter,” a collection of lullabies inspired by the 1965 book “Lullabies and Night Songs,” by composer Alec Wilder and illustrator Maurice Sendak.

    “I was approached to do a children’s album and I was, like, no,” Colvin told us. “I didn’t have any inspiration. I just didn’t. Even when my daughter was little, we didn’t listen to children’s music. I played her the Beatles.


    “But then I thought of this book, which I was given when I was 8 years old and fell in love with,” she said.

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    Colvin, whose 1997 hit “Sunny Came Home” won the Grammy Award for both song and record of the year, will perform two 20-minute sets at the Children’s Museum because, she says, “they’re little kids and we don’t want to put a whole lot on them.”

    Adorable, right?

    “The Starlighter” includes 14 tracks that are a mix of traditional numbers and children’s standards, all taken from the Wilder/Sendak book. There’s traditional fare like “Hush Little Baby” and “Raisins and Almonds,” to “Minnie and Winnie,” with words by 19th-century poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and “Cradle Song,” with lyrics by poet William Blake.

    If kids music isn’t your thing, Colvin is playing a string of dates next month with longtime pal Lyle Lovett. Unfortunately, the closest they’ll come to Boston is the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono, Maine — which isn’t close at all — Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine, and the Music Hall in Portsmouth, N.H.


    “I’ve been waiting to do this for years,” she said. “It’ll just be Lyle and I on stage trading songs back and forth.”