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122 The Costco Connection OCTOBER 2016
ANY PARENT CAN testify that listening to kid
music on repeat is a fast way to fry nerves.
Enter Rockabye Baby!, a music company
that produces kid-friendly, instrumental
lullaby versions of their parents’ favorite
music. Headed by Costco member Lisa Roth,
sister of Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth,
Rockabye Baby! has created renditions of
just about any popular artist you can think
of—the Beatles, Nirvana, Taylor Swift, Kanye
West, Van Halen (of course)—topping more
than 77 artists and compilations.
Producers re-engineer original works
using instruments that blend "clunk and
tinkle" sounds with xylophones, triangles
and other light instruments.
Roth, a successful nutritionist for 20 years,
and later a TV producer, was searching for kid
music to gift at a baby shower. Disappointed
with her options, she came up with the idea
for Rockabye Baby! (rockabyebabymusic.
com) in 2006. “I wanted a baby product with
the adult in mind,” she says. “Something that
kind of addresses the part of an adult’s life
that very often they feel they have to put
on the back burner for a while when they
become a parent.”
This month marks the label's 10th anni-
versary, and the company has since sold
more than 1. 6 million CDs, and their songs
have been streamed over 100 million times.
GHOSTS ARE BIG BUSINESS. Popular TV
series like Ghost Adventures and Ghost
Hunters investigate thumps and shadows in
purported haunted houses around the world.
Glossy magazines and conferences are dedicated to all things paranormal.
Meanwhile, in sleepy little towns across
western New York, homeowners are calling
Conesus Lake Paranormal Investigations
com) for help with the unexplainable: strange
noises, moving objects (aka “aporting”) and
ghostly lights. CLPI founder and Costco
member Timothy Edwards and son Brandon
make house calls free of charge.
Timothy Edwards, a former Time Warner
technician, became interested in the afterlife
after nearly going there himself. In 2005,
plagued by a nagging feeling that something
was wrong, he visited his family doctor. One
MRI, two brain aneurysms and an operation
later, he discovered he had developed a new
sensitivity to the paranormal.
“One lady who owned a B&B told me
there’s a certain room that’s haunted and
asked me to find it. She was testing me,” says
Edwards, who picked the right room. “I found
I got chills or feelings of sadness [to the point]
that I’d almost cry.
“I wanted to see if there was something
more,” he continues. “I started studying and
His collection now rivals those used in big
TV productions: night vision cam-
corders and cameras, thermal
detection devices and “a Geobox”
that converts electromagnetic fre-
quencies, radio signals and spatial
vibrations to audio, among others.
Once CLPI’s launched its
website, the phone started ringing. Over the years, Edwards has
investigated a murder-suicide
scene at the request of a family
member and tried out new equipment in the notorious Hinsdale
com), so haunted a priest performed an exorcism.
He recounts a visit to a shop in
Egypt, New York, after the owner
called, crying, to say that things
were moving around and she
heard unexplainable noises.
“We visited, and we got nothing. Then she calls back and says,
‘It’s hell on earth.’ We went back.
My son started vomiting. I was sitting on a
5-gallon drum in the basement, and it was
knocked out from under me.” CLPI con-
ducted a “cleansing” using sage and salt and a
few silent prayers, and the problem stopped.
Another time, “a young couple in their
30s had just moved into their house in
Livonia, New York, and they were hearing
footsteps, doors would open,” says Edwards.
“They weren’t freaked out, just curious. She
thought her grandmother might be there.”
Their house became Edwards’ most
memorable investigation so far when he
acquired what amounts to “the Holy Grail”
in the field: a full-body apparition.
“Watch a couple hundred investi-
gations on TV: It doesn’t happen,”
Edwards says, still excited by the
achievement. “There she was—a little
old lady wearing a black dress. You
could see her eye sockets.”
The old woman was also open to conver-
sation, says Edwards. Through a recording
device he asked her if she was “stuck”; “She
said she was ‘at peace.’ She just wasn’t leav-
ing,” he says.
Edwards notes, “For lots of people, a
ghost doesn’t bother them. They can coexist—no harm, no foul.” For those unwilling to
share space with the noisy uncivil unseen,
outfits like Conesus Lake Paranormal
Investigations are waiting for a call.—Nancy
O’Donnell is a freelance writer in New York.
Timothy Edwards (
foreground) and son Brandon
check out a graveyard
for paranormal activity.