Hip-hop star Timbaland has added children’s author to his resume with the launch of his first kids’ book.
Nighttime Symphony centers on a little boy who is lulled into dreamland by the sounds of the city outside his bedroom window, where a wild storm echos in the wind.
The Way I Are hitmaker admits it wasn’t hard to come up with the story, because the father-of-three has always used everyday sounds to give him ideas when it comes to making music.
Explaining why he decided to write a children’s book, he told U.S. breakfast show Today, “I’m a big kid at heart and I always like to challenge myself.”
“Everything around you is music. People always ask, ‘How do you create…?’” he continued. “I said, ‘Just living life. Walk outside. Life is music; your footsteps as you walk is music (sic). Everything has a rhythm.’”
And Timbaland hopes Nighttime Symphony will help to nurture youngsters’ creativity.
“I feel like every kid should always be inspired by just closing their eyes,” he said. “When you close your eyes, that’s when all the inspiration comes.
“I know when I was a kid, I closed my eyes and just envisioned stuff, it happened.”
He has also recorded an audio version of the book with beatboxer Verbal Ase.
“I had to, I’m a music guy, so it’s like, reading is not my thing, but I like making music to what I do,” he shared.
Nighttime Symphony, which features illustrations by Christopher Myers, hit retailers on Tuesday.
Timbaland isn’t the first star to enter the children’s literary market – Kelly Clarkson, Julianne Moore, Isla Fisher, and Jimmy Fallon have all found success as kids’ authors in recent years.