One of the things I was determined to do for my labour this time around was put together a music playlist. When I went into labour with Grace I took 3 CDs with me and, with how long it took, it got a little repetitive! I believe one of them was Marc Cohn’s first album and I know, for a fact, that I had Go West’s ‘Aces and Kings’ – which is a greatest hits album. I was really pleased that Go West’s greatest hits were playing when Grace came into the world and I have even told Peter Cox and Richard Drummie that she was born to the song ‘Never Let ‘Em See You Sweat’.
For my labour playlist this time around I put together 43 of my favourite songs over on Spotify. Thankfully they had a special offer where I could buy premium membership for 3 months for £9.99 (the last thing I wanted was adverts playing every other song!). The list was special for lots of reasons and I here I list my top 5 and the meaning behind them.
King of Wishful Thinking by Go West
The list included 5 Go West songs and, as fate would have it, this one was playing as Rex made his way into the world. I say fate because the playlist was on shuffle and there was no way we pre-empted this! Also, appropriately, Rex means ‘king’.
The Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics
I can remember this playing as Grace came back into the room to meet her brother. The lyrics do have a lot of meaning behind them and I find them quite difficult at times given the relationship with my father – I just want to make sure that my children never have to feel this way.
You’ll Be in my Heart by Phil Collins
This is a song that I have always felt was mine and Rex’s. I used to listen to it during my pregnancy when I couldn’t sleep. It is a song that plays at the beginning of Disneys Tarzan. This is when Kala, the gorilla, finds baby Tarzan. She takes him in as one of her own and becomes his mother. It really resonates with me.
How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding
I have to admit that I’m not a fan of Ellie Goulding but the words to this song really do hold a lot of meaning and certainly make me think of both of my children. It always brings a tear to my eye.
You Can Finally Meet My Mom by Train
This song made a big impact on me when I first heard it and it continues to do so. There is one particular part of the song that I hope both my children take on board. It is the bridge which says:
‘I’m not making light of things But who’s to say who’s right with things like this. There’s so much that we miss. Tryin’ so hard to be rich and famous. Pretty and thin, to win. It’s a shame that youth is wasted on the young’
Then the next part of the song is just for me and Ross – ‘whoever goes first save a spot.’
To see the rest of the songs on my labour playlist, take a look over on Spotify:
Do you have a favourite or meaningful song? Would it make your labour playlist?