Sunday, September 22, 2013

A soundtrack for Sasha 3.0

I am aware that a blog post about compiling playlists to listen to during labor is not going to be everyone's thing. But I wrote one of these last time around and ended up adding Now We Are Free from Gladiator as a result (on the recommendation of Crys) and that pretty much was the playlist. I listened to it over and over again and to this day, when I hear it, I am reminded of Magdalena's birth and feeling the strongest I ever have.

There's no predicting what The Song will be for me this time, but I have a much more extensive list of possibilities. In contrast to my Sasha 2.0 playlist, I am allowing for songs with lyrics this time. We'll see if I go there during labor or not.

Finally, before I get to the actual songs, I want to explain why I do this. I love music. It's an important part of my life. I may not be up on the latest bands or songs or trends, and I may have a tendency to stick with what I like for years and years without branching out, but again, I really do love music. I tried listening to music during labor last time as a means of relaxation and, yes, pain reduction, and it worked. Music has a powerful emotional effect on me, and that's just what I need when I'm in a lot of pain during what is ostensibly (and eventually and hopefully) a beautiful and formative experience.

First, the songs without lyrics. Can you tell I love to poach soundtracks from movies, often British ones? I'm not necessarily including the entire soundtrack on the playlist - I went through and picked out the songs that I love the most, or the ones that are better suited to be on a labor playlist (no huge, quiet gaps in the music and it has movement and momentum in general).

Dear Frankie (soundtrack)
The Painted Veil (soundtrack)
The Man From Snowy River (soundtrack)
Downton Abbey (soundtrack)
Pride & Prejudice (2005 version; soundtrack)
Now We Are Free (Gladiator)
North & South (soundtrack)
The Virgin Queen (soundtrack)
Lost (soundtrack, just LAX and Moving On)
The Last of the Mohicans (soundtrack)
Emma (2009 version; soundtrack - Martin Phipps is my soundtrack hero)
She Walks in Beauty (from the Vanity Fair soundtrack)
The Piano Guys (selections from - Peponi and Titanium, among others)

As for music with lyrics:

Titanium (a few covers. I cannot resist that song in pretty much any incarnation)
Prettiest Eyes (Beautiful South)
Reign of Love (Coldplay; I'm considering adding Paradise)
The Corrs (a bunch of songs - love them!)
My Immortal (Evanescence - I have wonderful associations with this song; don't judge)
Songbird (Fleetwood Mac)
Jewel (a few songs)
Paper Moon (a few songs, some in German - that will be interesting)
Sarah Brightman (Dust in the Wind and some others)
Smashing Pumpkins (The Tale of Dusty & Pistol Pete and Galapagos)
Fields of Gold (live acoustic, by Sting)
Yanni (mostly Truth of Touch stuff)

There you have it: a soundtrack for Sasha 3.0.


Ariana said...

I LOVE the Corrs!

Suzanne Bubnash said...

I like your songs. You are totally ready now. Let the labor begin! And go quickly . . .

How are you planning to announce his arrival? FB, blogpost, email? Those are good for the general population. We'll look for a phone call/vid chat.

Glenda The Good said...

Oh, "We Are Free." Always reminds me of Gigi. So silly but it tickles me pink that I could be just a small part of your special day :) So I don't know how these would go for labor songs, seeing as I haven't had to go through labor anytime recently but these are the soundtrack of my life recently, the ones I'm totally addicted listened to straight for a month before I can listen to something else. Stay-Rhiana,Feel So Close-Calvin Harris, Safe and Sound-Capital Cities, Radioactive-Imagine Dragons, I will Wait-Muford and Sons, The Truth About Love-Pink, Sail-Awolnation,Sweater Weather-The Neighbourhood, King and the Lionheart-Of Monsters and Men, and Breathe Me-Sia. It is from the finale of the Six Feet Under and made it pretty much the best finale ever! If I can think of any others I'll be back! Excited to see baby pics and hear the name you choose for Sasha 3.0 when he makes his appearance. Can't you just name him Sasha :)

Glenda The Good said...

Oh also Lumineers stubborn love and even though it has been totally overplayed Somebody that I use to know :)

Glenda The Good said...

Florence and the machine, the dog days are over and shake it out :). Appropriate titles I think! Ok I think that's it for me. Can you tell from my music choices I've been feeling rather melancholy :-/

Jeremy Palmer said...

How about adding a little Rihanna to Coldplay to get "Princess of China." It's a good song, man!

Jeremy Palmer said...

How about adding a little Rihanna to Coldplay to get "Princess of China." It's a good song, man!

Liz Johnson said...

NICE. I wish I could think of other songs to add, but I really can't. I'm so excited for you to put this playlist to good use.

Also, I'm thinking "I Will Wait" by Mumford & Sons sends mixed messages to this little dude.

Bridget said...

Hahaha, true! Now We Are Free certainly has a message, too!

Jessie said...

I'm not familiar with some of these. I'll have to check them out! I'm an unashamed Jewel lover, she'd definitely be on my labor playlist. I heartily second Glenda's suggestion of Sail by Awolnation.

Jen said...

Have I asked you if you like the soundtrack to "Far and Away?"
(Also? If I were to have another baby, Dropkick Murphy's would TOTALLY be on my playlist.)

Lucia- insert creative nickname said...

I was a c-sectioner myself, so i've never made a labor playlist, but I love the idea, and your song choices! I have some of those on my "Yes, I am awesome/pick-me-up" playlist :) along with:
Whole Wide World (Mindy Gledhill)
The Middle (Jimmy eat world)
Little Wonders (Rob Thomas)
okay.. this is making me crave some music!


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