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In Spring of 2014, Kristin called me at work and asked if I could meet her for lunch. It was a cold-ish day, and we met at a little Greek place south of downtown in Indianapolis. At lunch, Kristin presented me with four CDs she’d just bought that morning, and asked me if I knew what they had in common. The records were Pablo Honey by RadioheadÁgætis byrjun by Sigur Rós, Ready To Die by Notorious B.I.G., and Years of Refusal by Morissey. I actually couldn’t figure it out, but after a little prompting realized that all four album covers featured babies. She was pregnant and we were having our first child in November.

Not long after that lunch date I started working on this playlist. It started when I was moved to tears listening to Chris Staples’ song “Dark Side of the Moon” (I’m actually not even sure that song is written for a child, but for me it forever will be). I started compiling songs that were either written for/to children, or somehow represented that to me.

Since then, we’ve had another child (both boys), and things are often more hectic than not, but whenever I play these songs they remind me of the wide-eyed wonder of first becoming a parent, and how incredible it is to be entrusted with these little souls.

It’s late getting posted, but here’s my playlist about parenthood:

mp3: Chris Staples – Dark Side of the Moon

I want to love you, I want to pass it on

I want to give and give until it’s all gone

I want to know you, while we have the time

Because that’s all I’ve got to leave behind.

mp3: Mates of State – Nature And The Wreck

Lying down, I notice what you see

Below us, your arms are like the trees.

I know I haven’t said enough.

I know we haven’t said enough.

How I will protect, and how each day matters.

…I know we haven’t said enough

But I know I’ve never loved this much.

mp3: Stevie Wonder – Isn’t She Lovely

Isn’t she lovely made from love,

Isn’t she lovely?

mp3: Kanye West – Only One (feat. Paul McCartney)

Hello my only one, remember who you are

No you’re not perfect but you’re not your mistakes.

mp3: Mason Jennings – Which Way Your Heart Will Go

Where would I be right now

If all my dreams had come true

Deep down I know somehow

I’d have never seen your face.

This world would be a different place

Darling there’s no way to know

Which way your heart will go.

mp3: King Creosote – My Favourite Girl

Can I make her happy?

I guess that I have not got long

Promise you’ll tell her

She’s my favourite girl

In all the world.

mp3: Lauryn Hill – To Zion

Life for you my prince has just begun

And I thank you for choosing me

To come through unto life to be

A beautiful reflection of his grace.

mp3: Joni Mitchell – Little Green

Just a little green

Like the color when the spring is born

There’ll be crocuses to bring to school tomorrow

Just a little green

Like the night’s when the Northern lights perform

There’ll be icicles and birthday clothes

And sometimes there’ll be sorrow.

mp3: John Lennon – Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)

Out on the ocean sailing away

I can hardly wait

To see you come of age

But I guess we’ll both just have to be patient

‘Cause it’s a long way to go

A hard row to hoe

Yes it’s a long way to go

But in the meantime

Before you cross the street

Take my hand

Life is what happens to you

While you’re busy making other plans.

mp3: Björk – Mouth’s Cradle

There is yet

Another one

That follows me

Wherever I go

And supports me

He always has a hope for me

Always sees me when nothing else

And everyone have left

Can care

That ghost is brighter than anyone

And fulfills me with hope

Those beams assure me.

mp3: Low – In Metal

Partly hate to see you grow

And just like your baby shoes

Wish I could keep your little body

In metal.

mp3: Cat Stevens – Oh Very Young

Oh very young, what will you leave us this time

You’re only dancin’ on this earth for a short while,

And though your dreams may toss and turn you now

They will vanish away like your dad’s best jeans.

Will you carry the words of love with you?

mp3: Bob Dylan – Forever Young

May you grow up to be righteous,

May you grow up to be true,

May you always know the truth,

And see the lights surrounding you.

May you always be courageous,

Stand upright and be strong,

May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy,

May your feet always be swift,

May you have a strong foundation

When the winds of changes shift.

May your heart always be joyful,

May your song always be sung,

May you stay forever young.

mp3: Mason Jennings – If You Ain’t Got Love

At nine in the morning

After nine months of waiting

You were born and I saw your face

And you looked up at me.

…Someday, someday soon

You and I will both be gone

And lately, I can’t help but think

That the love we feel will live on.

mp3: Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore – Try

I can’t wait to hold your little hand

…How to give it all to someone not yet born

That must be how

We’ve learned to love.

mp3: My Brightest Diamond – I Have Never Loved Someone

I have never loved someone

The way I love you

I have never seen a smile

Like yours

And if you grow up to be a king, or clown, or pauper,

I will say you are my favorite one in town.

I have never held a hand

So soft and sacred,

When I hear you laugh

I know heaven’s key,

And when I grow to be a poppy in the graveyard

I will send you all my love upon the breeze.

And if the breeze won’t blow your way

I will be the sun

And if the sun won’t shine your way

I will be the rain.

And if the rain won’t wash away

All your aches and pains,

I will find some other way

To tell you you’re okay.

You’re okay.

mp3: King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Your Young Voice

It’s your young voice that’s keeping me holding on to my dull life.

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WiAC 2014 Songs HeaderWell we weren’t planning on doing a favorite songs post for 2014, but then Logan sent me an email with his favorite songs and some brief write-ups, then I couldn’t help doing the same, and before we knew it, we had a list that we both agreed should probably be shared. But we didn’t want to do too much more work, so we present to you our favorite 30-ish songs from 2014, un-ranked and accompanied by our first-draft non-proof-read write-ups!

Logan’s list is on top, Chris’s is on bottom, and both are in alphabetical order. Click on and enjoy!

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