Hearing a song on the car radio at the weekend reminded me how strongly I associate certain songs with the birth of our daughter in late March 2012. Just hearing them again makes me smile and can evoke some of my happiest memories. Some of them are not even my usual musical taste but it doesn’t matter because they take me straight back to a magical time and place, the earliest weeks of her life.
So I thought I’d share my baby top five:
1. Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye featuring Kimbra
2. We Are Young by Fun featuring Janelle Monáe
3. Starships by Nicki Minaj (not the explicit version, that would be inappropriate!)
4. Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepson
And I know I really shouldn’t but…
5. Gangam Style by Psy
Somebody That I Used to Know is definitely my favourite. It was number one in the UK when Little Miss was born, and had been for the whole of the month before so I’d heard it a lot while I was on maternity leave eagerly awaiting her arrival (although back then we didn’t know she was a her). I think the fact that its backing track samples the nursery rhyme Baa, Baa Black Sheep makes the association with babies even stronger.
While thinking about musical connections to Little Miss, I decided to do a bit of Googling… and I discovered that she shares her birthday with Lady GaGa and Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills.
I then couldn’t resist checking mine and it turns out the number one song when I was born was Gloria Gaynor’s disco classic I Will Survive! What’s more, I share my special day with music heavyweights Eric Clapton, Celine Dion, Nora Jones… and the one and only MC Hammer!
I’d love to hear which songs you associate most with your little ones.
And which famous people do you share your birthdays with?
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