Imagine being stuck in a room for nine months with nothing to do but twiddle your tiny thumbs. In an effort to alleviate the baby’s boredom, I’ve been playing her some tunes through the iPod (fancy shmancy noise-canceling headphones fit the belly perfectly) and singing her others. Call it Baby’s First Playlist. Her tastes are eclectic, to be sure.
“1, 2, 3, 4,” Feist
She prefers the Sesame Street version, natch.
My Baby Just Cares for Me, Nina Simone
Don’t worry, the baby’s not being elitist. (Yet.) It’s not you. My husband and I are the only two people she knows thus far so of course she just cares for us.
Beyond the Sea, Bobby Darin
As a summer baby, she’s naturally gravitated toward one of the greatest summer tunes of all time. However, I have no idea how she managed to requisition a tiny pool float and sunglasses in there.
Starálfur, Sigur Rós
I play this for her in the hopes that she will come to have an appreciation of incredible music, as well as possess the Zen calm that Sigur Rós music inspires. Also, this is the band that I’d want providing the soundtrack were I forced to float around in utero all over again for nine months.
Tamacun, Rodrigo y Gabriela
I can only infer that she’s a big fan of this one and managed to score a bootleg of a previous session of me playing it to her, because at least twice a day it feels like she’s in there practicing flamenco dancing to it.
We’re Going to Be Friends, The White Stripes
A delightful tune for baby and all her buddies waiting outside the belly.
Godspeed, The Dixie Chicks
This is one of the ones I sing to her. Because it makes me very, very happy. (song ends at 4:40)