At long last, I finally put together a labor day playlist: 161 songs clocking in at 11 hours, 14 minutes and 18 seconds. If this baby requires more than 746.2 megabytes of music to arrive I’m going to assume I’ll have long since stopped caring whether Wilco or Whitesnake is tinkling out of the iPod speakers. You’ll notice that the last section is when we have to go to Plan B—forget the variety and just play something that won’t make me want to hurl a bucket of ice chips at the stereo.
One thing I found puzzling: everything I read said to make a playlist of soothing music that will be calming during labor. But considering that delivering a baby seems to be most akin to the time I ran a half-marathon, I’m thinking that the last thing I wanted to get through the final miles was soothing music. Although I did refrain from putting Dropkick Murphys tunes on here, figuring the nursing staff might mutiny.
While there are some tunes selected because they slyly reference babies, little girls, or childbirth, in general you’ll find a dearth of sappy “we’re having a beautiful little angel baby poofypants” pablum on here. Also, I’m sure there are plenty of songs on the list with lyrics that reference horrific events, relationships torn asunder and the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. I didn’t care, as long as it had a good beat and our little Soul Train contestant could dance her way out to it.
Feel free to begin psychoanalyzing at will…