Since the point that my wife started feeling movement, we began tracking the songs and music that the baby (‘Lil Z) was rockin’ and rolling to. Often times, scribbled notes and memos on iPhones would be loaded to the playlist that stored the music that was making a difference. Currently, we are at the 34 week point in the pregnancy and over this time definite trends have started. We’ve seen a preference to certain classic rock bands and artists like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix whereas at the same time has found time for more modern bands like Animal Collective and Radiohead.
Of course, ‘Lil Z gets a bit more time with my wife as could be expected. Thus, the music selection is often limited to her iPod which contains more of her music. While there are definite areas where our music tastes cross, this setlist has in some ways become a sense of pride for both of us and maybe in certain cases brought our tastes a little closer together.
At any rate, this is the current list with a few comments below. . .
Ahmad Jamal – Poinciana (The Song Of The Tree)
Animal Collective – Did You See the Words
Animal Collective – The Purple Bottle
Animal Collective – In the Flowers
Animal Collective – My Girls
Animal Collective – Bluish
Animal Collective – Tantrum Barb
Throwing together several songs from Merriweather Post Pavilion as well as a couple other favorites shows this baby’s tastes for the psychadelic. It is true that the baby’s first official show was an Animal Collective show (technically the first night of P4K) although was not much smaller than a tadpole at that point.
Atlas Sound – Flagstaff
The Beatles – A Day In The Life
Big Star – You Get What You Deserve
Caribou – Hannibal
Deerhunter – Desire Lines
Deerhunter – Calvary Scars Ll / Aux. Out
I remember playing the entire album ‘Weird Era Cont.’ for the singular hope that Lil Z would find stir on the final track Calvary Scars, etc., an epic 10 minute track. Whenever there are primary motives such as this I make sure not to mention this to my wife as it’s not the intent to try to subjugate my wife to any type of peer pressure, (the only exception of course to this rule is that of Iggy Pop’s – ‘The Passenger’ which is what my iPhone plays when my alarm goes off in the morning.) There willl be an active campaign of getting ‘Lil Z to appreciate this song. Of the 85 songs on the list, 11 of them are over 7 minutes, and 42 (half) are over 5 minutes. While I have always been a fan of the quick and dirty pop song or even a fine punk ditty that might tally a minute or two, this baby likes the epics. And while I would expect a slew of jam band tracks due to my wife’s propensity to enjoy the Grateful Dead/Phish genre, very little has been exhibited here on this list.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home
Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop
Two Fleetwood Mac songs from my only Fleetwood Mac album? Is this baby a Clintonite?
Friends – I’m His Girl
Furthur – Alligator >
Grateful Dead – Dire Wolf
Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Jane’s Addiction – Classic Girl
We have often thought that songs such as this might reveal the gender of the child. While my wife and I both differ at this moment in terms of the gender our hopes are a healthy child
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – May This Be Love
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – I Don’t Live Today
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Machine Gun
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Changes
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – All Along The Watchtower
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Angel
It’s become fairly obvious that this baby is a huge Jimi fan. While my wife and I are fans, the baby will respond whenever a Hendrix song is being played on the stereo. You would think that this is totally random but will completely stop after the song ends and the ensuing song begins from a different artist/band.
Le Butcherettes – Tonight
Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song
Led Zeppelin – Tangerine
Led Zeppelin – Kashmir
At first we thought that maybe it was Jimmy Page or John Bonham that was causing the surge in Led Zeppelin but we feel that maybe it’s John Paul Jones’ on bass that is making the difference.
Lotus Plaza – A threaded needle
M83 – Reunion
Madonna – Holiday
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
Marvin Gaye – Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
Michael Jackson – Man In the Mirror
Midlake – In This Camp
The Minus 5 – Got You
Nena – 99 Red Balloon
Pearl Jam – No Way
Phish – Fluffhead
Pink Floyd – Fat Old Sun
Pink Floyd – Speak To Me / Breathe
Pink Floyd – Time
Pink Floyd – One of These Days
Pink Floyd – Fearless
Pink Floyd – Echoes
Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)
Another band that has made an huge impact on ‘Lil Z. There is no rhyme or reason as the baby has found it’s way all across the Pink Floyd catalog hitting albums as diverse as Atom Heart Mother all the way to Dark Side of the Moon. Yes, even the 20+ minute ‘Echoes’.
The Pixies – I Bleed
The Police – Synchronicity II
Ponytail – Easy Peasy
Pylon – Yo-Yo
R.E.M. – Man On The Moon
R.E.M. – Talk About the Passion
R.E.M. – Moral Kiosk
As much as I can say about the lack of Grateful Dead/Further songs there is also a lack of R.E.M. tracks compared to the iPod/iTunes library containing a plethora. In some ways, I see this as setting their own independence; while we either consciously or subconsciously mold our children after ourselves, they often need to take their own journey.
Radiohead – Knives Out
Radiohead – 2+2=5 (The Lukewarm)
Radiohead – 15 Step
Radiohead – Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
Radiohead – National Anthem
Radiohead – Bloom
Radiohead – Separator
Radiohead – Permanent Daylight
Radiohead – Lucky
Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’ was the first album that we listened to together when it came out and has been a constant in both of our music lists so there is no doubt the baby is exposed to quite a bit of Radiohead. For me, their catalog begins at ‘Ok Computer’ and moves forward and you will notice that is relatively true from the songs above.
Rihanna – Only Girl (In the World)
The Rolling Stones – Gimmie shelter
Smashing Pumpkins – Rhinoceros
Smashing Pumpkins – Rocket
We’ve had a small amount of local bands/music as well as music from our grunge past. The Pumpkins lead the list with two songs total.
The Smiths – How Soon Is Now?
Sonic Youth – Teen Age Riot
Sonic Youth – Total Trash
Sonic Youth – Bull In The Heather
Stereolab – Lo Boob Oscillator
Sun City Girls – Dukun Degeneration
Suzanne Vega – 99.9f
Tame Impala – It’s Not Meant To Be
Tame Impala – Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?
Toto – Africa
U2 – A Sort Of Homecoming
The Velvet Underground – What Goes On
Wilco – Shot in the Arm
Wilco – Cars Can’t Escape
Yo La Tengo – Everyday