The Joy of a newborn is an unmatched human experience. I feel like I've been floating for the past 8 days of his life. Food tastes nicer, music sounds better, issues that I used to worry about have just melted away, and that's despite 3 days up all night in hospital following an emergency caesarean section (preterm) AND an emergency admission for Jaundice.
I thought I would share some songs that particularly have resonated with me during this time with a few notes about why I felt the songs were appropriate for the newborn period. For those of you interested to read this far I've even included a few pics as I still don't know how I feel about sharing his image on social media, although my heart just wants to introduce him to everyone.
Open Your Eyes
"There are times, when you need someone, I will be your side..."
Fall In Love
This one is self explanatory
Honestly feel like I'm floating at this point
Having a baby has instantly freed me from the things I used to worry about, in a good way. I ain't tryna beef with dusty youts anymore. All the patients I used to agonise over, handed over. Posting consistently on social media trying to promote my music - that can all wait. For the first time in forever I felt free to do what I wanted, which was to ensure Amobi is well.
Looking at pictures from this period I have this insane glow in my face. There is one from the first night he was born, I was so tired, but the smile on my face was radiant. Women get that pregnancy glow, for men it can be difficult to get that same antenatal glow, but when Amo was born, it hit me instantly.
"You got it baby - woo woo woo YEAH!
I'm rooting for you - woo woo woo YEaaaHHHH
So Far To Go - Instrumental
This beat is so chill, again - FLOATING. I would have loved to include D'angelo's chorus but Common's lyrics are too off putting to make it onto my newborn playlist.
"We have come so far, we have so far to go..."
This is me getting in Dad mode already. Whoever Amobi wants to be, my job is to help him be the best version of himself.
Welcome To The Party
"Baby welcome to the party"
I like how sinister this joint starts, and aggressive, cause it's not like life is gonna be all rosy. Let's get it.
Read the lyrics of Coldplay's "Yellow" and tell me it's not about a Jaundiced baby! Amo's bilirubin got so high it was slightly below the transfusion line for treatment. This was very scary and we only really found this out by accident, when they were testing for something else (long story). They admitted him instantly and put him under the lights. The Coldplay version of the song didn't really fit the vibe of this playlist, but this cover can work as an interlude.
Don't Be Afraid
I played this song on the way back from the first day he was readmitted. Those who know me, know I can tend towards pessimism. But for Amo, all I knew was it was going to be ok.
Off The Porch
These are all tunes I been bumping recently, this is so when I show Amo the playlist when he is older he knows what I was listening to when he was born
This was when I first told people about him, antenatally - so it had to make it on the playlist.
I Get High
More Newborn floaty vibes
I Get Lifted
I Made it
I started the year with this song, feel like it needs a third verse now.
God Only Knows
I heard the end of this song in a Herne Hill Cafe, in one of my may journeys to and from Kings College Hospital. What an amazing song, and a sentiment that instantly resonated with me.
Phototherapy worked! Let's keep it moving
Is It a Crime
This came on shuffle and the vibe was just too strong, had to throw it in here for vibes
Fate of the World
The future is for the young world. Wu Tang is for the children.
It really is.