You know how you’ll hear that song and then listen to it on repeat over and over again because it just speaks to something inside of you? I love those kinds of songs. It’s never a static thing. That one song won’t necessarily be “your song” forever, but it fits in the moment and gets to you. Maybe it makes you cry, maybe it makes you dance. Whatever it makes you do, it’s important to you. Music can be a great tool during birth. I’ve had clients grooving to “Uptown Funk,” pushing to “Girl on Fire,” and swaying to Enya. Today, I thought I’d share my current playlist of theme songs. I seem to be on a feminist songs streak. Maybe one of them will speak to you. Go ahead, push “repeat.”
Woman (Oh Mama) by Joy Williams
This song was introduced to me by a friend at a recent doula retreat. Yes, we have retreats and they are awesome! This particular retreat had us in drum circles, working on a silk painting project, and connecting over a salt bowl (a beautiful ritual where each person adds something–an herb, a flower, a spice–to a big bowl of salt and speaks their positive intentions). During one of these activities, my friend turned on “Woman (Oh Mama)” and we all fell in love with the powerful beat, the magical words, and the strength pulsing through the rhythm and lyrics. It gets me going and takes me to a deeper, more primitive, part of myself. “I am the universe wrapped in skin!”
Pocketful of Poetry by Mindy Gledhill
This song speaks to me in a completely different way. The whimsical tune and deliciously light vocals put a bounce in my step and encourage me to go jumping into piles of leaves and spinning in circles. “I’ve got a head full of songs, a heart with wings/You couldn’t tie me down to anything and that’s enough for me.” Amen! Doesn’t it just make you want to dance and do daring things?
Try by Colbie Caillat
Okay, this one is definitely more mainstream, but I still love it. Because it reminds me that I am enough. As is. I am worthy–and so are you! It’s good to search our motivations and make sure that we do things because we want to, not because we are responding to perceived expectations. “Look into the mirror, at yourself/Don’t you like you?/’Cause I like you.” It’s like a modern-day Fred Rogers. Minus the cardigans.
Secrets by Mary Lambert
I just adore the honest bravery that this song promotes. We all have quirks and secrets that we try to hide. But you know what? We are awesome. Period. Instead of trying to hide, let’s be open and loving and accepting. There’s a lot more potential for good in that behavior, I think, than in constantly trying to put on a show.
So, there you have it. A couple of my current favorite songs that get me going and make me want to do great things. What are some of your favorites?