The Baby Mixtape

Back in July, I received an email from Tara:

The reason I am emailing is because I need your help.  My boyfriend and I (I know that sounds like the start of a Dear Abbey column, but bear with me) have been trying for a baby…and I think we might be on the right track.  We are also huge music lovers, we catch live shows whenever we can, traveling just about anywhere good tunes will take us. 

I am looking to break the good news to him with by presenting him with a “mixtape” cd of songs that are all about fatherhood…problem…only a few come to mind. 

So I sent here a playlist:


  1. Father and Son/Cat Stevens
  2. Oh Daddy/Adrian Belew
  3. Father Mother Son/The Scream
  4. Daddy’s Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car/U2
  5. Julia/The Beatles
  6. Don’t Wake Daddy/Tragically Hip
  7. A Boy Named Sue/Johnny Cash
  8. My Father’s Eyes/Eric Clapton
  9. Papa Was a Rolling Stone/Temptations (Not entirely sure about this one…)
  10. Independence Day/Bruce Springsteen
  11. Beautiful Boy/John Lennon
  12. Hey Jude/Beatles


Apparently, it worked out well.  The boyfriend loved the tape and was thrilled with the news.  And this little guy has already been to see Springsteen (five times!) and Florence + the Machine–in utereo, yes, but it’s never too early to start, right?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “The Baby Mixtape

  • November 15, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    "Kooks" by David Bowie is my favourite
    And "Women's Work" by Kate Bush, althouh not about fatherhood, still gets me having gone through a situation similar to the Kevin Bacon character in "She's Having A Baby". That song was all I could hear as I sat in the waiting room, waiting to be let into the Delivery room.


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