PLEASE NOTE: If you are struggling with infertility or are currently trying to conceive and you DON'T want to read about my pregnancy (which I totally understand), I recommend starting at the beginning of the blog (March 2010) and reading from there. I find out I'm pregnant in June 2011 so there is a lot of trying to conceive posts in between that you might find funny, helpful or relatable. Wishing you all the luck in the world!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Soundtrack for Sanity

I’m a big believer in having soundtracks for whatever is going on in your life at the moment. When I was single, I listed to a lot of Ani Difranco, Tori Amos, Fiona Apple and of course, Alanis Morisette. All the songs were angst filled and full of independence. When I first met my husband, I found my soundtrack changing to the cheesiest love songs. Where as in the past, I made fun of The Carpenters or Barry Manilow, I found myself walking around singing, “Love... look at the two of us... strangers, in many ways...” Needless to say, many on the subway wanted to strangle me. I can’t really say I blame them.

After some time of working towards getting pregnant and all that entails, and as I prepare for my first IVF (which, going forward, I’m pretending stands for “I’m Very Fertile”), I’m creating a new soundtrack of songs to offer me some inspiration. Here are a few I’d like to share with you:

Don’t Rain on My Parade, Barbara Streisand
Inspiring lyrics:

I'm gonna live and live NOW!
Get what I want, I know how!
One roll for the whole shebang!
One throw that bell will go clang,
Eye on the target and wham,
One shot, one gun shot and bam!

I simply gotta march, my heart's a drummer
Nobody, no, nobody, is gonna rain on my parade!


Well, this is obvious. This song is sheer determination, will power and frankly, who doesn’t love a parade?

Soldier of Love, Sade
Inspiring lyrics:

I'm at the borderline of my faith,
I'm at the hinterland of my devotion
In the frontline of this battle of mine
But I'm still alive

I'm a soldier of love.
Every day and night
I'm soldier of love
All the days of my life

I've been torn up inside (oh!)
I've been left behind (oh!)
So I ride
I have the will to survive


When I listen to this song, I feel strong and inspired to survive. It also does symbolize what I’ve been through and how I still have the strength to keep going… injections, procedures, hormones… whatever it takes to have a family.

Haven’t Met You Yet, Michael Buble
Inspiring lyrics:

I might have to wait.
I'll never give up.
I guess it's half timing,
And the other half's luck.
Wherever you are.
Whenever it's right.
You'll come out of nowhere and into my life.

And I know that we can be so amazing.
And baby your is gonna change me.
And now I can see every possibility.

But somehow I know that it'll all turn out.
And you'll make me work so we can work to work it out.
And I promise you, kid, that I'll give so much more than I get.
I just haven't met you yet.


Now I realize this song is actually about meeting your romantic soul mate more than it is about having a baby. However, the lyrics to me express perfectly what I would say to our future child. Also, let’s be honest, any song that has any lyric in it about it all working out makes me feel extra good right now.

One Love, Estelle and DJ David Guetta
Inspiring lyrics:

Let this be a song now and this be a day
And we stand together well be okay
Because were survivors were making it work
Expecting the best when they hope for the worst


Granted, this song choice (as well as the lyrics) may seem a little random but when you hear the song (especially if you like dance music), it’s inspirational.

What are some of the songs that inspire you?

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