I hadn't intended that my two young men would have songs attributed to them but it sort of worked out that way. It started with John who was born nigh on twelve years ago at midnight (both of my guys are midnight's children).
It had been a hard day - all right, maybe a bit harder for P than for me but we guys go through the mill too you know. Anyway there was tiredness, tea and toast and lots of other t-words and then it was time for me to go home and let mum and newborn baby sleep.
I got to the car and the three weeks of hospital time finally caught up with me. I sat in, feeling exhausted and hyperactive all at the same time...
And I put on the radio.
And the song was just starting.
It was Paul Simon singing 'Saint Judy's Comet'. A sweet lullaby for father for child. At that very moment it became, for me, John's song and it will always be so.
After Sam put in his own midnight appearance, some years later, I sat into the car and wondered what the radio would give me this time when i turned it on. I got 'Four Seasons in One Day' by Crowded House. The effect wasn't as monumental as the Paul Simon song but this nonetheless embedded itself as Samuel's Song and cannot now be listened to in any other context.
I wonder if other people associate songs with their kids becuase it was the first song they heard after they were born?