Rachel Irving

the playlist

Nick Cave:The Ship Song because Nick Cave always made Lauren cry when she was a baby, but I played him anyhow, just more quietly.

David Bowie: Starman because when Alice and Grace first saw Ziggy they lay on the floor flabbergasted, clutching guitars.

Modestep: Feel Good because embarrassing parental dancing will make you stronger.

The Mamas and the Papas: Dream a Little Dream because you didn't always care how badly I sang.

Amy Winehouse: Back to Black because dear Grace, you'll hear it's better to have loved and lost than not to love at all.

Doris Day and Bing Crosby: Baby it's Cold Outside because when Lauren plays this, it often is.

The Undertones: Teenage Kicks: because Alice was a stage-diver before she could walk.

God Help The Girl: Come Monday Night because I hope I'll never forget the sunny morning when you were walking to school and all spontaneously started to sing this.

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: Summertime because you didn't realise it was Grandma Hazel's favourite song when you started to love it.

Metric: Gimme Sympathy because it reminds me of Lauren's middle school movie.

Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah: because it's better to have a music teacher who is trapped in the past than no music teacher at all... probably.

Al Bowlly: Guilty because when Lauren discovered that she liked 1930's band music I remembered how much I'd liked it as a teenager.

Everlasting Light: The Black Keys because it makes me happy that none of you ever liked One Direction, much as I never liked Duran Duran.

The Only Ones: Another Girl, Another Planet because you're more like one another than you know.