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.