7 Songs to Celebrate Mothers

Posted by Amoebite, May 9, 2016 03:56pm | Post a Comment

Mothers make music possible. For most of us, the first music to bring melody to our ears is the sound of our mothers singing lullabies to us in the womb or as we fall asleep at night. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are some of our favorite tributes to moms and motherhood.

Pink Floyd – “Mother”

Our friends at Goldenvoice just announced a Coachella-like concert in the desert this fall featuring the Gods of Classic Rock, so it’s only right that we include a couple of songs from those artists in our Mother’s Day tribute. Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters is set to headline day three of the Desert Trip festival with The Who in Indio, Calif., Oct. 9. In 2009 Waters spoke about the inspiration behind Pink Floyd’s song “Mother.” He told Mojo:

"The song has some connection with my mother, for sure, though the mother that Gerald Scarfe visualizes in his drawings couldn't be further from mine. She's nothing like that."

He went on to say: "My mother was suffocating in her own way. She always had to be right about everything. I'm not blaming her. That's who she was. I grew up with a single parent who could never hear anything I said because nothing I said could possibly be as important as what she believed. My mother was, to some extent, a wall herself that I was banging my head against."

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4hero – “Morning Child”

4hero was best known for their eclectic electronic sounds drawing from various subgenres of the U.K. dance and beat scene in the early '00s. But on their later albums, they formed a full band, complete with orchestration, to pay homage to the influence of Charles Stepney and his work writing and arranging for Chess Records. “Morning Child” was penned as a tribute to the unique bond between a mother and her newborn child.


Aloe Blacc – “Mama Hold My Hand”

Before he achieved international chart success collaborating with Swedish EDM act Avicii on “Wake Me Up” Aloe Blacc wrote this song describing the bonds between mother and son through the stages of youth into old age. (Stones Throw 2010)


2Pac – “Dear Mama”

2Pac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, inspired one of his most loved songs, “Dear Mama,” which tells of the struggles of a single Black mother raising a rebellious child in the city. It was one of the first six hip-hop songs preserved by the Library of Congress. The emotion and imagery of the lyrics resonated with listeners beyond the hip-hop community and illustrate Tupac Shakur’s gift for storytelling. Afeni Shakur passed away earlier this week. May she rest in peace. Hopefully those tasked with managing Tupac’s estate in her absence are successful in gaining full rights to his catalog from Death Row Records.


24 Carat Black – “Mother’s Day (Momma’s Coming)”

24 Carat Black’s “Mother’s Day (Momma’s Coming)”is another one for the hip-hop heads. Nas fans will recognize this as the sample source for “Nas Is Coming.”


Junior – “Mama Used to Say”

The timeless message of Junior’s “Mama Used To Say” gives this song a life greater than it’s initial play on the air or in the dance clubs. It has been sampled, interpolated and covered notably by Dancehall legend Shinehead.


Carole King – “Child of Mine”

Carole King is one of the greatest songwriters and voices of my parents’ generation. The sound of her voice was a big part of my childhood, particularly her soundtrack to the children’s cartoon Really Rosie. “Child of Mine” is a beautiful song from mother to child and is still a popular choice for mother-and-son dances at weddings.

  — Bennett Schmid


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