Your Self-Care Playlist For Mother's Day Weekend

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When you think of Mother's Day, music might not be the first thing that comes to mind. The holiday tends to evoke breakfast in bed, spa days, and general family love. But there's no reason music can't be a part of your day, too.
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Ahead of Mother's Day, we've teamed up with Allison Zatarain, general manager of Instant Records, to put together a special playlist for the holiday. Each of these songs has a special connection to the feeling of familial love that so many of our moms have instilled in us over the years.
The first five songs are featured in Zatarain's Instant Love project, in which female artists cover classic love songs originally performed by men. Instant Records is releasing a new track each week as part of the project, which is available to stream on Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, and Napster. In addition to the five Instant Love songs that have been released so far, Zatarain gave us some other tunes she finds empowering for moms and their children.
Zatarain tells Refinery29 that she wanted the first group of Instant Love songs to address "universal love." She looked for songs that weren't overtly sexual, so that it would be up to the listener to decide who and what they were about.
"I'm really fascinated by lyrics that could be interpreted in different ways," Zatarain says. "There's so many different types of songs out there, but ones that are about taking care of you, or loving you, or being there for you, it's really up to the listener to apply that to their own life."
With that in mind, here are the songs Zatarain recommends for capturing that parent-child bond.
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"Kind Woman," Erin Durant

"'Kind woman, won't you love me tonight' — it's just this beautiful, raw, open yearning for the love of a woman," Zatarain says. "I was in a marketing meeting, and a guy actually looked at me and said, 'When I heard the 'Kind Woman' song, I thought of my mother.' And I thought it was so interesting that the original Buffalo Springfield version was a man singing 'Kind Woman.'"

"And from a male perspective, you don't think son to mother," Zatarain adds. "You think guy to a female lover. But when a guy heard 'Kind Woman' sung by a woman, he felt that it was about a mother and thought of himself. And I thought that was really special. And I would love to hear more stories of how people are interpreting these songs sung by this new perspective."
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"Crazy Love," Irma Thomas

"My sister sings 'Crazy Love' to her one-year-old daughter, and she would play the Van Morrison version," Zatarain tells us. "So me giving her this recording to play and dance with her daughter to was just so incredibly special. And my sister just couldn't believe how rare it is to find a song like this, that's just mother-to-daughter, or even the flip side of a father to a son... It's so rare, and when you hear it, it really touches something special inside of you and brings up emotions that only music can do."
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"Light My Fire," Fallulah

"She just became a mother, and she was very much behind the female empowerment message of women celebrating each other," Zatarain says of Fallulah. "'Girl, we couldn't get much higher.' To me, that means all of us coming together and elevating each other."
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"Trouble," Adriana Louise

"'I've been saved by a woman' — yelling that line at the top of your lungs from a female perspective is really special," says Zatarain. "That 'saved by a woman' line, it speaks so much to how much mothers care for their children for a lifetime."
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"Peaceful Easy Feeling," Tristen

"'I found out a long time ago what a woman can do to your soul' — I thought of my mother immediately when I heard that," Zatarain tells Refinery29. "This just speaks to the primal nature of what the love of your life, your mother, the first person you ever loved, before you even knew what love is, how much that's connected to your soul."
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"Baby," She & Him

"My dad actually loves She & Him," Zatarain explains. "So it reminds me of visiting my parents, in the best way."
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"Better," Regina Spektor

"'If I kiss you where it's sore, will you feel better?' That can be about a friendship, or a romance, or, of course, a family member," Zatarain says, quoting the song. "And being there for somebody, I think, is at the heart of love and Mother's Day."
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"Coming Home," Leon Bridges

"I wanted to include a song that had the notion of the word 'home,' because I think home is such this tangible thing," explains Zatarain. "And it's definitely created and nurtured by a mother's love and by your parents, and by the people that you love. And it's sort of this mystical thing... It's different than a house. A house is physical, and a home is spiritual."
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"Always Be My Baby," Mariah Carey

"I had to throw in a Mariah Carey song, because she just makes everybody happy," Zatarain says. "'Always Be My Baby; is one of those songs where you could just be in a very cool, hip Brooklyn situation, and it comes on, and everyone just doesn't care and dances and becomes happy. So it's a day of happiness, and I think a happy song should be included in that."
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