Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Coping with the NICU with Music: Wires by Athlete

This amazing and hauntingly accurate song about hope and coping with the NICU was written by Joel Pott, the lead singer of the British group Athlete.
You got wires, going in.
You got wires, coming out of your skin.
You got tears, making tracks.
I got tears, that are scared of the facts.
The song was written about his second child Myla, who as a newborn was rushed to Intensive Care after being born prematurely.
Got to get to you.
Got to see this through.
This version shown here is from Live on Jools Holland in 2005.

More about Wires
According to Joel Pott's Wikipedia page, his daughter Myla, born prematurely is now healthy. In 2006, Athlete won the Ivor Novello Award for "Best Contemporary Song" for "Wires."

I found out about this song through a thread on the Preemie Support Group at Inspire.com from the thread on "Songs that remind you of the NICU/PICU."

Official "Wires" Video
You can view the official "Wires" Video in several places on YouTube, here and here. In the official version you get a sense of feeling the "Wires" and a better feeling of the personal anguish felt by NICU parents. This version has had the "Embedding disabled by request."

You can download the song "Wires"(Radio Edit) as an MP3 song.

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