The craziness of the last few months have meant that my blogging shoes have become rather dusty. I rarely join in memes, because I occasionally find them a little cheesy if I am honest. But I decided I needed to do something so I have created a light-hearted series of blogs to get me back on the blogging track and used to writing regularly again.
So here it is… the ‘My Favourite TEN’ series. Essentially it’s a series of lists of ten items for a specific category that will change each week. Initially I was going it alone, but then I thought why not get to know my fellow bloggers and open it up as a linky for everyone to join in the fun. It’s a blog post that remains special to the writer yet it’s great to share with others too. I have lots more ‘Favourite Ten’ ideas for future weeks too, so please don’t be shy and join in!
You may find it difficult to narrow your list down to ten songs, I know I did. But that’s all part of the game! Enjoy.
1. Blur. Girls and Boys
The song is the first ‘single’ I ever owned, and I saw owned rather than bought because I didn’t actually purchase the CD myself, it was given to me by one of my Brother’s ‘cool’ mates. I distinctly remember putting the CD into my hi-fi and pressing play. I loved Blur immediately, and I have been a huge fan ever since. Parklife, Modern Life is Rubbish and Leisure were the soundtrack to my early teenage years and despite the next few albums being slightly poor in my opinion, I have remained loyal to Damon, even naming my goldfish after him!
2. Teenage Fanclub. Sparky’s Dream
The first time I heard this song, I loved it. I was about fourteen and fully indulged in my Britpop love. I know every word to this song, and I always will. If I’m feeling down, I play this loudly, it lifts my mood, reminds me of bittersweet teenage angst and generally is just a truly ace song. I’m a huge Teenage Fanclub fan and the whole Britpop scene is a huge aspect of my coming of age era.
3. Elvis. I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You
A good few years ago I went on holiday to the Caribbean. We watched a karaoke show, and an elderly gentleman stood up and sang this song. Of course, I liked it; everyone loves Elvis. But the man became too emotional towards the end of the song, cried and had to stop before being comforted by someone who I assume was his daughter. She announced to the crowd that he was unable to carry on as it was his song that he always sang for his wife, but sadly two weeks previously she had passed away from a brain tumour. She was supposed to be on the holiday, they were supposed to celebrating fifty years of marriage.
I cried. It was so, so sad. At that moment I decided I loved that song even more and I wanted to keep the memory alive in my mind. When Dave and I became engaged and were planning our wedding, we discussed our first dance song. In seconds we both said we wanted this Elvis song. (Dave loves the song because it’s connected to his football team..) but, we both liked it and we have some of the song engraved inside our wedding bands.
Take my hand, take my whole life too
For I can’t help, falling in love with you.
4. Bruno Mars. Just the Way You Are
A few days after Gabriel was born, I by accident began singing this song to him as I breastfed him. The words although are romantic, I think are really lovely and I liked the sentiment that the song suggests. It became tradition and ‘our song’. When Willow was born eighteen months later, in the hospital exactly as she was born, the song came on the radio. I paused for a moment and listened. I could not believe it, it was fate and it made the magical experience of Willow’s birth that bit more wonderful. Gabriel wasn’t with us, but it made us all think of him, becoming a big brother and his life changing forever.
5. Sigur Ros. Hoppipolla
I first heard this song performed by the amazing Icelandic band Sigur Ros back in 2005. My Brother introduced me to the band after he made a CD for me with some music recommendations! I’ve listened to this song many, many times and every single time it gives me goose bumps. It is truly beautiful! Once it became popular in the UK charts, the BBC even used it to showcase the amazing Planet Earth documentaries which I also loved, it was the perfect song!
I chose to leave our Wedding ceremony to the song because it’s not only moving, it’s really uplifting and I wanted to listen to a song we left to mark the occasion with something beautiful.
6. Julie Andrews. My Favourite Things
I’m a huge fan of musicals and love them all! The Sound of Music is no exception. This song makes me smile whenever I hear it. In fact, every time I wrap a package in brown paper, I break into song. It’s just such a lovely, feel good tune and I adore the way Julie Andrews floats across the screen in the film version as she sings about the items she thinks about, when she’s ‘feeling sad’. I like this idea, I try to do the same. Being tucked up in bed when it’s raining, cuddles with my children, the smell of freshly brewed coffee, freshly laundered bedding and seeing rainbows are just some of the items on my list.
7. Cheryl Lynn. Got to be Real
I went to University in Manchester and back in the year 2000, the club night Electric Chair was THE basement soul dance night place to be. We regularly visited and danced until the next morning in our three years as students, but one night in particular when coincidently my Brothers and some good friends visited we went to the club. We had the greatest time and this song was played. It was a great atmosphere and it was one of those moments I won’t ever forget. ‘Actual’ good times!
8. The Cranberries. Ode to My Family
I was a moody angst filled indie loving teenager. This song reminds me of my sulky, sitting locked in my bedroom days feeling like I was the only person in the world! This song certainly brings back the memories for me, and actually can reduce me to tears, probably because I’ve cried a lot of my problems in my life out to this song! The words and meaning have no relevance, I just really like the melody, and I still think that Delores O’Riordan has the most beautiful distinctive voice.
9. Julie Garland. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
My late Grandad Jeff was a huge Judy Garland fan. I was brought up visiting my grandparents and often as a child we would sit and watch his favourite film on video. I have such fond memories of this, and it was no secret to the whole family that he adored this song. It’s my reason for loving rainbows, and in fact at our wedding just before the speeches I toyed with talking about how sad I was that some special people were sadly missing from the day. I knew I may cry, and was worried about this, but then I turned around and looked outside of the marquee. Right there, was the hugest most beautiful rainbow I’ve ever seen. He was there, I smiled and I watched as our guests took photographs of the phenomenon.
10. Radiohead. Fake Plastic Trees
I love Radiohead, and when I moved from Manchester to Leeds in 2003 my friend and housemate Jim used to play it on his guitar and sing to us all! It became a firm favourite in our little house and we had some really fantastic times living together. Just the introduction alone makes me smile, just like seeing an old friend. Whenever I hear the song I am transported back to Chapel Allerton and those fun, post student care-free days! I love the rawness of Thom Yorke’s voice, it’s utterly depressing and addictive. Perfect for those dark Winter evenings feeling melancholy whilst sitting reading, blissful!
So that’s it. My favourite ten songs! I’d love you to join in my new linky.. Simply blog about your favourite ten songs however you like and join in the fun. There are no rules other than ensuring you list ten items! The linky will be open for a week and I promise to read, share and comment on each entry.