To spice up the blog a bit, I have been looking at various websites and blogs to get some ideas and one of them is Tuesday 10 run by Lena of ‘Mom 2 Memphis and Ruby‘. The premis is simple, every week there is a different prompt and you are encouraged to share your ‘Top 10′ with the prompt in mind. I love this idea – it gets me thinking and sharing and gives you the chance to see a bit more about me .. and possibly laugh at me too!
So to this weeks prompt .. Songs representing the “Soundtrack to your Life”
1. First and foremost, I have to be patriotic. I am VERY proud to be British (and English) and I don’t care who knows (or has a problem with it). My first choice therefore is the National Anthem of Great Britain and Ireland. Yes, it is a little outdated and ‘boring’, but I cannot sing it without a lump in my throat.
2. The first cassette tape (yes I am that old!) I remember having, and playing the death out of, was Kylie Minogue’s first album “Kylie”. With classics such as “Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi”, “I Should Be So Lucky” and “The Loco-Motion”, what’s not to like?!
3. When I was 13, I was bought my first CD music center (it was HUGE and did very little!) for christmas and a friend of mine bought me 3 CD singles so that I had something to play on it. I can’t remember what one of them was, but the other 2 were Michael Jackson’s “Heal The World” (which I still love) and Charles and Eddie’s “Would I Lie To You“.
4. When I was at school (for about 8 years) I was in the choir. We sang everything from church music to musicals and all sorts in between. The one I want to list though is Stanford: Services in B-Flat, Op. 10: Te Deum Laudamus; we sang it at least once a year, but more often than not, 2 or 3 times so I know it off by heart. I have sung both the soprano and alto part in the ‘solo quartet’ and still giggle to myself when listening to it thinking of the prompts from the choir master and places we always used to mess it up!
5. Every year in October, Bromsgrove School holds an Inter-House Song Competition, and it is something that, to this day, is harshly fought! Practises in breaks, the CD on loop and trying to sneak a listen to the others all build up to one afternoon of music .. and mayhem! Oakley (the GREATEST girls boarding house!) only won once in the 5 years I was there, and so every time I hear Dusty Springfield’s “I Only Wanna Be With You” I smile, giggle and remember the good old days of being 16!
6. In my first year at UWIC University, there were a few songs that were around to the point of being ingrained on my memory, but I think the one that I think of first is Dario G’s “Sunchyme“. I remember singing at the top of my voice whilst dancing down the street very early one Tuesday morning .. LOL.
7. OK this is a bit of a name drop, but it’s definitely a song that sticks in my mind! In 2004 I went to New York with a bunch of friends and we ended up going clubbing with Boy George (read more here). Outkast’s “Hey Ya” still makes me smile.
8. As you will know if you have read my blog before, I was a very active member of Rotaract. Whilst in the organisation, a friend of mine was National Chairman for RGBI and she put together a wonderful presentation about what Rotaract is, what they do and what a great group of people they are .. all to the backdrop of Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror“. The words with the images created one of the best presentations I have ever seen and just hearing the song these days makes me proud to have been involved in Rotaract.
9. Another Rotaract related one brings me to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now“. I used this in my presentation to Rotary District 1090 when I was District Chairman. I thought it summed up my feelings perfectly and seemed to go down well at the time too!
10. I LOVE Supernatural and they have a pretty great soundtrack but there is one song that they use a fair bit that makes me tingle. Kansas’ “Carry On My Wayward Son“. The words mean a lot with the show in mind but I just love the harmonies too!
Most recently, I have been LOVING ….
- Goyte’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” .. but not the original version! perhaps controversially, I prefer this version by Walk Off The Earth. I think they sound better, and you cannot deny that they are one clever lot in this video!
- Noah and the Whale’s “L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N” .. mostly because it seemed to take me ages to get the letters right and in the correct order!
- Owl City’s “Fireflies”
- Train’s “Hey Soul Sister” because the words are .. WEIRD!
And I haven’t even had a chance to talk to about Bon Jovi, Westlife, Take That, African Music, Dixie Chicks …Can you see I LOVE music?!