Hannah over at Metal Mummy has tagged me in this musical meme. The challenge is to come up with a ‘soundtrack’ for your life – songs that define you or mark moments in your life…or alternatively the first 5 songs that come up on ‘shuffle’ on your iPod/mp3 player. (Which I don’t have. Or at least, not of my own – Sy and I ‘share’ an iPod so the music on there wouldn’t be accurate for ‘me’ anyway. Thus me going for the choosing option instead of the random one.)
I’m going to copy Hannah (because I have no brain of my own today for some reason) and link up YouTube videos to my song choices, partly because I suspect there may be a couple people won’t know and partly just to share them!
Any Dream Will Do – Joseph & his Technicolour Dreamcoat
This song fills my heart with simple joy every time I hear it. I must have sung it a million times with my mum and my sister and the rest of my family and several of my friends too. We are a fan of this show in our family – my sister’s school did a production of it when we were living in Germany and it was beyond brilliant. We have the video. It has almost been watched to death. Literally. I prefer it to the professional version for a multitude of reasons and I love the pro one A LOT.
I put the DVD of the Donny Osmond production on the other day and Tori loved it. This made me *so* happy I can’t even find the words. I can’t wait until she gets big enough to learn the lyrics and sing along badly with me and her Nannan and Aunty Chrystal. And I don’t just mean this song when I say that – I mean the whole thing. Every song. Every line of the play. We know it all. We love it all. It has become part of what makes us ‘us’ as a family.
Buck Rogers – Feeder
If you saw my first Music I Want My Kids To Listen To post, you will know already that Feeder are a band I discovered whilst I was discovering myself at college. It was tough choosing just one song, and I know this is one of their best known tracks, but it’s one I have specific memories of laughing, joking and singing along to with my friends – in the college common room, at end-of-year Proms, out and about…
Reckless – Papa Roach
I listened to this band a lot when my long-term relationship from school/college was coming to an end – They were suitably angry/sad for how I felt a lot of the time. This track was always one of the ones that would find its way onto repeat and is still one I listen to often now.
It also came back to me regularly when I went a little bit loopy after Tori was born and I was struggling to find ‘me’ again after becoming ‘Mummy’ and kept pushing Sy away for reasons that even I fail to understand now. (But that’s a story for another day)
Some of the lyrics were just…right (gender discrepancies aside…)
Loving me ain’t easy; Loving me is hard,
I’m sorry about the madness, but that’s the way it’s gotta be,
It takes a crazy woman, to love a reckless man like me.
Fascination – Alphabeat
This was playing on the radio at the moment Tori came into the world. That in itself is enough to put it on my life’s soundtrack. It is ‘Tori’s Song’ and I love it!
There is also the added amusement of the memory of seeing Alphabeat perform it live at V Festival with Liberty and Ivy - Ivy turned to Liberty and I mid-song to ask ‘Why are they singing ‘Save the Whales’?’ Cue me & Liberty dissolving in hysterical giggles. They were saying ‘Say the word’, however it is now very hard to not sing ‘Save the Whales’ in my head whenever I hear it. Cheers for that one, Ivy
On The Run – Tina Dico
This is a Carole-and-Sy song. We played Tina Dico a lot when we first got together and both love her music to death. I remember singing along to this one with Sy one time and him being very indignant that I had learned the words faster than him – something he has realised I do a lot. I can’t remember anything important but if I really like a song, I can remember it really well, really fast.
There you go, just 5 songs from the ‘soundtrack’ of my life – I could go on for hours and horrify you with everything from S Club 7 to In Flames, Buddy Holly to songs from Les Miserables – all muddled up together in a hideously random mix. I will save your ears.
Now I get to volunteer some people to share their soundtracks with you – I choose:
Liberty @ LibertyFallsDown
Ivy @ Ivy In The Corner
Carole @ Carole’s Characters
Bethan @ Bethan-no-Y
Cheril @ Cherry – Mum of 6
(sorry if you’ve already been picked on by someone!)