Category Archives: Music

25 Songs 25 Days #25 A Song You Could Listen To All Day And Never Tire Of

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Nearly Witches- Panic At The Disco

I adore this!! It is mad and totally over the top, perfect for me!! And I have an insane urge to dance the Argentinian Tango whilst it plays!! And frequently do!! Hey!! It has Witch in the title. What more can I say!!

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25 Songs 25 Days #24 A Song You Have Danced To With Your Best Friend

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Ultravox – Vienna

Aaah the Eighties!! Aaah the make-up!! Aaah Vienna!! Like what I did there!! This was possibly the best track never to make number one!! But boy was it difficult to dance to!! Picture if you will a dance floor filled with painted mannequins, all starey distant eyed and sucked in cheeks. Swaying ever so slightly. Until the middle bars, when the track suddenly sped up, and no-one quite got the moves right, and everyone did a sort of embarrassed jiggle!! Hilarious!!! My Best Friend and I included!!

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25 Songs 25 Days #22 A Song Someone Has Sung To You

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Wandering Star – Lee Marvin

My Father was not a hands-on type of Dad, more a Victorian children should be seen and not heard type!! But occasionally he let his guard down, and we actually have him on audio tape singing this. One of my fonder memories of him.

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25 Songs 25 Days #21 Your Favourite Song

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She Drives Me Crazy – The Fine Young Cannibals

Ugh!! How can I ever choose a favourite song!! I have about six hundred!! But this one is right up there!! I loved The Fine Young Cannibals, and just the first few bars of this will have me running to turn the volume up!! They also did a fabulous cover of The BuzzcocksEver Fallen In Love With Someone, both tracks are brilliant. But oh boy, those eighties videos left a lot to be desired!! No wonder we spent more time watching live gigs!!

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25 Days – 25 Songs #19 The First Song Alphabetically On Your ipod

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paloma faith30 Minute Love Affair – Paloma Faith

Have you ever watched someone on TV and thought I want them to be my Best Friend Forever? Paloma Faith is my choice!! She is gloriously outrageously mad, with the most wicked giggle, and a voice that blows you away!! My absolute favourite of hers is the cover of the Inxs track Never Tear Us Apart which is my Torn-Apart anthem. And I adore Upsidedown as well. If you haven’t discovered her yet, enjoy!! She is incredible!!!

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25 Songs 25 Days #18 A Song You Love But Very Rarely Listen To

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flanders and swanThe Warthog Song – Flanders and Swann

My primary school was a vestige of  Britishness, all blazers and straw boaters and speech days!! The headmaster would treat the sixth form to an hour of musical appreciation once a week, which involved him sitting, eyes closed, at the front of the class, a record playing on the small portable player. I seized the opportunity of the closed eyes to act out the story being told by the music, until one day my classmates were unable to stifle their laughter, and I was caught mid-dance, and henceforth made to sit at the front of the class!! That particular piece of music was Dance Macabre by Saint-Saens, but my most favourite of all was Flanders and Swann, giving me the chance to assume some incredibly mad characters! This particular song was the best of all, with its wickedly sharp lyrics!! So very English!!!

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My Lalalalalalalalala Songs

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Music is one of my greatest pleasures in life. I don’t play an instrument (except the recorder, which my kids insist doesn’t count) and I can’t sing a note. But I love the feeling of music running through me, if that makes any sense? It is almost like a current running through me, and brings me alive! I am a tad strange, it has to be said, because I also love being near fighter jets as they take off, because of the powerful roar that cuts through my chest!!

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I have been doing a daily blog choosing a record for a different reason each time. Trying to pick just three records that are important to me is almost impossible, so I am going to go with two of my Lalalalala songs, and one that really means a huge amount to me.What do I mean by Lalalalala songs? Think of a child that doesn’t want to listen, with their fingers stuck firmly in their ears, trilling lalalalala!! That’s what these two tracks do for me. They block out the world and lift me right back up again.

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My original one was Scary Monsters and Super Creeps by David Bowie.That drowned out a lot of aggro over the years, played at full volume with my earphones clamped to my head. It has only recently been replaced by I Don’t Care by Fall Out Boy, which has exactly the right amount of bass and squirling guitars and my favourite line ever. “The best of us can find happiness in misery.”  That has become my mantra!! Without my Lala songs, I would have lost me forever. That is why they are so important to me.

never tear us apart

This other track is a song that kept me believing I would find my Torn-Apart. Called Never Tear Us Apart it was first released by Inxs, and the lyrics just blew me away, almost as if they had been written for me. And then, just before he found me again, Paloma Faith released her astounding cover. As if she knew!! There are many songs that make me think of him, but this is the only one I would have written for him.

25 Songs 25 Days #14 A Song That Reminds You Of Your Boyfriend

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You To Me Are Everything by The Real Thing

During the early days of our relationship, my Torn-Apart dumped me unceremoniously for a female who was much given to wearing very fluffy mohair jumpers!! I was absolutely devastated, although he can’t even remember what she looked like now!! It was a short lived fling, and he begged me to take him back. I stubbornly refused all his pleas, until one evening he put this song on the juke box in our local bar, and sang it to me in front of everyone!! How could I resist?!

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25 Songs – 25 Days #13 A Song That Reminds You Of A Former Friend

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Ca Plane Pour Moi by Plastic Bertrand

This track reminds me of my school friend Diane. We didn’t know the lyrics properly (did anyone?) but used to sing along loudly and tonelessly on the school bus, much to the annoyance of the bus escort. It was the start of my foray into much louder and spikier music. Diane and I were forces brats who met in Gibraltar in our mid teens. For a glorious year we were joined at the hip, singing, dancing and spending endless days in the sun. We bought our first pair of platform shoes together, shoes that my father hated. He said they looked like surgical boots! They did, in truth, but we thought we looked fabulous, even though we couldn’t walk in them, and they made my feet bleed!! It was a wonderful time, of crushes, and make-up, all sweetly innocent. We lost contact after she left Gibraltar, but thanks to the power of Facebook, are back in contact again, and spend glorious hours laughing about our memories of this time!

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25 Songs – 25 Days #11 A Song On The Soundtrack Of Your Favourite Movie

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Love Lift Us Up – An Officer and A Gentleman

Ok, you always knew it was going to be a weepy!! I have lost track of the number of times I have actually watched this film, and I still sob at all the right places. Richard Gere is obviously meant to be married to me, as he will realise when he finally meets me. Of course, I will have to turn him down, because no-one can ever be more delicious than Torn-Apart!!

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25 Songs – 25 Days #10 A Song By Your Favourite Band

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Kasabian – Fast Fuse

I love Kasabian!! My Nearly Non-teen takes the merciless mickey out of me for this, as he reckons that all their songs sound exactly the same, but I don’t care! Really hard to pick just one track, but this one just edges the others out of the running!!

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25 Songs – 25 Days #9 A Song That Makes You Feel Hopeful

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Take That – Let It Shine

This was my “right you have gone far enough now time to start getting back to you” song!! I am not a Take That fan, in fact their dance routines reduce me to hysterical giggles, but the lyrics to this song seemed very apt, and I still play it now, when I am feeling despondent, just to get me right back on track!

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25 Days – 25 Songs #8 – A Song That Reminds You Of Your First Love

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beegeesHow Deep Is Your Love – The Bee Gees

No hesitation with this one!! I only need to hear the first few notes of this song to be transported back to my teens! Forme, it was definitely a case of love at first sight. I can still remember with absolute clarity the very first moment I saw him, and felt as if the world stood still. My stomach flipped over, he literally took my breath away!! I was only thirteen, but knew in that instant that I would never feel the same way about anyone else. Even the way he walked, a slightly arrogant bantam strut, made me smile. Although not a huge Bee Gees fan, this track just fitted.

Life intervened, and we parted after seven years together. But I never lost hope that I would see him again. I spoke to him in my head every day, and tried to imagine where he was, what he was doing, how he looked as he aged. And then, last year, he found me. The radio was on as I got ready for work, and my phone pinged, announcing an incoming email. As I opened it, this record started to play. The briefest of sentences, but as I read it, my world stood still again.

“Hi, how are you, it’s been a while?”

Thirty years of while!! A few weeks later I went to meet him. I worried that I wouldn’t recognise him, but in the middle of rush hour, surrounded by hundreds of people, from over fifty yards away, I saw him. And my stomach flipped over.

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25 Songs – 25 Days #7 A Song That Reminds You Of The Past Summer

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Avicii – Wake Me Up

Last summer, last August in fact, my wonderful friend Anna treated me and another friend to four days in the Gran Hotel in Benahavis, here in the south of Spain. It is a fabulous spa hotel, nestled in a tiny village in amongst the mountains, surrounded by some incredibly lush greenery, unusual for Spain at that time of the year.

We had the most wonderful few days, sunshine, laughter, and fabulous food. And pure relaxation! By the time we came back, it felt as though we had been away for weeks!! We are going back this year. If you are ever in this part of the world, try and pay a visit. The village itself consists of a few very steep streets, packed with some of the best restaurants in europe!! Amazing place!!

Wake Me Up was in the charts at the time, and we played it very loudly in the car on the drive up!! Three middle aged women behaving like teenagers!! Every time I hear it I am transported straight back there.

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Gran Hotel,Benahavis

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