Day 8 – 30 day music challenge

Day 8: A song about drugs or alcohol

Warning I may go all fangirly in this post, but day 8 has to be Robbie’s day with Come Undone. I don’t find it hard at all to say that this is my absolute favourite song of his, despite having many favourites. It’s a song that brings out all my emotions and knowing that, in some respects, it’s kind of autobiographical for him hits me right in the feels.

As with all the songs in this music challenge it makes me think of times and places. I had the absolute pleasure of hearing it twice live in 2015 (yes, I am one of those fans who went to two gigs in the space of four days) and it sent shivers down my spine. It comes on the radio and I stop in my tracks, and don’t even get me started with the video. Watch it here: Come Undone – Robbie Williams

 

Day 7 -30 day music challenge

Day 7: A song to drive to

This has to be Hotel California – The Eagles. This song has followed me everywhere I’ve been in my life and it is so epic to sing along to in the car with the windows wound down.

It bring memories of air guitar solos in friends’ bedrooms, memories of walking along a road in the south of France daily for three weeks where I passed a hotel called, you guessed it, Hotel California. My next door neighbours regularly blast this loudly and I join them in singing along. It is epic in every way. Love the words, love the music and more lately, well, if you know, you know. This song will NEVER be the same. It hasn’t ruined it, it’s only made it better.

“On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air…”

Now close your eyes and imagine.

 

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Only those who care about you can hear you when you’re quiet

Have you ever had one of those friends that is so different to you that it’s sometimes impossible to imagine how you actually became friends? And yet, you find each other and you are connected first by the tiniest thing, in the grand scheme of things, and then the connection grows?

Everything about you is different; backgrounds, beliefs, opinions. You often disagree, you often debate, you sometimes fight. Not many people make me do that. A friend that brings out a side of me that needs to be out. A friend who knows so much about me, at times they probably know me better than I know myself.

But then one day the friendship stops. It breaks your heart, it makes you cry, you stop eating, but it has to stop. That was my doing in a way of looking after myself, but I’m going to say it’s just on hold. It’s like we are in some bizarre holding pattern, waiting to land in the same place again. Every now and then it feels like we are going in the right direction and that is happening more and more often. It’s quite possible that what brought us together in the first place might bring us back together. Time will tell.

It’s one of those connections that will always exist no matter what. Will it ever be the same? I doubt it. Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so but right now I just bide my time.

There are things I want to say and the main one is that I miss that friendship on a daily basis. Some people come and go from your life and you don’t miss them. There are friends for different times and different places. And then there are friends that are always there, even in the background. This has happened to me at several times throughout my life and I know that eventually our paths have crossed again and the journeys in between have not been important. I hope this happens again. 

Friendship isn’t about time. It’s about caring. I care. 

30 Day Music Challenge

I saw this on Twitter over the last few days and thought it would be a bit of fun to do. I spent some time yesterday reading my old posts on the old blog and I do like to blether on about music in a nostalgic way so it seemed like an apt thing for me to do here. Music has always been, and always will be, an important part of my life so this list seems a great prompt for some writing.

It’s the 6th March now, so I’ve got some catching up to do so today you get six songs from me. If you want to join in, here’s the list and if you want to, feel free to comment on this post about my choices.

Day 1: A song you like with a colour in the title

True Blue – Madonna

As if by chance, my Facebook memories decided to remind me that it was a year ago today that I finally saw Madonna live in Auckland. A fan from an early age, I could often be found singing this song in my bedroom with a hairbrush. It has many fond memories attached to it and when she sang it last year, I felt 10 again. Read about it here, if you missed it: Review of Rebel Heart

 

Day 2: A song you like with a number in the title

Four Minute Warning – Mark Owen

Mark Owen’s solo music needs more recognition: fact. This tune is a stonker. It does everything it should and so much more. What would you do with a four minute warning?

 

Day 3: A song that reminds you of summertime

A girl like you – Edwyn Collins

This song takes me back to 1994. Every morning my radio alarm would go off and without a doubt this would get played on the Radio 1 breakfast show. It was a very happy summer, the summer after I sat my GCSEs. At the time I was in to rock and grunge, so this was a departure from what I was normally listening to, but it kind of became one of ‘my songs’. It deserves to be played LOUDLY.

Day 4: A song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget

Central Reservation – Beth Orton

I actually had to think quite hard about this one, as a general rule I have is to not have regrets and move on from shit times in your life thinking about what you’ve learnt from them; it works for me. This is such a beautiful song but it does remind me of one of those dick boyfriends I really shouldn’t have wasted so much time and energy on. I still have his Beth Orton CD. It gives me a little bit of pleasure that I never gave it back because he absolutely loved it too.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Beth Orton twice live and thankfully I have nothing but happy memories of those times. Once I was with my bestie, who adores Beth as much as I do, and the second time was with my now husband…so take that idiot boyfriend! The remix is also outstanding so here’s the link to that if you want to dance…Central Reservation – The Then Again version – Beth Orton (Never realised the title of the remix until now, that seems kind of appropriate.)

Day 5: A song that needs to be played LOUD

Downtown – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

In those end of year emails Spotify send you, this song was one of my most played last year and I wasn’t surprised. It had even overtaken my kids playing the Frozen soundtrack on repeat which is saying something. If anything shows how wide my music interests are it is probably my love of Macklemore. I love the wit of the words, the tune, the harmonies, the raps everything about it. It is a musical masterpiece, and when I had the pleasure of seeing them live last year, of course it was the encore. Just had to be. (I have also got very good at turning down the volume at certain words in the car, while the kids are there….as is necessary once you’re a mum!)

Day 6: A song that makes you want to dance

Stolen Dance – Milky Chance

I struggled with this one as there are so many songs that make me want to dance. I dance to anything and everything! But this has a special place in my heart. First time I heard this was on the Late Late Show and I was hooked straight away. It has been played more than one time at No Lights No Lyrca and each time I lose my shit. This May I am going to see them live. Going to the gig alone like a Billy no mates but I don’t even care. Love their music and can’t wait for the new album to come out this month.

In case you missed it, I wrote about dancing on the old blog too. It’s important to me. The joys of dancing

 

So, that’s me caught up. Hopefully I can post every day with a new song and when the month is over I will share the complete playlist on Spotify, but for now have a listen to the links and let me know what you think.

 

Putting pen to paper, so to speak

This is the post excerpt.

I’ve been here before; writing my first post on a new blog, and yet I am here again with regained focus, hopefully my blogging mojo back, and some stuff to say.

What have I learnt? To think less and write more. Probably not the best way to start a blog but I’ve decided I’m in the business of just writing my thoughts down now and not censoring myself as much. I’d like to write more often and that probably means shorter posts and more random content, so that is how it shall be.

Earlier today I tweeted about how I would have more to blog about if I tweeted less. That is somewhat true but I’m going to go back to my tweets and use them for some inspiration. They are often a good place to start; a seed of a thought in 140 characters that could perhaps blossom into a beautiful flower, or a rambling weed.

Will there be a theme to this blog? No

Am I writing for a specific audience? No

This is probably going to be as random as it gets, so buckle in and come along for the ride. I’m not sure where this fun bus is going and I’ve lost my GPS.