Finally! The end of my 30 day music challenge.

Day 28: A song by an artist with a voice you love

This seems like quite an odd category to have on this list. Maybe the person who wrote it was running out of ideas? Surely you would love the voices on all your favourite songs? Anyway, pushing along…this would have to be Jump by Gary Barlow. It is such a beautiful song and the words mean so much to me. They are perfect for when you are facing a challenge in your life and I know I will be listening to them tonight before I go back to work for the first time in years tomorrow. Gary, you are a legend.

Day 29: A song you remember from your childhood

Music was a huge part of growing up. I can remember sitting down on a Sunday evening with huge headphones on and listening to the charts, and flicking through my parent’s vinyl collection at the weekend. I think this song was on a Top of the Pops album with a very risque cover! I still listen to it regularly now: Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles

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Day 30: A song that reminds you of yourself

This was really hard. I don’t think there is a specific one, but I will go for True Colors by Cyndi Lauper. It’s a great song and a gentle reminder to be who you are, which we all need from time to time.


So I finally managed to finish the challenge! Here is the complete playlist: 30 Day Music Challenge. Let me know what you think and feel free to share your recommendations with me.



Days 22-27: 30 day music challenge

Whoops, have let this slide for a few days so here is a catch up post.

Day 22: A song that moves you forward

These Days by Take That cannot help but move me on. Feeling down, put it on. You will soon be dancing around the living room or singing in the car. It is full of happiness.

Day 23: A song that you think everybody should listen to

I know there is a bit of a theme appearing here but I’m pretty sure earlier in the month I warned you that there would be no apology if my favourite artists appeared more than once in this list. It was inevitable. A song I think that everybody should listen to is Will You Be There For Me by Take That.

I challenge you to listen to the lyrics and not relate. If you have ever been in love you will feel this song. I guarantee it.

Day 24: A song by a band you wish were still together

We haven’t heard much from them for years so I am assuming they are no longer together, so Pulp’s This Is Hardcore is my choice for this day. I was a huge Pulp fan and saw them at Bournemouth International Centre, supported by Stereolab. That was one amazing gig.

Day 25: A song by an artist no longer living

Johnny Cash may no longer be living but his music certainly lives on. It was hard to choose one but I’ve chosen a classic, Jackson knowing full well I have chosen another one of his songs for another day this week too.

Day 26: A song that makes you want to fall in love

I did fall in love to this song…and out of love to it, but it’s still such a beautiful love song: Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits. I could listen to this on repeat everyday.

Day 27: A song that breaks your heart

And here it is the other Johnny Cash track I’ve chosen…Hurt. This song could have been in so many categories, especially as my favourite cover but I’ve decided to chose it for today. This breaks my heart every time I hear it. I have been known to burst into tears hearing it on the radio.


Day 21: 30 day music challenge

Day 21: A song with someone’s name in the title

There is a song that has followed me since I was young. A song that has been automatically sung at me in greeting as I am introduced to someone for the first time. A song that has been drunkenly yelled out of tune at me at the end of the night. It can only be Hey Jude by The Beatles.

I finally took full ownership of the song by coming down the aisle at our wedding to it being played by two close friends on flutes. I didn’t tell anyone other than them so it was wonderful to see everyone’s reactions when I entered the room.

I’m very grateful that the most famous song with my name in the title is actually a bloody good one!



The playlist has been updated: 30 Day Music Challenge

Days 14/15/16/17: 30 Day Music Challenge

I seriously don’t know where the week has gone. Time flies so quickly around here, so here I find myself doing a catch up on the 30 Day Music Challenge. I have been updating the Spotify playlist as I’ve been going along so click here if you would like to listen: 30 Day music challenge

Day 14: A song that you would love played at your wedding

The creator of this list clearly thought none of us old married people would do this challenge, oh well. The song that we did have played at our wedding for our first dance was God Only Knows by The Beach Boys. Our music tastes are like some huge Venn diagram with only a handful of similarities in the middle. His circle is full of “too cool for school” bands that get played on student radio. Mine is pop, grunge and rock. There in the middle The Beach Boys and several other classic acts sit nicely so it seemed the obvious choice for our first dance nearly 12 years ago.

Day 15: A song that is a cover by another artist

I do love a good cover. I’ve discussed this on Twitter before and one day we even came up with a collaborative playlist (feel free to add to it) Cover Songs. But for the purpose of the music challenge I have chosen Bridge Over Troubled Water by Elvis Presley. Only The King could make a cover better than the original really.

Day 16: One of your favourite classical songs

I’m not a big listener of classical music but I do like to have it on in the background if I am working. It’s a lot easier to concentrate when there are no lyrics. For day 16 I am going to have to choose Sergei Prokofiev’s Montagues and Capulets. I have used this while teaching Romeo and Juliet in the classroom and then, more recently, a certain Mr Williams has used a sample of it on Party Like a Russian.

Day 17: A song that you would sing a duet with on karaoke

I’m a bit confused by this one. Does it mean your favourite karaoke song or favourite karaoke duet song, because I have no issue standing to do karaoke by myself!! So to save any confusion, if I’m doing it by myself it’s Never Ever – All Saints…but a duet to do at karaoke has to be Islands In The Stream by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, after all this playlist needs some country on it.


Day 11/12: 30 day music challenge

Day 11: A song that you will never get tired of

This will not come as a surprise to those that know me well: Pretty Things by Take That from the Progress album is just one of those songs. I will never, ever get tired of hearing it. It’s the kind of song that every time you listen to it you hear something different, but mainly when I hear it I imagine the owners of those two particular voices singing it just to me. I’m not even sorry.


Day 12: A song from your preteen years

I’ve decided to go with the first single I ever bought which was Respectable by Mel and Kim. I grew up on the music of the Stock, Aitken and Waterman era and this track is from their hay day. I had it on 7 inch vinyl and listened to it in my bedroom all the time. I cut out the lyrics from Smash Hits, learnt them. I watched them on Top of the Pops and learnt the dance moves. I remember performing the dance in pupils’ theatre at junior school on a Friday afternoon. It’s a good simple song, from good simple times.


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.