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.

 

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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.

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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!

 

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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.

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Find your tribe

When I first became a stay at home mum I was the first of all my friends, everyone else was still at work. It can be a lonely time and the internet became a vital connection to other mothers, both locally and in other countries.

Although that connection is a god send at times it was easy to become swamped by opinions and information about how to be a mother. There are umpteen blog posts about this problem already I am sure. But what I’m going to write about today is how I eventually found my tribe and they made me feel normal.

I went through stages of following mummy bloggers who were very ecologically friendly, very hands on, expert cooks. I found perfectionists who have the ability to organise creative activities everyday for their kids. Instagram led me to the lunchbox mafia who can make sculptures out of carrots and cucumbers you can’t possibly imagine. It all seemed like a competition and an impossibility.

Hats off to these folk. If you can do it, great. But what I soon learnt it that it is not realistic. It can’t be. And with the arrival of my second child I pretty much decided that it was near on impossible to keep up those levels of creativity and involvement, and more importantly I realised what was the point?

Kids teach you amazing things and the most important thing is at the end of the day they just want to be loved. They need to be fed and cared for. They need to be played with, given opportunities to experience the world around them, but they don’t need the most expensive designer clothes, organic artichokes or every second of their day scheduled.

This is how I found my tribe: The warriors who, like me, found humour in these unrealistic, unattainable ideals. The strong men and women facing the tantrums of two year olds, counting down the hours and minutes until bedtime. The parents declaring it wine o’clock on social media once the tearaways were finally asleep. The families who are imperfectly perfect and filled with love in messy houses around the world.

Thank you all for keeping it real and holding my hand.