Music is one of the few pleasures in life that can spark every single emotion, it has the power to stop you in your tracks and bring a tear to your eye, the power to make you bust a move in the middle of a supermarket. Every defining moment in our lives can be linked to music in some way, Frankie goes to Hollywood, two tribes was number one the day I was born, we have wedding songs, songs from first dates, songs at funerals, songs for football, prom, workouts. The truth is our lives are measured by big events good or bad and usually there is a song we think of when thinking of those events. So I thought I would share some of the songs that have shaped my big events, please no judging.
Kiss – Rock and roll all nite // I never knew I even liked kiss until I saw them live! During my twenties I was festival obsessed, if there was music playing in a field I was there unshowered and all. One year at Download festival in my mid-twenties Kiss headlined and I don’t know if it was the vodka, amazing make up, singing or glitter falling from the sky but I was in some sort of crazy crazy night. I remember twirling with my arms in the air and thinking this is one of the greatest nights of my life and ever since I have been a diehard kiss fan, possibly because I’m jealous of the eyeliner.
Bee Gees – You win again // I honestly cannot explain this song and why whenever I hear it, it reminds me of being in nappies at my dad’s house. I don’t remember my parents being into the Bee Gees and in a world pre MTV, most the music I heard as a child was from vinyl records my parents had. Somehow this song has imprinted deeply into my mind and in a smooth radio friendly work place it leaves me smiling at least once a day.
N-Trance – Set you free // This song reminds me of my best friend Sam and all the naughty things we did in our late teens, it doesn’t matter where I am when I hear this song, I automatically stop, drop anything I’m handling and start dancing and singing. It is the only song that can instantly take me back to a moment in life and have me giggling to myself. I have memories of nights out, dancing on beaches, running away from policeman and kissing boys. Just thinking about this song as I write this is making me smile like the Cheshire cat.
The Verve – Bittersweet symphony // This was the song that got me through high school, not to mention it featured in one of the best teenage films ever, if you weren’t a teenager in the 90s boy did you miss out on some amazing films and music. Cruel intentions was on in my house at least twice a week for a year solid. Me and my best friend Emma would walk to school together with this on a Walkman sharing a pair of headphones, we even had the walk from the video down too. Looking back now it was so cringe worthy but we thought we were amazing and a little bitchy, just what we wanted to be at 15 years old. Even know I look to listen to this song as I walking with a moody face.
Buzzcocks – Ever fallen in love // The first song I ever loved and I mean loved, who know at such an early age that it would become the anthem of my life. My dad had this on vinyl and I would sneak downstairs in the night to listen to it very quietly, I would literally listen to over and over again for about an hour. It was also the first song I ever bought and still have to this day, I loved it so much that I saved my pocket money and bought a copy from a charity shop so I could have my very own.
Frankie Valli – Can’t take my eyes off you // I couldn’t have a list of songs that have changed my life without including my first dance song at my wedding. And even though the marriage didn’t last this song still means the world to me, it reminds me of the man I thought I would spend the rest of my life with. It reminds me of all our happy moments and memories, it’s a song that is forever in my heart and reminds me of love.
Elvis Presley – All shook up // This is my feel good song, after a long day at work or as I’m getting ready for a night out I put this song on loud and dance around. I’m a massive fan of 1950s music and to me Presley is still a dreamboat. There is something wonderful about listening to the innocent lyrics, no one’s dropping it like its hot in da club! Or kissing all the girls, 1950s music is the original love song. And when it comes to Elvis you can’t listen to his songs without moving your hips. Hound dog is definitely a close second when it comes to shaking my hips.
Prodigy – Firestarter // The very first concert I went to was the Prodigy when I was 15 years old and I thought I was the coolest person ever. I went not really bothered about seeing them and left with a new love of dance music. 17 years later it was still one of my top three gigs and a night that has stayed with me. Writing this has made me realise just how long it’s been since I have been to gig and I used to go to at least three a month, definitely something I have to do more of again.
Slipknot – Snuff // This song probably stirs the most emotions in me and although the reason is extremely personal to me and something I may never share I do have some of the lyrics tattooed on my left thigh. It is from a very dark and painful time in my past, it is also a time I wouldn’t change or want to forget because in truth without the sad songs there wouldn’t be anything to compare the happy songs to. I am a firm believer in the fact that we connect certain lyrics with certain times in our life, there is a song for every emotion we feel good or bad and there are definitely times in our lives when we need to feel both.
Blink 182 – All the small things // Still my favourite boyband ever ( spice girls are my favourite girl band ), there was a time in my twenties when I lived in Manchester and spent whole weekends in rock world. It’s pretty much the only song I listen to when driving and features on all my playlists, it is also one of the few actual memories I have of living in Manchester, it was a crazy time but one I would never ever change.
And there is just some of the music that has shaped and defined my life and I’m absolutely looking forward to the next 32 years of music, singing and dancing and who knows one day there might be a second wedding song, or a number one of my own child.