Posts tagged ‘music’

November 7, 2013

10 Things: BEDN #7

Today, on BEDN, the blog post prompt was ‘Ten Things’. I’m pretty sure that I’m supposed to write a list. I’m a great list writer. At the start of every year, I write a list of plans and goals for the year, and then I review them each month to see if I’m on track to complete them or not. It usually works really well and there’s nothing I like better than being able to cross something off my list with a sense of achievement. On the year I turned 35, I planned to try 35 new things before I reached 36. It nearly worked too!

For various reasons, my list of goals for 2013 went somewhat awry. But, I’m not one to be defeated and  in the coming month I shall be spending a considerable amount of thought on what I’d like 2014 to look like. I’ll probably share those plans on here, because there’s nothing quite like telling the world your plans to make you want to stick to them!

But today, I’m turning this list making on its head a bit, because I want your help. On Sunday, my beloved girl turns seven and she’s getting her first iPod for her birthday. It might seem a bit extravagant but she loves music and dancing, and I know she’ll adore it and get lots of use out of it. Every time I buy her toys they only seem to be played with for a few days before they find themselves languishing, unused, with all the other stuff, so I decided that it was worth the expense to buy something I’m sure she’ll use for ages. I’m going through the settings making sure that I set the volume control so she can’t deafen herself, and most importantly, adding songs to it.

This is where you come in. What I’d really like to know is this: what ten songs should definitely be added to the playlist?

I’m looking for great, great music. The songs that you think everyone should hear. Nothing over sexualised or with swearing, obviously. But tell me what you’d add; classics, fun stuff, your favourite song in the whole world, whatever you think should be on there. I’ve already added some songs she’s asked for, and believe me when I tell you, we need a bit more quality music – especially because she’s getting a little speaker too, so we’ll all get to enjoy what she plays and I can only take so much Gangnam Style!

So, help me out? Add your song suggestions in the comments and lets see if we can make a ‘Top Ten Songs’ playlist for my birthday girl…

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February 15, 2012

MP3 Shuffle.

The lovely Ruth and Loretta from @More_Than_A tagged me with this meme a while ago and it’s taken me until today to get it finished! I am very easily distracted…

All I have to do is this:

  • Stick my rather vintage purple IPod onto shuffle.
  • Take note of the first five tunes that appear
  • Tag some more lovely bloggers to do the same

Easy! Except, I’m going to cheat. A little. This is because my Ipod is the only one we have and so there are an extraordinary amount of things on there that have nothing at all to do with me! If I just chose the next five things that came up, it would go something like:

  • “Under the Sea’ Disney’s Little Mermaid. This is clearly not mine, even though I know all the words and have been found, on occasion, dancing to it.
  • All of the back catalogue from the Beastie Boys, Radiohead and Seth Lakeman. All belong to my husband (even though I like all three) and have been the subject of some argument about how much space they take up. In truth, I’ve taken quite a lot off. Let’s keep that between ourselves, shall we?
  • Something along the lines of BBC Talk Italian: Unit Three ‘Ordering Food and Drink’ All of the Italian language stuff is mine, but it’s not exactly music, so I’m leaving it out.

So, now I’ve broken the rules, let’s get started!

  • La Valse d’Amélie. Yann Tiersen. From the soundtrack to the film Le Fabuleux Destin d’ Amélie Poulain (usually known as Amélie). This is my favourite film of all time. When I was quite nervous about driving, I used to play this in the car. It’s beautiful, soothing and a reminder of lovely things. I go to Paris every year, if I can afford it, and spend quite a lot of time imagining I am in this film. I was talking about  favourite films with some people the other day. Upon hearing mine, a lovely colleague of mine said (un-prompted, I hasten to add!) that she thought I could be in Amélie. My life is complete…
  • Winter Winds Mumford and Sons. from the album Sigh No More. This was the first Mumford and Sons song I heard and will always remind me of the winter of 2010, when we used to listen to it, singing along after one too many mulled wines. They headlined at Summer Sundae too. It was the first festival I’d been to for ages – in fact, since having the kids – and it was so good! I highly recommend Summer Sundae, even if you do have kids, as there is a brilliant family section and separate camping area. Plus, and this is a good thing for us older women, there is an inside stage with proper toilets!
  • Dancing with Myself: Billy Idol. I knew this would start to get embarrassing at some point. Here it is. I love it. A song that I will sing to and have a little dance to. Whereever I am. Even on the bus. That period in time will always be one of lovely nostalgia for me – I seem to have instant recall on the lyrics to all eighties/early nineties music, which irritates the hell out of my husband.
  • L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N. Noah and the Whale. From the album Last Night on Earth. I love this song, and it reminds me of a lovely friend of mine who once wrote the some of the lyrics including ‘You’ve got heart and you’re going your own way‘  in an email – and said that it reminded her of me. A great one to sing along to, even if the husband and I do debate what the actual meaning is. He’s convinced it’s about suicide, whereas I refuse to be anything but optimistic about it!
  • Shake it Out: Florence and the Machine, from the album Ceremonials. I bet most folk have got a bit of Florence on their Ipod. There’s not a lot that hasn’t already been said. I particularly love that she’s a Chanel muse, even though Karl had her appearing, Botticelli’s Venus- like, out of a giant clam shell this season!

So, that’s it. Not as embarrassing as I’d thought. Having a quick scroll through, I see there could have been Pat Benetar, Led Zeppelin, Bombay Bicycle Club, Angela Lansbury (yes, she of Murder She Wrote) Simple Minds (Don’t You Forget About Me, from the soundtrack to The Breakfast Club) Britney, Bat for Lashes, Foo Fighters (love Dave Grohl) Neko Case, Oh No Ono, The Pixies and so on.

So, it’s a pretty eclectic mix. A bit like me, then, I suppose.

Before I go, there is a song from Laura Hocking  I want you to listen to that the brilliant @janeydodge sent my way recently. I utterly love it.  It’s been in my head for days and is fast becoming a new theme tune! It’s especially great for those of us who need a bit of motivating to get off the sofa, plus it’s very funny.

And now I’m going to tag @Minibreakmummy who wrote a great post recently about soundtrack tunes, so I’m looking forward to seeing what she comes up with.