Thank you to Nicola at IamCrabstix for tagging me in this great post about songs that have defined periods of my life. Music is one of my greatest loves. A song can evoke fear, pain, anger, love or sadness. I spent many of Dexter’s newborn days listening to Magic FM and crying along to the songs, each one reminding me about how much love I had for this tiny bundle of joy.
I am a true indie kid at heart. My favourite radio station is Radio X, they play all the songs from my teenage years and uni days reminding me of hazy drunken days and heartbreak.
Here are the songs from the Soundtrack of my Life:
Aqua- Turn Back Time
Aquarium was the first album I ever bought as an 11 year old back in 1997. I loved every song on that album and knew all the words. This song reminds me of those days of starting high school and everything that I knew changing forever.
The Streets – Dry Your Eyes
This song still makes me feel like crying from the very first string. It came out in the Summer of 2004, a transitional period in my life. I had finished High School and was waiting to find out if I’d had the results I’d need to get into Uni. I was about to embark on a journey leaving my old life behind and start a new one. I bloody loved The Streets, so much. The album this came from ‘A Grand Don’t Come for Free’ is absolutely incredible. I had a bootlegged copy and the songs were all mixed up on it, I had no idea the album was meant to tell a story for months!
The Killers – All These Things That I Have Done
Another one from 2004. Who can forget the release of Hot Fuss and the explosion of the Killers into mainstream pop? This song reminds me of my Uni years, not just 2004 but all the way until I finished in 2008. This song was usually played as the final song in Robinskis (a grotty student nightclub in Fallowfield) and was on repeat on my CD player in my room. (Yes CD player!)
Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart
Every Tuesday night as a student was spent in the Footage singing karaoke with my best friend Sjay. I have so many amazing memories of singing so many different songs, but this was the one we sang week in, week out. Every time I hear this song I am transported back to those days.
Peter Bjorn and John – Amsterdam
I went to live in France in 2006 and this was when I got a real good schooling in music from my Canadian and American friends. They introduced me to so many great bands including Peter Bjorn and John. We used to have this particular song on repeat for days on end. It reminds me of a little trip Bridgette and I took to Berlin for a few days, an incredible trip where I had the privilege of meeting Just Jack in a tiny East Berlin nightclub.
Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up Look Sharp
Neil and I met in Leeds Festival in 2010 at the campsite after somebody threw a chair at my tent and his best friend Matty came over to apologise. A few hours later Neil arrived and we hit it off straight away. We went in to watch Dizzee Rascal together and had our first kiss to this song. How romantic? Neil also brought food to my tent when I was trying to sleep off my drunkeness, something he continues to do to this day (although I don’t drink now)
Hall & Oates – You Make My Dreams Come True
This was the song Neil and I had our first dance to at our wedding. We love a bit of Hall and Oates, but this song makes me particuarly happy because of the scene in the film 500 Days of Summer where Joseph Gordon-Levitt is dancing along to it because he is so in love. That’s how I feel about Neil everyday.
Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby
I was a massive Kaiser Chiefs fan back in the day but the reason I’ve included this song is because Dexter loves it. It was one of the only songs that would calm him down in the early newborn days. For that reason, it’ll always have a special place in my heart.
I’d love this tag to continue so I tag the following bloggers to share the soundtrack to their lives:
Kris from MaxandKai
Kim from OddHogg
Emily from BabiesandBeauty
Rob from SingleDadsAreCool
Charlotte from CupsofCharlotte