The wittily wonderful Judy of Edwina’s Episodes has offered me a new challenge.
The rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Sixteen albums you’ve heard that changed the way you thought about music…if you are too young to have owned albums you can surely choose songs. List the first sixteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag two friends, or more if you have the time, and then tag me because I’m interested in seeing what albums my friends choose.
I couldn’t say that any song or album “changed the way I thought about music”. Rather, they act as punctuation marks through my life: – I’m not musical, I don’t listen to music much and I can’t sing, however certain songs trigger happy memories rather like certain scents, or places do. And I do love to dance!
Which reminds me of one of my favourite quotes given to me written in Chinese calligraphy by my son
“Those who can not hear the music think the dancer is mad”!
In response to Judy’s invitation, here goes:
1.The first Record I can remember being bought for me
Music from Swan Lake
My Granddad bought this for me when I was about 10, I think. It was a little 45rpm vinyl disc, which was bright blue for some reason. We were not a musical family, but he was a teacher so I can only think he gave it as an educational present. He told me the story of Swan Lake and gave me the record and listening to it now still gives me goosebumps.
2. Memories of my Dad and my Uncle Ralph
‘Rawhide’ by Frankie Laine
As kids we used to watch Rawhide on the TV with Dad and he said that his much loved brother, who died aged 36, used to sing this song as they herded cattle together.
3. My first smooch on the dance floor.
1967, I was 15. I had my first smoochy slow dance at a barn dance to this record – you never forget your first time!
4 Portuguese passion
1969 a holiday romance
5. Disco dancing
‘Freak Out’ by Chic
Strobe lighting, and ultra violet light lighting up only my teeth and my white underwear on the dance floor.
6. Falling in love
‘In The Summer Time’ by Mungo Jerry 1970
And here is my tall, dark and handsome husband and me on our wedding day in 1972. He was 25, I was 19. ‘Hot Love’ was our song.
8. Dances, friends
During my marriage we were part of a large group of friends, always going to dances in one form or another and often at the end of the evening they would play
American Pie by Don McLean
and we would all sing along to it at the top of our voices.
My kids and I would dance around to this and play it on long car journeys to lift the spirits
La Bamba by Los Lobos
10. My Grumpy Grandmother
My maternal grandmother was a tad strange and quite grumpy a lot of the time – after one fraught visit we all got in the car and the kids spontaneously started to sing
Shout Shout (let it all out) by Tears for Fears
VERY LOUDLY!!! I joined in with gusto!
A hellish few years when I listened to this album on a loop.
Album: ‘Down to Earth’ by Curiosity Killed the Cat
12. New Love
‘You Surround Me’ by Erasure
Album: The Innocents
Skin tingling ….. reminding me of that deep reawakening of desire – heady stuff!!!!!! Wow! Powerful memories revived! Let me just go and cool off ………. !
13. Challenging times
‘I get knocked down’ by Chumba Wumba
14. Eldest son
I have the most wonderful memory of going to stay with my eldest son for his end of college do and at the evening party, I was standing on a table taking photos of him and his friends when
Angels by Robbie Williams (1997)
came on and he and his friends all turned round and sang it to me – oh my! what a wonderful memory!
‘The Joker’ by Steve Miller Band
“Really love your peaches, wanna shake your tree”
and he speaks of the “pompatus of love”!
This is a favourite of my daughter’s and her best friend and me – we all have quite magnificent peaches!
‘Sit Down’ by James
“Those who feel the breath of sadness, sit down next to me; those who find they’re touched by madness, sit down next to me; those who find themselves ridiculous, sit down next to me; in love, in fear, in hate, in tears ……. sit down, down…. down…. in sympathy”
I could quote all the lyrics of this song. Poignant words set to upbeat music, which goes so well with certain times in my life when despite the rocky road we were being asked to travel, we mostly kept perky and danced along the trail. My son-in-law used to sing in a band, and knowing it was one of my favourites he sang it at a dance we were all at one night – special!
17. Embracing freedom
‘The Lark Ascending’ by Vaughan Williams
This sums up my feeling of joyful elation when I was driving off on a jolly, on the road to Compton Abbas which has glorious sweeping views of Dorset. This was playing on the radio and suddenly I realised how wonderfully happy and FREE I felt – just like a lark ascending!
(photo from Google images)
18. Mum, Granddad, Daughter-in-law and Wales
My Mum and her Dad are Welsh. I love Wales. At my Mum’s 80th birthday my daughter-in-law had learnt the Welsh National Anthem to sing to my Mum – not a dry eye in the house.
Surely no-one can listen to this rousing song without being moved – it is full of the pain and the pride and the sound of the victory of a minority rising up against the oppressor! Cymru am Byth! Wales Forever!
And in my top iTunes lists are Elvis, Beatles, Stones, Proclaimers, and a fabulous Drumming album all of which I love to dance to – especially the last one – go on give it a go – that will get the endorphins careering round your body!
Oh wow! I enjoyed putting that lot together and listening to each song as I went. A huge thank you to Judy ❤ ❤ ❤
As you can see I got carried away and just could not get the list down to 16 – I do hope you enjoy my choices.
Do any of the tracks bring back memories for you too?
I nominate anyone who would like to join in (most people have just listed the tracks – I just had such fun adding the links) – please do join us – the more the merrier – leave a link to your post in the comments below – have fun – I did!