We all have favourite songs, songs that we associate with times in our life, songs that trigger specific memories. I’m compiling a selection of songs here that are of particular significance for me. These are not necessarily songs that I like or listen to but songs that have featured in my life.
Boney M – Rivers of Babylon
According to my Mam, this song was number one the year I was born. Google confirms this! Everytime that this song would come on the radio my Mother would say it again, ‘That’s your song’; my birth wasn’t very straightforward and I suspect this song triggered the memories of that time for her, bringing them to the forefront of her mind again.
Sister Sledge – Frankie
You were fifteen, I was twelve, It was Summer, we were so in love
In love….at 12!! She should have been watching cartoons and reading books!!
It was 1985. My Nana’s next door neighbour was a DJ working on what was then called Radio Wexford. He’d come into Nana’s and say, ‘I’ll play Frankie for you this evening’ – his show was on at 6.30. True to his word, he’d play that song and I’d run into the kitchen to listen to it thinking it was the greatest song ever.
The Bangles – Manic Monday
I moved on from Sister Sledge fairly quick and thought the Bangles were just the best thing since sliced bread. I thought I knew all the words (I didn’t!) and would dance around to Manic Monday like there was no tomorrow.
Kylie Minogue – I Should Be So Lucky
Ah Kylie, Jason, Neighbours…..this song signifies a complete obsession that lasted the length of Jason Donovan’s technicolored dream coat. I loved Neighbours, every evening at 5.40 I was ensconced in front of the tv engrossed in the goings on in Ramsay St.My faves of course were Scott & Charlene, loves young dream. When Angry Anderson (whatta name!) belted out Suddenly and Scott and Charlene got married my little heart was fit to burst…this was real. Of course, they betrayed us all and left Ramsay St but then it was all ok because, as I said, this was real only she wasn’t fixing cars she was singing and doing the Locomotion and Jason was standing on hillsides singing about all those broken hearts except for his because his belonged to Kylie. Oh, how the world rejoiced when Especially for You was released.
Then, of course, it all went belly up, he did have a broken heart, she chopped all her hair off and took up with, it has to be said, the incredibly handsome Michael Hutchence who lead her astray a bit. Jason took to the stage in his coat, went astray a bit too and the world moved on.
Bryan Adams – Everything I do (I Do it for you)
The soundtrack to Robin Hood (Prince of Thieves) My Mam brought us to see this movie when it was released, then she went back to see it again on her own, a couple of times! Then we started hearing this song….a lot. Not only was it number 1 for feckin’ ever, she’d only gone and bought the cassette single. That’s what you did in the early 90’s kids, singles were released on cassettes, there were no downloads in them days! I don’t know which obsession was bigger, the Kevin Costner one or that song one. The stereo (no iPods either!) was in the sitting room and it would be turned up full so she could hear it all over the house. Memories.
Blur – Parklife
Hanging out in the pool room trying to decide whether it was a Blur day, Oasis or perhaps even Nirvana and wondering why I didn’t bring enough change to listen to them all on the jukebox. The pool room, by the way, was not of the swimming pool variety, oh no, it was the back room of a pub variety that was overrun with teen angst and raging hormones.
Ocean Colour Scene – The Day We Caught The Train
The year was 1996 and decisions had to be made. Shit was gettin’ real! (That’s the teen me speaking!) Would I go to college or stay on where I was and do the Childcare PLC course or stay there two more years and do the Accounting Technician course….
College came with conditions I wasn’t happy about, so I opted for the Childcare while I thought about what was next and where the train would take me.
Elton John – Candle in The Wind
It’s a common question, ‘Do you remember where you were when Princess Diana died?’ I do, my Mam woke me to tell me before I got ready to go to work. Everybody was talking about it in a state of disbelief. This was also a big week for me as I was working out my last couple of days in the job I’d had since I was 15 or 16 (can’t recall which!) Then I was moving to a place called Rosslare Harbour to start a new chapter – it went well!
Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On
Dev’s, Rosslare Harbour, Monday nights. Cocktails, music, The Titanic (seriously!) and a congregation of locals & hotel staff. Such a simpler time, you could go out with £10.00 and have a great night!
Ronan Keating – When You Say Nothing At All
It’s the song, not the singer! This is ‘our’ song, Mr. Simply Homemade and I. I can still remember the day, where we were, what was said and how it came to be. It’s a very special memory and our memory. And that’s our song.
Ronan Keating – Life is a Rollercoaster
I have to be honest, it sort of pains me that Ronan Keating has made his way onto this playlist….twice! This song was released in 2000 and is very fitting for that year for it was such a rollercoaster. Mr. Simply Homemade and I welcomed our first born, our baby daughter in 2000. This tiny, precious life was ours and she changed our world and how we saw it. We were completely besotted. Three months later Mr. S/H and I got married, what a wonderful year it was.
Garth Brooks -The Dance
This song was actually released in 1989 but it played it’s part in my life on the 21st Of July 2001 when it was sung at my Mother’s funeral. I have not been able to listen to this song ever since and the couple of times I have heard it unexpectedly has been heartbreaking; I’m straight back there, back to that day.
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
My brother spent a lot of time choosing the music for his wedding to my sister in law; this was his role in the organising of the day and he relished it. This was one of the songs on the day and every time I hear it I’m transported back, it was such a lovely day and the first time our entire family had been together in a long time to celebrate something good.
Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
This song doesn’t need an introduction, everybody knows it. 2010, it was a massive hit. I never had songs as ringtones, I had this song as a ringtone. It was on my iPod on various different playlists, every time I went for a walk I heard it and I walked a helluva lot then (I still do, to be honest!) I’m not sure I even like this song anymore!!
One Direction – One Way Or Another
This one has a funny little tale attached. In February 2013 we were awaiting the arrival of our Cuddlemonster. One Direction were promoting their new song. When I was having my 5th baby I had a labour room to myself – the glamour! This little room had a telly and who were on the telly the morning our last birth day only One Direction. We had two names in mind for this baby, Molly for a girl, Finn for a boy. We took one look at him and called him Harry! Caoimhe was a huge One Direction fan in 2013 and when Mr S/H told the children that they had a new brother, he also thought it would be funny to tell them that we named if after Harry Styles* because the were on the tv when he was born!!! Caoimhe was thrilled and loved telling everyone!
*My Cuddlemonster was NOT called after Harry Styles!
John Legend – All Of Me
I love this song, however, being honest, it was following my first piece on Body Positivity when my lovely blogging friend Tric mentioned this song and the lyrics, that this song really meant something to me.
There you have it, a very small selection of the songs that make up the playlist of my life to date. Would any of these songs feature on your playlist or do they trigger any memories for you?
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