Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Soundtracks to my life?

I have this thing at the moment where I am wanting to listen to my whole iTunes library when in the car. I have switched off the car radio and just listen to my iPod on shuffle. It's amazing the songs I forget I had on there. I was breaking out into Fame yesterday! I have not listened to it for years. When I was in the car yesterday I got thinking about what music I listen to at certain moments in my life. Some people have soundtracks to their lives. I'd say I have more albums to match events. As I was recollecting I kept thinking out loud saying 'I listened to that on repeat in Aussie' or 'I think I listened to that song so many times I'm not surprised I am sick of it but love it again now.'

So I am going to share some music that reminds me of some fun times in my life and I would love it if you could do the same.

Taylor Swift - Red

I downloaded Taylor's new album just before I went to Australia. I must have played the album a bazillion times whilst I was out there. So now when a song comes on from that album I always think fondly of Australia. My favourite song on the album is 'Everything has changed' and there was a moment when I was listening to her album on the war back from visiting the Home and Away set. We were crossing the harbour bridge and Sydney Opera house was to my left. I was sat on the bus just thinking how everything had changed! I was in my dream destination and I just wanted to pinch myself to make sure I wasn't dreaming.

Ed Sheeran - + (plus) and X (multiply)

Apart from the fact that I think Ed Sheeran is pretty cute I also ADORE his music. I also find it quite funny that his albums crop up in my love life too ha! I remember when I first started seeing my ex Simon. I had gotten + for Christmas that year. It took about 45 minutes to drive to Simon's house and the album was 45 minutes long too. So I loved it because I knew that when I came to the end of the album I was near his house. This album reminds me of the butterflies I had of being in a new relationship. Ed Sheeran also released X in June this year. I LOVE every single song on it and I cannot wait to go see his show in October. I have listened to this album the most when I go and see Jack since half an album lasts one journey and the other half lasts the journey home. It just reminds me of how much I look forward to seeing him and the giddiness I feel. My favourite songs are 'Tenerife Sea' and 'Afire Love.' - download stat!

Colbie Caillat  - Coco

Anyone remember myspace? Yeah I had a myspace account and one of the funky things you could do was have music playing on your page. I remember one page playing 'The Little Things' by Colbie and I just had to have her music. She has this real sultry/indie/romantic vibe about her. I started listening to her album the day I passed my driving test, so it was the first album I listened to to and from my weekend/summer job in 2007 in my car. I have all her albums now and I am so thankful I came across her music by chance. 

The Band Perry - The Band Perry

I remember when I watched the Glee episode 'The Quatreback' this spring and Santana sung 'If I die young'. It was such a beautiful song and it is one of very few songs that really hit me in the gut. I listened to this album in Canada/USA this May and it was a lovely album to listen to. My favourite song is 'If I die young' though because I remember through my mental health journey the amount of times I questioned the point of existing if I was just going to be miserable. I was never suicidal I'd like to add but there have been points where life was no fun in feeling low all the time. But this song really hit home that if I am to go at any given time I want to know I have made the most of my life. It's so poetic and I cannot help but turn it up when it comes on.

Brad Paisley - Wheelhouse

I was told by my work colleague to get this album and when I said no he downloaded it for me and gave me the CD. Boy was I glad he did! The CD stayed in my bag for a few weeks but in April I went to see my friend Laurie in Edinburgh. I had a 4 hour train journey ahead of me and I wanted to listen to something new to fill the time. So I uploaded this album and was HOOKED! I listened to nothing but this album on the way up to Scotland and the way down from Scotland. Paisley is what I describe as pure country. I find his voice magical and some of the songs just have me singing from the rooftops. My favourite songs are 'Southern comfort zone' and 'Beat this summer.' This album just reminds me about the blog friends I have made and how lucky I am that some of them are now IRL friends too.

Kids in glass houses - Smart Casual

I heard some of these songs from the album when I went to Reading festival in 2008. I was with an ex boyfriend at the time and I thought he was being a jerk to me. So I walked off and came across this band and just loved them. I remember dancing to 'Saturday' and water was being flung everywhere so I was getting soaked! But I just loved it and felt so independent. 

The 1975 - The 1975
Jack has introduced me to this band and they are my favourite singer/songwriters by far this year. Their songs for some weird reason remind me of summer days, bbq's and most importantly my new home. I first listened to this album after Jack had taken me to the beach for the day. On our way back Jack asked me in the car where we wanted to go next and I said 'Home - my new home'. Up until this point I still called my new house just 'the house', and it struck me that now I class this as my new sanctuary and that my old house is just that - my old house. I couldn't help but make a realisation then and there things really have changed this year.

It's amazing how powerful music can be at times.


1 comment:

Barefoot blogger said...

When I resigned from 'that' job in 2009, Show me what I'm looking for by Carolina Liar was on the radio when I drove away from the office for the last time. It's forever stayed with me as a 'be strong' song - it was one of the hardest decisions I've ever made, but I knew it was the right thing to do.

Jagged Little Pill by Alanis always takes me back to the amazing summer I spent working in Nashville.

Black Eyed Peas I've got a feeling is Cambodia 2009, Waka Waka by Shakira and Poker Face by Lady Gaga are Cambodia 2010. They all take me right back to Anjali.

Manic street preachers, Stereophonics, Bon Jovi and REM were the background music to me moving from Scotland to Wales.

And I can't forget I don't want to miss a thing by Aerosmith - my sister walked down the aisle (as much as you can have an aisle when there are 9 guests including the bride and groom at a wedding!) to it.

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