The Music of my Life(ish) – Part 2…

When I wrote PART 1 last year, I was quite surprised it was read, let alone provoked a bit of reaction. It appears that a lot of people can identify with the notion of a “life” musical soundtrack. With that in mind – and the original caveats and assumptions still intact-  I have decided to share a few other songs that have shaped / or have impacted on my life. I am learning a few things about myself as I go through these, so whilst you may have little / limited interest, the therapy is purely selfish. So, here you go – the dreaded sequel – it can never be as good…

However, as you will have noted, a certain Kiwi songwriter dominates these pages. Therefore I have deliberately extracted him from this blog.  Though I do not apologise to anyone when I say, he will continue to be a strong presence in my future ramblings…

Once again, these are in no particular order and some of the reasons may not be strictly true, but if you read between the lines and all that. If you click the song title, then you should be taken to a youtube link – provided that has worked –  enjoy…

Queen – The Show Must Go On.

“Another heartache, another failed romance”

On the day Freddie died, a colleague came to work tear stained and with a black armband on. He was laughed at by most of the staff and made the butt of jokes in the warehouse for weeks. I was too young to understand. I wasn’t really aware who Freddie was, other than from the fading band Queen. It took me a long time to realise and understand the impact Freddie had on this world. I went through a phase of going through Queens music and this song was an immediate stand out. The lyrics rich and vivid, the sentiment heartbreaking. The aforementioned bloke was called Paul. He never really connected with anyone at work. He was a bit of a loner. I regret not being mature enough to recognise that. I fear the day my life loses Mr Finn…

The Wonderstuff – Mission Drive

“I’m not losing my mind, no I’m not changing my lines,
I’m just learning new things with the passage of time.”

Sadly, this band will be best know for “Dizzy” with Vic Reeves, however I was introduced to this band in the “HUP” era. A lad in my first work placement was crazy on them and it was easy to see why. As a spotty teenager, the lyrics sparkled and were so different from anything else around at the time. However it was the CD “Never loved Elvis” that cemented my love affair with them. A darker side emerged from both the band and myself, with this song sparking many a brooding teenage night…

REM – Drive

“What if you did? What if you walk? What if you tried to get off, baby?”

So what can you do if you really don’t like a band, really don’t like a singer, yet fall in love with one of their songs? A hard one for me, because it takes a lot for me to give in, takes a lot for me to admit to myself that I may have misjudged. REM are one of those bands I hated for such a long time. However this song was like a knife in the ribs. Its evocative, delivered superbly and has the capacity to take me back. Back to that mates house, you may remember the one with the neighbour I had a crush on. Damn you Stipe…

Chris Isaak – Wicked Game.

“What a wicked thing to say you never felt this way
What a wicked thing to do to make me dream of you”

Now you may think, like U2’s “one”, this song has been played to death by now and it’s past its sell by date. I would argue the opposite, in that it has got better with time. Different era of my life, different girl. The stereotypical older girl in the office. The stereotypical boy entering a mans world of work and not really having a clue. They maybe knocked nowadays, but the Youth Training Schemes of the early 90’s gave me a good grounding in life, for so many reasons. I will leave that one there…

The Police – Every breath you take

“Since you’ve gone I been lost without a trace
I dream at night I can only see your face”

Was there ever a bigger open letter from a stalker to his prey? This never had any emotional connection, I am honestly not a stalker, but the song is stunning and the lyrics struck me the first time I heard it. I am not a fan of The Police, nor Sting, but this song and “Don’t stand so close to me” are just amazing, open and honest songs…

Del Amitri – This side of the Morning…

“But don’t try telling me that she was not
An emerald in a mountain of coal”

Well, she was more than an emerald at the time. I guess we have all been there and I am no different. She was beautiful, sassy, sexy, popular and a tease. Led me on, promised me maybes and hooked up with the poster boy from the town. Crushed… just a tad. As I have said before – if you need a song to get over heartache, Justin Currie is your man…

David Bowie – Man who sold the world

“I thought you died alone, a long long time ago”

Having older brothers had its advantages, the main one being able to sneak into their rooms and listen to their vinyl collection whilst they were out. My first memory of Bowie was “Space Oddity”. My brother would play it loud, over and over again. It wasn’t a song I liked, but I did connect with Bowies distinctive voice. It wasn’t long before I was sneaking in and finding my own way around Bowie. This one was the first to hit the spot. To be honest, I never really looked back on those times until I heard Nivarna cover it in the 90’s. It transported me back then and still does really. It takes me to a time when my family was functional and intact. It feels a long way from here…

Finally today – to right a wrong and add balance. I was under the assumption in my previous blog that Elton John wrote the stunning and beautiful “Lovesong”. Infact – as was pointed out by a wonderful Frenz – this song was written by Lesley Duncan. I personally still prefer Elton’s version, probably due to familiarity, but this is every bit as good as Elton’s version and I hope you enjoy…

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