God I'm bored. It's starting schoolwork, sorting out my wardrobe or clearing out the loft for yet another car boot so I've done something rather nuts...
Over the last year or so, music has played a massive part. I'm a complete music bore and have probably one of the Midlands biggest CD and music collections and have a really diverse taste - much to the amazement of most people who meet me who assume it's Girls Aloud all the way!
Anyway, here's a list for all of you who are equally bored but can't be bothered to read my old blog and catch up with the entire story.
Here for you then my lovelies, is my last year in music! Every song is really meaningful to me and has either made me laugh or sob with bucket after bucket of tears. We're going right back to my wedding to ST here so brace yourselves and buckle up for a long journey!
Mine and ST's wedding first dance (cause I love Rat Pack music and we had a rat pack themed wedding) Seems ironic that the song's about "one night" cause that's about as long as the bloomin marriage lasted!!! (by the way, that's not ST on the youtube video thank god!!)
The "crying on the landing" double bill from our friend Miss Lewis, after ST upped and left. The first one is the one where i didn't think I'd ever get over it. The second is when I realised I had to pick myself up and get on with things. In the words of my ever sensible mum, "now this isn't going to get the baby washed is it"
Now this is the hard one. I listened to this when I used to go on my midnight walks when it was too long after ST to keep on moaning to everyone but everything still hurt like hell. Everyone was busy sl*gging him off but a part of me still loved him. This one has made me shed more tears than any other song.
Now this one is where I started to feel a bit more like my old self. I was still ensuring pocket packs of tissues were at an all time high in terms of sales but i was humming to myself again and venturing out a bit more.
Now this one's a fantastic song. ST and I loved this band and I listened to this a lot when I really was starting to feel more determined to get my act together.
This one's bloomin brilliant - a complete classic. I sang this over and over in my new TT when I splurged all my remaining cash and was tearing round the county in my new wheels. Although I'm still the "loser" in this song, I'm pulling my disco gear back on!! It was also whilst we were in the midst of all the divorce wranglings and i could've happily throttled ST yet at the same time I just wanted to move on and get away from him.
This one's the mad boozy summer and early autumn I had last year which was just a blur of chardonnay, gin, random dates and general bonkersness... A fab song which one third of Bannerhanger introduced me to. This is where I really started fighting back to be myself again. Makes me eternally grateful for my wonderful mates who made me realise there's more to life that sobbing your socks off about some boy.
This next one has now become something of a legend round our way since me and the other third of "Bannerhanger" performed it at my mum and dad's bus pass party. The video of it is on my old blog and since mum's camera's been nicked then unfortunately there's no way of uploading the infamous performance from the two of us (audible sighs of relief all round!) It was the evening I realised that surrounded by my family and friends that truly things were going to be OK. Oh, and it's a complete coincidence about the film!
Now this is where I started dating Tom. This next one is one I listened to over and over in my car whenever I drove over to see him. I used to think the first verse was what I wanted to sing regarding the previous months and that the rest was Tom. Strangely enough, Tom loves this song too and said virtually exactly the same to me not long ago. Spooky huh...
This next few is when I realised I really loved Tom. We were on the way back from the Snowdome and I was flicking through his i-Pod. i found that we had so many favourite songs in common and we sang our heads off together as we drove home in teeming rain.
the "indie" section...
the "motown" section - the first one incidentally is my favourite song in the whole world (quite apt really in retrospect!!)
the rat pack section - turns out we're both suckers for a bit of crooning! Between us we've got over 30 rat pack albums and CDs. What a pair of saddos we are.
The "Mod" section. I love all things "mod" and had a mods and rockers themed 30th birthdaya few years ago. My mum was a proper mod with the scooter, the white lipstick and the lost weekends on the Kings Road. When we were little we had absolutely no money and couldn't afford to put the heating on so me, my brother and my mum used to listen to all her old mod records and she taught me to northern soul!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTIq5lm3Bi0 (this one when it's the dance remix is my all time fave northern soul dance fest!)
Just some clips here of some northern soul dancing - god I love it!!
Now this little gem of a song is the one my brother and Jo had as their first dance and Tom and I were gutted when we heard it (they'd kept it a secret) as it was our secret song too!!
Now this is the one both of us love and I always think it'd be a great entrance song for a wedding, especially a low key non-traditional one. Now, why on earth might I be thinking that.....? It's also my third favourite song in the whole world!
This is one that Tom and I always dance to at our own drunken midnight discos which we keep having as we both love music and dancing and we're too old to go clubbing! It's my second favourite song in the world so now you've had the top three!
Our current favourite mad midnight "disco for two" track...
we must look so sad dancing round like a pair of aged goons. I pity the neighbours.
A song which makes me think of Tom every time I hear it...
Pure unadulterated cheese with the whole "boy band cover" thrown in for extra cheddar... It's exactly how I feel about my life now though. Oddly enough, Tom also had it on his i-pod when he did his charity Pyrenees bike ride - the original of course!
And last but by no means least, another motown classic - quite apt for our current quest....
Well, there you go. My year in music. Hope you enjoyed it. I'm off to Tom's now to go to the gym and to unsquare my eyes! maybe a career as a DJ now beckons...
have a fun day.