It’s the childlike mind that finds the kingdom. #29

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I have definitely sprinkled more than a few songs I remember from my childhood in these posts, but I have chosen The Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian for today. It reminds me of walking with my family while busting the moves from the song, not being in the least bit bothered about the people around us. I see a little of me in my youngest, when I watch him strutting his stuff on the school run, dancing to whatever riff he has spinning through his mind at the time.

I love music and am always on the lookout for something new to listen to, so I hope the 30-Day Song Challenge inspires some of you to share.

Your voice is my favourite sound. #28

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Beth Gibbons of Portishead has one of the most hauntingly beautiful voices I have ever heard. A small and seemingly fragile voice which packs such a punch, she is quite uniquely gifted. It should be played loud, but only to drown out my efforts to sing along, and it is also one of those tunes from my formative years, but I choose Portishead’s Glorybox, for the song by an artist whose voice I love. The music is the perfect frame for her vocals. Perfection!

I love music and am always on the lookout for something new to listen to, so I hope the 30-Day Song Challenge inspires some of you to share.

The heart was made to be broken #27

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I love opera! There, I said it. When I was growing up I had a preconceived idea of the typical opera lover.

And then I went to see my first at 18. It was The Elixir of Love, an English opera shown at the Lowry. I was blown away by the roller coaster of emotions I experienced through the power of voice. A few years later I sloped off to a traditional opera. Even in Italian it still conveyed the emotions of the story, I could follow it completely without the faintest idea what the words were. Over the years I have taken myself off to th e theatre occasionally. The stand out performance for me was La Boheme by the Garden Opera company. I laughed and cried, gasped and blushed (as appropriate) through the entire performance. But the final scene, Mimi’s death scene  broke my heart. The video from YouTube is never going to convey the effects of the waves of voices which caress your soul, so I will forgive you if you don’t feel it. However, I would urge you to go and find an opera near you. To sit and absorb the energy. And just see… You may just be surprised.

I love music and am always on the lookout for something new to listen to, so I hope the 30-Day Song Challenge inspires some of you to share.

No one ever fell in love without being a little bit brave. #26

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The prompt for today was pretty tricky. I wasn’t sure how a song could make me want to fall in love. My ex husband’s family never quite hit the mark of family, even though we were closely linked for over 12 years. The thought of having in-laws again is a bit of a difficult idea for me… However, it seems that I’m not alone, and when you realise you aren’t alone life, or in this case the idea of love, becomes a lot easier… Jake Thackray’s La-Di-Dah is a triumph that challenges my fear of in laws.

I love music and am always on the lookout for something new to listen to, so I hope the 30-Day Song Challenge inspires some of you to share.

If you’ve got nothing to dance about, find a reason to sing. #25

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Benny Goodman may have died in 1986 but with my Dads taste in music his spirit was still very much alive at home when I was a girl, especially with me being a Daddy’s girl. Sing, sing, sing is one of the big band tunes that I remember being swirled around to, and it is one that my youngest likes to whisk me off my feet to a whole generation later.

I love music and am always on the lookout for something new to listen to, so I hope the 30-Day Song Challenge inspires some of you to share.

Love your rage, not your cage. #24

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Rage against the Machine was a band who I first became aware of during my marriage. There is something missing from my world of music with the loss of them, and Take The Power Back is the way that I choose to remember them. It also seems to be relevant to my life and how I became the woman I am today. Through submission and kink I have been able to take my power back.

I love music and am always on the lookout for something new to listen to, so I hope the 30-Day Song Challenge inspires some of you to share.

Never give advice unless asked. #23

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I have been wondering about a song that everybody should listen to and felt that, perhaps, it would be a great idea to share some hints and tips on a happy life. (if everyone is going to listen surely that would be good?) So I’ve chosen a tune that never fails to make me smile, dance and ponder… Sound Advice by The Allergies. (feat Hypeman Sage.)

I love music and am always on the lookout for something new to listen to, so I hope the 30-Day Song Challenge inspires some of you to share.

If you just keep moving forward you’ll amaze yourself. #22

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When trying to think of a song that moves me forward I couldn’t quite get my head around what that meant. But Kiss with a fist by Florence and The Machine is a song which I often sing when I’m running, the lyrics and beat just drive me on. Perhaps it is rather fitting that it is about a toxic relationship, and by singing it as I run I get further away from my history of abuse. Maybe I have given this altogether too much thought, but this is a song that moves me forward in many ways.

I love music and am always on the lookout for something new to listen to, so I hope the 30-Day Song Challenge inspires some of you to share.

What’s in a name? #21

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Every year my brother creates me a CD for Christmas. Songs which he has really enjoyed throughout the year, and which he also feels will be enjoyable for me. He has tried to find songs with my name in and I was planning on using one of those, but Hey There Delilah, by The Plain White T’s makes me sing along, and I adore the story of the lyrics. So this is my favourite song with a name in the title.

I love music and am always on the lookout for something new to listen to, so I hope the 30-Day Song Challenge inspires some of you to share.

Words take on many different meanings #20

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The lyrics of What did for the Dinosaurs – The Bevis Frond seem pretty obvious upon first listening. The dark and cynical meanderings of a post-psychedelic man. But listen again! I find that it depends on my mood how I will take this tune. The music and lyrics can take me in different directions, depending on what my ears are open for. It is the opening verse which sucked me in, and has stuck with me for many years:

4 o’clock this morning
I was woken from a dream
In which my bones were reassembled
In a minor league museum

I love music and am always on the lookout for something new to listen to, so I hope the 30-Day Song Challenge inspires some of you to share.

Oh here she comes… With #18

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Born in 1982 I’m spoilt for choice of quality tunes, but Hall and Oates’ song Maneater was released 2 weeks before I popped out, and hit the number one spot less than two weeks later. I have a particular soft spot for it, and it rang true for me before I married as well as for a period after. Currently in hiatus of man-eating I still love this tune.

I love music and am always on the lookout for something new to listen to, so I hope the 30-Day Song Challenge inspires some of you to share.

Duets: because two are better than one. #17

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Karaoke is a big fat no for me, a hard limit if you like… I love to sing (alone) and have performed with work and in plays as a child. However, karaoke is not my thing. At All!

As a 16 year old I did cut my teeth in karaoke with my rugby team. We did solo, team and I also did a duet (with a rock singer who just happened to share my name and was the opposite flanker) and so, in an attempt to fulfill today’s challenge… I am sharing my karaoke duet history with you Wild Thing by The Troggs.

I love music and am always on the lookout for something new to listen to, so I hope the 30-Day Song Challenge inspires some of you to share.

Double trouble #16

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I’m a big fan of the cello, and it is one of the instruments that I have played to an ok standard at some point in my life, I will always associate them with Classical music. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this tune: 2CELLOS – Whole Lotta Love vs. Beethoven 5th Symphony These two cellists have made the temperature rise here! I think they are quite incredible, and their collection of covers is quite impressive. They lose none of the skill of a classical cellist but they threaten to bring these warm and beautiful instruments back into fashion.

I love music and am always on the lookout for something new to listen to, so I hope the 30-Day Song Challenge inspires some of you to share.

The same song on a different day is a different song. #15

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I got my Metallica education during my marriage and found many songs that I thoroughly enjoyed. I learnt to play a few on my bass many years back. But when I heard this song, Orion, by Rodrigo y Gabriela,  it blew me away. I return to it regularly, it is just magic, and have enjoyed many of their other covers over the time I’ve known about them.

I love music and am always on the lookout for something new to listen to, so I hope the 30-Day Song Challenge inspires some of you to share.

Here comes the bride. #14

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Who knows what the future will bring, if I will meet someone I want to marry (and who wants to marry me, that’s important too!) but as I’ve already been married I thought I’d share my first dance song with you. I’ve never been the most traditional of ladies, and as I refused to move up to centre stage for the more traditional first dance the groom and DJ relented and put on one of the tunes I had suggested weeks before. Andy C and Shimmon – Body Rock.

 I love music and am always on the lookout for something new to listen to, so I hope the 30-Day Song Challenge inspires some of you to share.

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