25 Songs, 25 Days (Day 3)


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Day 3

Cristy Lane – One Day At A Time

Oh god the memories! My lovely, lovely mother used to sing this all the time!

She was always singing as she pottered around the kitchen, her high voice sometimes hitting the notes, other times painfully off key! She didn’t care, she just enjoyed singing.

The OH is very fond of tilting his head quizzically at times, when I am unselfconsciously singing away in my kitchen, and saying “Oh! hi there Breeda!” to remind me that I have, in fact, turned into my mother! He calls to the dogs, “Girls! your grandma stopped by to say hello!”

It’s a very sweet thing he does, and it always makes me laugh when I realise that, yep, I am my mother’s daughter.

Listening to that song as I write this is bittersweet… I lost her when I was 20. I can see her so clearly and I wipe away a tear, wishing she could be here now, with me, in my kitchen, and we could sing together.

Miss you Mam!

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25 Songs, 25 Days (Day 2)


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Day 2

Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares To You (1990)

I was 17, he was 21.

I was madly, insanely, hopelessly in love with him.

I thought he was too.

We slow danced to this song in our local nightclub after he told me he was leaving to work on a building site in Belgium. (yes! fucking Belgium! The dullest fucking country known in existence! He left me for fucking Belgium! Um… Apologies to any Belgian readers…)

I remember my arms around his waist, (me:5′, him:5’11”), my tears soaking into his shirt. The lyrics summed up how I knew I would feel once he had left. So, I clung to him as we danced, savouring the feeling of his arms around me, the scent of him, the warmth of his flat torso.

He left the morning of my art exam for my Leaving Certificate, (think A-levels/High School Diploma).

I ran to the train station in my school uniform to see him off… He was there in his faded jeans, leather jacket and cowboy boots, long blond curls glowing in the sunlight, his backpack resting on the ground between his knees.

The fucker got on that train without a second glance back… I went back to my exam, face puffy from crying…

I got over him. With a little help from his very, very hot best friend!  😈

Ciao!

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25 Songs, 25 Days (Day 1)


I found this little game online, and thought it’d be fun to blog my answers.

I’m sure many of you will have come across it before, but hey! why not join me and play along?

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Day 1

Clout – Substitute (1978)

Grooving in my chair, singing along now as I play this on YouTube! Ah the memories!

I was 6 when this song came out and I loved it! Whenever it came on the radio, I would sing along, loudly, passionately, with feeling!

Cute image, yeah? It gets… well, cuter?

I was an odd kid…

I, for some reason unknown to me now, always sang it “I’ll be your prostitute, whenever you need me, yeah, yeah…”

I suspect I must have sang it wrong once and got quite the reaction from my parents and thus continued to do it for the comic effect. I was then, (and still am to this day), a little performer who gets her kicks out of entertaining people.

To be clear, I had no idea what a prostitute was at the tender age of 6… but I knew how to get a laugh from people!

That song is gonna be in my head all day now… “I’ll be your prostitute…

😂  🎤

Ciao!

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Addendum: Jeez guys! I must be getting ooooold coz I just realised I already did this challenge before on KittyKat! That time, my impatient nature came through and I decided to answer all 25 prompts in one go, rather than follow the rules of answering one a day…

So.. I offer you a choice.

Click 25 Songs, 25 Days to read my first attempt and you decide if I should quit now, or… if you would like me to continue the game, but this time I’ll do it one day at a time and give a more in-depth explanation, as I did today.

Give me your answers in my comments section. And forgive this daft old lady for her senior moment!

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25 Songs, 25 Days… all in one day!


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Day 1 – Clout, ‘Substitute’, 1978

I was 6 years old and found it very entertaining to sing loudly, “I’ll be your prostitute, whenever you need me…”

 

Day 2 – Sinead O’Connor, ‘Nothing Compares to You’, 1990

Slow dancing in the nightclub. He left me…

 

Day 3 – ‘One Day at a Time, Sweet Jesus’, no idea by who or what year.

Have memories of my lovely, (incidentally, non alcoholic!), mother singing this around the kitchen. She just liked it I guess!

 

Day 4 – Damien Rice, ‘Delicate’ 2002

The chords, the harp, the soft sound of Lisa Hannigan and him in harmony… bliss.

 

Day 5 – (cringe) Ronan Keating, ‘Life is a Rollercoaster’.

No idea why, seeing as I hate both the singer and the song. Just one of those annoying songs that bang around my head for no good reason at all.

 

Day 6 – Sugar Ray, ‘Every Morning’, 1999

Sitting in a surf bar in Fuerteventura late at night, happily sozzled.

 

Day 7 – summer? I’m blogging from Ireland you guys!

 

Day 8 – Coke Cola advert. This sweet boy made my heart melt when he told that when he was with me, life always felt like a coke cola advert. How lovely is that!

 

Day 9 – Labi Siffre, ‘Something Inside So Strong’, 1990

I literally get shivers and feel the airs on the back of my neck stand up when I listen to this powerful song. So inspiring and empowering.

 

Day 10 – I don’t have an absolute favourite band but lets go with Bruce Springsteen, ‘Thunder Road’, 1975.

This song has one of the best lines ever, in my opinion… “You ain’t a beauty, but hey you’re alright”, classy Bruce, so classy!

 

Day 11 – Liza Minnelli, ‘Maybe This Time’, 1972

Cabaret is my all time favourite film. The juxtaposition of the hedonism of the seedy Kit Kat Klub with the sinister shadow of rising Nazism is enthralling. The subplot in particular perfectly portrays the ugly face of anti-Semitism. Sally Bowles singing this song is heartbreaking.

 

Day 12 – Green Day, ‘Brain Stew”, 1996

The uber talented Billie Joe Armstrong tweeted this song this morning. It made me happy because I hadn’t heard it in too long.

 

Day 13 – Zoe, ‘Sunshine on a Rainy Day’, 1990

My college friend Linda loved this song. The trouble we got into… happy memories.

 

Day 14 – The Cure, ‘Just like Heaven’, 1987

Such a sweet love song.

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Day 15 – Five for Fighting, ‘Superman’, 2009

I LOVE singing this song in the car. The initial gentle high notes descending into the deeper rocky bridge is just too much fun to resist. (FYI, I do a mean Andy Dwyer from Parks and Rec’s singing voice. Cracks the OH up every single time.)

* Honourable mention to Queen/Bowie ‘Under Pressure’… I like to sing in the different accents. Such a dramatic song. Such great ad-libs from Freddy. ‘Ok!’

 

Day 16 – Damien Rice, ‘Amie’, 2002

There is something about the violin strings at the end of this song that make me feel very emotional. Tearful, but not in a sad way. The notes just hit a nerve or something. The power of music I guess, I cannot explain it.

 

Day 17 – Way too many to list for this! It’s safe to say I will dance to anything, anytime, anyplace. If a song I love comes on in Tesco, I dance. Life is too short not to.

 

Day 18 – Bob Marley, ‘Redemption Song’, 1980

I wonder why I don’t listen to this song more often? I remember on honeymoon in Jamaica, we used to pass a guy sweeping every morning and he used to be singing this under his breath. I will add it to my most played playlist today.

 

Day 19 – Ed Sheeran, ‘A Team’, 2011

Sad song. Great song. Great video too.

 

Day 20 – Fall Out Boy, ‘Yule Shoot Your Eye Out’, year unknown.

I am honestly listening to this song for the first time! It was an extra song on the Fall Out Boy download and I never made it down the playlist.

 

Day 21 – An impossible choice! I refuse to choose! Nope.

 

Day 22 – Willie Nelson, ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’, year unknown.

A truly cringe worthy experience, when I was a young and fresh-faced 20 year old at a summer school in the UK. A much older Yorkshire man serenaded me one night in public. Oh the horror!

 

Day 23 – I cannot even write its name.

 

Day 24 – Green Day, ‘Minority’, 2000

Christmas. Crazy drunken dancing to MTV. Resulted in me almost crashing into the TV and a very badly bruised back. Great fun though.

 

Day 25 – There are several. Numbers 4, 6, 16 count.

Adele’s version of  Bob Dylan’s song, ‘To Make You Feel My Love’, Jeff Buckley’s ‘Hallelujah’, many, many Foo Fighter songs, Fall Out Boy’s, ‘Sugar We’re Going Down’. Too may to list, just like number 21.

I can honestly that say sitting here all morning, listening to some great music and allowing long lost memories to return has been a wonderful way to pass some time.

I would love to see other peoples lists.

Have go… its fun!

Ciao

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 Note: thanks to Suzie81Speaks for the inspiration!