Music has played a huge role in my life for as long as I can remember. From reciting every nursery rhyme I knew to belting Travis’s ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me?’ relentlessly around the pool on holiday when I was five, I was pretty much hooked (I still cringe when I think that I was probably THAT annoying kid everyone wants to shut up).
I grew up listening to the sounds of bands and artists that are still some of my favourites today like The Beatles (Good Night was religiously played every time I was put to bed apparently), Neil Young and The Eagles. One of my strongest childhood memories is of my dad singing ‘Heart of Gold’ around the house and I was actually convinced that he wrote ‘Take It Easy’ for some time when I was young! My parents also sang Babybird’s ‘You’re Gorgeous’ to me as a kid, which looking back probably isn’t the most appropriate song to sing to your young child – I’ve been told since that they only knew the chorus and didn’t realise the sexual nature of it. It’s still on one of my spotify playlists!
There are a number of tracks that really resonate with me, and hold a certain memory or association with a particular person that I thought I would share on here.
Elvis – ‘Don’t’ and ‘In the Ghetto’
Who doesn’t love Elvis? I’ve always been a fan and over the last year or so my boyfriend Ben and I have been repeatedly listening to Elvis with the Philharmonic Orchestra albums are they are heavenly. ‘Don’t’ is a personal fave and ‘In the Ghetto’ reminds me of my mum – it was always her go to song whenever it was her turn to pick the music, and I often woke up to the sound of it playing downstairs on a Sunday morning.
Peace – ‘California Daze’
This is a song that always makes me think of the early days of mine and Ben’s relationship. Our first proper ‘date’ was to see Peace and ‘California Daze’ was both of our favourite song on their first album.
Johnny Cash – ‘Jackson’
Another soppy relationship one (sorry). Ben and I did a very drunken karaoke session a couple of years ago with some wooden spoons dancing around the living room, and we did this song. Since then we started to make it a boozy tradition and it’s fast become one of ‘our songs’.
Bruce Springsteen – ‘I’m on Fire’
This is one of my favourite songs in the whole entire world. I don’t know why and it doesn’t hold any specific memories but I just love it so so much.
Simon and Garfunkel – The 59th Street Bridge Song’
I love Simon and Garfunkel. This brings back memories of primary school where it was one of the songs we sang in assembly, which is pretty cool looking back. I still listen to it regularly – it’s impossible to feel sad when listening to it.
The Eagles – ‘Take it to the Limit’ and ‘Tequila Sunrise’
I’m gutted that I will never be able to see The Eagles play live having missed out on them playing in Liverpool a few years ago. They will forever be one of my favourite bands and they remind me of getting the bus to uni as I used to listen to them repeatedly on the journey in.
The Beatles – ‘Across the Universe’ and ‘In my Life’
I couldn’t write a blog post on some of my favourite music without mentioning The Beatles. These two are a couple of my absolute favourite Beatles songs and are up there in my overall top tracks.
I have so many songs that I want to mention here but I feel like this post is long enough. I’ve enjoyed writing this so I’m thinking of making it a regular thing as I definitely have more to share! I’m thinking of doing a post on what I’ve loving musically at the moment so stay tuned (teaser: I am LOVING a bit of Miley recently).
PINAFORE | TOPSHOP
TURTLE NECK | PRETTY GREEN
BOOTS | ZARA (similar here)