The time has arrived! I spoke about this series a while ago when I announced that I would be launching my new blogger series – The Music To The Story Of My Life. This is where fellow bloggers will share with us songs that are important to them. In particular, songs that would appear on the soundtrack if they ever had a film made about their life.
I had a fabulous response and I have some treats coming up for you every Friday for the next few weeks. Make sure you come back each week to see what some of my fellow bloggers have to share with you.
For the first post, I thought it only right to share with you, the music to the story of my life. So grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy a walk down memory lane with me.
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Karma Chameleon came out in 1983, so I would have been two (eek, you can do the maths!). I can remember absolutely loving this song and it’s my first memory of music, I guess it’s where my love affair with music began. I even had a multicoloured pin badge of Boy George which I vividly remember losing in the family car and being ecstatic when my Dad found it for me, sometime later. The two-year-old me would have been pretty chuffed to know that thirty-seven year old me would have the actual real-life Boy George following her on Twitter! True story.
Jason Donovan – Every Day (I Love You More)
Fast forward a few years to 1989 and eight year old me had been obsessed with Neighbours, Kylie and most of all Jason, for quite some time. What can I say, Mr Donovan was my first crush and the late eighties are full of memories of his music. In particular, I can remember getting his second album on cassette for my birthday and even now, just listening to those songs takes me right back to the morning of that birthday, listening to it and getting ready for school. Music is so powerful. (I still love him and recently saw his latest tour, but ssh, we don’t want to spoil my credibility!).
Take That – Pray
Now admittedly, this is all looking very cheesy. But I was a kid. If you can’t get away with cheese when you’re a kid, when can you? By the time we had reached the 1990’s, Jason Donovan had gone off the rails and I had a new love of my life in the form of Robbie Williams. In 1993, twelve year old me was absolutely convinced I was going to someday marry Rob and we would live happily ever after (funnily enough, I did marry Rob – just not that one!). I was obsessed with Take That. My walls were adorned with their faces. My school books and folders were covered in cutouts from magazines and I even wore a dummy necklace around my neck. I was smitten. It was also the first time I went to my first ever proper concert – it’s where I got the live music bug from. I saw Take That live three times back then. 23rd July 1993. 14th November 1993 and 23rd September 1994. The fact that I can remember the dates even all these years later goes a long way in showing how much they meant to me. Needless to say. They were a huge part of my teenage years.
No Doubt – Don’t Speak
Still in the ’90s, because let’s be honest, they were fanbloodytastic. The year is 1997 and I had just left school. Our teachers took us all away on one last school trip and the world was our oyster. We found ourselves in Slovakia where it was legal to drink at the age of 16. Oh, how the teachers regretted not discovering that sooner! This song will forever take me back to the last night on the dance floor in the nightclub. We were a close bunch in our year and it really was the end of an era for us all. The lyrics took on a different meaning that night.
We used to be together
Everyday together always
I really feel
That I’m losing my best friend
I can’t believe
This could be the end
Wheatus – Teenage Dirtbag
Released in the year 2000, I was clinging onto my teenage years and this song made a regular appearance on nights out with my mates. Monday nights consisted of £1 a pint nights in the local nightclub. They were the best days. No commitments, no worries and the only important thing was which song were they going to play next. Damn I miss those days. There was much jumping around to this song back then.
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
2006. The year of the heartbreak. We’ve all got that one guy that we let treat us like shit and get away with it, right? 2006 was my year and this song seemed to be everywhere I went. The tears I cried that year were quite ridiculous and at the time I never ever thought I would get over it. It was a tough year and it was the start of a good couple of years of being single which in hindsight was the best thing that could have happened for me. I still can’t hear this without being taken right back to those desperately sad few months though. There we go again with music and its ability to transport you right back.
Usha – Yeah
Moving on to 2008 and something a little more lighthearted. It’s a standing joke between me and my husband that this song will always be his. The month was June and the place was Chicago Rock Cafe. Who would have thought that the place I visited every Saturday night, without fail would be the place that I met my future husband and father of my child? He was 23 and I was 27 (yes, yes I know!). The night I met him he was ‘dancing’ to this and I can remember laughing so much. And the rest is, as they say, history.
Andy Williams – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
A slight diversion here – but it couldn’t not be included. Less than twelve months later and me and my then ‘boyfriend’ were in Tenerife on holiday. Things had been going really well and I was the happiest I had ever been. We were out there for his birthday and on that evening, he took to the stage to do karaoke – or so I thought. The next thing I know he’s down on one knee – in front of everyone, proposing to me! Of course, I said yes! He followed it up by serenading me with this and then got EXTREMELY drunk! Thankfully that’s the only thing he regretted the next day!
Kings Of Leon – Use Somebody
So now the year is 2011. All of our friends had been getting married and now it was our turn. The date was Saturday, June 11th and there are many songs from that day that I could choose – I think I spent longer on the music for that day than I did anything else! But I had to go with our first dance. The first dance is a memorable song for every couple and we are no different. It was an incredible day and I can hardly believe that next year we are celebrating our eighth wedding anniversary.
McFly – Love Is Easy
Released in November 2012, one month before our son blessed us with his presence. This song was his before he was even born because it said everything to him that I needed to say at that moment in time, and even now, to this day. It will always be a special song to us and six years later, when he hears it he says “this is my song Mummy!”. I love that. (It’s also where my geeky crush for Tom Fletcher started, reasons to be thankful and all that!).
Lady Gaga – Is That Alright?
And that kind of brings us up to the present day. I wanted to pick a song that has impacted on me recently and it has to be this one. I went to see A Star Is Born a few weeks ago and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that no film has ever had such an impact on me like this one has. This song is so beautiful and says everything I could ever want to say to the two boys in my life. Simply perfect.
And so let’s let the credits of the movie roll….
Bon Jovi – (You Want To) Make A Memory
I can already see in my head as I type this, my Sister reading it wondering where the hell Bon Jovi is in all of this. Because Bon Jovi are the most important part of my musical journey. Not only do they symbolise the super special relationship I have with my Sister, but they have been there through absolutely everything. Whenever I have a particularly bad day, just listening to them make everything right in the world. I could have picked any number of Bon Jovi songs, but what better way to end finish my soundtrack with ‘(You Want To) Make A Memory’? Because after all, that’s what this whole post is all about. And boy do I have a lot of memories. And of course, you have to save the best until last, right?
So there we have it. The music to the story of my life. I had an absolute blast putting this together and I can tell you it’s taken a lot longer than a normal blog post to write because I have been completely and utterly distracted on YouTube! I hope you’ve enjoyed my walk down memory lane because I’ve really enjoyed putting it together for you.
If you would like to take part in this series, please do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @jakijellz and I’ll send you over all of the information. In the meantime, make sure you pop back next week for the next instalment, from a fellow blogger. I can’t wait!
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