Hello! Welcome to another instalment in The Music To The Story Of My Life series! This week Neil, who blogs over at One Dad’s View is telling us all about the music that would feature in a film of his life, and the reasons why.
Over to Neil
Hi there. I’m Neil and I blog over at www.onedadsview.com. I started blogging just over a year ago mainly as a hobby to document my life as working Dad to my 5 year old Daughter. During this time I’ve been lucky enough to engage with some fantastic people in the community. One of these is Jaki who recently asked for contributors to her new project “Music to the story of my life”. It sounded like a fun thing to get involved with, so I jumped at the chance. I have quite an eclectic taste, so I hope you like my choices….
Growing up I, like most kids, was influenced by my parents taste in music. This led to a love of all things ABBA and the Shadows. But my first choice from this era is a little bit different:
Stars On 45 – Stars On 45 (The Original Version)
This is a fantastic medley of old songs with a disco beat behind it (something that I’ve become a bit of a sucker for). Listening to it now takes me right back to my childhood in the family home. Happy days!
Buying my own music
Going to the shops with my friends with my hard earned pocket money and treating myself to a new single was a massive highlight growing up. I was into all sorts but here are two singles I remember vividly:
Yello – The Race
This tune is all over the place. I think it’s just plain fun and has a rhythm to it which makes me just want to dance silly!
Kylie – I should be so lucky
I was a MASSIVE Kylie fan back in the day. I think I was at that “impressionable” age and she just mesmerised me. Plus, the songs were incredibly catchy!
The college years
During the time I was at college I went through a bit of a rock phase. Albums from Aerosmith, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard quickly became part of my collection. The one song that sticks out from this time of my life is:
Bon Jovi – Always
This song, and video, totally captivated me. I’m a bit of a romantic at heart and my musical tastes are strongly linked to the emotions they bring out in me. A brilliant song.
Lads, Lads, Lads
During my early 20’s the overriding music of choice was dance. I’d already had a taste of it with songs like Rhythm is a Dancer by Snap in my teens but the track that did it for me was this:
There are few better times than being out with your friends, in a club and tracks like this come on. The music builds into a crescendo of passion and emotion and it unlocked something inside of me. I’ve loved dance music ever since.
Some of the best years of my life
I was part of a brilliant friendship group in my twenties. We were all single, moving out of our parents homes and going out most weekends. One of our locals was massively popular around the area and every Saturday night at the 1am kicking out time they’d play this next track. Memories of 8 friends in a circle hugging and singing:
Oasis – Don’t Look Back In Anger
My life with my wife
My wife and I were together nearly ten years before we married and there are a number of songs that instantly make me think of her. But if I had to choose one, it would have to be our first dance song. We agonised over song choices for months and then this randomly came up and the lyrics were perfect. We’re both big power ballad fans so it became an obvious choice:
Starship – Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
Enjoying music with my daughter
The last six months or so my five year old daughter has really started to notice and enjoy music a lot more. She’s recently became a little obsessed with Mamma Mia and sings a lot of the ABBA songs, which the family approve of. But my choice goes to:
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
This was on constant repeat on car journeys but I didn’t mind as seeing her little face light up as she tried to sing along will live long in the memory.
To finish my musical journey I’ve chosen two songs that are personal to me. Both have the ability to give me goosebumps for different reasons. Music to me is not about the artist but more about the song and how it makes me feel:
Armin Van Buuren – This is what is feels like
Hugh Jackman – The Greatest Show
So there you have it. It’s been great reliving the songs of my past. There are so many more songs I could include but the ones I’ve chosen fit the subject best. I think. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I did putting it together.
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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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