Music has had a huge influence in my life… I listen to it, every day – in the car, on the way to work, while I’m at work, while I’m tidying up the house, while I’m making tea; any opportunity that I can get to listen to music, I will take! Just like movies, I get this trait from my dad. As a kid, I used to wake up on Sunday mornings to hear my dad playing music on the CD player, downstairs. My childhood was filled with the likes of The Lightning Seeds, Simply Red, Queen, Lighthouse Family, Fleetwood Mac, ELO, lots of other 70s rock, as well as the music of my era, such as Spice Girls, B*Witched, 5ive, Boyzone, Take That, etc.
So, here is an insight into my favourite music… and the soundtrack of my life!
My first album: Spice Girls – Spice World. This was the first album that I ever owned. Also – the first concert that I ever went to. I LOVED the Spice Girls!
Song that makes me happy: ELO – Mr. Blue Sky. It reminds me of my dad whenever I hear it, and I cannot help but belt it out at the top of my lungs! It’s such a feel-good song; it gets me up dancing, every time… and, everyone knows it!
Song/album that makes me just want to dance: Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody. It’s probably a huge cliché, but this is one of my all-time favourite songs! It can get even the most stubborn people up on their feet; a song that can do that is a song to be recognised!
First gig: Spice Girls (see My first album).
Song that I wish I’d written: I actually have a couple on this list, to be honest…
Joshua Radin and Schuyler Fisk – Paperweight. Another song that I first heard in a movie; this time, it was – Dear John. Another very beautiful song with some gorgeous lyrics. I love to sing along to this whenever it comes on (on my Spotify).
Blue October – 18th Floor Balcony. I actually came across this song, completely by accident (but I love it when that happens!). I was looking for songs for my brother’s (and his fiancé’s) first dance… due to my vast knowledge about music, they asked me if I’d help! So, here I was listening to First Dance Playlists on Spotify, and I came across this gem… such a lovely song, and the lyrics – again – are beautiful. They decided to go with a different – but equally brilliant – song, but this one is definitely on the list for when/if I ever get married.
Best gig: Nickelback – Dark Horse Tour (2009). The first time that I ever saw Nickelback, live; Daughtry supported them. I had never heard of them (Daughtry) until that one gig, and I was blown away! Their music was amazing, and they sounded unbelievable. I couldn’t believe it… probably some of the best live music that I’d ever heard. And then, Nickelback came on stage, and I was blown away for a second time, that night! I couldn’t get over how much they sounded like they do on their CDs! It was crazy! They were so entertaining, and I loved that it was just them and their instruments on stage (other than the lighting, of course)… nothing else fancy with them. It was amazing; I didn’t think that it could get better. And then, I took my brother for his 21st (around 2013-2014), and again, Daughtry were supporting… at which point, I’d become more familiar with their music and Matt (my brother) was really into them. So, Daughtry come out on stage, and I’m bouncing on my seat in anticipation of them starting because I know that they’re going to blow my brother’s socks off. My goodness… was I right?! I’ve never seen anything like it. I couldn’t get Matt’s attention, the whole time while Daughtry were on stage; his eyes were glued on them. When they finished, he turned to me and said, “Holy sh*t, they were amazing! I can’t believe how good they sounded. I did not expect them to sound so like the CD. That was unreal.” I replied with – “You haven’t seen anything, yet!” I love so many concerts, but that one was – by far – my best one; just to see Matt’s face light up and to see in his face what I feel, every time when I watch live music… it was such a surreal experience!
Songs that remind you of home: The Lightning Seeds – The Life Of Riley. As mentioned at the beginning of this post – I used to wake up, listening to music on Sunday mornings. And, my dad’s favourite band used to be The Lightning Seeds. It was such a good start to the day, waking up to their album… and, my favourite was always The Life Of Riley, closely followed by Lucky You.
Ultimate desert island disc: Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 2. This playlist is ridiculously unreal! I sit and smile through the whole thing when I’m not singing along. I remember going and watching the movie with my dad, and we just sat there, saying back and forth to each other, “This is Fleetwood Mac”, “ELO”, “David Bowie”… I do believe that a good soundtrack can make a film, and this is one of those instances! This soundtrack always gets me singing and dancing and smiling, no matter what day I’m having; so, this would be the one disc that I’d want to have with me if I was on a deserted island.
Most unusual playlist: War Of The Worlds! I’m OBSESSED! Nothing more needs to be said!
Song that makes you cry: Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That. I remember being in the car on my way to work, one morning when I heard this for the first time. I turned the volume up; it sounded like it was going to be a really good song. I like to listen to the lyrics in songs and understand what they are about. By the end of this song, I was in tears on the M61… couldn’t believe it; no reason behind it, other than the fact that it was such a beautiful and sad song. It made my heart melt to the point that I was crying!