Lists – Meaningful music


I had great intentions of posting a list a month but that didn’t work out so well. Never mind though onward to a new list.

I’d started to jot down songs to go on this list way back in March and then I read an amazing post over here which got my mind working on how music fits into my life and how I’d been to the most amazing gig back in July and hadn’t even posted about it! (I have since corrected that omission here.)

Reading the post from Ali and taking on all her enthusiasm inspired me to think back and remember not just some favourite songs but music that has a history with me, a story behind it.

  • Evergreen – Barbara Streisand. The theme song for the film A Star is Born we had this on a 45 rpm single record. I played it over and over and over again, singing along once I knew the words and then dreaming of my perfect love story. I must have been about 11 at the time and although I knew it was a love song I’m sure I also knew that it was bitter sweet. It’s just hit me that I have never seen the film but then I bet it doesn’t have a happy ending….
  • Return to Sender – Elvis. Around the time I was twelve and one long Saturday three friends and I over one of their living rooms and played this song until we had a dance routine finished. I say routine, actually we were just moving about pretending to sing to one of my friends little brothers who were standing outside in the garden watching our antics through the window. Whenever I hear this song I am transported back to that afternoon.
  • The Danse Macabre – Saint Saens. During a music lesson in middle school the teacher introduced us this piece of music. She had written a chronology on the black board indicating the introduction of each musical instrument it gave us an outline of the story the composer was telling as well as allowing us to recognise the instruments in turn. I wish I could remember exactly what she had written on the board because it was that visual along with the music that fixed this classical masterpiece in my heart forever.
  • Hanging on the Telephone – Blondie. Memories of lounging around my best friends room listening over and over to the Parallel Lines album. Dreaming of this boy I had a huge crush on and feeling awkward and shy and scared of dealing talking to anyone I didn’t know. This album linked so firmly with that friendship and that time spent with her and her family.
  • Roxanne – The Police. This was released around the same time as Hanging on the Telephone and I listened to this album with the same friend. I was totally obsessed like a only teenage girl can be and in 1981 I went to see them play live at the Queens Hall in Leeds. Pretty sue it was my first gig and it was amazing.
  • Moondance – Van Morrison. As I remember it, Gav was astounded that I had never heard of Van Morrison. He played the Moondance album for me and I loved it. The title track became ‘our’ song and we played it at our wedding.

I could go on but I think this little list is perfect as it is. Do you have a meaningful music list?