This week’s Tracks of My Years is from the lovely Donna who writes over at What The Redhead Said. I have to admit I love Donna’s tracks and had forgotten some of them even existed – I’m not sure if this is a good or a bad thing – take a look for yourself and you decide.
I have always said that music is the soundtrack to life and there are key moments in my life which I always remember when certain songs come on the radio. Here’s a walk through the Tracks of My Years:
The Carpenters – We’ve Only Just Begun
Some of my earliest memories are of my Mum singing. She had such a lovely voice and would always sing whilst doing the washing up, cooking or pottering around the house. I still love The Carpenters now and know that this love was instilled in my very early in my life.
Bob Marley – Buffalo Soldier
My Dad loved Bob Marley and whenever we had a barbecue, often through the summer, he would put Bob Marley tunes on the stereo. Even now Bob Marley makes me think of happy, sunny days.
Michael Jackson – Black or White
My Dad also loved Michael Jackson and I remember him having an album on cassette in one of our old cars. We’d listen to it on the way to holidays or on trips to the shops. It was always on in the car and this song reminds me of that – driving around and singing along with my Dad.
Mr Blobby – The Mr Blobby Song
There’s a time in every child’s life where they choose their own music. For some unknown reason I asked Santa for Mr Blobby’d album one year and he came up trumps – I got not only that album but the Christmas album too. I am sure my parents regretted ever passing over my letter to Father Christmas.
Zig and Zag – Them Girls Them Girls
This was another of those Christmas gifts. I had a walkman, complete with big foam headphones, for Christmas and got the Zig and Zag album to go with it. It was one of just a few albums I had on cassette and I remember listening to it constantly.
Ant and Dec/PJ and Duncan – If I Give You My Number
Ant and Dec/PJ and Duncan were my first loves. I had their posters all over the room and was adamant that when I grew up I was going to marry Declan Donnelly. I listened to their albums (yes, they had a few) constantly and looking back, they were the soundtrack to most of my formative years.
Aqua – Dr Jones
This song reminds me of secondary school, such a fun, bouncy tune that I remember singing between classes one day. Aqua were quite symbolic of those years with their piercings and funky hair – I think they took me away from how I felt at the time, being plain and ginger.
The Cartoons – Witch Doctor
This is another song that I remember singing along to at school. It was such a crazy song, all over the place but a great pick-me-up.
Eminem – Cleanin’ Out My Closet
Everyone was into Eminem at school but this song was the only one I really liked but it still takes me back to those school years where all my friends were Eminem and when music wasn’t cool unless it had an explicit lyrics sticker on the cover.
Alanis Morisette – Head over Feet
When my parents were splitting up just before my GCSEs, and when teenage angst got to me, I would turn to Alanis Morissette. The Jagged Little Pill album got me through my teenage years and I remember laying on my bed listening to it for hours each week.
Ash – Walking Barefoot
My first boyfriend introduced me to Ash, and a whole new world of music. It felt more grown up than music I’d been listening too and happier than Alanis Morisette. I remember listening to this album constantly.
Massive Attack – Teardrop
He also introduced me to Massive Attack and their mellow music was the soundtrack to a few years of my life although I saw them at Brixton Academy a couple of years before having the kids and it just wasn’t the same. Most disappointing gig ever.
DB Boulevard – Point of View
I worked at Woolworths from when I was 14 until 18 and one of my jobs was picking what music to play in store. This song has stuck in my head since then, it was on a Now album, and I played it every day for months. A real feel good song.
Foo Fighters – Learn to Fly
Just before I met my husband I went through a phase of living and breathing the Foo Fighters. I had just discovered them and they still remind me of leaving Woolworths, moving over to a new job and all the friends I had at that time.
Coldplay – Yellow
Coldplay’s Parachutes album was one of the first ones I bought and when I met my husband his favourite band was Coldplay. Over the last ten years we’ve seen them so many time and had this song as our first dance. Coldplay have played quite a part in our relationship.
Heartland – I Loved Her First
I wanted to have a dance with my Dad at our wedding and this was the song I chose. I loved it from the first moment I heard it and it was such a perfect moment having a dance with him at my wedding.
Sandi Thom – I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker
Between getting married and having children, two years, Hubby and I spent so much time going out, going to concerts and just enjoying ourselves. This song reminds me of that time, driving with the windows down, going on random adventures and just being young and free.
Ed Sheeran – Small Bump
Then we had children and this song reminds me of that – although it’s actually about miscarriage but I didn’t really listen well enough to realise that until I already loved the song.
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
This song for me is the here and now. I have to dance along whenever I hear it and it just makes me smile. Life is pretty good right now and it’s nice to have an upbeat song as the soundtrack to this point in life.
I’m looking forward to seeing what the next years of life bring – and what songs remind me of them too!