So, Estelle, it’s over to you and the Tracks of Your Years…
As a kid, I had older parents, dad doesn’t do music so mum gave me my musical induction as a child (tell a lie, dad introduced me to two types of music, once was a very long car journey accompanied by Tubular Bells and Gregorian Monks chanting very eerily which he once played on the computer which was kept in our basement at the time).
Mum grew up in the 60s and a lot of my favourite music comes from this era, The Beatles are probably my favourite and my favourite song? – Eleanor Rigby. I first heard this song when mum put Yellow Submarine on for me as a small child.
I like lots of different types of music and went through a punk/goth “I’m totally an individual” phase in my teens. I loved the angsty punk anthems, New Found Glory, Lit and Bowling for Soup were (and still are) my go to feel good bands.
I have songs that remind me of times and places and whenever I hear them I am transported back to that moment. Black Velvet takes me to this gross Karaoke bar me and my best friend used to hang out in, there was a girl who sang it every week, she needed the practice I suppose. My friend and I have our own song too, to be honest I’ve no idea why it’s this song, but after my first dance with my husband at my wedding, my friend and I had our own first dance to it. Whenever I hear it, I always remember the trouble we got into together and caused when we were young and had no responsibilities.
A lot of my favourite songs are from musicals, mum introduced me to a lot of musicals – Thoroughly Modern Mille, Funny Girl, Hello Dolly are just a few of my favourites. I would dress up as Dolly as a little girl (my Granny made costumes for a local theatre) and sing, dance and act the entire film.
There are so many songs that I would say are my favourite songs, Downtown by Petula Clark probably is my ultimate favourite.
I could honestly be here for hours talking about the songs that changed me, that I cried too, that I’d rather never hear again because of the memories I associate with them. I love music, from Rod Stewart to One Direction, from Nsync and The Backstreet Boys to Blink 182 and Green Day, but we’d be here forever, so the last song that means a lot to me is Al Green, Lets Stay Together. This was our first dance song when we got married, I walked down the aisle to Etta James – At Last and we signed the marriage certificate listening to Wedding Bell Blues by Fifth Dimension.
Thanks Estelle for sharing your tracks with us – there are some great choices in there.
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