Tracks of my years

The Tracks of My Years

My Three and Me love our music. Not a day goes by where we don’t listen to our favourite songs and one of us can usually be found singing or dancing somewhere in the house. You’ll find me in the kitchen singing (badly) at the top of my voice whilst I prepare dinner, the boys sometimes in their rooms or in front of the PS4 with Guitar Hero Live and we all love singing along to the radio on long journeys.

Because music is important to us, we decided that we’d like to start a weekly guest feature here on My Three and Me. Each week we will be featuring one blogger and the tracks of their years.

To kick start the series here are the Tracks of My Years:

Together Forever – Rick Astley

I blame my mum for my love of cheesy 80’s music. I was born in 1983 so only a tot throughout the rest of the 80’s but I love all the cheese they had to offer. This song is one that my mum and her sisters used to play a lot when I was younger.

Tunnel of Love – Dire Straits

As a child I was travel sick – so sick I needed a bucket in the back of the car with me on every journey – yes I was that child. My family lived in York and us on the coast near Scarborough so you can imagine the joys my parents faced when we went to visit our family. It was always Dire Straits or Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow that my dad had us listening to in the car on these journeys. It’s strange as I was always ill on the way there but never on the way home and when we used to come home on dark evenings I used to always stare out of the windows trying to see the stars in the sky – something that My Three do now when we return from days out on the coast when we’ve been to visit my parents.

Any Dream Will Do – Jason Donovan

Jason Donovan was and always will be my first love. I loved him – I’m not sure how my infatuation came about (maybe when he was in Neighbours or just after he left and went solo – I have no idea) but I told everyone he was my boyfriend and that I was going to marry him – I probably still would today if he were to ask me.

Boyzone – Words

Not one of my favourite songs but it was the first single that I bought on cassette (yes I know!!!) so it was a momentous occasion for me in my musical journey. When I was a teenager I used to buy any single or album from a band that I liked even if I wasn’t that keen on the songs – I think that’s how they all make their millions you know!! I was a big boyband fan though in my younger years –  thank you Take That and Gary Barlow for opening up my eyes and I do admit that even now there are lots of boy bands on my iTunes playlist and most of the songs are as cheesey as those of the 80’s and 90’s if I’m honest.

Pure – The Lightning Seeds

My older brother was a huge fan of this band and played their songs over and over again. I have to admit it is a pretty awesome song – but then again so were 90% of their other songs. This song reminds me of being a very moody teenager (sorry mum and dad) and hating everything that my sister liked (this was because when we were teenagers she always copied me at everything or stole my make up and CD’s)

Give Me A Reason – Ian Van Dahl

One of the songs that was always played when I was out clubbing as a student and when I worked on a Funfair at a holiday park. I love this song it brings some great memories of student parties/nights out and then the hangovers from hell whilst sat in a boiling hot lecture…. fun times.

Valerie – Mark Ronson ft Amy Winehouse

This song was playing whilst Nathan was born. It’s the only time out of the three births that the radio was playing as with both Callum and James there was a tv on in the room (With Callum it was children’s TV programmes with James it was the qualifying of the British Grand Prix – he was born before the programme even came on). This is one of those songs that you can’t help but sing along too.

The Story – Sara Ramirez

This song is a cover, the original was written and sung by Brandi Carlile. But this is a song that I will have played at my wedding. I’m not sure if I will walk down the aisle to it or dance my first dance as a married woman to it but it will be there. I first heard this song on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy (if you’re a fan you’ll know the episode well), I love the show and all the cast (McDreamy will always be my no.1 TV doctor and my dream husband). Listening to the words of this song just ring so true with me and the other half, especially the second verse.

“I climbed across the mountaintops
Swam all across the ocean blue
I crossed all the lines and I broke all the rules
But, baby, I broke them all for you
Oh because even when I was flat broke
You made me feel like a million bucks
You do, and I was made for you
Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

I love Queen, Callum’s last school performance was School’s Will Rock You – it was amazing and it was fantastic to see my son singing songs from a band that we both love. I get my love of Queen from my parents and especially this song from family parties (there’s been a few over the years – my mum is one of 11 and in my generation there are 50 + of us alone), it’s one of those songs that everyone sings and dances too and everyone knows the words (or most of them).

Unwell – Matchbox Twenty

Matchbox Twenty were a band I discovered in my first year of college. College was a really difficult time for me as I struggled with studying for my A-levels due to lots of illness (shingles, laryngitis and flu amongst other things) and a relationship breakdown that left me at one of the lowest points of my life. But I bounced back and came out the other side stronger. They say things are sent to test you and those two years of my life really were. Not a lot of people know this but I suffer terribly with anxiety sometimes so bad I’m really poorly for days. I love my boys, I love my friends and family but sometimes it’s just physically and emotionally impossible to go places and do all the things they want me to do. I’m in a much better place than I was two years ago and I’m not even sure where my anxiety sprang from although I was always the worrier of the family even as a small child. This song speaks volumes of how it feels when you feel like you’re dealing with something on your own, feel like you’re going mad and how people don’t understand / treat you differently and pretty much think you’re crazy.

But I’m not crazy, I’m just a little unwell
I know right now you can’t tell
But stay awhile and maybe then you’ll see
A different side of me
I’m not crazy, I’m just a little impaired
I know right now you don’t care
But soon enough you’re gonna think of me
And how I used to be…me
Glitter in the Air – Pink

This isn’t a song that is from any part of my life or that has any specific memories but it’s a song that I adore and found by reading a book series called Driven by K.Bromberg – ladies if you’re a fan of Christian Grey you will LOVE Colton Donovan – trust me he is 10000 x hotter than Mr Grey – if I could fall in love with and marry a book character it would definitely be Colton. I am a huge fan of Pink so when I first read about this song I was surprised that I’d never heard this song before. The lyrics are lovely and Pink really does know how to sing a good ballad.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a look through The Tracks of My Years – there are so many more songs that have a special place in my heart and that I wanted to feature but I’d have been here all day – I might even write another post at some point with a few more of my favourite songs.

Come back next week to see which blogger is taking us through The Tracks of Their Years.

If you’d like to take part in the series please contact us.

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