Oh my word! Sometimes you get an assignment and it just blows your mind. Like today, when I opened up my email hoping for goodies (you know, tweets where people have mentioned me, or delicious emails from wonderful people, or a stack of juicy comments on my latest blog post…that kind of thing which makes you feel warm and glowy inside) and instead I got a notification which I *knew* was gonna turn my day into a quagmire.
How in the world am I supposed to choose (just) five songs which are new-to-me in the last year, and which I love enough to share here?
Added to which, the conundrum of my musical tastes – yes I adore many modern pieces, buuuuuut really (I increasingly discover) the music which speaks most to my heart; which makes me come alive and feel like my soul is exploding out of me for sheer joy, is from an era well before mine. Namely the 60’s. Go figure.
Fortunately I’m the luckiest girl in the world, because the most AMAZING local radio station plays old songs. Many from the 60’s. And through this wonderful channel, whilst zooming around in my tiny red car, or the Big Dog Van, I’ve encountered some of the most scrumptious tunes.
And there we hit a snag, chaps, because Sandy (you know Sandy? Mother of Imperfection? New Ten Things Co-Host? Ringing any bells?) is doing a series on past decades of music, and after fielding a few goads from me about “being too young to remember”, I confessed my love of Songs Before My Time, and she quickly snaffled me up for a guest post. Which will be soon, I promise, and you can go and indulge in the songs which really get me going.
BUT. Quandry. Because I can’t possibly share those same golden oldies here and yet I so want to offer SOMETHING, because whilst oxygen keeps my body alive and words keep my soul alive, music makes my heart dance. All three elements are necessary.
So. Whatever. Jen’s not the boss of me, and I’ve spent too long between
torturing patients with eye drops professionally and appropriately tending to my patients thinking TOO HARD about this. I’m gonnna post what’s been new (to me) and has had a huge impact in my audio world this year.
From the 60’s
Yeah, yeah, you all know about these guys, and I’m sorry but NOT sorry at all to only be discovering them now. Because I’ve been a die-hard Beach Boys fan since I was a nipper, and now I’m suddenly realising that my new favourite songs have their arch-rivals’ name attached! Be as that may, these songs make me giddy.
From the 70’s
Wait, whaddya mean “1969 doesn’t count as the 70’s”? WHY NOT? It’s as good as there! And this, one I heard for the first time in (probably) the last year and UTTERLY fell for. Because I do that with songs. And then I listen to them on a loop for hours until I feel like I’ve absorbed the tune into every cell in my body. Because I gotta.
From the 80’s
A quirky little ‘who even knows‘ kind of a song. But happy. And boppy. And fun. And I love it.
From the 90’s – no, wait, I was here for those. I remember all the important songs from this decade as they happened.
Let’s skip ahead…
James Arthur…wow. That voice! And such an unlikely person to go with it, but I just adore this HUGE. Funk, funk…and then the drop. I have a thing for bass riffs…
And finally, this – this stunningly, exquisitely beautifully crafted song, which speaks and speaks and speaks to me until it fills me up and makes me want to write my entire world onto sheets of coloured paper, and fling them from rooftops, sharing those words with anyone who’ll stop to read. Which, in a small way, is perhaps what I’m doing here…
So, Jen, you actually landed me into a HUGE positive here, and thanks for that, because I loved listening to all these again, and reconnecting with the Feels I first felt when I heard them for the first time, last year.