Some of these songs were difficult to choose, and quite possibly on another day I would have chosen something different. But for now, for today, this is what it is.
A song that makes you think about life
You need to believe in yourself. Don’t let anyone make you believe you’re you’re not enough as you are. Anyone who makes you feel small is not someone you want to be around.
A song that has many meanings to you
This song reminds me of living in Scotland, it reminds me of travelling, it makes me think about how life passes by and changes, and it’s a song that I’ve thought about asking to be played at my funeral (whenever that day will be – hopefully not for a long while yet).
A song you like with a person’s name in the title
Just because this song is so much fun.
A song that moves you forward
There’s a reason this song is on my workout playlist. It’s especially useful in the middle bit when I’m flagging. And then this song comes on and – boom! – it’s the kick I needed to pull myself together and keep going. “Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and back in the saddle.”
A song you think everybody should listen to
Not really a song but certainly a piece of music everyone should listen to. One of my favourites. It’s so… ‘full’ of sound, all the instruments are playing separate melodies but they weave together so seamlessly to produce a wall of sound that Phil Spector would be envious of. And it has such a jolly, uplifting feeling about it.
A song by a band you wish were still together
They only made two albums before Deborah Conway went off to her solo career. This was the song at the end of side two of their second album (remember vinyl?) and it was a lovely way to end the album, and also as a farewell song, although they probably didn’t know that at the time. It’s not very typical of their style, but all the more lovely for that. One of those songs that makes me a little bit teary.
“When your dreams are broken
And your friends all let you down
I’ll take you to the happiest place in town.”