This week’s prompt for The Great Book of Lists is “the soundtrack to our lives”. To explain:
“We’re going to write about the music themes and songs that are engraved in our dearest memories that can evoke a memory faster than anything else, or make you feel good and giddy. What music is so intertwined with your life and personality that you can play it in your head without actually hearing it ? What musical pieces remind you of a particular time in your life like it was yesterday ?”
So many great songs with fond memories to choose from, but this is THE soundtrack to my life, in roughly chronological order…
Adam Ant – Stand & Deliver – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B2a6l6wM2k
The first music that I remember ever getting into was Adam & The Ants. I’m stupidly excited by the thought of seeing him play at the Isle of Wight Festival this summer.
Honourable mention here for the Bouncing Song from Not The Nine O’Clock News (“I like bouncing, boing boing boing, Up and down until I get a pain in my groin”). I had an album – on VINYL – of their best sketches… and look at what I’m writing now. It’s all there…
Uni Days –
Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mln0RciE2o0
I co-hosted a student council party at the end of my second year… the opening riff was played every time I took to the stage, looking rake-ish with painted-on sideburns, the jester king in court. Or something like that… great night, great memories.
Honourable mentions for Total Eclipse of the Heart, Bad Medicine, or Roxanne – any of these jukebox staples take me back to the dingy, red-linoleum-floored college bar, spending hours avoiding writing that essay that was due in the next day, and endlessly trying and failing to “beat” the quiz machine. (The quiz machine, incidentally, at which me and my future wife first got talking. She was much better at it than me!)
Rolling Stones – Wild Horses – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNaqBBjrIZw
Our choice of song for our first dance at our wedding. This may have been slightly Buffy-inspired on my wife’s part…
Honourable mentions to Spandau Ballet’s Gold, or Flight of the Conchords’ I’m Not Crying: my wife’s two favourite songs!
Blur – Country House – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ci0fyRAw21Q
This is a song that takes me straight back to the second greatest party of my life… a best friend’s wedding. A ridiculously good night.
Honourable mention here for Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby, and one of my best friends taking this with him everywhere he goes in the world… no karaoke bar, or living room, is safe! Also, Gin and Juice as covered by Hayseed Dixie.
Personal challenge –
Rocky theme – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I33u_EHLI3w
I ran a half marathon a few years ago. (I’m a big lad… I don’t know what I was thinking.) I went really overboard on the playlist to get me round the course, and it was predictably, fittingly, inevitably the Rocky theme that got me through the toughest part of the race.
My boys –
Blur – Tender – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-T8LMZhz6FQ
This was my “go-to” song to soothe both boys when they were little babies; a perfect nursery rhyme for those parents who are sick of actual nursery rhymes! I’ve included the link to the live version they performed at Glastonbury in 2009, which adds another layer to my love for this… I was there in the crowd with my friends singing it back to them. A magical moment.
Muppets – Ma Na Ma Na. You know the one. More addictive than crack, and stickier than superglue.
Pharrell – Happy (aka “Minions song!”). Even stickier than Ma Na Ma Na!
These are both big favourites in the Lane house… I have shortcuts to these on my phone to wheel out when needed!
And because this is me, this is also the soundtrack to my death… these are the songs I’d like played at my funeral.
Nick Cave – Death Is Not The End – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJXN5VPkyH8 (Listening to this again now, I realise how similar this is to Tender…)
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Freebird (the full ten-minute version, as my coffin is cremated… the silly side of me likes the thought of the audience looking at their watches, tapping their feet in boredom, wondering how much longer they have to stand there for!) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np0solnL1XY
Johnny Cash – The Man Comes Around – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9IfHDi-2EA
What are the songs that form the soundtrack to your lives? I’d love to hear them in the comments below.