Wednesday, December 21, 2011

On my way to school (Musical Memories)

I don't generally listen to a lot of music. In many ways, I think my musical preferences have been stuck in a couple periods of time, generally to 50s/60s and the late 90s, and haven't moved on very much from that. Still, I need music at certain points during my day, every day. I like listening to music in the car, whilst running, and most especially when walking to school to pick up my Eldest.

We don't live very far away from either E's primary school or the Littlest' nursery, so I usually walk to drop off and collect both boys. Because of the hours that the nursery is open, every day I walk to pick up my Eldest all by myself. It's a 20 minute walk, if that, very peaceful. I have to admit that that walk is one of my favourite times of my day, putting in my headphones and walking to school.

I have several different playlists that I use to listen to music. The most popular playlist is one where I've just dumped lots of individual songs that I love. And for whatever reason, I listen to a lot of the same music day after day. I think I shall always remember these last two years, when my beautiful E has just started primary school, every time I hear the following songs.

Geek Love by Nerina Pallot - I don't even remember how or when I came across Nerina Pallot. I think it was down to N when we were in New York on a holiday browsing through a music store, but I'm not sure. As soon as I heard Geek Love, I knew that it would be a favourite of mine, and it has been. I'm not sure that I could ever get tired of this song and have been known to listen to it on repeat!

I Shall Believe by Sheryl Crow
- I think this song was first brought to my attention after watching Roswell, that fantastic alien teen TV programme (which I loved! seriously). It was in that episode where Liz is visited by Future-Max and despite hearing that in that future Liz and Max get married and dance to this song, Liz has to do everything she can to make Max fall out of love with her so it doesn't happen. For the sake of the whole world. Ahhhh, what angst and drama! But still, I think this song is gorgeous.

Defying Gravity from the Wicked OST
- This song never fails to give me goosebumps. I have both the Wicked soundtrack with Idina Menzel and the Glee version with Rachel and Kurt. I love both versions, but I listen to the original more, I think. Such a beautiful song, that despite my very little talent for singing, I'm tempted to belt out the lyrics to this song as I'm strolling along. When this song comes up, I usually have a big grin on my face. I would LOVE to see Wicked again, I really would.

Since You've Been Around by Rosie Thomas - It was a lovely friend that I used to work with at Books Etc who introduced me to Rosie Thomas' music. We even went to one of Rosie's gigs which was beautiful as well as .. unusual. Her music is very soothing and relaxing and while I don't know the titles of all her songs or even all the lyrics to the albums of hers I have, I still just really love the sound of her voice and her songs.

And that's it for me. Do you have any favourite songs or music that you've been listening to lately? Any music suggestions for me?


  1. Lovely post, I love the way music can help build memories - recently I've been rediscovering some albums on my commute to uni that have transported me back to all sorts of past times.

  2. These are all really great songs! I do associate a lot of songs with different times of my life.
    Tracey Chapman's Fast Car is one that will forever and ever bring back memories of going to college. It was totally random that I heard it during this six hour drive when I went to college orientation and then when I moved to college - it came on the radio at the EXACT same spot a month apart....and it wasn't a new and popular song. And it wasn't the same radio station. Or same time of day....but it was this spot where you drive over a hill and you have this killer view of the river and amazing field of beauty, so peaceful-and there was Tracey Chapman singing about her fast car and leaving home - as I was driving fast and leaving home!! Creepy.

    One of my favorites of late is Matt Nathanson. Josh Ritter is also another one that has a haunting style that just touches you.

  3. Jenni - It's nice, isn't it? I love the way memories are shaped.

    Kaylen - Aww. I love your story about Tracy Chapman and Fast Car :) I have specific Tracy Chapman memories too!

  4. I think you might like this It’s an app for remembering and keeping those music memories you talk about. It’s great for sharing with friends too and discovering what theirs are. It’s in beta, so as someone who is experiencing this connection between music memory, it’d be great to get your help with some feedback on it. Thanks!


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