#30daywritingchallenge: Day 19- What Comes Up When I Put My Ipod On Shuffle?

I love music and always have my ipod on at home (or rather my phone on it’s ipod setting) It’s great having it on in the car. Though, depending on my mood I might have Radio 2 on in the car on the way to work. It’s always Chris Evans on in the morning and depending on how long I’ve stayed at work it’s usually Simon Mayo on the radio on my way home crawling along in the traffic. Those of you who know me will know that Wet Wet Wet are my favourite band of all time but I love lots of other music. This is what came up on my Ipod after work today when I was cooking the dinner. Mr SmartCookieSam bought a fantastic wall mounted radio which also has a USB slot. So I play my ipod or put on Spotify through the speakers while I’m in the kitchen. It does relax me and when I would rather be chilling out, it helps pass the time when I’m ironing, too!

Black Eyed Boy- Texas

I used to love this song and the album it came from.  It was in the charts when I was pregnant with my daughter in the summer of 1997. It has been in my Itunes Library ever since I first got an ipod years ago.  I can’t believe this song is nearly 21 years old.

Summer Of ’69- Bryan Adams

I used to listen to this song a lot when I was a teenager and a student. It brings back lots of happy memories.

Mr Blue Sky- ELO

I had downloaded an ELO Greatest Hits compilation after seeing Jeff Lynn’s ELO on TV playing at Glastonbury a year or two back.  My Dad had the album that this was on so I remember a lot of ELO’s songs.  They are classics and I love listening to them. Mr SmartCookieSam also has an ELO Greatest Hits CD which he plays in the car sometimes.  This song was very appropriate last week when we finally got to see Mr Blue Sky in the UK after all the horrible, cold winter we have had.  But  unfortunately Mr Blue Sky has disappeared again!

The Man- The Killers

I’ve got a couple of The Killers’s CDs and I love listening to them when I’m driving along in the car.  But I don’t know what it is about this song, but I just can’t stop playing it.  As soon as it comes on the radio, that’s it the volume is on full blast!

Dry Land- Graeme Clark

Graeme Clark is the bass guitarist with Wet Wet Wet but has released some fantastic solo material as well.  Dry Land is one of the songs from his latest album The Thought Collector which is a favourite of mine to play in the car and when I am baking.

Faith- George Michael

George Michael was my first teenage crush.  I grew up with Wham and his early solo music and was absolutely heartbroken when I heard the news that he had died.  I’m still devastated.  His music is just incredible and my biggest regret is that I never got to see him live.  I loved the Faith CD and listened to it a lot.  Takes me back to having the CD playing when I was meant to be revising for my A levels!

Forgiven, Not Forgotten-The Corrs.

When I first heard this track, I was mesmerized.  If I could sing and perform, it would be to this song.  I was lucky enough to see The Corrs play live at York Racecourse a couple of years back and they were fantastic.  They sang this too!

Somewhere, Somehow- Wet Wet Wet

As I’ve mentioned numerous times before Wet Wet Wet are my  favourite band of all time and I’ve loved them for 31 years now, since I was nearly 15.  I’ve seen them live loads of times and love their music, but to me Somewhere, Somehow is my favourite song of all time.  It was a single released from their Picture This Album back in 1995.  The song is very personal to me and when I left my last full time post the staff played a photo montage on the Interactive White Board with Somewhere Somehow playing in the background.

New York City- Lenny Kravitz

I’ve downloaded several of Lenny Kravitz’s tracks.  They are upbeat and have a great sound to them.  This song is reminiscent of INXS’ sound, another group I loved back in the day.

Erase/ Rewind- The Cardigans

Although this song came out in 1999, it wasn’t until a few years later that I heard this track for the first time and had to download it.  About 10 years ago Mr SmartCookieSam and I went away for a few days by ourselves to Boston.  When browsing Aer Lingus’ inflight entertainment I put some music on and this song came up.  It was so gentle and relaxing.  Every time I hear it, I think back to sitting on that plane looking out at the clouds somewhere over the Atlantic.

I Wanna Be Like You- Olly Murs and Robbie Williams

I love Robbie Williams and Olly Murs and have all Robbie’s albums except the last couple.  I play his music constantly.  Olly I have on Spotify sometimes.  I Wanna Be Like You ended up on my ipod left over from last summer when I was working in a long term supply teaching post.  Our class had to do a special assembly on a jungle theme.  For our final song we danced and sang I Wanna Be Like You complete with monkey actions, blow up guitars and masks.

Ziggy Stardust- David Bowie

I got into Bowie’s music through my mum and our family friend Paul.  I have a Bowie greatest hits compilation on my Ipod.  Another sad loss to the music world and I still can’t believe Bowie isn’t here any more.  He was one of a kind.

Counting Stars- New Republic

This song ended up being one I heard first in school in an assembly.  Every time I hear it I always want to get up and dance.  It’s the same as when you hear Uptown Funk or Happy!

Runaway Baby- Bruno Mars

About 5 years ago my daughter got the chance to be a dancer in the Harrogate Theatre Pantomime, which that year was Jack And The Beanstalk.  For her audition she had to learn the choreography for a One Direction song but the opening number was Runaway Baby which the baddie Fleshcreep had to sing.

Dancing With Tears In My Eyes- Ultravox

I was 12 when this song came out in the charts back in 1984 and I have loved it ever since.

Adventure Of A Lifetime- Coldplay

Adventure Of A Lifetime being played on the radio takes me back to  my first year as a full time supply teacher driving on a cold, dark December morning to a school in Selby.  I was stuck in roadworks and I remember this song coming on the radio as I willed the traffic to move quicker!



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