Monday, January 19, 2015

Tag: The Soundtrack To My Life


It's been so long since I did a music post, so when I saw this tag on Zoe's blog I really wanted to do it!

Song you listen to when you're happy?
For the past few months, it's been Bang Bang by Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande. I just love singing along to it and the babies love dancing to it. Plus, I once heard my husband sing the line "She got a body like an albatross" so that makes me smile when I think of it too! I love Blank Space by Taylor Swift at the minute as well. I always include the Foo Fighters in my listening, they have so many great songs.

Song you listen to when you're sad?
Actually the same answer as Zoe here - Born to Die or West Coast by Lana Del Rey would be one. The other is Hurricane by 30 Seconds to Mars (without Kanye) or All I Want by Kodaline. Gorecki by Lamb is another one.

What song will you have at your wedding?
Our first dance when we got married was Faithfully by Journey. The songs we had in the church included All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera, and Feels Like Home by Chantal Kreviazuk (from the Dawson's Creek soundtrack!).

What song do you dance around the house to?
The aforementioned Bang Bang. Also Shake it Off by Taylor Swift or Marry the Night by Lady Gaga. I also like to pretend I know the Jasmine Meakin choreography  for On the Floor by J-Lo. (I know them all in my head, I must have watched that video fifty times). I also have a nifty routine going to Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin.

Song you play on your headphones when out and about?
I just put my phone on shuffle, so it could be anything. Last Friday Night by Katy Perry, If I Had a Boat by James Vincent McMorrow and If I Could Change Your Mind by Haim were three that cropped up recently.

Song you listen to when you're angry?
Anything I can sing really, really loudly to. I usually hit up youtube karaoke channels and do a bit of I Surrender by Celine Dion, or On My Own from Les Miserables. Bohemian Rhapsody is always a good one too - nobody could still be in bad humour by the end of that!

Song that makes you lose your shit at a party?
Ahh, parties. I remember those. Where people gathered and drank and danced. I'd say the last time I was at a party it was something like bloody Fatman Scoop or Milkshake that was the "OMG THIS IS OUR SONG" song.

The last song you listened to?
On purpose, it was Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran. On the radio, it was that horrible remix of Wicked Games that someone thought was a good idea.

Song you want to see live?
Anastasia by Myles Kennedy and Slash. I will get to see them one day! I'd love to see Foo Fighters live too.

Your karaoke song?
I have so many. I've done Titanium, Sweet Child O' Mine, Alone, Before He Cheats, Man I Feel Like a Woman, Rolling in the Deep, Bad Romance, Folsham Prison Blues, Umbrella, Firework, You're Still the One, Angels, 9 to 5, Like a Prayer, I Think We're Alone Now - I bloody love karaoke. Love it. LOVE IT. In fact, most of those were probably on the same night. Yes, I'm *that* person. Karaoke turns me from surprisingly quiet introvert into insane singing person. I walked back from the bathroom one time in a pub and TOOK the microphone out of a man's hand because he was doing a shite job of a song. I'M KANYE.

What song do you work out/exercise to?
There are two songs that really match my walking pace - the first being the horribly cheesy Dirty Dancer by Enrique Iglesias, the second being 212 by Azalea Banks. Both of them make me want to walk faster.

Song with the most memories attached?
Oh there are a few of these, I attach memories to everything! Stand-out ones include Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson by Alison Krauss & Robert Plant; Alone by Heart; Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley; Toxic by Britney Spears, The Beautiful People by Marilyn Manson, and the Aslan cover of Wish You Were Here (actually, that whole Made in Dublin album is pretty nostalgic for me). There are particularly horrible memories attached to Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler and Don't Stop the Music by Rihanna, which I won't be sharing!

Song that makes you cry?
A song hasn't made me cry in ages, but it used to be To Where You Are by Josh Groban. Gorecki by Lamb gives me the feels too, as does She's Like the Wind by Patrick Swayze.

Guilty pleasure song?
All the old stuff we used to listen to in the nineties. He Loves You Not by Dream, anything by Steps or Solid Harmonie, This is How we Party by S.O.A.P., anything by S Club 7 or The Spice Girls, Crazy for You by Let Loose, you get the idea. I sing 'em all loud and proud, ain't nothing guilty about that!

Favourite song from a musical?
I do love On My Own but I'd have to say The Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera. Sung by Michael Crawford, not Gerard Butler. In saying that, Gerry did a grand job on the movie - he's just no Frank Spencer.

Song by an Irish artist?
I love a few Irish artists at the minute - Kodaline, Hozier, Walking on Cars, Little Green Cars. My favourite at the minute would probably be Angel of Death and the Codeine Scene from Hozier.

Favourite song to play on an instrument?
I can play Lovely Leitrim on a piano accordion. That's the extent of my musical instrument abilities.

Song you hate the most?
I don't like dance remixes of things that were out years ago. But my most hated songs are probably Holding Back the Years by Simply Red, Somebody I Used to Know by Gotye, and basically everything by Neil Young.

Your favourite song of all time?
I have two, and they haven't changed in years and years. Boys of Summer by Don Henley and Fishermans Blues by The Waterboys.

I'd love to see more music posts, so please do link if you decide to give this a go!


  1. Ah here now. We need to be Besties. Except for S Club and the Kareoke (I can't sing, I just cant). But other than that we would be golden.

    1. PERFECT! A musical friend who doesn't want to take the microphone off me - when can we go out?

  2. this had me giggling while reading! I really like Bang Bang as well and I'm going to enjoy it more with that albatross lyric! The other week my boyfriend dropped me to work at 6am and Bohemian Rhapsody was on. I made he waiting until the could get the Wayne's World style head banging in, I think he was mortified at the idea of my managers seeing me do this out the window! Toxic brings back memories for me too, it was out when I went on a school trip to Prague. And I LOVE that Dave Grohl quote, I did a whole blog post on it a while back because it is so so true!

    I'm looking forward to doing this now!

    1. Oh you can't get out of a car in the middle of Bohemian Rhapsody! It has to be done to the end :) The week Toxic came out, I bought it on single and brought it out with me in case they didn't have it at the pub - they didn't, and I made them play it :) Love Dave Grohl, must go look for that post x

    2. Ya, himself was like 'you're going to be late...' 'I don't care, head banging is compulsory to this song!'. It did set me up for being a good mood that day, think I need to listen to more music before work! Nice one, don't think I've ever brought music out with me (don't rule it out though!) but I have pestered DJs in clubs to play songs. I especially remember at the teeny bopper end of the JC disco and I made him play Blame It on the Boogie, think everyone else in the place was confused when it came on! Best teeny bopper memory though is two friends randomly decided to dress as Batman and Robin and requested the Batman theme song. We were in the bathroom when the DJ started to announce 'and now for the two girls dressed as Batman and Robin', so my friends rushed out, burst through the door, 'Batman' with her arm extended in superhero pose and everyone just turned and looked at us!

  3. I want you to make a big note to yourself about your choices here and then think about it all over again when you are 65 or older and see what your answers are then to the same list (sans maybe the wedding one) -- I am amazed at what my fav songs/most listened to/preferred and on and on are now vs when I was say in my 20s. Music is ever evolving but seems when one gets older you tend to get more into what your early history held in your music arsenal. Granted I have lots of songs I like from the 70s and 80s, but most of what I really love is the 40s - 60s. It makes me feel great to think about how so many songs that lay in what is now called the Great American Songbook were new when I was growing up!

    1. I completely agree with you about going back to your early history, music holds so many memories for people. It's lovely that so many greats were new to you, that must be a wonderful experience and full of memories! I wonder will there be any greats during my lifetime, or will we all long for the older stuff? x


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