Music ~ can you take it or leave it?

Music.  Can you take or leave it?  Or are you like me and my family and always have some form of music wherever you are?

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It’s a conscious action isn’t it?  You put a CD on, pop your earphones in, choose a spotify playlist…  The only time it’s not concious for me is when I turn the igition in my car.  And wham! – there’s the radio springing into action.

Recently, our little girl has started to show more and more interest in music.  She’s started to sing along to pop music and actually know the words, rather than just make random ones up.  (thank goodness for radio edits!)

Years and years ago I seriously considered applying for Big Brother.  I had no ties and got the application form.  A question was ‘what one thing could you not live without? (aside from family and friends).

My reply was ‘music’.  But my life took a happy turn and I never applied!

Music can make you feel happy in a heartbeat and vice versa.

It can evoke so many emotions can’t it?

When I was pregnant, I often used to listen to Classic FM on the way home from work (I still listen to it often now) and it would invariably make our little girl move around.  Mothering instinct told me it was a seal of calming approval. (saying that though, classical music can be just as emotive.)

Over the years, I’ve had some amazing musical experiences.  I’ve been to pop concerts (or ‘gigs’ if you’re cool!), I’ve been to Glastonbury which was an incredible experience (and where we left our tent because it was sooo wet and muddy!)

My friend used to call me her ‘amazingly wide taste music friend’ or sometime similar.  Whatever, it was a bit of mouthful but describes me pretty well, I’d say!  Other than thrash metal and really hardcore rap, my music tastes are very varied.

For example, if I was to whittle my all time faves down to 10 (ish), it would look something like this (in no particular order):

  • She’s Electric by Oasis
  • Sunshine of my life by Stevie Wonder
  • Story by St Etienne
  • Yes I do feel Better by someone and Butler!
  • Recipe for Love by Harry Connick Jr
  • Song 2 by Blur
  • Black Dog by The Manics
  • Bartend and Thief by Stereophonics
  • I don’t want a lover by Texas
  • Happy by someone who’s name fails me…
  • Promise Me by Beverly Craven
  • Real Gone Kid by Deacon Blue


About 50% of these bring back ‘actual’ memories.  As in they make me stop what I’m doing and ‘actually’ re-live moments in my mind.  The sort that you sit in the car when you’ve reached your destination to listen to the end!

The rest I just really love for whatever reason; I connect with them; they resonate with me.

The list could go on and on and on… such is the power of music.

For our little girl’s birthday, we are looking to buy her a bog-standard, low wattage (less noise!) music system-type-thing.  She can have it in her bedroom and bop away in privacy, should she choose to.  Oh, the moments of singing into her hair brush she’ll have 🙂

So what about you?  What does music mean to you?  I’d love to hear in the comments below.  Or tweet me @AllSortsHere



*Footnote ~ Aby at YouBabyMeMummy and Amy at MrandMrsTPlus3 recently held a #vlogstars linky on your favourite songs.  I had intended to vlog this but I didn’t have time.  It has since evolved.  Anyhow, I’m joining in with their #Thelist linky and would highly recommend taking part in their vlogstars linky 🙂


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12 comments to “Music ~ can you take it or leave it?”
    • I totally agree that music is fab for kids, for encouraging their open expression. And who knows… perhaps she will be musical 🙂 But more than a screechy recorder, here’s hoping! 😉

  1. I constantly have music going wherever I am. I think I’m the last person out there that still buys CDs, even if streaming might be one of the best innovations of the last twenty years. #anythinggoes

  2. I love listening to music, we have the radio on most days when we are at home and it just lifts my mood. Some great songs listed here, some I’ve not listened to for YEARS!! Thank you for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

  3. You really do have such varied taste! I like quite a lot of different music, music used to be a big part of my life with gigs several times a week and festies in the summer but that has all dwindled since having children. Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

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