The Songs of My Life

Over the last 25 days the ever creative and thoroughly fabulous Twindaddy has created and hosted a song challenge in which he has inspired other bloggers to think about songs that mean different things to them.


I didn’t participate in the whole event as I couldn’t commit to 25 straight days of blogging, but I have followed the posts that he and his participants have created and they have reminded me of some amazing songs that I had long forgotten about and brought back some happy memories. I wanted to put my two cents (or in my case, pennies) in there and acknowledge the songs that are special to me.

1. Don’t Stop Believing: Journey

This song has followed me everywhere throughout my life – it seems to surface at times when I am in a happy place with people that I care about. I would like to add here that the GLEE version does not count!!!

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2. I Won’t Send Roses (from Mack and Mabel): Jerry Herman

This was my grandfather’s favourite song, and my favourite version of it is sung by Robert Preston. It’s a beautiful piece of music and I remember spending many hours at the weekends listening to it (on vinyl) at his flat. It makes me feel at peace and gives me a beautiful reminder of a wonderful man.

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3. When Love and Hate Collide: Def Leppard

This song has helped me through some tough times – the chorus in particular contains some harmonies that I refer to as ‘gut chords’ – they’re so pwerful it is possible to feel them in the gut. I have loved it from the first time that I heard it and it is one of my ‘go to’ songs that I listen to when I am in need of comfort.

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4. Adagio For Strings: Samuel Barber

This was the first classical piece of music that I truly fell in love with and one of my greatest memories is playing this on stage with a large string orchestra. Fabulous.

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5. Over the Rainbow: Eva Cassidy

Lying on a balcony in the hot sunshine in Malia, staring at a blue sky while this song played on the CD player in the background is potentially one of the most truly wonderful moments of my life so far. A stunning voice from a woman whose talents were taken away from us far too soon.

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6. Bring It On Home To Me: Sam Cooke

I adore this song. This is a song I will listen to in the bath to help me relax. Fabulous.

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7. Always: Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi are my favourite band. I’ve seen them five times in concert all over the UK and love most of their songs. However, this song has always spoken to me and it is also on my ‘bath’ list, as well as being a song I regularly do at karaoke.

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8. Seasons of Love (from RENT): Jonathan Larson

This was a song that my college choir sang. We all love this song, the harmonies are great and it has stuck with all of us over the years – my friend even had a choir sing it at her wedding. Some of my happiest times.

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9. I Can’t Help Myself: The Four Tops

This was a song that I grew up with – my mother is a huge motown and soul fan and so a large amount of my ‘pick me up’ playlist consists of songs like this from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. I love this song in particular and it reminds me of my mother teaching me how to dance to this in our living room as a child.

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10. The Blower’s Daughter: Damien Rice

A stunning, beautiful song. The reason why I have included this particular song is because I feel this passion and intensity that the song evokes.

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I could go on and on – I’ve stopped at ten so you wouldn’t fall asleep, but these are songs that best represent me, my personality and my life.

Congratulations Twindaddy on a fantastic challenge, and thank you for keeping me entertained!

What songs best represent you guys?

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13 thoughts on “The Songs of My Life

  1. You have an impeccable musical palette, I could not agree more with the above choices, most of which did, at some point have at least some meaningful impact on my life too. Great post!

  2. 5, 6, 8, 9, 10! Are u kidding? Those are MY favorites. Can we share? I’ll add some others. Just need to think about it. Great post.

  3. Nice collection of songs-I just love it to read blogs about music-it cuts through so much and gets to the real emotion.

  4. You have great taste – I love Sam Cooke ——- he’s on my iPod —– and classical is what we mostly listened to —– DH gave me back his iPod because he doesn’t listen to it so I have all of his classical music now – I will skip his German Polka music! I also love any of the MoTown Sounds (we lived in Detroit for 16 years – it feels like my home even though we’ve been gone 14 years) and The Four Tops were awesome!!!!! My favorite favorite piece of classical is The Pearl Fishers by Bizet ……. the aria is the prettiest I have ever heard and I like this opera so much better than Carmen I’m super surprised it wasn’t popular when it was debuted! Thanks for this …….. great post!

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  6. I enjoy #s 1, 6 and 7 the best but found almost all of your favorites to be in my top 25 list, too! Music reaches into our souls and hearts, bringing us all the emotions of the words, voices and sound of the instruments, too. Great post!

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