My Desert Island Discs

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I am not musical. I cannot play an instrument, have no musical ear or sense of rhythm, my singing voice is shocking and I can never remember who sings what, or what the words to a song actually are (I just make it up as I sing along)… but I really love listening to music and there is nothing like the feeling you get when a tune that means a lot to you gets played live, or when you are having a miserable day and like by magic, hearing the first notes of a song you love on the radio just cheers you up.

Alexandra at Broody Me set me the challenge to share my eight Desert Island Discs.  This is difficult stuff… I cannot afford to be impulsive, really. I mean, what if you got stuck there forever? You had better choose wisely, otherwise you might end up with music you could not bear to listen to after a couple of years…

I know I am taking this way too seriously, but you know what? That is me! For those who know me, well, you know me… The vast majority of lovely cyber friends who read my ramblings (if not all of you actually!) are people I have never met in real life, so here I am… My name is Mel and I tend to overthink. I decided to go with my good old long-term favourites rather than more recent impulses.

 

Timeless

My favourite band in the whole wide world is without the shadow of a doubt the Beatles. ‘Hey Jude’ is a song I could never get tired of, no doubt about that.

Feel good

I am a massive fan of the White Stripes and their ending the duo was the saddest musical split-up I have ever experienced, especially since they did so a couple of weeks before a gig in London I had tickets for. I have listened to anything involving Jack White since, but Jack without Meg is not quite the same, even though the man is still a musical genius. The encore calling them for ‘Seven Nations Army’ at Glastonbury is bound to be my favourite live music memory ever!

Rebellion

As a teenager, I was really into the Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana and AC/DC. The latter is still what I love listening to most when I am angry, annoyed or just in a mood. ‘Thunderstruck’ rocks!

 

Teenager in the Nineties

I was really into Oasis and Blur in my late teens and choosing just one song for each band is a real conundrum.

‘Champagne Supernova’ brings back memories of one of my exchange visits to England as a teenager, of pubs and school kids in a band…

As for Blur, if I was to go by instinct, I would go for ‘Song 2’, but ‘Coffee and TV’ is the only music video I watch just for the sake of it so I will go with that one.

 

Jump Around and Pretend you Are 15 Again

Six years down the line, and I still have not forgotten hubby for not letting me go to Wembley to see the Foo Fighters on the grounds that I was eight months pregnant with my first child. Granted, he was the voice of reason (he often is I have to admit), but since then, I have actually been to quite a few gigs whilst pregnant, and I have found out that the more pregnant you are, the easiest it gets. Ten days before my due date with Beanie, my best friend and I got treated to great seats for a Muse gig (I had standing tickets) very close to the emergency services as the staff thought I might pop any minute (they obviously had never given birth before and did not know it does not just “happen”).

 

Focus, Mel, focus!

Now this is the one where you know I am not in my twenties anymore… I have been enjoying classical music for the past four years or so. I read somewhere that Mozart was the best music you could possibly listen to for concentration and I now listen to it whenever my brain has to be turned on. Needless to say, I listen to Mozart a lot at work, hoping it will counteract the sleep deprivation that makes me feel like there is wool in my head rather than a vital organ.  I am particularly fond of ‘The Marriage of Figaro – Overture’.

Goose Bumps

An hour or so before I got sick with gastroenteritis on my wedding day (long story), hubby went on stage. He played the harmonica and sang Ray Charles’ ‘I’ve Got a Woman’. Even though the room was full, it felt like he was singing for me and me only (he was, really!). It was an amazing moment and it brings shivers down my spine just remembering it.

French

I would not be French if I did not mention something in my mother tongue, would I? The theme tune for Amélie (Yann Tiersen) sprung to mind when I thought of expanding on my love of French music, but there are other artists I am even more partial to. I do love a bit of Gainsbourg, Jacques Dutronc, Francis Cabrel, Louise Attaque, Kyo, McSolaar, Faudel, BB Brunes, Téléphone, Corneille, Jean-Jacques Goldman or Vanessa Paradis, but my favourite has to be Aznavour’s ‘Emmenez-moi’, sung by Les Enfoirés.

 

Oh, rubbish, I have just finished writing to realise I have nine, not eight song (eight categories, though!)… Oh well, there is no way I could remove one of them. Choosing so few songs was tough enough!

Just to keep the fun going, I am tagging the following bloggers:

Vicki at Honest Mum,

Steph at Misplaced Brit,

Jenny at Let’s Talk Mommy,

Karen at Tales of a Twin Mum

and Mummy Tries.

Would you have any songs in common with me? Feel free to share your Desert Island Discs by leaving me a comment.

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Comments

  1. Haha!! Love it! I’m going to sleep on it… this is one of those things that may take for ever to answer… you linked clips, had a story behind each… pressure!!! ;-P

    • Looking forward to reading yours, Steph! I have to say it took me a couple of days to rise to the challenge myself! x Mel

  2. Love your selection hon, great taste in music (or moo-tak as my daughter used to call it). Thanks so much for the mention, I’ll get my post up asap xx

  3. I love Blur and Foo Fighters.

    • And there was me thinking we did not have much in common in terms of music, hihi! Thanks for tagging me Alexandra, I really enjoyed the challenge. Mel

  4. Fab choices, love a bit of Oasis from my youth and of course Ray Charles (hero)! I’m rubbish at these things (bloggers rarely tag me now as known for never getting round to them) but thank you!

    I will let you know here that I love R n B and salsa too mostly so Beyonce, Pharell Williams, Jay Z are my usual go-to’s and I grew up on a diet of Kylie, Jason, Madonna, Michael Jackson and then JLO! Mum always played brilliant Billy Holiday when we grew up and I’m trying to introduce my own kids to world music (they already love to sing and dance).

    Adored reading about your choices and getting to know you better!

    • I did not think I would fancy writing about myself, but it was really nice actually, especially when I was checking the videos as I spent a couple of hours just listening to my all-time favourites. I really enjoy a bit of Michael Jackson, too! Mel

      • Haha used to writing about myself, just never seem to get round to memes but thank you! We were gifted a karaoke machine recently and I couldn’t find the Cbeebies CD so we played salsa and my kids loved it, reminds me of how eclectic my CD collection is. Would love to find out more about you though, have you girls, boys? Where you based? Great to get to know you more on the blog. I wrote this a long time ago you might enjoy: http://honestmum.com/10-funny-things-you-didnt-know-about-me/

        • True, I could write a bit more about me… A post like your “10 funny things you didn’t know about me” could be a nice way to do that. I loved reading yours a few weeks ago! x Mel (by the way: one boy, two girls, third girl on the way / North London)

  5. Here it is… I cheated and adapted an old post ;-) http://mummytries.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/ultimate-mixed-tape/

    • You naughty, naughty girl! Hihi, I would have done exactly the same! I will be reading your post in a minute. Mel

  6. adeline says:

    moi je trouve que tu as oublié ta période “gavroche” avec de la bonne dance tous les samedis soirs où tu hurlais à tue-tête tout un tas de grossièretés en anglais sans vraiment savoir ce que tu chantais!!!!!! hihi!!!!!

    j’ai aussi un bon souvenir où avec Julien et toi on a passé des heures à s’amuser sur “When i was a child i was a jedi”!!!!!! je crois que JP avait 6 mois ???? bizzzzz

    • Ça me fait trop plaisir que tu lises mon blog ! Merci copine ! Tu m’as bien fait rire, c’est vrai que je n’ai pas mentionné « Le DJ jenesaisplusquoi est de retour » qu’ils passaient tout le temps au Gavroche… en tout cas, une chose est sûre, je n’emmènerais pas la musique de boîte avec moi sur une île déserte. Oh oui, c’était drôle cette chanson de Jedi ! La musique, c’est génial, ça te met de bonne humeur, ça te fait rire ou pleurer… j’adore ! Gros bisous Mel

  7. Oh how gorgeous that your husband sang to you on your wedding day! You’ve inspired me to try a bit of Mozart :)

    • It definitely is a moment I will never forget and whenever I hear that song, it reminds me of hubby playing his harmonica and singing for me… I am sure you will enjoy Mozart. Mel

  8. Thanks hun for the tag. I do a music to my ears every Wednesday of all my favorites. I am more of a country girl, born and raised in the woods of Idaho USA kind makes that happen. Love reading yours. Great categories. Hope you will check mine out. Let me know what you think of my bad/good music. hahaha

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