Songs that never got away (from my pretty little head)

There is a defining moment in every person’s life. Within that moment, everything that that person is, shines its brightest.

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I’m lucky to have had more than one defining moment in my life. And I’m sure that there’s more to come. Often I remember these moments through music. Music is very dear to my heart. Before I was a teenager, the songs that really stuck where those that I heard often, mostly from my dad turntable or in the car on a 8-hour journey to our home town. As I got older, I found that it was the lyrics of songs that caught ear; the way the artiste had expressed an emotion or a feeling or a place. In any case, these songs always remind me of the moment when I discovered something new about myself, about life and about why I was on earth in the first place. It wasn’t always a pleasant discovery. And I had no way of knowing that it would be a moment that would define my entire perspective. Like watching the video of ‘November rain’ and thinking that life can be very unpredictable and sad. An unpleasant realisation at the age of 13 or 14 but the memory of those moments make me live IN the moment. Cherish now, laugh, make fun. I remember also that ‘What are you waiting for?’ by Natalie Grant was just the lyrics I needed one Monday morning on my way to work. I can say unequivocally that that trip to the office was indeed the trip in which I decided to pursue my MBA and follow my heart on a whole bunch of other passions.

Looking through my iPod and CDs, I found some songs that take me back.  Below are the songs and artistes from my earliest defining moments to the most recent. Don’t let my eclectic taste in music get to you :):

Nesting years (~1986 to 1997)

  1. 50 ways to leave your lover (Paul Simon & Al Garfunkel)
  2. Talking about a revolution (Tracy Chapman)
  3. Eternal flame (The Bangles)
  4. Tears in heaven (Eric Clapton)
  5. No son of mine (Genesis)
  6. Zombie (Cranberries)
  7. Man in the mirror (Michael Jackson)
  8. Sail on (Lionel Richie)
  9. November rain (Guns n’ Roses)
  10. Love is all around (Wet Wet Wet)
  11. You will know (Black Men United)

Caterpillar years (1998 to 2008)

  1. You outta know (Alanis Morrissette)
  2. Question of faith (Lighthouse family)
  3. Teenage Dirt bag (Wheatus)
  4. No more drama (Mary J. Blige)
  5. Every Word (Sade)
  6. Desert Rose (Sting)
  7. Stan (Eminem &  Dido)
  8. WOW (Brandy)
  9. I paid my dues (Anastasia)
  10. Stupid (Sarah McLachlan)

Butterfly years (2009-20xx)

  1. Take you back (Jeremy Camp)
  2. She will be loved (Maroon 5)
  3. East to West (Casting Crowns)
  4. All things new (Sidewalk Prophets)
  5. What are you waiting for? (Natalie Grant)
  6. Empire state of mind (Alicia Keys)
  7. This = love (The Script)

What songs take you back? What songs are elements of your defining moments?

This post is inspired by one of Christopher Cocca’s older posts.

 Unfortunately, I broke Chris’ rules :P. I don’t know the exact year of song releases but I remember them by when I discovered them. My only rules are (1) only one song per artiste and (2) I must remember the words to all the songs selected. And I do.

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Another Apple a day is just too many

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There’s a whole bunch of them now, isn’t there? There’s the iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMac and I guarantee there’ll be more where that came from. I started out with the iPod (I LOVE music but more on that in another post) and now I’m sucked in. I have the lot (except the iMac) but I have finally come to my senses. I need to get rid of one of them and I have nominated my iPhone (sniff, sniff). Don’t get me wrong. I do like the iPhone but I prefer blackberries. I like the iPhone because:

  1. It’s amazing to look at; eye candy.
  2. I love the way I can scroll through documents in Word or PDF and it’s like reading it on a desktop
  3. There are thousands of fancy phone cases for it
  4. The very cool apps can be irresistible
  5. Sometimes, the iPhone google map is more accurate than my Sat Nav

I’m sure there’s more awesome things about the iPhone that my tech-savvy friends may care to point out. But the iPhone also really annoys me because:

  1. It’s a phone for goodness sake. So why do I have to sync it with iTunes?
  2. The apps store is gonna lead me to bankruptcy if I continue to keep 3 or more app-hungry devices around the house
  3. I have to PAY for an app to chat with my blackberry friends (and my husband uses a BB)
  4. If I wait for the charge to go completely, it can take hours for the phone to resurrect (while on charge). It actually DIES and then has to be resuscitated. Or is my iPhone just faulty?
  5. And the most infuriating thing? It’s awkward enough that I have to touch the screen so much but when I write a text or email, I touch and touch but I can’t get the cursor in the right place! I have had to delete whole sentences just to correct a typo…. Blamey! This is a real irritation because I’m a big texter. I’m told that if I leave my finger on the spot long enough, I can edit the word. I say, ‘Bring back the BACK button!’

So that’s it. I’m leaning towards a blackberry. At least, I can text like mad and hopefully curb the apps store habit before I go bankrupt. I still have to ‘feed’ my iPod and iPad so I guess I’ll let you know how it goes.

Three cities, one country: The people & places series (3)

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The Dixie Cups at the Jazz Festival (2006) in New Orleans, Image via Wikipedia

We try to go to Disneyland, Florida every other year. The first year we went, my son was a year old so the trip was really for his dad. Every other trip since then has become better and better for father and son. I’m not a thrillseeker and I absolutely HATE rollcoasters. Call me a control freak but I just can’t cope with that speed and no hand breaks. I’m sweating just thinking about it. My head kept telling me, ‘Jump! Save yourself!’ And I have to untell it and say, ‘No! Stay! Save yourself!’ Oh dear.

Last year though, we took a chance and went to three cities in the US. It was a big risk because with two young children, I expected to have a headache, a backache and a cracked voice by the end of it all. But I really enjoyed it! We went to Florida, New York and New Orleans. Each city was special and gave me a real insight into people, life and the art of holidaymaking. Finally we had gone on a holiday that was a winner for father, mother and the kids. I describe each city in a few lines.

New Orleans

The most delicious food in the world! Incredibly tasting. We attended the Jazz fest as well- it was like music to my ears. The strangest thing I’ve ever seen is here too- Graves above the ground and ghost-like trees hanging over them. I’m told that the ground is so water-logged, dead bodies will float away with the sea if buried in the ground. Eek!

New York

I loved the style and energy in this city (a little too expensive for me though). The history of hardwork and film was rich. And taking a tour through Broadway? Priceless. Seeing the excitement and smiles on my husband’s face was enough to make it one of the best trips ever.

Florida

Even though I’m not into rollcoasters, I did enjoy the 3D shows and watching my kids laugh and play. But most of all, I LOVE to shop in Florida. Fantastic shopping exists at Florida Mall and Prime outlet. So. it’s credit card heaven. After hiding my money in New York, I happily used it up in Florida. No regrets…..until I got home to the UK and found the exchange rates had skyrocketed (sweat sweat)!!

This marks the end of my People & Places series, which was a joy to write. Thanks for reading!

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