Those who know me well will realise that one of my vices has got to be music – I’m having real trouble corralling my ever expanding CD collection and somehow I just can’t bring myself to download. Having a CD in my hand is akin to reading a book – it just feels better than one of those Kindle thingamies.
I was lucky enough to have a boyfriend who had really eclectic taste – he managed to wean me of Randy Crawford and Duran Duran. Well, I was young and foolish! Sorting through my music collection the other day, I realised that songs provide the soundtracks to our lives. There is always a song that reminds you of a person, a place or a time.
At my uncle Ian’s funeral earlier this year, we cried when the verger sang The Fields of Athenry. It reminded us of so many good times and was his favourite song. A few months prior to that we were celebrating and laughing at my sister’s wedding – of course our song was ‘We are Family’ by Sister Sledge. August was heartbreak month for me so John Mayer’s Battle Studies and Florence and the Machine’s Lungs would be blasting as I did my weekly commute into London and back to the coast.
The Noisettes and the Chemical Brothers make great driving music – but can lead to speeding fines on the M20. And finally, I associate Christmas with cheesy Andy Williams CD’s – and yes, I do have one of those. It’s coming out on Dec 25th.