Music was my first love

Things have been pretty quiet round here of late, I think I’m lucky if I’ve managed one post in the past month. I blame the Olympics… well, that and training for a 10k that’s now only two weeks away – eek!

So as an attempt at getting back in the habit I’m shamelessly stealing borrowing an idea from Last Year’s Girl, and joining in with the Guardian’s Six Songs of Me project. The idea is as follows: they give you six prompts, you pick a song for each one. How could I resist?

You can see my picks here, and if you’re a Spotify user you can listen to them too. If you want to know why I picked the songs I did, read on…

The first song you ever bought
Los Lobos – La Bamba
I didn’t like much “modern” music when I was young, preferring to explore my dad’s record collection. At age 11 I finally caught up with the 80s and bought my first record… a cover of a song from the 50s! True story: I’d have taped this off the radio, except they always cut off the guitar bit at the end, which irritated me beyond belief.

The song that gets you dancing
Stevie Wonder – Superstition
In the mid to late 90s I spent a lot of time in Fury Murray’s. And if this didn’t get played at least once, it wasn’t a good night out!

The song that takes you back to your childhood
Elvis Presley – Blue Suede Shoes
A highlight of my dad’s aforementioned record collection, I think this was probably the first song I knew all the words to. Even though I had no idea what “drink my liquor from an old fruit jar” actually meant.

Your perfect love song
Beach Boys – God Only Knows
Paul McCartney once described this as the most beautiful song he’d ever heard, and who am I to disagree? I remember playing this to Gem one night, saying it was from me to her. I think the opening line, “I may not always love you”, threw her a bit, but she soon got the real message, and I think she had shed a tear or two by the end.

The song you’ll have played at your funeral
Pearl Jam – Yellow Ledbetter
No-one really knows what this song is really about, so mumbled are the lyrics. And that includes Pearl Jam themselves! But it’s their most consistent set closer, which seems apt, and it’s got a fantastic Mike McCready outro to boot. Perfect.

Encore – one more song that made you you
Manic Street Preachers – Faster
I think I’ve seen the Manics more than any other band, so they had to figure here somewhere. It was a toss up between this and La Tristesse Durera, but I was listening to The Holy Bible when I filled the thing in.

So that’s the six songs of me – what are yours?

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