As you may have read, my friend Lindy is off on holiday to this week, so as her BBF she has asked me to write a post for her. You may or may not know (depending on if you read my blog too) that I have a regular series called Tracks of My Years, where bloggers post the songs that they have grown up with and the songs that they hold close to them because of the memories that they provoke. So with this in mind, I thought that I would write a special Track of My Years for Lindy. Below are some of the songs I remember from our travels.
Dire Straits – Why Worry
This is a song I have always loved. My dad is a massive Dire Straits fan so we always had lots of their music on in the car, but the Brothers in Arms cassette was definitely the one played the most. When I was smaller I was a very travel sick passenger and I always carried a bucket in the car with me just in case. I never needed it but I think having it there just reassured me that should I need it, it was there. This song is so beautiful and it’s only in the last few years that the lyrics have actually had any meaning for me. It’s one of the songs I listen to now when I’m feeling stressed and anxious and it does help to take that feeling away.
4 Non-Blondes – What’s Up
The first time we ever went on holiday this song was playing in the car. My mum used to make up mix tapes for my dad and this was one of those songs that we must have listened to a million times on our first trip to the Lake District. I will never forget the first time I saw a mountain – I thought my eyes were going to pop out of my head. The views left me speechless and every time we returned (the last time was when I was 16 – I really do need to go back) the views were just as impressive.
Madness – Driving In My Car
When my mum was learning to drive my dad bought her a little yellow mini so that she could practice with him in the car. This song just reminds me of them driving around in this tiny little yellow mini – neither of them is the smallest of people…. my dad is quite tall and my mum is quite small and plump so they were always squashed needless to say the mini didn’t last too long.
REM – The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight
This song doesn’t hold any memories as such it was just one of those songs that we all used to sing along too when on one of our many trips to see my grandparents who lived in York. Although it was on a cassette we bought my dad for a birthday or Christmas. I still love this song (and most of REMs other songs to this day) and even the boys have been known to see sing along to “What’s The Frequency Kenneth” and “It’s The End of The World as We Know It”.
Bob Marley – Buffalo Soldier
I have fond memories of Callum singing this song from his car seat when he small. He was so cute singing along and dancing in his seat. He still loves this song when it’s played in the car.
Lasgo – Searching
Our first family holiday to Devon was a washout- literally! It rained and it rained. So much so that we got one whole day out of seven that it was nice. This song was playing when Matthew and I went for a trip to Dawlish on his birthday. The Sat Nav unknown to us was on its way out and decided it didn’t want to take us on the main roads. We found ourselves on a single track B road through some dense trees and it was wet and rainy. I think it would have been a nicer trip had it not rained quite so much.
Elton John – Rocket Man
A couple of years ago I went to see Elton John in concert at Lincoln Showground. In the weeks leading up to the concert, I listened to Elton non-stop. This is one of my favourite songs along with “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”, “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” and “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” – to be fair there aren’t many Elton’s songs I don’t like.
James Blunt – Bonfire Heart
I love this song! James Blunt is one of the CDs I listen to in the car a lot. His music to me is calming and thoughtful. This song is one that is often played, one time stands out though. We were driving along the seafront in Scarborough on a day that had been very hot. We’d stopped off for fish and chips before heading home and witnessed an amazing sunset over the bay.
Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
No other reason other than I bloody love Queen and this song, in particular, it’s great for road trips and night outs. I love it.
This is a guest post from Louise who blogs over at MyThree and Me