Soundtrack of My Life ……

Ohhh a few weeks ago The Armitage was interviewed by NME about songs that had significant impacts on his life. I thought I’d try my hand at answering the same questions.

The song I wish I had written

There are many songs that I think are brilliant for their melodies, symbolism, story telling. Probably Carole Kings “It’s Too Late” because it resonates with me now and then.

The first song I remember hearing

Growing up in the seventies we watched a lot of after school specials, Schoolhouse rock,Zoom!, Mr Rogers Neighborhood and this

The First Album I Owned

The Polices Synchronicity in 1983. I bought it with birthday money that year. My favorite song off that album was “Tea in the Sahara” it was so haunting and I had a major thing for Sting.

The first gig I went to

I’ve been very fortunate to see many concerts since I was about 13. The first gig my family went to was Sheena Easton in 1981. We sat on the lawn at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland on a hot August day. We then went to England and Scotland on our last family vacation that same year. I’ve always loved concerts. The noise, crowd, t shirts to purchase, lights, staging, musicians outfits and energy of each song.

The song that reminds me of home

Gosh I’ve always described myself when ask where are you from as “everywhere and nowhere”. I had to really think about this one because at first nothing sprang to mind. But then the lyric “Mamma says you will always have a home” leaked into my brain

The Song I can no longer listen to

I’ve never had children. That ship seems to have passed me by. So experiencing the loss of a child is unfathomable to me. When Eric Clapton’s son Conor fell out of a window in 1991 I had heard about it. But when “Tears in Heaven “ came on the radio and subsequently in the movie Rush I would cry and cry just couldn’t get through the song. Even thinking about the opening line today “Would you know my name if I saw you in heaven” produces a huge lump in my throat.

The song that changed my life

I was a rebellious child in many ways. I was shy and anti social still am in many ways and I longed to just sail away. When I heard “Sailing” by Christopher Cross I vowed to be true to myself. To not compromise who I am to fit in with everyone else. Being a teenager and always a newbie were tough for me and music was one escape along with movies and dancing. The song taught me to have passion for life.

The Song I want played at my funeral

I mean my anthem my feel good song my reverie

The song I listen to before performing/writing

I added writing since I don’t perform so I get inspiration from many types of music. Last year I was gifted an amazing CD from an artist I had never heard before until I met a lass from Monmouthshire through The Armitage fandom. The artist Prof Elemental is funny, sardonic, sweet, and spot on.

The song I do at karaoke

I’ve never done karaoke but if I did I would probably sing “We’ve Only Just Begin” by The Carpenters. It’s just layered and lush and laboriously relatable.

The Song I discovered during lockdown

Well I listened to a lot of Barry Manilow,ABBA, Ray of Light Madonna so I’ll go with The Armitages pick here

Soooo what are your answers?

Stay safe stay well. ❤️❤️❤️

25 thoughts on “Soundtrack of My Life ……

    1. Ahh Enya is great too! Some of those questions were really hard for me to answer! I tried to be quick on the draw response but really couldn’t.
      Thank you for your kindness always 😘❤️

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  1. Being a singer from a very young age music touches me inside like nothing else can. My brother and i were driving and we were listening to the Guess Who singing “These Eyes” and talking about how music can get to you and we talked about how some singers like Burton Cummings with his voice,tone and range just speak to your soul. When someone is good or a song speaks to me it actually hurts inside. There are certain lines it songs that really grab me Carol Kings “one of us are changing or maybe we both stopped trying”..good song you selected from one of the highest selling albums of all times. 25 million. There is a folk song by Peter, Paul & Mary “Don’t think Twice”
    the line “I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul” gets to me. PP& M change my life, gave me my true singing
    voice and brought so many experiences and memories into my life that I will always treasure. Too many songs to list. Ambrosia’s song “Just how much” about not forgetting your true love.

    I’ve got a wife now, years we’ve been goin’ strong
    Oh, no, there’s just something that I’ve got to say
    Sometimes when we make love
    I still can see your face
    Ooh, just try to recall
    When we were as one, yeah

    As Barry Manilow sang “I put the words and the melodies together, i am music and i write the songs”

    It is what is written in words, the meanings behind them and how each one appeals to you. I spent my life daydreaming in music and about it and lived it to a degree. Oh the feelings each song can bring is amazing.

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    1. Well the Carole King song could be about many relationships things we wished we had said to people but now cannot. I thought a lot about that in quarantine.
      Barry yes I think that’s a great lyric you pointed out!!
      Ambrosia was playing this morning on my drive in. They always wrote very down to earth music and very honest

      So how would you answer the new music in quarantine question?

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    1. Yeah agree. I really didn’t learn any new songs in quarantine and so it was a throwaway question for me
      Care to answer these .,
      I’m curious on your responses 😉😀

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      1. okay, I guess I’ll give it a go…
        *wish I’d written- Like the Way I Do by Melissa Etheridge, specifically for the chorus. it’s sexy in it’s meaning but also for the way the words themselves fit together 😎
        *first I remember hearing- YMCA by the Village People
        *first album- first I bought myself, Shake Your Money Maker by the Black Crowes, first I claimed as my own that belonged to a family member, Juice by Juice Newton
        *first gig- Def Leppard
        *reminds me of home- Country Roads by John Denver
        *can no longer listen to- Travelin’ Soldier by the Dixie Chicks. it’s just so damn sad!
        *changed my life- Losing My Religion by R.E.M., it was the song playing when I wrecked my car, which led to meeting my husband.
        *my funeral song- morbid much? 😯 😛 I’ll Fly Away, Alison Krauss version
        *listen to before writing- Power Over Me by Dermot Kennedy or Sunflower by Post Malone, b/c they remind me of a certain someone that I’ve been writing about a lot lately 😉
        *karaoke- never done it but would probably be a Beatles song, like Eight Days a Week
        *discovered during Lockdown- 4ever by Clairo

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  2. There are no particular songs for me regarding the quarantine, I do not listen to any of the new music out now, so I have no idea what songs would I would associate with it. There is an older song originally sung by Nina Simone and I know the one recorded by Mary Travers.. ” I wish I knew how it would feel to be free” definitely seems to fit all that is going on now.

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  3. Karaoke – did” Blue Bayou” and “Long long time” by Ronstadt and also For your Eyes only by Sheena Easton,
    “I don’t know how to love him by Yvonne Elliman from Jesus Christ Superstar
    and others but those are the favorites..

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    1. Well you would blow us out of the water at karaoke and For Your Eyes Only is a great song !!!
      The only Yvonne Elliman song I know is “If I Cant Have You” from Saturday Night Fever

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  4. She did not have too many hits other than” I don’t know how to love him ‘and ‘If I can’t have you” -those are the two that she is mostly known by.

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  5. That was a fun read, Michele! Never heard of Professor Elemental either, that was quite funny. 🙂
    I may just take your cue and do a post of my own on this, although some questions will be tough to answer…

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    1. Esther there were a couple really hard for me to answer especially spontaneously but I liked doing it! So good for it!! 🤗❤️❤️
      Rachel introduced me to him two years ago
      I think he’s brilliant and so genuine
      I adore the Cd she gave me last year for my birthday 😘❤️

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