My Desert Island Discs

I was so excited when Aby from YouBabyMeMummy tagged me in her ‘Desert Island Discs’ post. Like her, I love music. One of the best things about going to university in San Francisco was the great music scene. I’ve gone through many music phases, from Pop to Heavy Metal then Ska to Grunge. Hip hop and Rap then Indie. I used to love dancing to Hip Hop, House and ’80s classics (I vaguely remember going to clubs and dancing all night with my girlfriends) 

Moving to London in 2002, to be with my then-boyfriend/now-Husband, meant that I had someone who always wanted to go to gigs with me and in a city with a vibrant music scene. But I haven’t been to a gig in a long time. 

1. Beastie Boys – Sure Shot
The last gig I went to was Beastie Boys at Brixton Academy, when I was three months pregnant. We had standing tickets and I had horrid all-day morning sickness. I had to take turns holding onto a wall, clutching Husband and squatting down as I felt so poorly. But it was worth it.

2. Blondie – One Way or Another

My daughter heard me humming this song one day when she was 4-years old and asked what it was. I sang it to her then played the song from YouTube. She was hooked. She once told me that when she grows up she will be in a band and it will be called ‘Brownie’ (because she has brown hair). This song makes me think of my rock-n-roll daughter.

3. Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me

Most British people have never heard of Dave Matthews Band. But I’m American, and by law we are all required to love DMB. He reminds me of being at university and getting drunk and singing along to his songs at frat parties. This song is a bit sexy and was always a good song for the end of a raucous night.

4. Cyndi Lauper – Time After Time

In the 1980s I wanted to be Cyndi Lauper. She was so cool. Alas I was never that cool. But this song is beautiful.

5. New Order – True Faith

I am so old. But this song reminds me of being young. That’s all.

6. Dolly Parton – 9 to 5

I loves me some Dolly. This was pretty tough to decide. I was really tempted to pick ‘Jolene’. But this song makes me want to sing and dance.

7. Haim – The Wire

This song hasn’t stood the test of time as it is a new favourite. But I’m loving it right now. It has a great beat and I love how it’s so ‘girl power’.

8. Stevie Wonder – As

This was Husband’s and my First Dance at our wedding. This songs reminds me of the most romantic day of my life. We even went to dance lessons before the big day. I’ll never forget how he twirled me about and how everyone ‘oohed’ when he dipped me. If I had it on video, you would be watching that! 

So, those are the songs I would not want to live without. It was really fun doing this. I would love to hear if any of my songs mean anything to you, so please comment. xx