You know what I really need

I haven’t thought much about my musical taste in the past 23 years. I’ve clung to my Neil Finn addiction, but Husband generally curated the soundtrack of our lives.

He loves his music. (Well, aside from Neil Finn, who he passionately hates.)

I once used my influence as deputy editor of Cosmopolitan magazine to score him the gig as music reviewer and he was in heaven. It’s how we discovered Karma County, the band that would play on our wedding day. Here’s one of their gorgeous songs …

These days – unlike my teens when I relied on a music-obsessed friend to make me awesome mix cassettes – you burn your favourite songs onto disc from iTunes. I had no idea where to start, so the eldest showed me how. It was a revelation – SO easy …

I’ve been burning discs from Husband’s extensive iTunes collection – we still share a cloud – ever since.

The house is filled with music and so is my heart.

For my drive up to Newcastle on Sunday, a fellow break-up survivor created a “Music for strong women and venting!” disc for me. Such a sweetheart! She left it on my doorstep tied with a bow. It included tracks such as “You Oughta Know” (Alanis Morissette), “Go to hell” (Go Radio) and “F@#k you” (Lily Allen).

I also put together this mix. I played it as loud as I could without distortion, swigged suger-free V and pressed the pedal to the metal and felt (briefly) invincible. I didn’t want that journey to end – I felt like I could have gone straight through to Brissie. But I forced myself to take the Cardiff exit and spent a few days in the city of my youth instead.

Here’s what I had playing …

Paradise – Coldplay
Wow this one fills the car, it’s beautiful. It featured in Life of Pi, though I try my best not to think about tigers devouring orangutans when I hear it.

I don’t sleep, I dream – REM
I’ve been going through the REM back catalogue and it’s soooooooo good. It was really hard to pick just one track for the mix. But this one’s all buzzy and irresistible.

Set the fire to the third bar – Snow Patrol
This one’s a duet with Martha Wainwright and, as previously mentioned, features in the soundtrack of the movie script I’m writing, when the main character collapses. So much yearning.

Oh My God – Pink (can’t find a Pink video so you’ll have to make do with the David Tennant lust version)
Very naughty song. I love it.

Cornflake Girl – Tori Amos
I never was a Cornflake Girl either, bless you Tori.

Time Bomb – Nick Barker
OK, this one’s about a VERY bad man, but it’s catchy!!!!

Elevation – U2
How can you not be uplifted by this U2 classic? The kids LOVE it.

7 Seconds – Neneh Cherry & Youssou N’Dour
This is the eldest’s favourite song on the mix. Incredibly beautiful.

Burning Down The House – Tom Jones & The Cardigans
Tom Jones could make anything sound sexy.

Wonderwall – Oasis
Yes I know they’re a nasally cliche, but I’m forever addicted to this track.

Tusk – Fleetwood Mac
It builds and builds and builds and then it explodes … The eldest suggested to her conductor last year that they learn it for band and he looked at her blankly – never heard of it … sacrilege.

Rolling In The Deep – Adele
My absolute fave Adele song, that voice! And the passion.

Throw Your Arms Around Me – Hunters & Collectors (and special guest Eddie Vedder)
Always makes me teary this one, even though it’s not exactly a romantic song when you listen to the lyrics.

I See Fire – Ed Sheeran
Oh Ed, this is such a beauty. You clever, terrifyingly young, redheaded thing.

I Deserve It – Madonna
Sooooooooo gorgeous. Also features in my movie soundtrack.

What’s your favourite song to play in the car?

5 thoughts on “You know what I really need

  1. What about Led Zeppelin, “Stairway to Heaven”? Would you like some Cream with that…”White Room”? Really showing my age there!

    Tom Jones’ and The Cardigans’ version of “Burnin’ Down the House” is fantastic. I’ve never heard anyone else mention it before. It’s on an album of Duets with Tom Jones.

    And here’s a thing, funny that you should mention it, I was listening to Adele, Live at Albert Hall, on my iPhone in the plane last Friday. Headphones on, eyes closed and when I opened them, at the end of the album, tears were running down my face! Talk about a “melancholy milkshake”…

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