As a teenager, if I was unhappy or had my heart broken I would rush to my room and bring out my favourite records to cry to, lie on my bed and wallow in the unfairness of life. My favourite was Diana Ross's Greatest hits, the perfect album for mourning failed romances.
1.Last time I saw him
2.Touch Me In The Morning
3.Theme from Mahogany,Do You Know Where Your Going To ?
4.Good Morning Heartache
Anyone who's read this blog or my tweets will know I love Cliff Ricard I had a few favourites of his to cry to
1.Miss You Nights
2. We don't talk Anymore.
3.The Next Time.
Some songs remind me of people in my life.
My husband : When Will I See You Again by The Three Degrees
My Daughter : Close To You by The Carpenters.
My son : Baby Mine from the Disney film Dumbo.
Any song by Doris Day reminds me of my mum.
Who hasn't put on their music, turned the volume up loud to make doing boring housework that bit easier? Music and singing release those "feel good" endorphins we're always hearing about. Which is why music therapy works so well for people with challenges such as brain injury, autism, dementia and life limiting illnesses. One of the first things we give to our babies is music,we sing to them, play soothing lullabies and buy a host of musical toys for them. Music affects our minds, our bodies and our feelings. It helps us socialise, promotes creativity and changes lives.
My happy songs are
1. Young At Heart by The Bluebells
2.Don't Stop Me Now by Queen.
3.Top Of The World by The Carpenters.
4.Crocodile Rock by Elton John
I could fill this page with songs I like.
I watched the TV documentary of Gary Barlow searching the Commonwealth for music and singers for his song "Sing" for the Queen's Jubilee. Everywhere he went people were playing music.
He visited a township in Africa, you could not find worse place to live, the people had nothing and they were surrounded by slums but had found an escape in the joy of music.
A group of young men and women had used rubbish to make musical instruments, plastic containers became drums, they even had pipes of varying sizes made into an instrument. One young man was blind and lived to play his music he also said that,"music doesn't have to have words to move you."
This really made me think of all the different kinds of music we hear. When I go to Turkey on holiday I love hearing Turkish music even if I don't understand a word of the song, it's the music that I enjoy.
Classical orchestral music can soothe or stimulate without words. Opera, when It's sung in a language foreign to us can still be enjoyed.
Gary also met an Aboriginal man in a village at the top of a mountain, he had the most beautiful voice a very quiet voice and as Gary said in the documentary he didn't understand a word of it but it moved him. Again it was the sound of the singing and not the words.
I'm sure everyone has heard the Jubilee song by now but a few of the words relate to what I have been thinking.
Sing it louder, sing it clearer
Knowing everyone will hear you
Make some noise,find your voice tonight
Sing it stronger,sing together
Make this moment last forever
Old and Young, shouting love tonight
Just sing ,just sing just sing just sing.
There's nothing more uplifting than the sound of a large choir singing, it always gives me goosebumps. One of my happiest times as a child was singing in a church junior choir. We went to all the local churches social evenings and sang our wee hearts out. From gospel songs to The Carpenters, it was a wonderful feeling to be one voice with everyone.
I've said before that my voice is not very good but that never stops me singing along to every song I know the words to. Like the man said, "You gotta dance like nobody's watching and sing like there's nobody listening" do that and you'll day will suddenly be happier.
So to all the musicians,composers and singers who make this world a little bit brighter with their talents I say"Thank You For The Music" or at least Abba does.
Do you have a happy or sad song you love? What sad songs did you wallow in as a teenager?