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2017-06-09 07:46 am
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Good morning!

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I've woken to happy news this morning, or at least, much happier than I'd have imagined when I went to bed last night, I hope it pleases you too.

Today's prompt is 'a song you remember from your childhood'. I remember watching this video on Top of the Pops and it was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. I loved Carlisle's voice, and how happy she looked, and she herself is so very beautiful.

Heaven is a Place on Earth by Belinda Carlisle:
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2017-06-08 07:45 am
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Today is polling day in the UK - this is my reminder to you to vote. If you're not sure where your polling station is, you can check here and if you're in a place with Uber Access, they're offering a free ride to the polling station for wheelchair users. Not the first time they've done get out the vote - they offer free transport to women during Saudi elections.

Anyway, on with the song. I noticed that most of my songs are things I've been listening to for about 20 years, so I'm choosing something a bit newer. I heard this singer at Ramblin'Man 2 years ago, just by chance on my way past the blues tent, and was hooked. She's young and from Birmingham.

Going Home by Joanne Shaw Taylor
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2017-06-07 02:54 pm
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I'll take your breath away, and after all, wipe away your tears.

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I love Sarah McLachlan's voice, and her songs are so full of emotion. This is 'a song that breaks your heart'.

Good Enough by Sarah McLachlan.
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2017-06-06 08:45 am
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I don't want to fall in love

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Today's prompt is 'a song that makes you want to fall in love'. I don't remember ever having that feeling. I never even looked for a relationship until a couple of years ago, and I certainly wasn't looking for the serious relationships I found.

So I thought about posting a song about what the happy bits of falling in love feel like; something like Like A Prayer maybe.

Then I expanded my thoughts to nonromantic love and I realised that, while I'm lucky enough to have people who feel like this about me and I feel like this about them, from both my family of birth and family of choice, if I didn't, I would want that.

I'll Stand By You by the Pretenders.
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2017-06-05 08:29 pm
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A song by an artist no longer living.

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A song by an artist no longer living. Gregg Allman died on the 27th May. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Desdemona by the Allman brothers.
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2017-06-05 10:27 am
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A song by a band you wish were still together.

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Lannguage of Love by the Brain Surgeons.

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2017-06-04 07:20 am
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Looking like a true survivor

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I don't really believe in things everyone should do - we're all different and all have different needs and tastes. So I'm going with a song with a message.

The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus are part choir, part community outreach, part activist, and they've been such ever since their founding in 1978. Their first public performance was at the memorial for Harvey Milk (where they sang Herr Gott, du bist unsre Zuflucht by Mendelssohn).
Their motto is 'I sing for two' as they lost so many members to AIDS. May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

So the message they give today (or rather, on the night of an important equal marriage victory):

I'm Still Standing, by the SFGMC
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2017-06-03 05:31 pm
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This one's not really a song.

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This one isn't a song, but it's the only one that isn't. It's the piece we had for the entrance at our wedding, and it's the piece that goes through my mind when I need encouragement to put one foot in front of another.

Brahms Hungarian Dance no5, played by Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Budapest.


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2017-06-02 09:43 am
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21.A favourite song with a person's name in the title

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This one has to actually be one I like! I have liked all the others (exception of Things Can Only Get Better) but that's not a given. Not only like, the cue uses the word 'favourite'.

Well, 19 years ago, I was sitting in a room with some friends who were trying to persuade [personal profile] ceb that she wanted to go to a Blue Öyster Cult gig, and playing the most persuasive songs. They started with this, and I was hooked. I'd never heard anything like it before and desperately wanted to hear more.

I give you Joan Crawford by Blue Öyster Cult.

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2017-06-01 10:25 am
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And I might as well post the next straight away.

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Because the last song and this are completely different, because I have to double up one more time in order to fit all the songs in before I go away, and because I forgot to whine about how I didn't get enough sleep last night - woke up in the middle of the night (at the same time as Judith did, she came in for a cuddle briefly) and had to go outside for a bit before I eventually managed to get back to sleep.

This is a folk song which I played on the euph when I was wee, only to learn that my great-grandfather had sung it to my Grandma when she was little, so she really loved it, and I've sung it to my own children a ton as well. It was written by Irish poet Thomas 'Anacreon' Moore for his wife after she had smallpox and was refusing to let anyone see her as she felt too ugly; apparently it worked, and she recovered her confidence.

Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms, sung by Joni James

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2017-06-01 10:11 am
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This is a song I heard as a teen, and I instantly knew this was exactly the sort of parent I don't want to be. Lots of Clawfinger songs are about being the sort of person I do want to be, but for some reason, I find this song the most encouraging.

Clawfinger - Do What I Say
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2017-05-31 10:41 am
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I'm your nightmare surfer babe

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A song from the year I was born.
I was born in 1978, when Kate Bush was coming home to Heathcliff, and Debbie Harry was fed up of being put on hold. It was the year of Saturday Night Fever and Grease - the week I was born, You're The One That I Want was number 1.

It was also the year that Hawkwind were renamed Hawklords. I love the McGonagallesque beauty of this song, with lines such as 'he took out his fist and scientifically socked her/look out you'd better duck here comes the flying doctor'

Flying Doctor, by Hawklords.
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2017-05-30 11:01 am
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A song you would sing as a duet at karaoke

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Colin and I have been known to sing All I Ask Of You from Phantom of the Opera

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2017-05-29 09:03 am
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It's a classic

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Good morning, have some cheese. Blest Pair of Sirens by Parry.
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2017-05-28 11:15 pm
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An extra bit of music

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This is the first single I ever bought, a cover of a song which was a hit for Roberta Flack in 1973. Flack won two Grammys for it; best female pop vocals and record of the year.

Killing Me Softly With His Song by the Fugees.
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2017-05-28 07:54 am
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30 Day Music Meme day 14

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I'm not ruling out getting married again, but it's not something I'm ready to do right now. I seem to be good at picking spouses so it would probably go well if I did. I'm eager to not organise another wedding, though, and would rather go for 'turn up, say our vows, maybe go to the pub' than anything more formal or organised. This (pdf) is the current text of our vows, Colin and I didn't promise to forsake all others, but we had a lot of long conversations about what it would mean if we did. I think whether we left that line out or how it affected our life would be part of the discussions around how any new marriage would work.

Anyway, I'm not sure whether it means literally the actual wedding ceremony (in which case, we had I the Lord of Sea and Sky, Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens Adore Him, Love Divine and Tell Out My Soul first time around) or for the reception (in which case, we had The Nearness of You by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong and I made sure I danced the whole song with Colin because I figured it would be about all I saw him all day. I figured we were looking at something secular, ideally, though, and I don't know that there would be space for that in the sort of ceremony I'm likely to agree to.

Putting reality aside for a moment, imagining the world in which I want a wedding with songs, I'd probably choose this waltz:

Reflecting Light by Sam Phillips
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2017-05-27 04:05 pm
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You look better already

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This song was written in 1975 for Hawkwing by the bass player of that band. He left the band later that year, and formed a new band, using the title of the song as a name for the band, who in 1977 recorded the song.

Motorhead by Motörhead
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2017-05-26 09:26 am
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30 Day Music Meme day 12

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When I was 12, Everything I do (I do it for you) was number one for 16 weeks. Everyone was talking about Bryan Adams. So I listened to everything he'd released at that point, and that's why even though I was wee at the time it was released, it's going into the pre-teen slot. Imagine a lonely, depressed 12 year old in a 3 bed semi in a small town. Then I heard this, and it was like all the hope in the world wrapped up in one small Canadian.

The Best Was Yet To Come by Bryan Adams.
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2017-05-25 08:06 am

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A song you never get tired of. I was looking for something with a lot of range, to keep my interest up. Something a bit meaty, by a band I love. So I give you Astronomy by the Brain Surgeons. It was actually written for Blue Öyster Cult but is one of the BÖC songs that the Brain Surgeons, formed by Al Bouchard after leaving BÖC, kept playing. Al is now in a Blue Öyster Cult/Alice Cooper covers bande, Blue Coupe, with Dennis Dunaway from Alice Cooper.