What a surprise this year has turned out to be… What a change… For a moment there it looked like it was going to be a really bad year but by the end it turned itself around. I’m already looking forwards to next year, but for now it’s time for that annual run down of the songs I’ve been listening to over the last twelve months- Better known as your yearly reminder of how terrible my taste in music is. The full playlist is at the bottom. Enjoy.
WELCOME TO THE BLACK PARADE- MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE
The year started badly. In the middle of the night, New Year’s Day, I cracked my head open on the ceiling in the midst of a PTSD attack. Instead of going to hospital or actually sorting my leaking skull, besides wiping up the blood, I lay down and went back to sleep. It says something about my state of my mind at the time that I was more than prepared to say Welcome To The Black Parade, but I was. The song itself emerged onto my radar in mid-summer and it’s kind of defined the year for me.
LA LA LIE- JACK’S MANNEQUIN
My song for the summer, the song which fuelled me and spurred me on, through all the writing and all the planning for what was to come. It’s definitely a spurring song and I became determined to come back to my girl by July… I did, but that was only a brief visit. This is a song about moving on, about leaving bad times behind, and that’s more than appropriate for this year.
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA OVERTURE- PRAGUE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
The only reason this made the list is because of how gothic and awesome it is. Who doesn’t like violins playing creepy music? I loved this when I first heard it, just through browsing Spotify, and it’s stayed on my list for most of the year.
I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY- WHITNEY HOUSTON
Two middle aged cops dancing in a car on their way to find out what kind of imaginary Jaguar they’re dealing with… But what were they dancing to? That was the challenge I set myself whilst writing Hear Me Roar. I wanted something from Gershwin’s teenage years, so the eighties, and Whitney fit the bill. This isn’t a song I ever paid any attention to before this year but thanks to it become one of the tunes that became associated with Hear Me Roar, it’s wormed its way into my brain.
ROAR- KATY PERRY
Guess what the other tune that ended up being a ‘theme’ to Hear Me Roar? Originally the story was called ‘Crook Street,’ after the place where the body is found, but this song came into my head during the writing and it stuck there. It was so appropriate that the song managed to change the title. Now go and imagine Katy Perry fighting an imaginary Jaguar.
ANGELS- ROBBIE WILLIAMS
This song very quickly became associated with F***in Manchester D****eads, within the first few lines in fact. The plan for it was simple. I was going to smash the thing out, making it the best thing I’ve ever written, before sending it out as the next story to run the publishing gauntlet. I wanted one last throw of the dice before Brexit, before it gets fifty times more difficult to break through, but that didn’t happen. It was Aunt Mable who would run, and would ultimately fail. I’d started writing Hear Me Roar for an hour in the evenings and I started this on its tail. I was barely a couple of weeks in when the idiot brat next door, who hadn’t done this for a while, began his repetitive thumping- over and over again, for hours at a time. I could even hear it through headphones, so couldn’t even write, and F***in Manchester D****eads never got completed. This is for what might have been, and what I was left with.
DANCING TOWARDS DISASTER- MIKE BATT + FRIENDS
Ladies and Gentlemen… Presenting the new National Anthem of the United Kingdom! Alright. Seriously. There is some strange stuff I’ve found on Spotify, ranging from Elton John lullabies to this… This one stuck around. It’s weird, but I like it.
LET’S FACE THE MUSIC AND DANCE- NAT KING COLE
Aunt Mable had to run the publishing gauntlet. I wasn’t even done uploading the stories. I had no other option though. It was the most complete thing I had. I couldn’t call it ‘Aunt Mable’ though, as that would never wash. It needed a new name and the one I came up with was ‘There May Be Trouble Ahead.’ Hence, this song. It suits the both the book and where the world is going, but all we can do is face the music and dance.
COULD HAVE BEEN ME- THE STRUTS
This is a recent addition to the playlist. The Struts came onto my radar through a Twitter post in November and after listening I instantly adored their old fashioned rock sound. This song, especially, is one of my favourites. I may have annoyed the neighbours by playing it so often (I have thin walls) but I don’t care.
JOURNEY TO THE PAST- CARRIE HOPE FLETCHER
A Spotify recommendation- How fitting for this year this song seems to be. Back to who I was, on to find adventure, on a LITERAL journey to the past. Finally home where I belong. Yes, this was the year that brought me home at last! Thank you, 2019
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