I was driving along in my car the other day, listening to Virgin Radio (unfortunately the CD player is not working, due to Alicia's Attic stuck inside the machine), when Bob Marley's voice sang, "Don't worry about a thing, cause every little thing gonna be alright," through my speakers. I immediately cranked up the volume, joined in with the lyrics, and felt instantly uplifted.
Isn't it great how a song can make you feel like this. One minute you can be stressing about everything, the next minute you can be smiling and singing along to Bob Marley's voice, thinking life really aint that bad at all.
Can you imagine life without music? It wouldn't be the same would it. Parties without sound. Well, apart from the sound of the party guests chatter, but you can't dance and sing to conversation, can you. No concerts or festivals to attend. No iPods to distract you from your repetitive train journey or your repetitive walk. No radio or CD player in your car to sing along to and uplift your spirit.
In the Big Brother house (okay, I admit I've been catching snippets of it) strangers are thrown together in a house without television, books or music. But it's the music they seem to miss the most, and it's music that is often the reward for completing certain tasks. Up and down the house mates jump, squealing at the thought of songs. And when the songs are played, either through the loud speakers or personal head phones, you can hear and see the house mates exclaiming, "I love this one!" Even the reserved (if you can call BB contestants reserved) are singing, dancing, smiling and clapping. I can't imagine the reward of half an hour of Coronation Street, or reading a chapter in a book having this affect.
And I challenge anyone not to raise a smile when one of their favourite songs are played. Go on, think about one of your favourite songs. The artist, the lyrics, the rhythm. Perhaps it reminds you of a special time in your life. Now try to stop the corners of your mouth raising into a smile. Hard isn't it. And why shouldn't you smile, songs can be very powerful and healthy for the soul.
And wouldn't you agree it's tricky to differentiate your favourite song of all time. Too much choice! Too many happy memories maybe. Perhaps it's easier to break it down into your top 5. What would yours be?
After a tiny debate with myself, I have decided my top 5 are:
1. I knew you were waiting (for me) - George Michael and Aretha Franklin. Cor, I bet that surprised you, George appears in my top 5.
I adore this song. The voices, the lyrics. It also reminds me of a happy innocent time in my life, when I imagined singing this to my soul mate.
And guess what, I still imagine singing this to my soul mate!
2. Rolling Stones are one of my all time favourite bands. So many great tunes it's hard to pick a winner. Maybe Paint It Black or Mixed Emotions. Hmm, I think Paint It Black has a slightly better edge to it. I love the introduction music to this song.
3. Fleetwood Mac rule! Again, so many to choose from. I think I'll go with, You Can Go Your Own Way.
4. U2 - With Or Without You. An absolute classic in my eyes. Guaranteed you will hear me screeching along to this one.
5. This is harder than I thought. I'm also a fan of:
Oasis - Wonderwall.
Aretha Frankin - I Say A Little Prayer.
Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me.
Ocean Colour Scene - One For The Road.
Edie Brickell - What I Am.
Sleeper - What Do I Do Now?
All the Abba songs!
Wham! - Edge Of Heaven and I'm Your Man.
Shall I get back to you on my number 5? This could take a while...
In the mean time, don't be shy. I'm interested to hear your top 5, dear readers.
Picture of the day:
The Rose Garden.