It’s been a lovely day today... well, weather-wise. Clear skies and a slight chill in the air when I set off just before 6am, and window-wide-open warm on the way back. As often happens when I’ve been at work, I did a bit of pondering as I chugged down the A19. Sometimes, I ponder important things... sometimes they’re slightly more trivial. Whichever one this is, you can judge for yourself: if you could only play five songs for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Obviously you can play them over and over again, Five tunes and that’s it would be a bit harsh.
But how would you decide?
I guess most people have one or two “favourite” songs that would be easy choices. But as for the rest; do you choose songs by your favourite band(s), songs that have some personal meaning, loud, soft, upbeat, or gentle ballads? You only get five remember...
By the time I’d reached Easington Services, I’d narrowed it down to seventy-three, but by the time I’d manoeuvred nicely onto the A66, I had four definites and one dice roll to sort out number five.
I’ll do the four in alphabetical order of band name, along with a brief reason why the song is included:
Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke? – The Alarm
A band that has been with me from my teens right through to... er... now! A million and one memories are associated with The Alarm—good and not so good—and there’s no way they wouldn’t have featured. This song takes me back to ’84, when I had hair, hopes and dreams...
Someone’s Gonna Die – Blitz
It’s not so much the title, or the words, but the raw power of the music. Aged seventeen, this track from the brilliant EP All Out Attack made me feel alive, and helped give me the strength to be myself.
Enough – The Karma Heart
Fantastic north-east band whose lead singer, Jen, has one of the most amazing voices you could wish to hear. Great track, and I can certainly identify with the lyrics...
Born Yesterday – Killing for Company
These five guys mean a lot to me: I’ve had some memorable times, and met some great people because of Killing for Company. They had to be on the list; it was just a case of which song to pick...
The coveted fifth spot is a toss up... actually it’s not because there are three songs... so really, it’s between Can’t Wait by Sugar Stems, My Empty Head by The Flatmates and Up the Down Escalator by The Chameleons.
Amid increasing tension, I will roll the dice. The first song is 1 and 2; the second is 3 and 4, and if I roll a 5 or a 6, the third song gets onto the list.
It’s a 4... The Flatmates!
In fairness, it might only be a temporary selection, because one of my 40Fifty Challenges is to record a song. Not too sure when and where yet (and I doubt the software has been invented yet that can make my voice sound tuneful), but hopefully I’ll be able to get something arranged soon, and however it turns out, that no.5 slot will be waiting!
By the way... feel free to add your “top five” in the comments. Don’t get many replies these days, so come one, come all...