Saturday, 14 September 2019

Happy and Stuff Mix Tapes - Childhood Memories

I have been wanting to start this series on the blog for a while. Music is something that can really change my mood, If I need a pick me up popping on one of my favourite playlists never fails to pick me up. I don't know about you but I rarely listen to any new music, often taking a trip down memory lane to the times where I was happiest can really cheer me up. 

That is why I wanted to share with you some snippets of my life via the medium of music (plays a little flute like Little Britain...who gets that reference?) I have taken all of the songs each week and put them into a Spotify Playlist so that you guys can listen along! 

Those of you reading this first weeks post will have a sneaky preview on there for the next 2 posts which will cover my teenage dirtbag phase and the party years! Can't wait to hear what memories the songs bring back for you all so please do let me know in the comments. 

I will also be sharing some pictures along the way. Starting off with me and my sister meeting Mr Blobby wearing a Rosie and Jim T-shirt and double denim, I mean could we get any more 90's?

Anyway, without further ado I will kick off the memories from my childhood with...

Wet Wet Wet -Love is All Around. This song is a powerful one for me. When I was little my Uncle suddenly passed away. It was a huge shock for the whole family, he was just 21 years old. There are lots of sad memories from that time of my life but when I hear this song I have one amazing memory. Uncle Brett being the cool young Uncle would take his nieces (there were a few of us before the boys were born) for walks along the beach on the south coast where we used to holiday. One of those days he taught us the lyrics to Love is All Around and every time I hear the song I remember walking along that pebble beach with him and my cousins. It is a good memory to have.

Bryan Adams - Everything I Do is one of my Mum's all time favourites, many of the songs on this playlist were on in the background when we were kids. Mum would get up on a Sunday morning, throw open the windows and listen to her favourite music while she did the housework. We would help her with dusting and dance around the room. I hope my children carry memories like that with them too. 

UB40 - Red Red Wine - I have probably mentioned on the blog that my siblings and I have different Dad's and my sister's Dad used to have us to stay once a fortnight when him and Mum got divorced. Anyway his Mum used to listen to UB40 quite a lot when we were kids. I don't have the best memories of her as she was quite strict with me but I do recall listening to this song in her car and the sun was shining. We were on our way to the supermarket and we would get lunch while we were there. I was an odd child and always chose cheese salad. This song reminds me of sunshine and my favourite lunch. 

Another picture for you, me and my sister (we were born 3 years apart so until my little brother was born most pictures are just us two) meeting Rick from Neighbours!

Next song...

Inner Circle - Sweat - Man I love this song, yet when I was a kid I remember someone telling me I shouldn't sing it. Probably my Mum and now I know why. The lyrics are so inappropriate! Still a tune though right? 

Billy Rae Cyrus - Achey Breaky Heart - This song takes me back to being really little. I remember singing it along with the next song Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini on my kids cassette player with microphone. You remember those ones in the 90's that you could carry around, probably from Early Learning Centre or something. I loved singing when I was little and still do, something I am planning to share a bit more on my social media soon (if I am brave enough!)

Kylie Minogue - Locomotion - I realised that I may have the wrong version of this song in the playlist due to how many times it was covered but I think it was the Kylie version that used to play a lot at the clubhouse where we used to go on holiday. I remember prancing around on the dancefloor to this. It is always guaranteed to make me boogie. 

Last picture of us looking super cute, fresh from the bath with our jammies on. Little Mermaid FTW!

Now for the last few songs...

Phil Collins - Can't Hurry Love - Another of Mum's favourites. This was always the one I would ask her to play as it was good to have a jiggle about to. We were all so excited when Disney's Tarzan was released because Phil Collins did the soundtrack. If you haven't seen the film it is one of my favourite from Disney and the songs are beautiful. 

Final one is a fun one, Star Trekkin' by The Firm. Who doesn't remember this song? It was played at every birthday party and disco in the early 90's and alongside The Purple People Eater was a real classic. I think I may have to relearn the dance moves and teach it to the kids! 

Well, that brings me to the end of my Childhood Memories playlist. I have so many more songs that could have made the cut but I want to hear which ones you would add and how old you were when these came out. I forget that readers of different ages may have been either out clubbing during the early 90's or not even born yet! Let me know in the comments. 

If you want to check out the playlist and get all nostalgic you can find it here!

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