8 Songs That Are The Soundtrack To My Life.

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The Soundtracks To My Life.

After turning on the radio yesterday and hearing an old favorite, I suddenly realized that there are so many records over the years that have totally influenced me, or have pointed to a specific time line when I was young. And in fact leading up until now.

Its amazing how just listening to a music track can make you laugh, cry or just dance because it reminds you of a particular time in your life. Either good or bad.

So I got to thinking. What records or music have been an influence in my life? And when did they start?

Well pretty much when I was a child. I think the first record was probably the Monkees. Yes I know I am showing my age!

I remember being at my grandmothers house and they had the TV on in the corner. The Monkees Show came on and the them tune was loud and catchy. Every time I hear that song I am taken straight back to that house in the 60's.

But even though that one is playing now in my head, it was the other Monkees song that defined my life as a tiny child. Its the one my mother always danced around to, and my gran would 'warble!'

If I take a deep breath I can taste the food, smell the cooking and hear my gran's voice. That is the power of music.

So here's my list of life records, starting with the Monkees.

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Daydream Believer

The Monkees hit Daydream Believer got to number one in the charts back in 1967. Davy Jones was the lead singer and it was their last single that hit number one in the U.S. The track has been recorded by many artists since.

I was six years old and remember both my mother and gran singing along with it! So of course the words have been stuck in my mind ever since.

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Those Were The Days

Mary Hopkin sang this version of an original Russian romance song adapted by Gene Raskin way back in the 1920s. He changed the lyrics and the rest as they say is history. Paul McCartney produced the Mary Hopkin version which went to the top of the charts.

I remember this song very well. It was 1968 and I was in hospital after suffering pneumonia and a collapsed lung. I was in hospital for around 10 days, and this was played over the hospital radio many times.

First Cut Is The Deepest.

The First Cut Is The Deepest was written by Cat Stevens. Its been widely recorded by many artists, but the most popular and famous is of course Rod Stewart back in 1976.

It was a no.1 hit in the charts.

This song has a number of connotations for me, but the first one that shouts loudest is the school disco and my very first boyfriend at the grand old age of 15!

After leaving school I met a guy who I went out with on and off for a couple of years. His name was Dave. This is his song.

Rod Stewart

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The Wonder Of You.

Good old Elvis! I love this song. Elvis hit the top of the charts with this track in 1970. Many artists have recorded it since, but none can do it justice like Elvis. That's why he was and still is the King of Rock and Roll.


This song reminds me of my hubby. He used to be an Elvis 'Sort of impersonator'! He sang this song and many other Elvis tracks down the local pub on a night out. he was always asked to get up and give a rendition!

And of course he would sing them to me too, whether I wanted him to or not!

Sailor.

Petula Clark sang this version, but the song is in fact an English translation of a 1959 German ' Seemann (Deine Heimat ist das Meer) roughly translated as 'Sailor your home is in the sea'.

This particular rendition brought Petula Clark her first no. 1 hit.

This is my birth song. I think we both sang this to my son for months after he was born, and it produced great results in the fact that he would nod off to sleep the second we started singing! Yes I know, was it the fact that the song was soothing or our voices being so bad he learned how to block us out? lol!

Poison.

Alice Cooper. Don't you love him? Not everyone's cup of tea so to speak, but this song brings back many happy memories.

Alice recorded this track in 1989 from his album Trash. This was one of his biggest hits peaking at no. 7 in the U.S. and no. 2 in the UK.


Oh my! This song brings back many happy memories! Let's just say that love was around the corner! And fun times with my friends at the local pub too. It was a great time. Lots of music fun and laughter.

Don't Look Back In Anger.

These guys were geniuses. At least to me. Fabulous songs and lyrics. Don't Look Back In Anger was my very favorite back in the 90's.

Oasis released this single on February 19th 1996. The track was taken from their second album 'What's the Story (Morning Glory). Not only did it get to no. 1 it also went Platinum. I am not surprised, it was an awesome track, and one still played today.

Trouble is.....

I can't listen to it now.

I only have to hear the opening beat and I fall to pieces. This was a hard hard time for me. My friend Justin who I loved to pieces (my friends boyfriend) died. At the same time as my Dad, and my friends Dad too. The grief was overwhelming. I didn't know where one started and the other finished. My dad broke my heart, Justin broke my mind and my friend's dad just left me completely sad.

Since then I have also lost this best friend too who was dating Justin. So sad. And still today, I can't listen to this. Even though I love the track.

The Awesome Oasis.

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Trance Braveheart

Trance Braveheart is one of my favorite Trance music tracks. To be honest I don't really know who to give the credits to on this. There are so many versions. All I know is that it makes me smile and dance.

So on a much happier noted I give you a tune that makes me dance, smile and remember those awesome vacations in Greece, Cyprus Majorca and well you get my point!

And on another proud note, this is the tune my son can play even better than this version on his keyboard.

Music To Live By.

So there you go. Whether happy or sad, funny or just down right bizarre, these are the songs of my life up until now.

Hope you enjoyed them. And thanks for reading!

What's The Soundtrack To Your Life?

© 2016 Nell Rose

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Jackie Lynnley 2 weeks ago from The Beautiful South

Wow, those Monkees look like jail bait today don't they? lol I never remembered them that young. Guess they were "men" to me back then and can't help but laugh so hard at all this and go back! I had never heard Sailor!

So sorry we lost Davie, he still looked so great, didn't he?

Thanks for the trip. I loved it.


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Jodah 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

Wow! You sure brought back some great memories with these songs, Nell. I don't remember "Sailor", or know "Trance Braveheart".. but all the others still have a special place. Thanks for sharing.


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sallybea 2 weeks ago from Norfolk

So enjoyed going through the songs which have influenced your life. Many of them are the iconic ones which I so enjoyed myself. Thanks for sharing, it was like going back in time:)


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pstraubie48 2 weeks ago from sunny Florida

O Nell, you have chosen songs that transcend time and space, haven't you ? So many of these I could sing along verbatim....music takes me to a different place each time I experience it which is most of every minute of every day.

Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving and blessings aplenty.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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SANJAY LAKHANPAL 2 weeks ago from Mandi (HP) India

Certain songs having the associations of our beloved ones and the lullabies during the infant age in the cradle become the Soundtracks of our lives.


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MartieCoetser 2 weeks ago from South Africa

Auw, you have pulled so many memories with these songs, Nell, and now you have inspired me to create a soundtrack of my life as well. But oh, do I really want to pull all my memories? Some of them are b-a-d and not good for my health. Lol!


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

I think I fell in love with Davy at the age of six! LOL! thanks Jackie!


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks John, its amazing how we remember these and put a memory to it isn't it?


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks Sally, yes its strange how we remember the song before the memory or at the same time, rather like its glued to the song.


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

Hi PS, thanks so much for reading, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving, nell


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks Sanjay, glad you liked it,and thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

lol! Martie, I know what you mean! sadly Oasis is lost to me now, but I love all the others, thanks for reading.


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whonunuwho 2 weeks ago from United States

All are great songs my friend. I can certainly see how they would be a big influence on anyone's life and a good one. Keep listening. whonu


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks whonu, glad you liked it, nell


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savvydating 2 weeks ago

This was fun! Thank you for giving us a peek into your inner life. What a great way to know more about the writers we enjoy following. I have to say, the Monkees tune is very catchy. It makes a person feel happy.

Also, I think it's adorable that your husband sings Elvis to you, whether you want him to or not. Lol.


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

lol! thanks savvy! yes he still does it now!


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Blond Logic 2 weeks ago from Brazil

You're right, we associate so much of life to music. Some of songs I don't remember such as those by Alice Cooper and Petulia Clark, although I know the artists.

Thanks for the stroll down memory lane.


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billybuc 2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

I loved the list and especially the first two. As a side note, I had the biggest crush on Petula Clark when I was in college. Sigh! LOL Don't tell Bev!


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MsDora 2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

I didn't listen much to these songs back then, but I remember Petula Clarke's "Those Were the Days." Sweet memories of the days of innocence and wonder. They're impossible to forget.


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FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

I liked the personal element that you shared here. So sorry about the string of losses that you experienced. There are some songs that are so vivid.


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks Blond, glad you liked it! :)


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

LOL! Thanks Bill! No I won't tell her! and thanks for reading.


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks MsDora, so many records back then were awesome!


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks Flourish, yes that one record that reminds me of the loss of three people I loved all in the same month, so sad. and thanks for reading, nell


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Sunshine625 2 weeks ago from Orlando, FL

What an awesome list of songs that influenced you! The Monkees sure were fun back in the day, oh heck their music is still fun! The Bee Gees were the group that influenced my life. Today at the grocery store How Deep Is Your Love was playing and no one knew it was the Bee Gees singing except for me. Granted they were in their 20's and 30's, but they made me feel old. Ha!


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AliciaC 2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

I liked some of the songs that you mentioned, too, Nell. It's interesting how the memory of a piece of music can bring back other memories in our lives. It does for me just as it does for you. I'm sorry about the difficult time that you experienced when several people who were close to you died.


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always exploring 2 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

Boy, did this bring back memories. I saw the Monkees at the Houston dome in 1979. They were never my favorites, but seeing them in person was great. Of course Elvis is Da man. I loved him the first time I saw him, my regret is not ever seeing him live. Rod Stewart is another favorite. I have every song he and Elvis recorded. Music has always been special to me and my mother. She loved country music and especially Ernest Tubb and kept a glossy 8 x 10 on her dresser. I remember when I was just a kid he was supposed to appear for a show in the ballpark of my hometown and he was a no show. She marched up to the ticket master and demanded her money back, and she got it. lol Thanks for the look-back at happy times...


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

LOL! I hate that when it happens! just goes to show our age! thanks Linda! :)


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks Alicia, yes it was a terrible time, but so strange how that song stuck in my mind like that, thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks Ruby, lol! that sounds like the kind of thing my mum would have done too!


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Glenn Stok 2 weeks ago from Long Island, NY

I totally enjoyed this hub, as well as listening to the videos. Many of these songs were my favorites all through my life. I even sang Daydream Believer at Karaoke events.

It was nice listening to Mary Hopkin’s original version of “Those Were The Days” again. I’ve missed that one. Even though it was about a 1920s romance, it expresses the feelings I have about the days when all these songs were popular.


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks Glenn, yes its a lovely version isn't it? where did those days go? thanks so much for reading, nell


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

I loved your list of songs that have special place in your life and am also familiar with some of them. Music influences our life so much. To my amazement, I can name a song or two for every occasion or every mood.

Interesting hub with lovely pictures and videos!

Thanks for sharing!


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bac2basics 2 weeks ago from Spain

Hi Nell.

There is nothing that brings back almost forgotten memories like music does. My car radio is set to a Spanish music station called radio ochenta, 80´s radio, though they play older hits too, almost everything I hear brings back memories, some bitter sweet as I remember my dear late husband and the times we shared together. Music has the power as you so rightly said, that brings back not only feelings but much much more. I can be instantly thrown back in time 30 or more years, and feel exactly as I did then.

Hope you and yours are keeping well dear. Good to see your name pop up again xx


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

Thanks so much Chitrangada, its amazing how music can influence us, thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

Hi Anne, how you doing? always good to see you! thanks for reading, nell


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bravewarrior 2 weeks ago from Central Florida

Nell, when I was in 6th grade I saw The Monkees in person, at a local TV station. I actually touched Davy Jones! I swore I'd never wash that hand again.

I had no idea Cat Stevens wrote "The First Cut is the Deepest". I love Cat Stevens but never heard his version. Did he sing it or write it for Rod Stewart?

Love "Those Were the Days" also. Am I wrong or do I remember it being the theme song to a movie?

Thanks for sharing your memories, Nell. Unfortunately, the last video won't play in the U.S. I was looking forward to hearing it because the title doesn't ring a bell.


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

Hi Shauna, lol! sounds like me when I met Michael Praed! (dynasty, Robin hood) not sure about the record by Cat, and who sung it, I will have to go look it up? I think Those were the days may have been eurovision? sorry about the last video, I will try to find another one, thanks for reading, nell


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Vellur 2 weeks ago from Dubai

A great list of songs, they help to get over difficult periods our lives and they help to celebrate. Thank you for sharing your memories associated with each song.


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DDE 2 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Awesome! Songs that certainly make you feel good.


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Genna East 2 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

What a wonderfully unique idea, Nell; thank you for this personal, courageous journey through the years of music. As in life, they reflect both sorrows and joys. These songs brought back memories for me as well. Thank you for sharing. :-)


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Nell Rose 2 weeks ago from England Author

Hi Vellur always great to see you, and thanks!


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Nell Rose 12 days ago from England Author

Hi DDE, thanks for reading!


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Nell Rose 12 days ago from England Author

Thanks Genna, yes music just brings it to the fore front all the time, and sometimes it hits you in the gut! thanks for reading, nell


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Peggy W 12 days ago from Houston, Texas

Enjoyed your musical memories and what they meant to you. Music has that capability of instantly taking a person back in time to what was happening at that moment. We appear to be of a similar "vintage." I can think of many songs that instantly have me back in the 1960s when I was a teenager.


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Nell Rose 12 days ago from England Author

Thanks Peggy, yes music takes us straight back, doesn't it? not sure what you mean by similar vintage, LOL! I am mid 50s, so don't really remember much before late 60s! thanks so much, nell

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