Music for Monday: For the Love of Vinyl

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Last month, after two years in our new house, we finally got round to setting up our stereo.  Why did it take so long?  Because it’s taken us that long to get our house the way we wanted it and find a space for everything we own – or buy new furniture to fit in the space we had.

In the meantime, we’ve been using a little portable record player we actually bought for my daughter’s room whenever we’ve wanted to listen to a “real” record.  It wasn’t the best sound, but it worked.  Now, though, I am reminded just what I’ve been missing for the last two years.

So, instead of sharing a song this week (especially as I still have Christmas songs rattling around my head and I don’t want to inflict that on anyone again till December), I thought I would write my own little “love post” to vinyl and why – for me – it is still better than any other way of listening to music. Continue reading

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Music for Monday: It’s Christmas! #3

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So here it is – the final Monday before Christmas.  And the last week I will be inflicting Christmas music on you (for at least another year!).  Today I’m sharing one more last blast of favourite Christmas songs, ones that a playlist doesn’t feel like it’s a playlist without.
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Music for Monday: It’s Christmas #2

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Morning all and welcome to another start of the week.  Did you get snow?  We did – not as much as I’d like but enough to make me hope for a White Christmas (all fingers and toes are now crossed).  In keeping with the season, and following on from last weeks Music for Monday, I’m sharing another three of my favourite Christmas songs because, cheesy as they are, I just can’t get enough. Continue reading

Music for Monday: It’s Christmas!

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It’s finally December, the season where even the most hardened hipster (a.k.a. known as my husband) lets their hair down and gives in to the most cheesiest music on the planet.   It only happens once a year but that’s what makes it so special.  For the next 21 days, I will be able to revel in some of the worst music out there without ruining my indie-cred.

In fact, I’ve already started.  As the first rolled around, we went away for the weekend and I spent three hours listening to Slade, Shaky, and Mud.  I don’t care what the nay-sayers like The Guardian say, or how many times I hear the same songs, it makes me happy, especially when I’m getting to sing along badly with others.

So, in honour of the season for the next three weeks I’m going to share three of my favourite Christmas songs.  Feel free to weep or sing along.  I’ve seen both with some of these…. Continue reading

Music for Monday: Kid Creole and the Coconuts

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So, I swear I do listen to new music and that I will get back to that at some point in the these Monday posts but – unfortunately for some (maybe not all of you?) – I am flashing back again this week to the 80’s.  It’s the decade I grew up in and the one I have some of the fondest music memories off but, normally, I don’t listen to the music much unless I’m digging out the vinyl.  This weekend though, we were away with friends and someone had downloaded an 80’s playlist and this was on it.  I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since…. Continue reading

Music for Mondays: Martin Stephenson and the Daintees

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Morning and welcome to another Monday…why can’t the weekends last longer as today has come around way to quickly!  To start the week off, I’m sharing another song that I can’t get out of my head.  Actually, this morning, I’m sharing three because I didn’t know which one to pick.

The band is Martin Stephenson and the Daintees who have been around since I was a teenager (on and off) and who it’s a Christmas tradition to go see with my husband and best friend, not just because I love the music and like a bit of nostalgia but because Martin Stephenson is a funny man who tells stories to go with the songs.  Can there be anything better than a night of singing, dancing and laughing?  If you haven’t checked them out before, I can highly recommend it.

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Music for Monday: The Next Storm by Frank Turner

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One of the things I love most about Spotify is that I feel like I am always discovering new to me artists, either through the related artists section or because I am willing to give a musician “a go” whereas previously I might not have bought an album.  I say new to me because the artists I’m discovering aren’t always new to everyone; in fact, some have been around for years but they have passed me by.
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Music for Monday: Ghost Town by The Specials

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This weekend we were away, doing all types of Halloween-y things, including dancing one too many times to The Time Warp and Monster Mash.  It was fun though and, at first I was going to share one of these songs with you today.  Then, yesterday, whilst carving pumpkins and talking ghosts I started singing Ghost Town by The Specials.  And now it’s stuck in my head and I can’t get it out.  I know technically it’s not a spooky song (given it’s about how crappy life was in the late 70’s if you were unemployed in Britain – though maybe that makes it a scary song?) but it’s got ghost in the title so it fits – kind of – with the season….
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Music for Monday: Road to Nowhere

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This week, it feels like I have been bumping into Talking Heads – there music has in the movies my daughter has been watching (yes, kids movies) and it’s been on the TV shows I’ve been watching (well one – Mindhunter, which you should definitely check out).

Talking Heads are a band I used to love but seem to have forgotten about.  The same with David Byrne, who I have seen live two or three times and think is brilliant as a live act.  Not anymore.  They have been on repeat on Spotify this whole last week and the vinyl has been dug out and danced along too.  I have missed them!

This was the song that started it, so I thought I would share…

What do you think – are you a Talking Heads fan? And what have you been listening to this week – let me know I’m nosey and need to know!

Enjoy!

Emma x

Music for Mondays: El Camino by Elizabeth Cook

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So one of my not-so-guilty secrets is a love of country music, mainly female country singers with a bit of attitude.  Every now and again, I have to spend an afternoon listening to them, songs that are always so damn catchy and lift my spirits, even if the subject matter isn’t always sunshine and flowers.

Feeling a bit blah about the state of the country and the world at the moment, a pick-me-up is just what I’ve needed this last week and so I’ve been listening to old favourites on my runs.  This one, El Camino by Elizabeth Cook, has one of those choruses that always finds me singing along.

What about you – what music is on repeat on your playlist this week?

Enjoy!

Emma x