Music and Memories


It’s uncanny how music is so much like a time-machine, the way it instantly drags us back and we are that awkward teenager again, listening to our music real loud, wishing it would devour us and allow us to escape whatever is troubling us, even for just the duration of the song.

I recently did a post for the lovely Catherine of Pushing the Moon. She runs a series called the Bloggers Spotify Playlist that is so interesting to read and hear about bloggers’ choice of music, if you have time do check it out. It wasn’t surprising that those songs were constantly on my mind this week.

It was a difficult list to make actually.  Music used to be such a big part of my life when I was growing up, even as a single woman, so it was really astonishing to me how much it has taken such a back seat since becoming a mother.  Then again, that shouldn’t be surprising since motherhood/parenthood does take over your entire being.  That’s the way it is I guess.

Going back to that list, growing up my parents were hippies and listened to a lot of folk music like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and of course, my dad loved the Beatles (still does).  As a teenager, because of my older brother’s influence, I listened to punk and new wave.  Then grunge/alternative.  I preferred Pearl Jam over Nirvana, primarily because I had a big crush on Eddie Vedder.  I also have so many memories of listening to The Lemonheads cruising in the car with my brother and our friends, or singing along with 10,000 Maniacs and all the other alternative bands/artists of that era.  Yes, I know, it does show my age, doesn’t it?

Also loved female artists like Edie Brickell whose album Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars became a big theme song in my young life.  And listening to Rickie Lee Jones croon about “Not Wanting to Grow-up”. Then I became obsessed with Indigo Girls and their painful lyrics and songs.  Fast-forward to 2009 or was it (2008?) when I dragged my husband (although we weren’t married yet then) to watch Indigo Girls live in Bristol.

I also used to listen to Rage Against the Machine when I was frantically trying to beat deadlines.  Their songs gave me the adrenaline rush I needed to finish work off.

My music list is endless!  So many songs, so many memories, so while I’ve been walking the streets of my youth, I think it’s about time to jump back in the present and find new songs to listen to, especially for my daughter’s sake, soon I’ll hear a “Oh mum, you’re not listening to the “oldies” again are you?”

Any suggestions?  Latest trends/music/artists?

Do share.

The Reading Residence
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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. I like the idea of a playlist. It is good you have a wide variety of tastes of music, gives you more choice. Gosh, I completely forgot about Lemonheads, I used to love their music X #wotw

    • I listened to rock to courtesy of my brother who worked as an A & R in a record company 🙂

  2. It’s fab when music plays such a big part in you life isn’t it. I used to love Punk too!
    I like an array of different genres now.
    I would say my top 3 would have to be Pink, Foo Fighters and Metallica. And then anything pop/dance. Me and the little one love playing out our dance compilations in the car and having a good sing along!
    Music is good for the soul 🙂 x
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    • The only cds we have in the car are all soundtracks of movies my daughter loves. Ack! Really need to know what’s out there 🙂

  3. Oh, the Lemonheads and Evan Dando, you’ve taken me right back! Like you, music meant so much to me as a teen, yet now I’m lucky if I can get away from Disney CDs! I loved The Wonder Stuff, Suede, Pulp, oh and so many more. Things definitely change as you get older, don’t they?! Thanks for sharing with #WotW
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    • Same here, that’s all we have in the car too. Oh dear, used to listen to Suede and Pulp too!

  4. I love how music can transport you back. Just the same way a scent can. I’m hopeless at remembering who sang it, but I never forget the song or the place I first heard it. #wotw

    • It does take you back, doesn’t it? I’m still stuck in the past. Must discover new songs to listen to 🙂

    • Thanks! It would be nice to know what’s the latest out there too. Not too keen on dance music though 😉 Dread what T will be into 😉

  5. We must have had the same taste in music growing up, I was a 90’s Indie kid with a bit of grunge thrown in for good measure. I went to see the Lemonheads live in concert in Manchester I was obsessed with Evan Dando and while Soul Asylum played (they were supporting) he was stood right behind us in the audience listening to them cue excited screaming from my friend and I !
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    • We used to listen a lot to Soul Asylum too! I guess we are of the same generation then 😉

    • There’s absolutely nothing wrong with boy bands, especially if they are still cute 😉

  6. I love that you have a wide variety of music taste, there’s nothing better than sticking on some songs to get you through the house work or anything else for that matter, music can stir up memories, help through different times its amazing. I have my own playlist atm that gets stuck on when ever I need a boost. It involves the likes of David Bowie, Jimmy hendrix, the doors, Feeder, Avenged sevenfold… I like to stick to older bands and my son loves to rock away to them.

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  7. Fi Ni Neachtain

    I love music, I like a lot of different songs and genres – I even have two music inspired tattoos, a Joy Division and a Slipknot one, so that’ll tell you how diverse my taste is. My favourite band now is Deftones, the lyrics and music are pure perfection to me 🙂

    • Oh I’m curious to know what kind is the Joy Division inspired tattoo. My brother will be impressed! 🙂

    • We also have a Now Disney cd in our car, so yep, that’s currently on our playlist apart from the Book of Life CD 🙂

  8. My Spotify playlist is an eclectic mix of everything I have love as I’ve grown up through life – Metallica, Bush, Terrorvision, Meatloaf, Trucker Diablo, Enter Shikari, Avenged Sevenfold and then some dance classics and even rave!

    • I listened to a bit of rave too when I went out with a guy who was so into it. But somehow it had a different impact on me – it somehow made me sleepy! I know, weird!

    • That is so true. Now that the long depressing days are coming, I’ve already prepared a “happy playlist” 🙂

  9. I used to have set music and artists I would listen to. I always loved heavier music and used to only listen to bands you’d find at rock festivals like Reading. As I’ve got older and become a mum I’m more open to every genre now. I love listening to chill out and I love spotify for playlists that you can choose for your mood. x
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    • Same here. I’d love to discover new music though, but noticed I still listen to the same “oldies” even on Spotify 😉

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