My good friend Stef has taken a crack at a playlist for you all. Just a selection of good songs. Get it listened to, get it read and appreciate! ✊🏻
1 – Crowded House – Weather with you – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ag8XcMG1EX4
Simply, this song reminds me of my mam and the adventures we had when it was just me and her. My mum is one of the kindest, most thoughtful and most irritating (!) people I know. She’s always supported me and encouraged me to go and do the things I want, she has a ridiculous sense of humour and never fails to make me laugh. This one’s for you SlavaJ.
2 – Oasis – Whatever – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHfx9LXzxpw
When I first listened to Oasis as around 6/7 years old I couldn’t quite believe what I was listening. What’s the Story (Morning Glory) opened my ears to a new kind of music I’d never heard before. I had no idea what the lyrics meant but I liked how it sounded – and have done ever since. This is my favourite track of theirs.
3 – Courteeners – Opener – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD-RRjCFTwo
Another favourite band of mine, I’ve chosen this for two reasons. The first is that this song takes me to a specific time in my life where I was discovering new music and enjoying it live regularly. Countless gigs with old friends, all over the country – it was always sunny and always a great laugh. Those were good times. Secondly, it’s a cracking start to a great album.
4 – White Buffalo – Highwayman – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j7dRXeRQs0
Now this is a great cover of a song by the legendary Johnny Cash. It’s all about rebirth after death and it’s something I can relate to. The amount of change in my life in the past 18 months has been overwhelming, but also incredible. This was something that reminded me, at my lowest ebb, that I could continue, re-invent and re-grow.
5 – Turnover – Take My Head – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFK4ZSoXpPs
I listened to this album once and couldn’t stop thinking about it. Take my head is an upbeat, yet melancholic lesson in angst and self-loathing. At my darkest times I felt similar things so I can relate to this, especially now I’m in a place where I can reflect on this and learn from the past. This whole album is worth a listen, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
6 – Simon and Garfunkel – The Boxer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JUbFj0BIc4
Song writing at its best – I can’t say anything other than this song stops me in my tracks, I just have to leave whatever I’m doing and listen whenever it comes on.
7 – Elton John – Tiny Dancer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoskDZRLOCs
That scene on the bus in Almost Famous. This has always been my favourite song, it reminds me of so many good people, and so many good times. This song makes me think of those most important to me and never fails to inspire me to reach out to them in one way or another. Hold me closer tiny dancer …
8 – Joshua James – Coal War – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmKGivfDNAo
The mixture of country, gospel and rock and roll makes this a great feel-good anthem. Since the death of someone very close to me nearly ten years ago, I’ve had an ever-increasing spiritual aspect to my life. There’s just something quite inexplicable about how music with religious origins makes you feel.
9 – Bob Dylan – Hurricane – https://vimeo.com/58957443
Whilst this is an excellent song, with some incredible violin parts, this is also a stark reminder that injustice and inequality are largely the same now as they were over 40 years ago.
10 – Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLV4_xaYynY
One of the rare occasions where the cover is more sublime and more rich than the (very good) original. Hendrix shreds all over this track, it reminds me of warm summer evenings.
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Stef is a current MA Journalism Student at The University of Salford writing for a couple of sources. He also has his own website over at Jajecznyk WordPress. Music is a passion of Stef’s and in his spare time he’s always checking out the latest musical trends. Follow him on twitter at @Jajecznyk