Sunday 23 January 2011

30 Days of Truth - Day 24

Dear Monkey,

Unlike in the movies there isn't a backing track playing continuously in your life. There are however, moments that are hard-wired in your memory because of a song that is playing on your i-pod, the radio, a shop's speakers, in a nightclub, bar or from a passing car. It is these songs that will evoke memories, remind you of lessons learnt and surprise you when for an unknown reason you are singing along to a song that you forgot you ever knew.

My first cassette tape (google what that is) was Kylie by Kylie Minogue. If you can find it listen to it. I thought I was so cool doing the Loco-Motion around the lounge with Nanna. Then I fell in love with New Kids on the Block who taught me to hang tough, go step by step and believe that this one is for the children. They also taught me to believe that all bands should be able to play their own instruments, even if they only do it once or twice on an album.

After that it was Indecent Obsession - Indio. What an amazing album. I loved LOVED Whispers in the Dark and Kiss Me. Still know the words twenty years on... So does Daddy - ask him :D

In high school I went through a really bad hip hop/rap stage. An example of this would be Mr Boombastic by Shaggy. Enough said.

In my uni days I was a fan of alternative rock and a bit of metal. Metallica, Live, Nirvana, Offspring, Greenday were on my playlist. I also found solace in Alanis Morrisette, Enya and, all your father's fault, Shampoo... Meredith Brookes - Bitch was also a good one. Savage Garden and Mr Big got a look in too, as did anything off Friends and Dawson's Creek.

Other highlights of those four years included Cotton Eye Joe by Rednex, a weird foray into the delights of a song that we only heard once on a road trip, it was called Marijuana - it made for a fair bit of hilarity on that long ride and The Troggs - I got a bass for my birthday

In the UK I expanded my repertoire to include most of the music by Beethoven, Bach and Rachmaninoff - thanks to Uncle Rocket Scientist's morning piano practises. Sebastian Windsor was another new "taste" - Uncle Living Statue's band. There was also a song entitled "Some girls like it when you hit them..." by Uncle L-S's friend which has stuck in my head for about nine years now. I formed a love affair with Tupac's Ghetto Gospel and Akon (briefly)

In New Zealand I found an appreciation of Fat Freddy's Drop, Brooke Fraser and here are a few others that I love....

I love Rock n Roll - Joan Jet
Pour some sugar on me - Def Leppard
Come as you are - Nirvana
I alone - Live

Lose yourself - eminem

Bring me to life - Evanescence - from Electra

It's like that - Run DMC vs Jason Nevins

Sidebar: Playing musical instruments is a bit of a babe magnet... ask Uncle Rocket Scientist, Uncle Living Statue and Uncle Minister... They all play at least one instrument.

I hope that this playlist will show you an insight into my taste in music (random as it is) and in some way help you to deal with anything that comes your way.

Love always,


PS - really badly written as I lost interest in this post -sorry...


  1. Love it! A lot of the music i love to!

  2. One my 1st tape was the Eurythmics that I got after I saw them in concert with my cousin

    I still like Mr Boombastic

    and enjoyed Dawsons Creek

    Brooke Fraser is cool as is I love Rock n Roll

  3. You got some awesome songs listed!

  4. Awesome - I love the letter and the songs!


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