When I left home in 1978 I lived without a television for twelve years, and consequently, music was always in the background…BBC radio stations, singles, albums, cassette’s and later CD’s. My first live concert was The Four Tops at the Nottingham Theatre Royal in 1970 and for many years I have seen the likes of Michael Jackson, Madonna, Springsteen, Rolling Stones, Tom Jones twice and Rod Stewart three times…once on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, but I’m just name dropping now!
I guess we all have some music that reminds us of times gone by, people we’ve known and places we’ve been. Here is my list of music that remind me of the places I’ve visited since sailing out of the UK in 2014 and into the Mediterranean….some songs are international hits played on local radio stations in the Mediterranean, some are national singers not necessarily well known outside their own country and some are from live concerts I have been to along the way.
The songs are in chronological order and I have added details of the location or country…
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
I Bet My Life – Imagine Dragons….I saw these guys in concert in Leeds with my youngest son, Elliotwhile back visiting the UK.
Crazy – Sam Smith
Blank Space – Taylor Swift
Give Me a Reason – Pink ft Nate Ruess
The Nights – Avicii
All About the Bass – Meghan Trainor….my eldest son, Alec often despairs with some of my music choices, and this was one!
Prayer in C – Lily Wood & the Prick
Waves – Mr Probz (Robin Schultz remix)
Love Me Like You Do – Ellie Goulding….the CD below was a gift on my last day at work from Pat & Debbie, and is a favourite when friends are on the boat for dinner.
Where Is The Love – Black Eyed Peas
Four Five Seconds – Rihanna & Kanye West ft Paul McCartney
Sugar – Maroon 5
Are You With Me – Lost Frequencies
All of Me – John Legend
Christine – Christine & The Queens
Homeless – Marina Kaye
Lo Stadio – Tiziano Ferro….Italy
‘O Sarracino – Gigi D’Alessio….Italy
Don’t Be So Shy – Imany
Super girl – Anna Naklab (radio edit) ft Alle Farben
Hello – Adele (Paul Damixie remix)
Travelin’ Soldier – The Dixie Chicks….the boys treated me to a live concert in London while back visiting the UK.
La Isla Bonita – Madonna….in 2016 the driver of the coach from Kalamata to Athens had a music cassette which he left on replay for four hours, and consequently I will never forget this song!
Love Yourself – Justin Bieber
Red Right Hand – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds….the theme tune from Peaky Blinders, a box set of DVD’s that the boys bought me one Christmas.
Sign of the Times – Harry Styles
Green Green Grass of Home – Tom Jones….seen live at the Arena in the Roman amphitheater in Pula, Croatia in 2017, which is the feature photograph above. This song also reminds me of my Dad, along with many other fabulous memories.
I Took a Pill in Ibiza – Mike Posner
Perfect – Ed Sheeran & Beyoncé
Never Be the Same Again – Camilla Cabelo
These Days – Rudimental
Girls Like You – Maroon 5
Terezinha – Cesária Evora….the most famous singer from Cape Verde’s, and shown in the photograph.