It was a rare, glorious sunny day in London yesterday and The Scribblaire had no plans or urgent chores. I dragged the cobweb encrusted fold out sun lounger from the shed, staked out the sunniest spot in the garden and chilled out all day. What bliss. Time ticked away slowly. It felt like being on holiday.
Whilst soaking up the rays I finished the book I was reading, spent a good half hour on the phone to a bezzie mate and plugged myself into my iPod.
What to listen to though? The Scribblaire has some staple albums or artists that I like to listen to, but none of these were quite what I was looking for. Scrolling through the list of artists I came across ‘Rock On’ by David Essex and pressed ‘play’. It’s not something I play very often but when I come across it I have to listen. It’s unlike most of the poppy tunes that Mr Essex churned out in the 70s and early 80s and just makes me feel good. So, I set myself a challenge to find 20 songs that had a similar effect on me. The ‘rules’ (which I made up as I went along if I’m honest) were that I couldn’t select anything too obvious or that I listen to all the time, the songs should reflect the mood I was in and/or they should be evocative in some way. I realise that these are entirely subjective, but hey, they’re my rules. Without further ado and in no particular order, here’s my random sunny day tunes with You Tube links (sorry about the ads):
- ‘Rock On’ – David Essex . It always sends shivers up my spine. The production is incredible and the bass guitar is awesome.
- ‘Misty Blue’ – Dorothy Moore . I dare anyone not to sing along.
- ‘Jive Talking’ – Bee Gees. Foot tappingly good
- ‘The Snake’ – Al Wilson. One for all you Northern soul fans.
- ‘Changes’ – Black Sabbath. Not one that most people would expect to see in my selection, but what a song.
- ‘Season of Hollow Souls’ – kd Lang. I just love her voice.
- ‘Living on the Ceiling’ – Blancmange. A feelgood dance tune.
- ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’ – Blue Oyster Cult. This just makes me feel like sunshine
- ‘Love is a Wonderful Colour’ – The Icicle Works. Uplifting.
- ‘Emmaline’ – Hot Chocolate. Smooth.
- ‘I’m on Fire’ – Bruce Springsteen. Probably more for late nights and a bottle of wine
- ‘Where peaceful waters flow’ – Chris de Burgh. Just lovely lyrics. This shows how great CdB was before the hideous ‘Lady in Red’ sent him off in the wrong direction!
- ‘Love & Affection’ – Joan Armatrading. Borderline ‘too obvious’ but I had to include it. This is second only to Minnie Ripperton for being impossible to sing along to!
- ‘It must be Love’ – Labi Siffre. Come on, you didn’t think Madness did the original!
- ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ – Bachman Turner Overdrive. It would be even better on the open road with the roof down.
- ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ – The Cult. Oh Yeah! Dancy and Rocky at the same time.
- ‘Every day I write the Book’ – Elvis Costello & The Attractions’. Funny, funky and clever lyrics
- ‘I wish I knew how it would feel to be free’ – Nina Simone. There are other versions, but it’s got to be Nina for me.
- ‘Pretty in Pink’ – Psychadelic Furs. The best live band I ever saw.
- ‘Give a Little Bit’ – Supertramp. I have just always loved this song.
- ‘Fisherman’s Blues – Waterboys. Stop tapping your feet, I dare you.
There you have it. What would be on your sunny day list?