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Dawn Treader in Manchester is doing 32 things including…

Create a list of 43 songs I like and list the reason (if there is one)

10 cheers


Dawn Treader has written 10 entries about this goal

33. Music by John Miles

Fantastic LIVE Big Orchestra performance Available Here – I was lying in bed at Uni 35 years ago, revelling in it on the turntable, and I’ve just got in from a long journey back from choir practice. I put the radio on, and there it was again to cheer me up all over again.
And…. This UTube LIVE performance is absolutely worthy of the manificence of the original recording…

“Music was my first love
And it will be my last
Music of the future
And music of the past

To live without my music
Would be impossible to do
In this world of troubles
My music pulls me through


Music was my first love
And it will be my last
Music of the future
And music of the past
And music of the past
And music of the past


Music was my first love
And it will be my last
Music of the future
And music of the past

To live without my music
Would be impossible to do
‘Cause in this world of troubles
My music pulls me through”

32. Money's too tight to mention - Simply Red

I just love Mick Hucknall. His whole attitude and love for life. I loved him right from the start when this all came out in the 80’s, and I had the Picture Book CD on this morning before out went out for the day. It’s as joyful now as it was then.
Money’s too tight to mention – epitomised the 80’s, Reagan, Thatcher and life through the recession then, and here we are again counting every penny, if you’re lucky enough to have pennies to count.
For 18 months I didn’t, so thank the Lord for being back funded and in employment now.
“We’re talking about the dollar bill, and that old man that’s over the hill…”

By John & William Valentine:

I been laid off from work
My rent is due
My kids all need
Brand new shoes

So I went to the bank
To see what they could do
They said son – looks like bad luck
Got-a hold on you

Money’s too tight to mention
I can’t get an un-em-ploy-ment ex-ten-sion
Money’s too tight to mention

I went to my brother
To see what he could do -
He said bro-ther like to help you
But I’m unable to
So I called on my fa-ther fa-ther
Oh my fa-ther
He said

Money’s too tight to mention
Oh mo-ney mo-ney mo-ney mon-ey
Mo-ney’s too tight to mention
I can’t even qual-i-fy for my pension

We talk a-bout rea-gan-om-ics
Oh lord down in the con-gress
They’re passing all kinds – of bills
From down on cap-it-ol hill – (we’ve tried them)

Money’s too tight to mention
(spoken) cut-back!
Mo-ney mo-ney mo-ney mon-ey
We’re talk-in’ a-bout mon-ey mon-ey
We’re talk-in’ a-bout mon-ey mon-ey
We’re talk-in’ ‘bout the dollar bill
And that old man that’s over the hill
Now what are we all to do
When the mon-ey’s got a hold on you?
Mo-ney’s too tight to mention
Oh mon-ey mon-ey mon-ey mon-ey
Mo-ney’s too tight to mention
Di-nero – mon-ey oh yeah
We’re talk-in’ a-bout mon-ey mon-ey
We’re talk-in’ a-bout mon-ey mon-ey
We’re talk-in’ a-bout mon-ey mon-ey
We’re talk-in’ a-bout mon-ey mon-ey…..

31. Not a song, but an entire show. You're going to need to be quick to catch it...

Soul Noel – Gospel and Soul Stars Sing Christmas on the BBC… I woke up, surfed channels and look what beautiful stuff people out there are creating. This so inspired me about the music that I want to find my way to be creating with people in the year(s) to come. This is pulling me out of my Pre-Christmas introspective depression…

From the ‘blurb’ (PLEASE DO click on this and watch before it times out in 7 days time. This is VERY special heart-felt creative music):

A Christmas concert with a difference, as carols, Christmas anthems and the odd pop classic are performed with a gospel and soul twist.

Warm yourself on a winter’s night with gospel, soul, reggae, ska and soca versions of classics such as Silent Night, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Jingle Bells, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and many more.

Filmed at the Porchester Hall in west London, it features UK soul diva Beverley Knight, the multi- talented jazz blues soul singer Carleen Anderson, Lagos-born jazz soul singer Ola Onabule and Birmingham-born Bryn Christopher in a unique celebration of Christmas.

Special guests include the legendary original Southern Blues-singing Golden Gate Quartet, a truly radical jubilee quartet, bringing the swing and groove of jazz into gospel music. Formed in the 1930s, the group still feature two original members. MD Ken Burton leads a stellar choir featuring a range of other top vocalists, all backed by a sizzling soul band.

9 - 30. A heap of songs from various seminal moments in my life...

Try taking a look through these, a brainstorm in response to Simon’s 30 day song challenge

9. The song that would be the theme song for the film of your life (to date)
– I’m not in Love, so don’t forget it… (10CC, 1975) I loved it at the time. My gf of the time, 1st wife-to-be (didn’t mean it to be “1st” at the time at all) bought it for me because I loved it do much. The thing is, I never could work out whether I loved her for 20 years…. And have struggled with everyone else since. It’s thebtoughest question.
10. A song that makes you want to get out your lighter and roar along with the crowd
– I made it through the rain… Barry Manilow
11. A song that makes you want to throw the radio out of the window rather than listen to it
– Any Rap. To my point, I wouldn’t know what any of them were called…
12. A song that has an amusingly irritating way of sticking in people’s minds if you sing it, so they end up humming it all day ;p
– We all live in a yellow submarine… or so it seemed to me, nearly 50 years ago as a child when it was popular
13. A song that makes you nostalgic
– I will always love you by Whitney Houston (Bodyguard)
14. A song that lifts your spirits
– “I was Glad” by Hubert Parry
15. A song that reminds you of an ill advised (but wickedly fun) person/place/time
– “Don’t be a stranger” by Dina Carroll
16. A song linked to a significant event in your life
– The Soldier’s Chorus from Gounod’s Faust, which I sang aged 12 “cross dressed” as a girl on stage for 7 nights since my voice had yet to break… I can still remember the buzz & thrill of getting dressed…
17. A song that should be pumping whilst cruising along in a car on a sunny day with the windows and top down
“Deo” from Level 42’s Early Tapes which rarely left the cassette player in my VW Scirrocco 1982-84
18. A song that speaks to you of teen angst
– Bridge over Troubled Water
19. A song that’s so cheesy it should come with its own crackers, but nonetheless it makes you smile and sing along
– It’s raining men, or “Ain’t no mountain high enough”…
20. A song that reminds you of a place you’ve worked
– Rockin’ all over the world by Status Quo, who I have stage lit playing it – so I was working, so this reminds me of working…
21. A song that makes you want to be in someone’s arms
– “So Close” by Dina Carroll (that was a v intense period!)
22. A song that makes you say, “Turn it UP!”
– “It’s a kind of magic”, Queen, which I’ve played bass for…
23. A song that helps motivate you while doing mundane chores
– If essay writing… “Fade to Black” by Mark Knopfler (various versions, but here’s one…)
24. A song that helped you through a break up/loss
– Silence
25. A song that makes you feel rebellious
– very little these days, but…
“Gimme all your lovin’” – ZZ Top
26. A song that reminds you of a holiday romance
– think I’ve managed to avoid those – they tend to happen at home!!!!
27. A song that makes you think of carnivals and fairground rides
LOL – try this
28. A song that amuses some childlike part of you
– Puff the Magic Dragon
29. A song that you’ve obsessively played on repeat
– Fields of Gold – Sting, but sung by Eva Cassidy..
30. A song to reflect on your life to:
– Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss and 3 other tracks – you’ll find them all here…

8. Running in the Family - Level 42

OK, the video is classic 80’s everything, but this track encapsulated a great deal that I was going through in 1987 – driving up the motorway on a Monday morning every week to work at the other end of the country, and feeling that at last I was escaping from the sterile dry barren-ness with no intimacy of any kind that I could recognise that I felt was Running in the Family in my family. Re-listening to the album today, I love the band, love Mark King’s bass playing as ever, and recall all the sense of needing to escape those circumstances that I experienced way back then.

7. I've still got the blues (for you) - Gary Moore, RIP 58

It would be hard to find a BAD track by Gary, -try The Story of the Blues, A Cold Day in Hell or the soaring glories of Parisian Walkways – but this track epitomises the memories of going to see Gary live with a great gf back in 2000 in Preston. We were both completely list in the fluidity of his playing and singing, and sharing the sensuality of it with each other. A great night. Great Blues. Great sensuality & friendship, Great Gary Moore.

And the track lyrics epitomise my feelings right now of the difficulties of love…

6. Blinded By The Light (Manfred Man)

... But also a fantastic re-arranged cover version by Bruce Springsteen… So which was which? More news soon…

5. The Nightfly by Donald Fagen

A friend of mine bought this album when we were on a project together in the 80’s. I can’t possibly choose one track. “what a beautiful world to be in, what a glorious time to be free”, as the chorus of the title track says. And my frienships in that team really did make me feel free. But it’s the archetypal concept album (IMHO)... You really need to listen to the whole album to get the whole richness of what he’s saying and feeling.

Fagen wrote rather cryptically and intriguingly in the sleeve notes “Note: The songs on this album represent certain fantasies that might have been entertained by a young man growing up in the remote suburbs of a northeastern city during the late fifties and early sixties, i.e., one of my general height, weight and build.”
... And the album grew into me as a pretty good pen picture of all the things that I had been thinking, feeling and hoping through my own teens in the early 70’s.
It opens the windows on the day so I can fly out free even today.

I’ll find a uTube link when I’m back on a network…

1-4. Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs

These four songs are I genuinely think are one of the most profoundly, extraordinarily beautiful creations I have ever experienced. My friend C discovered them over 20 years ago now and they have been an essential part of my life ever since. I can go away from them for a while, but whenever I return they are unfailing in taking me to that place of peace. The fourth is the most extraordinary, but it is best enjoyed and understood after the other three, which are also amazing in their own right… Here are the songs:


It’s really worth getting to grips with the lyrics and history of the piece too. They are at

Well, i liked the way Dreamer7787 wrote her list

and thought I would like to do mine too. Music has been v v important throughout my life.

Dawn Treader has gotten 10 cheers on this goal.


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