The year is rapidly coming to a close and during this countdown to Christmas everyone seems to be rushing around, driving badly, jumping queues and generally raising my anxiety levels.
So this Friday’s Favourite Song is one of my calming tunes and hopefully it will lower your blood pressure too.
Walking in Memphis by Marc Cohn
This song came from his debut, self-titled album in 1991 and there isn’t a single track on it I don’t like.
I had been living in New Zealand in 1991 and returned to Australia in early 1992, after just over a year away. Marc Cohn’s lyrics refer to boarding a plane, ghosts of the past and the ability to live in the moment and I shared these emotions as I ‘boarded the plane’ home to Sydney.
I bought myself a copy of the CD early on after hearing this song played constantly on the radio and if it had been an LP rather than a CD, I would have worn out the grooves and many a needle by now (but the young readers may not have a clue what I’m referring to…)
So please enjoy this favourite song on this frenzied Friday, a fortnight before Christmas.
And don’t forget to let me know about the songs you listen to again, and again and again.
Next week I thought I should post a Christmas song and the following, and final week, I will have a song appropriate to New Year’s Eve.
Today’s Favourite Song is another oldie and a song I have shared with one dear friend for many decades – it makes me laugh and also makes me want to drive very quickly with the wind blowing through my hair.
(click on the link below to hear the song)
Ride Like the Wind – Christopher Cross (back up vocals by Michael McDonald)
Today this song is in honour of legendary space pioneer, John Glenn, who passed away yesterday at the age of 95. This WWII pilot, astronaut and Senator was the first American to orbit earth and was one of the 7 men involved in Project Mercury, chronicled in the book “The Right Stuff”, followed by a film of the same name.
Like all astronauts he, no doubt, experienced the sensation of riding like the wind – actually much faster than the wind – so I thought this was an apt song for this Friday.
As usual, have a listen and enjoy a quick trip down memory lane.
Don’t forget to tell me about your Favourite Songs this Friday, or any day of the week.
Postscript: Oddly, I have just discovered (thanks to the internet) that Christopher Cross and Alan Parsons teamed up on a song called So Far Away, about NASA and space travel – spooky.
Yesterday I learnt of the deaths of two people – both were elderly gentlemen so had lived long and fairly full lives but both had been a part of my life; one was a wonderful neighbour on the street where I grew up and the other was my first neighbour in Melbourne when I moved here.
This week’s Favourite Song Friday is in honour of them:
Somewhere Out There by James Horner and
performed by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram.
This song is special to me – I taught it to my daughter when she was tiny and we have sung it together ever since (usually in the car).
We have also watched An American Tail, (an animated movie in which this song features), many times and I can recommend that for a bit of fun too.
This song incorporates a love theme and a slightly terrestial theme – it may be a bit spooky but I have requested that my daughter have it played at my funeral – one day. I am not religious but I would (selfishly) hope that the memory of me lives on, just a little, with my friends and loved ones after I am gone,
Somewhere out there beneath the pale moonlight
Someone’s thinking of me and loving me tonight
Somewhere out there someone’s saying a prayer
That we’ll find one another in that dream somewhere out there
I welcome your thoughts and songs that give you pause for thought, or just make you feel good and please share your Favourite Song this Friday (or any day).
Today is my wedding anniversary so this is a mushy Favourite Song Friday:
In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel
Who remembers John Cusack in the very forgettable movie Say Anything, standing with his boom box held high playing this song, wearing his heart on sleeve trying to impress his young love?
Peter Gabriel’s album SO was released in 1986 and this was the year I travelled overseas as a young backpacker. I played that cassette over and over until the music became part of my euphoric European experience so this song, in particular, will always be one of my favourites.
I still play this song when I travel, with my husband instead of a backpack, but now it is on an Apple iPod rather than a Sony Walkman.
The lyrics are lovely and the melody is haunting so join me, on my wedding anniversary, in reminiscing with this Favourite Song Friday.
This Friday’s Favourite Song is a little bit late because sometimes life gets very busy, so here is the aptly named,
As the Days Go By, written and performed by Daryl Braithwaite.
When I was young Daryl Braithwaite lead a band called Sherbet. I was probably the only teenage girl in Australia who didn’t follow this band (and yes, this is what bands wore in the 1970s!)
Sherbet, in the 1970s, with Daryl Braithwaite on the far left.
It wasn’t until Daryl released some solo albums in the late 1980s and early 1990s that I really discovered his music and his style.
Now he is another of the artists that I have taken with me on my travels, be it driving around the north island of New Zealand, or running around the deck of any of the Cunard Queens, cruising to all the corners of the globe.
Because I am getting older I do appreciate the life I have lived so far, but also look forward to the life I have yet to live, (and the journeys I shall take), so the words of the first verse of this Favourite Song (not Friday) resonate with me:
My love of life just gets stronger
As the days go by
And some things I wish they would last
Just a little bit long longer
As the days go by.
Do you have any music that makes your travel even more memorable?
Please comment and share your Favourite Songs with me.
Wow, what a week, especially in American politics.
With a little of bit of irony (that I hope my American friends and readers will appreciate) this week’s Favourite Song is Get Used To It by Roger Voudouris.
I just loved this song when I first heard it and it has been on my favourite list ever since.
I still turn it up very loudly in my car and on my iPod too.
Sadly Roger passed away in 2003, very young, and I confess to not really knowing any of his other songs but I am probably not alone in this.
I couldn’t find a good quality clip of him singing this song, but you’ll get the idea from this video.
Look at that hair, those jeans, those moves…
…what else could you ask for from a favourite song on a Friday (other than a different president, I guess…)
Please let me know if you loved Roger, or share any other Favourite Songs with us here.
I love, love, love this song and I always have. It is my favourite song for everyday, not just a Friday – Remember the Days of the Old Schoolyard by Cat Stevens.
The artist ‘formerly known as’ Cat Stevens – now Yusuf Islam – (born Steven Demetre Georgiou) has often generated controversy with his religious and political views.
However, my blog is about travel and nostalgia, so please travel back in time and enjoy this simple piece of nostalgia from my youth, and enjoy this Favourite Song Friday with me.
And just for fun here are some photos of my days in the old schoolyard, at St Josephs primary school in Narrabeen, and Mater Maria College in Warriewood.
First day of high school
And please do let me know what songs inspire you, enthuse you, or just make you move.
This week’s favourite song is by Phil Collins – Something Happened on the Way to Heaven.
This song has specific memories for me (as many favourite songs do) but is yet another song that inspires me to walk, dance or just move.
Strangely I had never seen the official film clip until today when looking it up on YouTube, so was intrigued to see the shaggy dog who steals the show.
On a sadder note, I thought the title of this song was apt considering some of the tragedies that have happened in the world this week, including on the Gold Coast earlier this week (Dream World) and in Brisbane today.
Have a listen, and enjoy this little bit of Phil and nostalgia from the 90s.
Here is today’s Favourite Song – Carly Rae Jepson’s Call Me Maybe
Whilst I thought her song, released in 2012, was pretty catchy it took on a while new level of enjoyment when I saw the Harvard Baseball Team doing their own moves to the song on YouTube.
They are on a journey in a van whilst performing the number so that has the travel side of things covered.
Have a look, you won’t be disappointed.
Here is a new thing I’m doing – Favourite Song Friday.
This is one of my all time favourites – Andrew Gold’s Lonely Boy.
It doesn’t have a great deal to do with travel, although he does leave home in the song, but I figure any piece of music that gets you moving the way this song does has to be appropriate to a blog about travel… right?
(and let me know your favourite songs for travel, or just walking).