I'm starting with Top Ten Thursday which is set by Tamara at Part-time Working Hockey Mom and this week we're posting the top ten songs that no matter how much time has gone by, they will always take us back to a very specific moment, place or person. There are so many songs I could have chosen, but I've managed to whittle it down to just ten and then there are some that are too personal to share the reasons behind.
1. Groove is in the Heart - Deee-Lite: a night at Bay Rock in the city I trained in, and whilst this song was playing I was dancing with a friend and the couple next to us were dancing in a way that can only be described as verging on pornographic. Understandably, the two of us didn't know whether to laugh or cringe.
2. I'll Be There - Mariah Carey: I remember listening to this song in Saudi when I first met Ken, and we were having a very serious discussion about how some songs are perfect to listen to when you're feeling miserable, almost like pressing against a tooth when you have toothache.
3. Evergreen - Will Young: One of the hardest things I've ever done is support a patient through his wedding which was being performed because he was dying - he was only in his 20's. This is the song that they had their first dance to and for years I couldn't listen to it without getting tears in my eyes.
4. Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler: This song takes me back to the same wedding mentioned above, as my patient's new wife sang this to him after the ceremony - heartbreaking. I don'g think there was a dry eye in the room, and it still hurts my heart when I hear it.
5. Time to Say Goodbye - Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli: When Ken and I first started seeing each other, I was still meant to be returning to Australia and had a return ticket. I was at one of those crossroads in life and had gone out and bought the single for this song as it seemed rather fitting. That night I was talking to Ken on the phone (I was in Nottingham and he was in London), and he had bought the same single that day - spooky. This song brings back those emotions that I was going through all those years ago.
6. Can't Help Lovin Dat Man - Showboat: This is one of the first musicals I ever saw live - it was a production by the local music society in Burnie and was at the Civic Centre. I fell in love with musicals and this is my favourite song from Showboat.
7. From This Moment On - Shania Twain: This is the song that we had playing in the church as we signed the marriage register - the first time I officially signed my name as Mrs Pamela Wright, the luckiest girl in the world as I'd just married my best friend and soul mate.
8. All the Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople: We were at a nurses graduation ball in Nottingham, having been invited by two students I'd gotten to know. This song came on and the next thing I knew I was being dragged onto the floor by my beloved, with him shouting "this is the anthem of my youth"!
9. Alive and Kicking - Simple Minds: When I was in Saudi I went to aerobics at least twice a week, sometimes more, which was led by a British girl Jackie. This song was part of the music mix she used, and along with several others, as soon as I hear it I feel like I should be doing certain aerobic moves even though it's twenty five years since I did that routine.
10. Canon in D - Johann Pachelbel: This is the piece of music I walked into the church to for our wedding and whenever I hear it I smile.
Until next time, be good, stay safe, and listen to some good music this week.
Pamela & Ken