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  1. Music feeling

    I don’t understand people who don’t listen to music…

    How do they survive?

    Are they even human?

    I just can’t function without music, from the minute I wake up until the minute I go to bed there is always something playing in the background. Some days I need the music and some days I need the lyrics… Some days I can’t get the words out to describe how I’m feeling, but I can always find a song that does!

    I saw this list and I thought I’d give it a go, if nothing else it’ll create a pretty cool playlist (which you can listen to here on Spotify if you so choose). Some are here because they’re just good songs and don’t require any explanation, other songs require a little bit of an explanation in order to understand what they mean to me.


    • 1: A song you like with a colour in the title

    Sonata Arctica – Black Sheep

                I think I first discovered this band in the early 2000s on Headbangers Ball (remember that?). Had to pick Black Sheep because that’s me 😊

    • 2: A song you like with a number in the title

    Ghost – Year Zero

                Pretty self explanatory, just a catchy tune from Ghost, are you even singing if you don’t ‘sing’ the guitar solo too?

    • 3: A song that reminds you of summertime

    Korpiklaani – Let’s Drink

                It’s the summer of 2007, I’ve left a violent relationship, I’m finally free of my old life and living my best life in my little top floor apartment. This song brings back memories of standing on the balcony, Lambrini in a teacup with Kelly, and turning the volume up loud getting ready for a night out at the Wendyhouse!

    • 4: A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about

    Sponge – Plowed

                Ahh it’s 1999 – the one who got away… Sunday days spent waiting for a phonecall… Tragic haha…

    • 5: A song that needs to be played LOUD

    Mindless Self Indulgence – Shut Me Up

                The song that gets me to the dancefloor everytime… Peeing faster when it came on during a trip to the loo!

    • 6: A5d879d72a6a9bbabf11cb26c82ad95a4 song that makes you want to dance

    QFX – Children of the Night

    • 7: A song to drive to

    Ghost – Call Me Little Sunshine

    • 8: A song about drugs or alcohol

    Korpiklaani – Wooden Pints

    • 9: A song that makes you happy

    The Killers – Mr Brightside

                Is there anyone out there who this song doesn’t make happy?

    • 10: A song that makes you sad

    Within Temptation – Our Farewell

                Right from the first few notes – oooof!

    • 11: A song that you never get tired of

    Ghost – Dance Macabre (remix)

                Listen to it, you’ll see why. This remix is everything… Almost like a satanic ABBA haha!

    • 12: A song from your preteen years

    4 Non Blondes – What’s Up

    • 13: One of your favourite 80’s songs

    Communards – Don’t Leave Me this Way

    • 14: A song that you would love played at your wedding

    Poison – Every Rose Has It’s Thorn

                Otto had it at his wedding on The Simpsons so why not?

    • 15: A song that is a cover by another artist

    Turisas – Rasputin

                I love Boney M, I love ‘battle’ metal… This is one of THE best cover songs to ever exist – even better live!

    • 16: One of your favourite classical songs

    Therion – O Fortuna

                This song is pretty metal on it’s own, but this version blows me away!

    • 17: A song that would sing a duet with on karaoke

    Meatloaf – Paradise By The Dashboard Light

                Ahh this takes me back to the late 90’s, underage drinking and going to karaoke with my work friends… And yes I tried to sing both parts haha.

    So many awesome memories from this time!

    • 18: A song from the year that you were born

    OMD – Enola Gay

    • 19: A song that makes you think about life

    Nightwish – The Greatest Show on Earth

                Have you heard it? Wow it might be 24 minutes long but don’t let that put you off… I think this may top as my most favourite Nightwish song ever! So many elements to it, so much feeling. It is quite literally THE song about life – evolution – right from the big bang… We are one, we are a universe!c4ad1c7e35912d869ce595b644fcb10d

    • 20: A song that has many meanings to you

    Sonata Arctica – Don’t Say a Word

    • 21: A favourite song with a person’s name in the title

    Within Temptation - Sinead

    • 22: A song that moves you forward

    Amon Amarth – The Pursuit of Vikings

    You could pretty much insert any Amon Amarth song here… When I’m lacking motivation they drive me to keep going.

    • 23: A song that you think everybody should listen to

    The Hu – Yuve Yuve Yu

                I mean just listen to it, you’ll see why – so much fun x

    • 24: A song by a band you wish were still together

    Him – Wings of a Butterfly

                Going right back to 2007 again and celebrating my freedom and being able to listen to bands without accusation of fancying the guys in them (jeeze I’ve just been reminded that that really happened, but it did). These are a band I was always gutted I didn’t get to see live… I did have a giant poster in my bathroom though for some reason :D

    • 25: A song by an artist no longer living

    Meatloaf – Bat Out of Hell

                I always had a soft spot for Meatloaf, I’m gutted I never got to see him perform live…

    • 26: A song that makes you want to fall in love

    Extreme – More than Words

                I remember being 11/12 and hearing this and thinking ‘wow, imagine being so in love and someone loving you so much too…’ 30 years later I’m still thinking the same lol. It’s ok though, now I can accept I’m unlovable and words are just lies…

    • 27: A song that breaks your heart

    The Veronicas – You Ruin Me

                This song just hits different when you’ve lived it… Tears everytime!

    • 28: A song by an artist with a voice that you love

    Nightwish (Marko Hietala) – While Your Lips Are Still Red

                You know when you find that song that is just ‘sex’ for want of a better word… This is it! Absolutely beautiful… He has such a unique sound, his voice is everything (I mean Marko’s everything is everything but you know…) <3

    • 29: A song that you remember from your childhood

    Ram Jam – Black Betty

                Growing up I loved this song, I used to play it from my dad’s vinyl collection all the time. I was convinced it was about a woman… I only found out a few years ago it’s about a gun – gutted!

    • 30: A song that reminds you of yourself

    Fleetwood Mac – Gypsyc158ac882bc2c0bd8299ae89e7e53bbb

                This song got me through some tough times 4 years ago, I feel like it’s the soundtrack to my life now though (my children would roll their eyes and agree). I find it empowering! Stevie Nicks is a Goddess <3

    ‘To the gypsy that remains, faces freedom with a little fear. I have no fear, I have only love.’– My husband had just left me after 10 years, I was pregnant, but I was free, all insecurities I had disappeared. I had no fear anymore, I was alone with 6 children but I had love and that was enough to keep me strong.

    ‘…the child was enough, enough for me to love…’ – The child was enough for me to love, I knew I was going to be strong enough to raise him alone and I am… I wouldn’t change it for the world x

    ‘She is dancing away from you now, she was just a wish. She was just a wish, and her memory is all that is left for you now…’– SHE is the old me, I have the memories of the old me but I’m not the same person I was 4 years ago… She was just a wish…

  2. memory blanket x

    For a while now I've been thinking about the waste produced when making memory keepsakes. I wanted to make use of the fabric somehow. Someone suggested I use the fabrics to make things to sell but it's just not ethical all around to make items for sale from someone's loved ones items of clothing. Quite often there's just one little emblem to cut out of a whole garment so the clothing isn't suitable to pass on to charity either. 

    Recently I made a beautiful memory quilt for a lovely lady who also didn't want to see the rest of the clothing I'd used on it go to waste, she requested that I somehow used up some of the fabrics and made some little items she could give to people. She suggested scrunchies which will make brilliant little keepsake gifts for friends and hanging hearts. I had a look at what I had left and saved the bigger panels and sleeves. 

    In the end I made layered hearts and keyrings as well, but in future I'm thinking of adding little coin purses and bookmarks as an option. These add-ons make ideal, low priced, token keepsakes to give out to extended family and friends as a gift. Is there anything else you'd like to see as an add-on?

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