I share videos all day on Instagram stories, just snippets of our days. Walks to the park, wanders through town or beach stops for ice cream. I try and choose music that matches the video or goes together, like pairing a wine and cheese. I can take a really long time committing to something, sometimes I know what the song choice will be before I’ve even finished the video.
I get handfuls of messages every week about the music choices. Some thanking me for reminders that a song existed, some that remind people of their childhood, a break up or just one that hits the right spot and we don’t really know why. A certain beat, a line or a word and it can take you right back to a moment. Giving you butterflies in your tummy and you can’t explain why. It just does. I’ve always thought music says a lot about a person, you can tell what mood they are in or what kind of day they’ve had.
I grew up with music, there was a different playlist for everything. Spring Cleaning, with the windows flung open and you could hear Bob Marley blasting down the street as the whole house got a good dusting. A quiet evening sitting on the floor when I visited my Dad, we would colour and doodle along to David Bowie or The Rolling Stones, the sound of the needle hitting a record and the vinyl starting still makes my heart all kinds of happy. Or, lying in bed at 4am with a song on repeat after your first breakup until you eventually fall asleep. Every song means something different to someone else. They come at a different time in your life, just when tyou needed it. You listen back when you are a little older and the words are still the same but can mean something totally different and can mean so much more, or less.
My first ever record I bought was Kylie, Locomotion. I had the leg warmers and knew the dance moves. I remember walking back into town from the record shop with my mum, swimming my bag, so proud of myself and couldn’t wait to put it on. It played on a loop for weeks and is more than likely why I can’t stand listening to it now. Then, I got my first walkman and while my friends were taping the chartshow. Trying so hard to cut the DJ’s chatting off and get just the song I was blasting Greenday’s ‘Dookie’ album and the next minute was listening to Classical FM and not caring how ‘uncool’ it was not knowing who was at number one, I still couldn’t. There comes a certainty as you grow, being more confident with the music you choose to surround yourself with, being self assured and knowing who you are so when you hear a song, you instantly know you love it.
I get asked often if I can make a playlist. So, now that the smallest ones are all in nursery for a couple of hours a day, how do you think I spent my time? Thats right… I went through my stories for the last year and made a list of the songs I’d used and popped them in a playlist. You are welcome *wink*.
You can click here:
*My Little Stories – all the song from my stories*
And it will take you to Spotify, and each time I upload a new story with a song I’ll pop it in.
I’ve got a few other playlists in the works and will keep adding them over time.
Happy Friday, and enjoy!