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Jane loves music

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As you may remember, I’ve written about Desert Island Discs before. It’s a fairly recent obsession of mine; I’ve always known of its existence, but I had never really listened to it before April of this year when the one and only Mr Martin Sheen featured as a castaway. I am now obsessed, having to both listen on a Sunday morning whenever I can, and also having to check the website each week to see which old broadcasts have been added to the downloadable archive. I’m still waiting for Hugh Laurie’s 1996 appearance to become available, but I did find Donald Sutherland, Quentin Blake and Shirley Hughes on there recently, so they have all been downloaded. I’ve also just found Michael Morpurgo’s appearance.
Anyway, so I thought, to tie in with my new fanatical love for Desert Island Discs, I’d pick my eight discs, one at a time, that I would take to a desert island. Radio 4 ran a survey earlier this year (that I forgot to complete), asking the nation for the discs they would take with them. They then collated the results into various lists, including, of course, the top eight tracks, along with top artists and top Beatles tracks. You can see the results here.
So here’s my first pick. I always thought that Waterloo was my favourite ABBA track, because it’s a feel good song that will always get me up dancing. However, I’ve discovered recently that I actually love Super Trouper a lot more. We sang it in junior school for an end-of-year musical production we put on that was called “WorldVision Song Contest”, and of course, this was used for Sweden. Back then, I didn’t really know much about ABBA, and this song didn’t really mean much to me, except that it made me think of lorries and their headlights.
Now, though, of course, I realise it has nothing to do with lorries or their headlights. What I love about it, aside from a brilliantly catchy melody, and some great harmonies (“Su-p-per, Trou-p-per”), is the sadness in the song. I really love the way that ABBA manage, so often, to imbue a song with so much emotion.
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I also love Donna and the Dynamo’s performance of the song in Mamma Mia!, where it is performed as a party song at Sophia’s hen night. However, the emotion is still there to see, as Donna looks at her daughter as she sings “Cause somewhere in the crowd there’s you.”
It’s not my favourite song in the world, but it’s up there, and it would definitely be on of my eight to take to a desert island with me!
Until next time

Jane loves music

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I’m back! The internet in my house is all back up and running again, so we’re back on! Unfortunately the photo challenge suffered a little in my absence, I didn’t have the foresight to make a note of the prompts for each day, so the last photograph I took was for the 20th June! I’ll be posting the 19th and 20th later, and then making a big effort tomorrow to fill in the gaps.
Anyway, this post is to be devoted to music, which is a rare topic for this blog. On Saturday I went to see Bon Jovi at Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park, London. I’ve never seen them perform before, and I went because my friend Hannah had a spare ticket. I’ve never even really been the hugest fan of Bon Jovi, I like them well enough in that way that you like a band that have been around forever, and you know all of their really famous songs, but you’ve never bought an album. Of course, now, I’m a fully converted mega-fan. They were just so incredibly good!
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The day itself was lovely – we went to London on a coach from Colchester and got to Hyde Park at around 1.00, and after a little bit of mud and some food, we sat and waited! There were other bands on the main stage throughout the afternoon; Vintage Trouble, Lissie and Black Cards, and then Ray Davies! I was particularly excited by the fact that Ray Davies was playing, because I’m a big fan of The Kinks, and have been for a while. So it was great to see him, and he was really good. He played some of the classics, like Lola, Waterloo Sunset, You Really Got Me, All Day and All of the Night, and Sunny Afternoon. 
Then it was time for Bon Jovi. There were 65,000 people there, so the atmosphere was brilliant! As I’ve said, not being the hugest fan before I saw them, I didn’t know the words to all the songs, and so I couldn’t sing along to everything. But, there were songs that I knew really well, and some that I managed to pick up, especially because some, like Bad Medicine, they drew out for ages, so I had ample opportunity to pick up the chorus! They also covered Pretty Woman and Hallelujah, both of which were great.
Of course, they said goodnight before performing Livin’ On a Prayer; and even I didn’t believe they weren’t coming back out! They did, without too much of a delay, and sang a couple more before Jon started singing “Oh, we’re halfway there…” slowly, and of course the whole crowd picked it up and started singing along with him! He kind of went “Yeah!” and then launched into the start of the song. It was so amazing, I can’t imagine what it must be like to have 65,000 people singing your song at you, and I, along with everyone else, just went crazy! It was brilliant! We thought that was the end, but Bon Jovi had other ideas, and carried on, they sang Always, which is a song that reminds me so much of my teenage years! Hannah said she has never heard them sing that live before (and I think this was the fourth or fifth time she has seen them), so that was a treat. They didn’t seem to want to leave the stage, and after a few more songs, Jon grabbed the camera that was at the back of the stage, and zoomed in on a sign a girl was holding that said “F*ck the curfew!” Because we were in Hyde Park, it would seem that a curfew of 10.30PM was in place because of noise, but they didn’t care! They did one more song after that, I Love This Town, which Jon sort of started to play on his guitar and then had to remind himself how it went. I didn’t know it, but it was really nice that they played it because it felt like they were saying how much they loved London!
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It was just such an amazing day, and even though I was shattered on Saturday night and all day Sunday, I wouldn’t have changed it for the world! The whole Hard Rock Calling festival looked really good, I would have liked to have gone across all three days, to see people like The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs, Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks, Train and Barenaked Ladies. Alas, I simply didn’t have the money!
I didn’t film any of Bon Jovi, I was too busy having an amazing time. However, a ridiculous amount of people did, and this is Livin’ On a Prayer that I found on Youtube. I’m not sure that the sheer awesomeness of the performance really comes across on video, but still.
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And here’s a photograph of Sami, me and Hannah, waiting in the glorious (if not slightly too warm) sunshine, for the show to start.
Until next time

Jane loves music

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The other day I was doing my usual reading through my favourite blogs, and I came across a post on a new one that I have just started following. Mighty Girl has a great blog, and one of the things I spotted was this; she decided a year ago that she was going to try and listen to 1000 new songs. Obviously, I have decided that I want to do this too – it seems like a good way to find some new bands, musicians, and indeed songs. So I am going to give it a go. I’ll keep a list of everything I listen to for the first time, and I’ll let you know how it goes. I would love some recommendations – let me know what and who you love and I’ll try them out.

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Until next time!

janey26

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