Soundtrack To My Life - Jules

Soundtrack To My Life
Many, many years ago I was a member of a parenting forum called "The Bad Mother's Club". I made numerous friends there, received and gave advice, shared laughs and tears and my Friday Night Music Thread was really the precursor of what is now Soundtrack To My Life and the Friday Twiz.

Jules was one of the original members of the forum and I'm honoured to have met her in real life and to be able to call her a friend.  I've seen her go through many ups and downs but she always comes out the other side, smiling.  Here are the tracks she's chosen to represent her Soundtrack To My Life.


Johnny Mathis - When A Child Is Born

I'm going to do these in age of music order, so this is first. It takes me back to Christmas 1976 when my younger brother Mark was born on Christmas Day. As is a common theme throughout this feature, it makes me well up. He is 37 now and is finally being recognised for his fantastic creative talent. When his comedy shows are finished and shown on TV, be prepared to be Bombarded by me, already I am so proud of him, and in awe of him.

Simply Red - Stars

Another emotional tune, but then all of these are. Like Nickie, my life has been lived alongside my massive love of music, and for every situation I've been through, good and bad, there is a tune that takes me back to that time.

Stars was in the charts the year my eldest was born (eek 22 years ago!) and hearing this takes me back to those days when I think I was in complete shock at becoming a Mum, something I'd always wanted but had a deep rooted fear would never happen. When Katie was 6 months old, my dad went to work one day (14th July 1992), collapsed and was rushed to hospital but sadly died. In the car on the way to my Mums from the hospital, in complete and utter shock, this came on the car radio and another set of feelings were 'put to memory'.

Move forward to 2011, when my partner and I decided to move in together, we went to look at a house, trying to spy in as it was being renovated but couldn't get a good look so we nipped into the local cemetery to look through the hedge. Tony showed me where his grandparents were buried, and we realised it was the row our potential new back garden was nearest to. We were walking towards my parents grave, walked past a groundskeepers council van when all of a sudden 'Stars' came on the radio. I hadn't heard it for years, but stood rooted to the spot. I took it as a sign (from my dad?) and took the house when we were offered it.

James Blunt - Three Wise Men

Several years ago I moved to Spain with my (now) ex-husband and 3 children, hoping for a better life. Sadly it didn't work out and my marriage ended, and I returned home in pretty shitty circumstances. But we had planned the move, learnt Spanish for about 3 years, completely renovated our house in order to fund the move and this was around the time James Blunt became famous. I know that whole album off by heart, but 'Thee Wise Men' was symbolic to us and we listened to it over and over. At the time, we sold our "semi by the sea" and basically the song reminds of the (naive in retrospect) hopes I had at the time.

Take That - Patience

The words reflect the state I was in when we returned to England. I was scared, and we only had the clothes we were stood up in. I can't go into detail, but it took me the best part of a year to just recover and adjust back to life in England. It was hard, but I did it. Love this song. It's about hope, just asking everyone to bear with you, have a little patience. It will be ok.

Ellie Goulding - How Long Will I Love You

I'm in the second serious relationship of my life. We've had our ups and downs, 2013 wasn't easy. But the first time I heard this song(late last year), I knew another chapter of my life was beginning. Tony bought this for me for Christmas, and he's posted it to my fb wall, and turned it into a ringtone for me. I well up, feel good about myself, and am really looking forward to the future.

If you really want to know a bit more about my life, I might just fill in the Soundtrack To My Life form again and that would be about songs that mean something to me. (Yes, please do, Jules ~ Nickie)


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