Soundtrack To My Life : Songs You Should Never Play At A Funeral

For new(er) readers, or those not in the know, Soundtrack To My Life is an irregular music series that appears on my blog from time to time.  Over the years, I've had guest posts from people who documented songs that transport them back to a specific moment in their life and I've generated playlists for a variety of reasons (click here to scroll through the 100+ entries). 

Soundtrack To My Life : Songs You Should Never Play At A Funeral

So, moving on from an entry earlier this year of Songs You Should Never Play On Hospital Radio, there was only one way to go... Songs You Should Never Play At A Funeral.  I've collated a few here but please feel free to hit me up on any of my social media channels and suggest your own.


Your loved one has just passed away and the family are gathered around paying their last respects.  The last song you want to hear is Another One Bites The Dust softly playing in the background on the kitchen radio.

It's now time to decide whether you want a burial or a cremation. I've always wanted to be buried but my husband has always expressed a preference for cremation and it's important to discuss these things.  Maybe listening to  Ashes to Ashes and Going Underground on repeat will help you make up your mind?

I've always enjoyed the scene in Beetlejuice that makes you believe the choice for your afterlife destiny is determined by taking your number and waiting in line for your judgement.  Maybe the decision can be influenced by playing Knocking on Heaven's Door and Highway to Hell on a loop?

And now it's time for the mourning period to start properly.  Everybody needs a bit of time to come to terms with their loss and that amount of time is different for everybody.  It is probably best to try and avoid songs like Somebody That I Used To Know and Since U Been Gone for a good few weeks, at least!

But everybody is different.  The reprise in your mourning period might be helped by listening to Live And Let Die.

But then again, it might be 'good riddance' and that person is Better Off Dead!!


Soundtrack To My Life : Songs You Should Never Play At A Funeral

Soundtrack To My Life is an occasional series where I talk about music that has influenced my life in some way. Read/Listen to all the previous Soundtrack To My Life entries here or follow the dedicated Pinterest board.


There Are Two Types Of Photos I Always Take On Holiday...

#BEDN : There Are Two Types Of Photos I Always Take On Holiday... - sunset in Roda, Corfu

I'm not a great photographer.  Most of my images are taken on whatever mobile phone I have at the time and I've recently bought a Nikon D3300 camera, on which I am (unsuccessfully) attempting to move from auto to manual.

But I've notice a pattern in my holiday snaps over the years.  Yes, there's the usual scenery shots that mean nothing to anyone else (or have been seen a hundred times before in other people's holiday photos) and then there's the pictures of your fellow holidaymakers, all smiling away at the camera whilst squinting into the sun. 

But my preferred shot is either the sunset or the planescape. Here's a few favourites I've taken from over the years... 

This sunset shot was taken from a hotel balcony in Albuferia, Portugal and it now hangs on my landing at home on canvas.  Coincidentally, we are going back to the same hotel at Christmas this year and I'm looking forward to seeing what winter sunsets are like! 

#BEDN : There Are Two Types Of Photos I Always Take On Holiday... - sunset in Albuferia, Portugal
Albuferia, Portugal

This sunset was taken in Roda, Corfu.  We celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary here last year and I would go back to this area in a heartbeat.  Roda is so chilled and the weather was just perfect.  I can't actually decide whether here or Ibiza is the place I'd like to move to if I had the opportunity. (note: I love Roda that much I wrote about it here)

#BEDN : There Are Two Types Of Photos I Always Take On Holiday... - sunset in Roda, Corfu
Roda, Corfu

And finally, Ibiza.  We were back on the island for the third time earlier this year.  Our hotel in San Antonio Bay was facing the exact same direction as, but across the bay from, Cafe Mambo where everyone goes to watch the sunset each evening. Watching the sun disappear never got boring and each sunset was totally different. 

#BEDN : There Are Two Types Of Photos I Always Take On Holiday... - sunset in San Antonio Bay, Ibiza
San Antonio Bay, Ibiza

The first planescape photo I ever took was whilst flying over Spain about 11 or 12 years ago. I'm not even sure the word "planescape" even existed back then but I just knew that I liked what I saw and it fascinated me!

#BEDN : There Are Two Types Of Photos I Always Take On Holiday... In a plane, over Spain somewhere
Somewhere over Spain

This next one is from when we were flying back from Turkey a few years ago.  It was about 30 minutes until we were due to land at Manchester, Jake looked out of the window and exclaimed, "Mum, LOOK! It's Eastenders!"  And he was right... if you tilt your head to the left, you can make out the bend of the River Thames as it winds it's way through London and the circular roof of the Millennium Dome O2 Stadium. 

#BEDN : There Are Two Types Of Photos I Always Take On Holiday... In a plane, over London, England
London, England

The final one (for now) was taken as we were leaving Tunisia.  This country became one of our favoured destinations and we were heartbroken when travel was halted due to acts of terrorism in 2015 - mostly for the people who lived there as it brought many businesses to a complete standstill.  Even though it has recently been declared safe to travel again, it may be a couple more years until we venture back that way.

#BEDN : There Are Two Types Of Photos I Always Take On Holiday... - in a plane leaving Tunisia
Leaving Tunisia
I've just realised that both of these types of photographs include the sky in some way but what really stirs the geek in me is the enormity of the lack of control I have over what I am seeing in these photos.  You can't argue with nature; no matter what happens, the sun will always rise in the morning and set in the evening, even if you can't actually see it. Similarly, having the ability to travel to the furthest corners of the Earth and being able to see, from your plane window, the land beneath, exactly as it appears on a map or a globe, just fascinates me.


Who Is She?

#BEDN : Who Is She?  One of my favourite photos of me! Taking a selfie at parkrun, looking slighty bedraggled!
One of my favourite photos of me - credit : Gemma McAuley

Why do I always feel a bit lost when I need to write something about myself? I started writing a list of "I am..." type lines but it was veering into Steve Miller Band, The Joker territory and I'm definitely no 'gangster of love'!! So what I usually do is to direct people to one of my two mini biographies that I tout about on social media because they are short and snappy and, hopefully, a little bit witty.  Plus they can be conversation starters...

This is my Twitter bio which stems from a lifetime of living with a car trader!
1972 model, good condition (large scratch on bodywork), one careful owner since 1990. Genuine mileage. Full history available.

And this is my blog bio which gives you an overview of who I am, what I write about and some of my hobbies!
Teenage mum | "granny at 36" | social media addict | stationery lover | blogger | podcaster | slow runner

Anyway, the reason for this dilemma is that I'm going to be "Blogging Every Day in November" (or at least when I remember) and joining in with prompts from Elizabeth Dhokia. The first task is to introduce myself which feels a bit weird on my own blog but I'm hoping for new readers too

Prompts used to happen a lot when I first started blogging. Someone would write a blog post with a specific theme (for writing or photography) and whole blogging communities would join in.  It's how I met most of the OB's (original parent bloggers) from the 2009-2010 era, many of which I am lucky enough to still have as friends today, especially when ten years is a fucking long time in internet land! 

I was going to do a bit of a list of "10 things you didn't need to know about me" but I've had a sneak peek of the upcoming themes that Elizabeth has created for this #BEDN and there's some really good ones that I can definitely get stuck into. You surely will know a lot more about me by the end of November and hopefully I'll dig myself out of this writing funk that I've been in for a while.  I hope you're going to like what's coming up and, if you're a new reader please do let's connect on social media.

Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Oh, and the reason for choosing the lead photo for this blog post... it's how a lot of people know me these days; phone in hand, taking a selfie (or groupie), usually after a run, micro-blogging my life over on Instagram! 



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