There’s something inside you, it’s hard to explain

I am just going to continue the 25 Days of Songs challenge pretending I was never absent!

#4 – A song that calms you down. That would definitely be the London Grammar version of Kavinsky’s “Nightcall”. Hannah Reid has such an enormously therapeutic voice. I rarely read with music on, but if I do, it’ll be London Grammar.

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Stone set in your eyes, thorn twist in your side

Today on “25 Days of Songs“: A song that reminds you of one/both of your parents.

For some reason, all the challenges and daily prompts bring me back to my parents. So it shall be, my parents are wonderful beings. If I’d have to think of a song that reminded me of them, it would definitely be “With Or Without You” by U2. My parents have been married for 15 years and are still the cutest lovebirds you’ll ever see. Everytime this song comes on, ever since I can remember, they look at each other like they just fell in love all over again. I don’t know the story behind the song and I wouldn’t want to know – that will be their secret, forever.

 

“Through the storm, we reach the shore,
you give it all but I want more.”

I remember, I remember, don’t worry

Lately I discovered the awesome “25 Days of Songs” challenge . I’m a bit late to the party, sorry, but I’ll just start my day one here and now.

 

01 – A song from your childhood

Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight

My childhood was more than heavily influenced by my father. Nowadays, I am forever grateful that Dad showed me different depths of music from decades I overslept. When I was a child I travelled a lot with my parents, mostly to Scandinavia, but also to the south. When I was 6, we were in Italy. My birthday gifts were a wild mix out of Barbie, Legos, everything pink and sparkly, and Phil Collin’s Face Value. I loved every single track and listened to it over and over again until I knew every word by heart (mind you, I was six. I did not know English, so the words that mini me understood amuse me to the day). “In the Air Tonight” was the opening track of that album and, oh boy, I abused the repeat button so hard.

A few years later (two, I believe) we travelled to Norway. I am not sure if it was my birthday back then (I only remember it was my dad’s birthday, mom gave him an inkjet printer and he was happy like a Wiener Schnitzel), but Dad gave me a copy of “No Jackets Required”. Do you have any idea how hard it is to pronounce that album title when you don’t speak English? “Don’t Lose My Number” became a close runner-up to “In the Air Tonight”.

 

To the day, whenever my dad and I go places, we listen to the old stuff. Our shared favorite record is “Seconds Out” by Genesis. Very much to my mum’s dismay, she despises it, mostly because neither Dad nor I are capable of hitting the high notes of “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway”. Sorry, mum!

– C