• Wednesday, May 02, 2007

    Meme time, MUSIC...

    OK, so I've been tagged with one of these so now my turn to have a go. Having completed a short overland trip I found time, when the daughter was sleeping, to kick back and plug into the iPod. This got me thinking about music and travel. About music that you associate with journeys, music that is a must for a long journey, and generally, well, music. Here goes.

    5 - You're going on a long journey, what five albums MUST you take with you? Albums that you need to listen to regularly.

    4 - What four albums/songs do you most associate with a journey or travel experience? You know, the ones you listen to that instantly transport you back to a place and time.

    3 - Your three favourite songs of all time?

    2 - Two feel good songs, the ones that are guaranteed to lift the blues and put a smile on your face.

    1 - Absolute, overall, undoubtedly the best album of all time, in your opinion.


    5 - You're going on a long journey, what five albums MUST you take with you? Albums that you need to listen to regularly.

    The Dreaming, Kate Bush
    Protection, Massive Attack
    Exile on Main Street, The Rolling Stones
    Tears for Fears Greatest Hits
    Led Zeppelin 1 by Led Zeppelin

    4 - What four albums/songs do you most associate with a journey or travel experience? You know, the ones you listen to that instantly transport you back to a place and time.

    Give out but don't give up, Primal Scream - Working in Hong Kong early nineties, late nights walking home from Lan Kwai Fon (spelling) full of beer, happy and with this CD played real loud through the headphones.

    Greatest Hits, Sade - Also early nineties but this time Samet Island, Thailand and being in love (sorry about this) and alfresco sex on an almost empty beach. Happy days!

    This used to be my Playground, Madonna - At the end of my first backpacking journey I was on a plane to London from Hong Kong back in the days when planes were usually half empty and you could smoke. I remember being in a blissful drunken haze and drifting in and out of sleep listening to the in-flight music selection. For some reason everytime I drifted into conciousness this song seemed to be playing, must have heard it a dozen times. As a result whenever I hear it it takes me back to that moment. Again, happy days.

    Angie, The Rolling Stones - Picture the scene: late at night in the dimly lit communal lounge of a backpacker hostel in Hong Kong 1992. Half a dozen or so strangers gathered around and high as kites on various substances. One guy, a slightly morose heroin addict starts telling his tale. The love of his life was in Taiwan. They had been together for many years and were deeply in love, they both had good jobs and life was sweet. But the relationship was a secret. Being Chinese she couldn't tell her father that she was hoping to marry her foreign boyfriend. Then he finds out. Our young hero is thrown on a plane by his girlfriend and flies to Hong Kong to excape possible death at the hands of the girl's father. He's waiting for her but she hasn't come. She isn't going to. He's given up work, started shooting heroin and his life is in a mess. The only thing he cares about is his distant girlfriend and his guitar. With tears in his eyes he starts playing and singing this classic Stones song on his guitar. It was a surreal moment and I don't think there was a dry eye in the house. A moment that will stay with me forever and this song will always remind me of that night.

    3 - Your three favourite songs of all time?

    Didn't realise just how hard this one would be.

    Thank You, Led Zeppelin
    Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones
    Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd

    2 - Two feel good songs, the ones that are guaranteed to lift the blues and put a smile on your face.

    Let me Entertain You, Robbie Williams
    Lola, The Kinks

    1 - Absolute, overall, undoubtedly the best album of all time, in your opinion.

    In reality it would be a joint fist place with many others but if one album then:

    Blood on the Tracks, Bob Dylan


    Tags:

    The Lost Boy - Interesting to see how he copes with this one, will dance music feature highly?
    Lisa at Something Something - I enjoy her weekly eighties feature so it will be interesting to see what she comes up with here, sure to be good.
    Sensei-Katana - I'm thinking heavy rock here as he heads for Afghanistan.
    Escape England - No idea but look forward to seeing.
    Lillian at My Thailand Diary - Mum of three, Swiss and living in Chiang Mai, I have no idea what to expect.

    Meme time, MUSIC...

    2 Comments:

    Blogger The Lost Boy said...

    I will answer this tomorrow. You may be surprised.

    8:50 pm  
    Blogger Life Out East said...

    Ah, I've put another copy under todays date, this has been a draft waiting to happen for some time. Look forward to seeing what you put.

    11:34 pm  

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