Ten songs and ten memories

Parachutes // Charlie Simpson

Firework night, I wanna say 2010 or 2011, I was living that typical teenage life of falling for your best friend, and he was meant to meet me that night to watch the fireworks, and Charlie Simpson was playing that night at the event. The same night I got on a carousel with my friends, and my colourful carousel horse had the same name as my guy! I obviously saw this as a sign, but to cut a long story short, I was definitely in his friendzone (we’re still friends now by the way, this seems like a lifetime ago!) and that night did not go how I planned it, and I feel like used this song as a soundtrack to my visions of that night. Even now when I listen to it I can feel myself back in that field, watching fireworks, and imagining what might happen.

Mr Brightside // The Killers

I mean this song has been around since 2003 so I must have heard it a million and one times, but for me it definitely brings back so many memories of nights out at University. In the early hours of the morning, when the music started to stray from mainstream pop hits to old school classics, because everyone was off their faces and possibly eating other people’s faces! These were the times I loved best, screaming along at the top of my lungs with all my favourite people, jumping up and down and basically having the time of my life. A few songs hold these memories for me, but this one is one of the best ones.

See You Again // Miley Cyrus

Yep, I went there, Miley Cyrus, and more than that, old school Miley Cyrus is the one. One of my best friends and I (we’ve been friends since nursery school) used to be obsessed with The Jonas Brothers and everything like that, and I remember vividly going to visit her and being so excited about owning the new Miley Cyrus CD ‘Breakout’ and we went into her little wardrobe den and listened to the CD non-stop and this song was our absolute favourite, so this song without fail makes me think of her and our friendship.

Hey Porsche // Nelly

When I first started drafting this blog post, this was going to be a song with happy memories, but now I guess they’re kind of bittersweet? They’re still happy memories, but I guess with a hue of sadness over them now, like in ‘Inside Out.’ This song, for me, turning the volume up, driving down roads in an old car, winding down the windows and the sun roof and yelling at the top of our lungs, looking over at his goofy smile and laugh and feeling like the luckiest girl in the world. Arm dancing out the windows and breaking the speed limit and feeling like the moment would never end.

Greatest Day // Take That

So this song wasn’t originally on my list, until I heard it on the radio today, and just like that I remembered everything! I’ve had to look up what year it came out to place my memories, and it came out in 2008, which puts me at like Year 8 or 9 of secondary school, maybe about 13 or 14, and my best male friend at the time and me were trying to sing it, and we would just burst out laughing every time because his struggling puberty voice could not hit the note required. I started laughing in my car even today just thinking about it.

Ready // Kodaline

The obsession with this song started with a joke in last term of Uni where my housemates were doing prank calls, and it would take way too long to explain, but my best friend and I then had an ongoing inside joke involving saying ‘Are you Ready?’ Then that same summer we went to a festival and saw Kodaline play this live, and then we went to Thailand together and this song was basically our soundtrack. My friend made an entire playlist for that trip, and most of the songs on it make me think of travelling round with her that summer, but this song always makes me smile and think of my amazing best friend.

Love Forty Down // Frank Turner

Recognise the name? This is the song that gave me my blog name, and it all came from that same summer when I went travelling with my best friend, and my boyfriend at the time cheated on me, at the same time as Frank Turner’s album ‘Positive Songs for Negative People’ came out. This song really resonated with me at the time, because it was about fighting back, and at first it was me fighting for us, but then it became about fighting for myself, which was where my original blog came from! (On Blogger, it’s still out there – it actually comes up on google before this blog) I blogged about trying new things and trying to rediscover myself, and that is what this song means to me. Whenever I hear it, I have motivation, and I feel myself fighting again.

I Almost Do // Taylor Swift

Okay, so Taylor Swift’s entire ‘Red’ album is my break up album – the 3 big, heart shattering break ups I have had, I always crack this album out, but it came out just after my first ever break up, and this song in particular makes me think of that time in my life. That break up now, I can look at from a ‘distance,’ kind of like it happened to someone else, but this song does bring back memories of crying myself to sleep and feeling like I would never recover. But I know that I did, so I often listen to it whenever I’m sad – you know when sometimes you need to indulge your sadness, and just cry? This is my song for that.

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together // Taylor Swift

So this all came from the same first break up as the one above, but it turned into a song that makes me think of a friend of mine, who went through a break up at the same time, and on nights out when this song was really really popular, we would sing it together at the top of our voices, and do embarrassing dances, and those memories with her make me so happy! I am an awful dancer, but whenever I danced to this song with her I would just forget, and it just makes my heart happy.

Home // Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

So this song has more of specific memory than some of the others, my friend from the Greatest Day story took me before I started uni to this club in Oxford called the Catweazle Club, where people perform whatever they want really, from poetry to songs to speeches to comedy, whatever you want. We went a few times together and it was always so much fun, and one of the last times we went, two girls, a couple, sang this song. It was unpolished and funny and authentic, and afterwards they sat down on one of the old couches in the room, and held their heads close together, and I’ve always remembered that moment, and that song. I just thought it was so beautiful.


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