Listography - songs that transport me to a particular time and place

Musical memories, they work better than anything else for me. They are the backing track to every important event in my life. To choose just five for Kate's latest Listography was not easy, but some do stand out. I wouldn't listen to most of them now, but just hearing their opening bars transports me right back there. Who needs a De Lorean when you have songs?

1. Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel - Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)

My life at University really began in January 1981: I got a job as a glass collector in the bar of the student halls of residence. A great way to meet people, and some play money too. When I'd finished up around midnight, I head down to the main University disco and dance my socks off until it closed before heading on down to the Palace or Plaza for one of the world's hottest curries with the lads. In bed by 4 and up before 9 to study: great practice for being a special needs mum!

They played this regularly in the disco and I always danced with the same boy - he was actually going out with a friend of mine, but she didn't seem to mind.

2. Yazz & The Plastic Population - The Only Way Is Up

The day I got married really was one of the best days of my life: no stress for me, I did my own hair and make up and got married in a rented dress. The whole things was organised in three months, with the help of my Mum, and I got married in my home town so my 87 year old Granny could come too. That made things easy - no registry office so I had to get married in Church, and only one hassle-free venue for the 50 odd guests. Sounds like a small number? They were my friends remember: as soon as the music started they were up and dancing and they didn't stop all night. This was the first song, perhaps I was a bit optimistic, but I was young and in love. What could possibly go wrong?

3. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

It's appropriate that my favourite song of all time is the one I listened to as I laboured to give birth to Angel. A special song for a very special occasion, that would eventually change me from a party girl into the full time mum that I am now.

4. Anastasia - Sick and Tired

My break up song, played very loudly in between calls to the solicitor while driving to work across the River Liffey. I know it's now illegal, but my commute was the only private time I had in those days.

5. Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling

In 2006 I left my marriage with my kids, in 2007 my beautiful mother died and in 2008 I lost my job. I also joined Facebook and the new friends I made while working on the campaign to save child benefit, helped me make a new beginning in 2009. We celebrated with a memorable night out in October that will be forever associated with this song and me pretending I was still 21.

Soon afterwards I began to meet the wonderfully supportive autism mammies in real life too.

There followed a few more years of partying, but I think they're out of my system now. What  musical memories will I build in the future? You'll just have to wait and see.

For a similar post about my childhood check out this earlier Listography.


  1. This is great! I too have certain songs that transport me to different places...(I loved Yaz!)

  2. This is a lovely list and a lovely look back on your life, for me, who didn't know you then.
    You had a very tough few years especially 2006-2008. Life-changing. And look at you now. Still smiling!
    Similarities? I loved song No 2 and Song No 5 is on my all time favourite lists. Oh, and we too organised our wedding in 3 months! My dress wasn't rented (spent less than €300 on it though) but my bridesmaids dresses were! xx

    1. I think organising a wedding quickly is actually easier, you just have to make decisions! xx

  3. Such great songs, take me places too! And I could really hear the energy of I gotta feeling as I read your words :)

  4. Here from Kate's Listography linky... I love the Yazz song - I have a memory behind that too but I didn't share it this time. Great choices & stories.

    1. I'd love to know what it is! Thanks for reading and commenting Nickie.