2. List 10 songs you love that begin with that letter (along with some way people can listen to them).
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.
debodacious gave me an ‘S’.
Sumer Is Icumen In
I love this and it reminds me of our sweet girlish voices, hem hem, singing it at school.
Someone Else’s Baby, Adam Faith
Of course I have to have something by Adam. It’s still cute, all two minutes and twenty seconds of it.
Slow Train, Flanders and Swann
An extraordinary song which causes nostalgia in people who weren’t even born when the Beeching Axe fell. It makes poetry out of a list of names.
Scarborough Fair, Simon and Garfunkel
It was a toss up between this and Sound of Silence but for me the harmonies in Scarborough Fair are the quintessential sweet sound of Simon and Garfunkel.
(Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones
Someone *waves* was teasing me for loving this so much but it’s been the background to just about every party I’ve ever been to and still makes me want to dance.
Something, The Beatles
Written by George Harrison, who was rightly disgruntled that so few of his songs made it onto the group’s albums.
Shangri-La, The Kinks
Includes my favourite line: gone are the lavatories in the back yard. At the time, I just liked the song. Later on I marvelled that anyone as young as Ray Davies was when he wrote it could express nostalgia for times that were only just changing, while hinting that not all change was for the better.
Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands, Bob Dylan
Far from being my favourite Dylan song but very beautiful.
Someone To Watch Over Me, Ella Fitzgerald
The kind of song I didn’t learn to appreciate until I was about forty, when I also realized that hey, Frank Sinatra is really good.
Set Fire To The Rain, Adele
There’s too much old music on this list so I’ve included my latest fave.
That’s it, and I’ve got another ten bubbling under, each just as worthy of a place.
Say the word if you’d like a letter to give this a go.