Hello! I’m not sure if you remember me, but I’m the little shadow of a human being who runs this blog. And yes, I’ve been absent for some time. I’m hoping to do a life update post soon to give you a rundown of this hectic life I lead. However, I recently had to renew my blog subscription and pay actual hard earned money to keep this blog going, which has been the kick up the backside I needed to get back into blogging. Spending money will do that to you. So I’m hoping to be more active here. Fingers crossed.
Anyway, to get me back into blogging I’ve got a really easy tag that was a lot of fun to write! It’s all about music and I adore music so much. Megan kind of tagged everyone, so go check out her blog.
- Your Favourite Song
I literally cannot choose. It is impossible, so I’m going to cheat and list a few of my favourite songs. I promise though, I will keep to the rules for the rest of the post and only mention one song (or maybe two, if I’m feeling particularly indecisive).
“The Blessing” by Kari Jobe
“God Help The Outcasts” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame
“The Tale of Cu Chulainn” by Miracle of Sound (Irish folk rock/metal. Could there be a better combination?)
“Lothlorien” from The Lord of the Rings musical
“Wonder” from the same musical
“Into The West” by Annie Lennox
“Anne Bonney” by Karliene
“I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran
“Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran
This list is so incomplete, but you’ll see more of my favourites as we go through this tag!
2. Your Least Favourite Song
This one is actually so easy. Out of all the songs I’ve heard, the one I’ve hated the most is Shape of You by Ed Sheeran, which is sad, because for years I refused to listen to any of his other songs because of this one, and I was really missing out on some quality music. But I hate this song so much. I know there’s a lot of songs that objectify women, but for me, this one just represents them all, and for some reason, people adore it??? I do not like it.
Rant over. Let’s continue.
3. A Song That Makes You Happy
“The Wellerman” is a such a fun song and I’m so very glad it came to the attention of whoever started the TikTok trend. It’s such a jaunty song and it makes me so happy to listen to! For the record, my favourite versions are Alina Gingertail’s version, The Hound and the Fox’s version, and Nathan Evans’s version.
4. A Song That Makes You Sad
I love sad songs, so there’s plenty that make me feel all tight in the chest and teary. However, one that never fails to make me cry is the song “Cinderella“ by Steven Curtis Chapman. Scratch that, this song makes me bawl. I can’t even listen to it that much because it makes me so emotional. As a bit of backstory, Chapman wrote this song about his daughter, who later died in an accident. It makes me so sad because my dad and I used to dance together all the time and so a song about fathers and daughters dancing together before times runs out is just *sobs*
5. A Song That Makes You Feel Guilty
A song that makes me feel guilty because I shouldn’t be listening to it? Definitely, “Ex-Wives” from Six the Musical. That musical is so dirty and it makes me blush, but the opening song is the very definition of fire.
6. A Song That Often Gets Stuck In Your Head
I would answer “The Wellerman”, but I’m not repeating a song, so I will say “The Skye Boat Song“. It’s an old Scottish classic about Bonnie Prince Charlie and all that jazz. The lines “speed bonnie boat like a bird on the wind” are perpetually stuck in my head.
7. A Song That Reminds You Of Someone
This one is so hard! But, after deliberating for a long time, I think the song 10,000 Reasons is a good answer. This is my mum’s favourite song and she’s requested it played at her funeral whenever that day comes (its already been played at two funerals in my family). But it’s a beautiful song and it always reminds me of my mum.
8. A Song That Reminds You Of Someplace
“Praise You In This Storm” by Casting Crowns reminds me of Longreach, in outback Queensland, simply because I once listened to it while parked in Longreach and now it irreversibly reminds me of Longreach (which is a great town by the way. I love it)
9. A Song That Reminds You Of A Certain Event
“Summer of Sixty-Nine” by Bryan Adams reminds me of a trip my dad and I took to Cape York in 2012. It was playing on the radio all the time. I heard it in Outback Queensland, at the airport in Cairns, on the road in NSW…all the time.
10. A Song You Know All The Words To
This question is bizarre because it seems to indicate that most people don’t know the words to every song in existence??? How weird.
Ok, so I’m not trying to brag, I’m really not, I just have a knack for memorising things. If I listen to a song more than twice I know the words to it. It’s just how my brain is wired, and I like it that way. Of course, this also means I remember the words to songs I don’t like, so there’s pros and cons.
11. A Song You Could Dance To
I could dance to almost every song. I love dancing so much and free form, unstructured, probably terrible dancing is one of my favourite forms of expression. I especially love dancing to Celtic type music, and “Jenny of Oldstones” is another favourite.
12. A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep
In a good, lullaby-type way, or a boring way? I’m going to go with lullaby. “May It Be” by Enya, from The Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack. This song is so calming and helps me focus. I used to literally just have it on repeat while I wrote entire novels (I’ve listened to it thousands of times, according to my iTunes account). Ok, so maybe it doesn’t make me fall asleep, but it would if I was lying in my bed, it really just drives everything else out of my mind.
13. A Song From Your Favourite Band
Who is my favourite band? I have no idea, and I don’t even really know how to answer it. My favourite literal band, or my favourite artist, or what? Ok, I’m going to say my favourite band is Casting Crowns, since I don’t really listen to many proper bands. And one of my favourite songs from them is “Oh My Soul”. It’s such a beautiful song of worship during terrible times, and plus the music video is one of the most beautiful and calming music videos in all the world.
14. A Song From a Band You Hate
I’m going to assume this is a song I like from a band I otherwise don’t like?? That’s how I’m going to interpret it anyway, so I’m going with the song Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift. I don’t hate Taylor Swift, but she’s really not my cup of tea, though I do really love this song, which I believe was originally written for The Hunger Games soundtracks. Also, yes I know that Taylor Swift isn’t a band, but I’m grasping at straws here.
15. A Song Nobody Would Expect You To Love
I’m not sure. My friends were all pretty surprised to find out that I love Ed Sheeran, but I don’t know if there’s a specific song that people wouldn’t expect me to love. Sorry that I can’t give a more specific answer to this question!
16. A Song That Describes You
What? One song to describe the extraordinarily complex and messy person that is me? Hmm…I can’t decide whether to try finding a song that describes my emotions, or a song that describes how someone might view me? I don’t know, this is too much for me. I’m going to skip this question.
17. An Underrated Song More People Should Love
There’s so many good YouTubers that are exceptional singers and I wish they were better known, but is there any particular song by one of them that I wish was better known? I don’t know.
Oh, ok. Here’s a song that seems pretty unknown that I like, it’s called “Firebird” by Owl City and it’s from one of his newer albums. It’s a song about nostalgia, and looking back on childhood, but also being happy with how things are changing and being able to move on. I guess, in essence, its about balancing the “good old times” with living in the present and enjoying what we have now. And yet, no one seems to know this song! A crime, I tell you.
18. A Song That You Often Hear on The Radio
A few months ago, I literally (in the literal sense of the word) heard “Afterglow” by Ed Sheeran on the radio at work every single day. Now I only hear it once a week or so, but yes, I heard it on the radio every single day for at least three or four weeks. My local radio station was obsessed, but that’s ok because I love that song too.
19. A Song You Wish You Heard on the Radio
Adele’s songs! I used to hear them on the radio all the time, but I haven’t heard many in the last few years. If I could hear “Hello” on the radio more, I’d be happy. Unfortunately, radio stations only know that about fifteen songs exist at any one time.
20. A Song You Listen To When You’re Happy
Oh, yes! I have an answer for this, but it’s a whole album and not one single song. I adore Karliene’s The Legend of Anne Bonney album and I listen to it on repeat. It’s so fun and jaunty and full of delicious crime-ridden pirates and queens of the sea. Please do yourself a favour and listen to it, especially if you’re a fan of pirates.
21. A Song You Listen To When You’re Sad
Again, I love sad songs and I have a few go to ones for when I’m sad. “Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran is a sad one, but also a beautiful song and I like to listen to this one (as well as a few other Ed songs) whenever I’m in the mood for a sad song.
22. A Song You Listen To When You’re Angry
The entire soundtrack of A Tale of Two Cities. I can channel my rage over the injustice in the world into that poor soundtrack and I always feel either better, or ready to take on evil authority figures with only a stabbing pen.
23. A Song You Want to Play At Your Wedding
At this stage, I am past my prime at almost twenty-one years of age, so it is unlikely I shall ever be married, and instead I shall remain an old maid, like Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters.
However, should I ever get married, I would like to play “All I Ask of You” and “What Are Words” (the Peter and Evynne Hollens version). I am not a romantic, but these are two of my favourite romantic songs.
24. A Song You Want To Play At Your Funeral
This one is easy actually. I want “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” played at my funeral, particularly Jos Slavick’s version from 1917. This song makes me want to die, but in a good, peaceful sort of way, not in a horrible “I want to die” sort of way, if that makes sense. I guess you could say it makes me not afraid of dying. The line “I’m only going over home”, is so serene and lovely. It’s just such a beautiful song.
25. A Song That Makes You Laugh
Lots of songs make me laugh, but there’s two that have a Chelsea-will-laugh-no-matter-how-bad-her-day-was guarantee. One is “You’ll Be Back” from Hamilton, and the other is “What a Comforting Thing to Know” from The Slipper and the Rose. Both are exceedingly good and I highly recommend them.
26. A Song That You Can Play
Literally not a single song. I couldn’t even play Mary Had a Little Lamb when I learnt recorder. My musical abilities are approximately -25.
27. A Song You Wish You Could Play
Every single one! I want to play all the songs! Particularly I want to play pirate/sea shanties/The Wellerman, on tin whistles. And I’ve always wanted to play the oboe sections of “Man of Colours” by Ice House.
28. A Song From Your Childhood
Until I developed my own taste in music around the age of twelve or thirteen, my listening was very much dictated by my parents, which meant I listened to a lot of The Phantom of the Opera, My Friend the Chocolate Cake (an alternative Australian band, which yes, is at weird as it sounds), Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Midnight Oil, Ice House, and all the 80s rock classics. All of those songs very much part of my childhood. I think maybe I’ll choose “Beds are Burning” by Midnight Oil, since that song is one that I very clearly remember being introduced to, and when my dad explained to me the background of that song (the fight for Aboriginal land rights) it ignited in me a passion for that particular topic that has stayed with me ever since.
29. Your Favourite Duet
There’s so many good musicals that have wonderful duets in them, but I think one of my favourites will always be “Rain Will Make the Flowers Grow” from Les Miserables. It’s so sad, it will never stop being sad, and Eponine deserved better.
30. Your Favourite Song at This Time of Year
“This time of year” currently is autumn, almost winter. I’m a very seasonal person and autumn very much means Celtic music and anything inspired by Lord of the Rings and/or mythology. What’s my favourite song at the moment? I think it’s “I See Fire” right now, particularly the Celtic Woman version.
Well, that about does it for today. I’m not going to tag anyone, because the mental abilities needed for that are escaping me at the moment, but I need to know what you’re favourite songs are! Do you have an eclectic taste like me? Or do you mostly just listen to one genre? What is your least favourite song? And what song never fails to make you laugh?