#30 Day Summer Song Challenge



My 30day summer playlist

Creating playlist using Alexa


I heard about 30 day song challenge on One Beautiful Thing.


Once started thinking of songs that fit criteria, soon realised they could double as summer playlist for Elsie LMC summer checklist as amongst first songs thought of were Summer of 69 and We are young which was an anthem of Summer 1994.


My 30day summer playlist

1. Song with colour in the title

Ruby by the Kasier chiefs.

2. Song with number in the title

Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams

3. A song that reminds of summertime

In the summertime by Mungo Jerry

4. A song that reminds of someone rather forget 

One hand in by pocket by Alannis Morrisette

5. A song to play loud 

Americain Idiot by Green day

6. A song that makes you want to dance 

Uptown funk by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars

7. A driving song

I like Driving in my car by Madness

8. A song that mentions drugs or alcohol 

Cigarettes and alcohol by Oasis. 

9. A song that makes you happy

Alright by Supergrass which was an anthem of summer 1994.

10. A song that makes you sad

Everybody hurts by REM

11. A song you never get tired of

Wonderwall by Oasis

12. A song from your preteen years

Days by Kirsty Mcall. I used to as pre teen much prefer Kirsty McCall version, now I like original by Kinks too.

13. A song like from 70s

Fat bottomed girls by Queen

14. A song you’d love to be played at your wedding

Stand by me by Ben E King.

As my bonus (because I’m the bride) twinned with Stand by me by Oasis.

Day 15: A song you like that’s a cover by another artist

20th century boy by Placebo

• Day 16: A song that’s a classic favourite

Imagine by John Lennon

• Day 17: A song you’d sing as a duet in karaoke

Ugh can not sing don’t like karaoke 🎤 Perhapas Don’t look back on anger by Oasis in hope others would join in and drown me out.

• Day 18: A song from the year you were born

A town called Malice by Jam (1982)

• Day 19: A song that makes you think about life

Why does it always rain on me by Travis

• Day 20: A song that has many meanings to you

Brimful of Asha by Cornershop. I can remember it being out as a teenager. I can remember making my friends little boy giggle by singing it to him with his Dad. Jasmine’s diary mentions singing it at Ed Fest as that is something I did in honour of venue 45. Jasmine’s blog: End of fringe

• Day 21: A song you like with a person’s name in the title

Valerie , Zutons

•Day 22: A song that moves you forward

This was last song catergory though of song for as was not sure what moved forward meant. A lot of the songs in playlist are good and therefore can motivate me to move. So just gone for another song thought of when doing this that have not fitted into another category.

Love is the Law by Seahorses.

•Day 23: A song you think everyone should listen to

Think Beatles were influential to much music after therefore everyone should know at least one Beatles song.

I will go with Hey Jude as fun easy listening song.

• Day 24: A song by a band you wish was still together

Well let’s go for yet another Oasis, I do love them! Let’s go for one that sounds summery because mentions strawberry lemonade dreams; Talk tonight.

• Day 25: A song you like by a dead artist

Wake me up before you go by George Michael

• Day 26: A song that makes you want to fall in love 💓

It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones. Can remember my Grandparents dancing to it in kitchen when it came on radio (something is telling me they had red radio). In honour of then it is another song could play at my wedding.

• Day 27: A song that breaks your heart 💔 Not sure about heartbreaking but will go with a song that sounds rather melancholy but also about beaches and theeefire summer : At the river by Hrove Amanda. I can sing on loop ‘If your fond of sand dunes and quaint little villages by coast’. Including sang a lot when with an ex near coast, not quite heart breaking to think if it. I don’t like mix of the song I have found as a whole though, so heartbreaking while song not as good as the two lines I like to sing.

• Day 28: A song by an artist whose world voice you loves

Half the world 🌍 away by Oasis. Lead vocals by Noel Gallagher (don’t tell his brother Liam but I possibly prefer Noel’s voice.

• Day 29: A song you remember from your childhood

Mr Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan As my parents played Bob Dylan a lot.

• Day 30: A song that reminds you of yourself.

Sara by Bob Dylan I first remember hearing this when I was serenaded with it on a summer Austrian walking holiday. It was not on the album my parents played most of Bob Dylan as they would have pointed it out as being my name if it had of been.

It’s title is my name. It also mentions Scorpio Sphinx and I’m a Scorpio. Then there is the line sweet virgin angel…

Creating playlist using Alexa

I created the playlist using Alexa. I just had to ask Alexa to play each song then once song started say Alexa add to my summer playlist. Then move on to next song.

It is very good playlist, lots of it has me dancing!

The Band, Sheffield Theatre Review

The Band features Take That music. I was not interested in buying tickets for it; because as a teenager Take That was my sister’s band; therefore on principle I could not like them.

The show is a nostalgic look back on the 90s. Before the show there is a screen showing teletext news stories from apparently 1993. For those, who do not know teletext; it was a predecessor for the internet that you accessed on the tv. It could be quite slow and clunky to operate and as the images below show it now looks quite dated.

The band are not refereed to as Take That in the show and could be any 90s boy or girl band like Boyzone or The Spice Girls. Anyone who was a teenager in the 90s especially if they were lucky enough to go to their first gig in the 90s will relate. The story looks at the perspective of 40 year old women looking back to going to the band gig. The story after the first gig contains twists and turns, surprises, disappointment, heartbreak; the full scope of the human journey.

The plot is central and the women not the band are the centre; it is a well developed plot that would hold up without the music therefore; even non Take That fans will enjoy. I like that the girls and subsequently the women were never skinny and pretty; the characters feel real. 30 and 40 somethings (especially women) will appreciate the 90s references like Top of the Pops and also the contrast to how differently life turns out than what you expect. Those younger than 30 may have seen the talent show on BBC 3 that found the actors that play the Band in the show.

My first gig was not a boy band; it was Oasis 20years ago; when I was 14.

Wonderwall: Be Here Now: 20 years ago…

However for my 18th; I went to and saw Robbie Williams who by that time had gone solo. Spoiler alert this show involved glittery ticker tape falling on to the stage. I think I may still have ticker tape from when I saw Robbie Williams. Unfortunately unlike, when I have seen other shows at Lyceum unless you were very near the front: ticker tape did not fall on the audience. But at times,  there was the feel good feeling of gig and at the end practically the whole theatre  was on their feet including myself. I was impressed and would have paid for the show. The show tours after Sheffield but is mostly sold out; with only a few if any tickets remaining.

Trainspotting 1

I was familiar with the opening lyrics of Iggy Pops chose life; I had probably first heard it about 20years ago so, I have had that long to hear it. But in 2017, this was my first time watching Trainspotting. At the time of release it would have gone over my head; aside from anything else I would not have know what a suppository was or I probably had not heard of or read Cosmopolition.

I can not remember hearing Perfect Day untill a year after Trainspotting. The context in the film was, so different from the charity single in 1997 that I was not sure whether it was about being out of it on heroin. I had to google it. Apparently Lou Read did have an addiction to heroin. But,reassuringly not ruining my image of the song it was written in 1972 after Read spent a day with Bettye Kronstad his then fiancée who later became his wife in Centeral Park. I also learnt Lou Read’s version was produced by Davie Bowie and Mick Robson (no  relation to Mark) and that Susan Boyle covered in 2010.

Even though it was 20 years old, it could have been produced now about the 90s, albeit a 90s I did not know. I was a losing interest at about 80 minutes, but luckily it is only 90minutes long. I appreciated getting an alternative view of the world at the time of my teenage years and I’m prepared to see the sequels hoping it features 90s music!