Thursday, May 26, 2005


Passed the "drum stick" by Katya - A musical meme (I'm not going into the whole French spelling thing again!)

Total volume of music on my computer: 667mb, is that a lot? I don't think so. It's alphabetical from Abba & Atomic Kitten to Wynona & ZZ Top through Reba, Counting Crows, Lynyrd Skynard, Nirvana, Tom Petty, Barenaked Ladies, The Pogues, Catatonia, Scissor Sisters, Hot House Flowers, Madonna etc.

The last CD I bought was: Hayseed Dixie's Kiss My Grass - A Hillbilly Tribute To Kiss

Song playing right now: Trisha Yearwood "She's in love with the boy!" I'm having a "country" afternoon!

Five songs I listen to a lot or that mean a lot to me:

Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynard) - first song Simon and I danced to in person. Millenium Eve, the living room of his flat in the Isle of Man. Danced/floated (I remember there being Champagne cocktails involved) round the living room as we watched the fireworks over Douglas Bay! Magical!

This will be, an Everlasting love (Natalie Cole) - played at our wedding as we signed the register. The first lines are beautiful and she has such an amazing voice and I know she's a huge star but people still think of her as Nat King Cole's daughter and she is amazing in her own right!

Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves (Cher) - I think it's a bit of a C&W thing happening, eventhough it isn't really, but there's a whole story in the words and I do like a song with clever words/ a story! 1973 I think - year my brother was born!

Relax (Frankie goes to Hollywood) - the summer I went out with my first boyfriend and this song was causing such a "row" in the UK, banned by the BBC and everywhere were people wearing Frankie says "Relax!" t-shirts! And I thought I was so cool, the bees knees ... because we knew what our t-shirts were saying. A generation thing!

Summer of '69 (Bryan Adams) - wow! All the best things happened in the Summer of '69!

I didn't want to stop at 5, there were loads more ..... growing up I had parents who loved music and encouraged us to listen to anything we wanted to! (Ok, Mum much more than Dad!!) So if I had more space I'd add - Show me the way to Amarillo (wouldn't let my brother sing it when he was little I Said "it's my song!) I'm the son of Hickory Holler's Tramp, Ode to Billy Joe, Coward of the County (I love C&W because we listened to loads of that around Dad!!) Don't go (and anything by Hot House Flowers) Life in the fast lane & Take it easy (clever words again, love the Eagles & Don Henley solo.) Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell 1st and then the Counting Crows) The Number of the Beast (don't know why I like Iron Maiden.) You can't hurry love (Phil Collins). Let the river run (Carly Simon) - such a mixed bag, no rhyme nor reason!! I'm stopping now - you all now think I'm really odd and in need of medical help and things will only get worse if I continue!! At least this stopped me singing "Ice, ice baby!"

*singing* Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp
Well the corn was dry the weeds were high when daddy took to drinking
Then him and Lucy Walker they took up and they ran away
Mama cried a tear and then she promised fourteen children
I swear you'll never see a hungry day
Chorus - Oh the path was deep and wide from footsteps leading to our cabin
Above the door there burned a scarlet lamp
And late at night a hand would knock and there would stand a stranger
Yes I'm the son of Hickory Holler's tramp
When mama sacrificed her pride the neighbors started talkin'
But I was much too young to understand the things they said
Well the things that mattered most of all was mama's chicken dumplings
And the goodnight kiss before we went to bed
When daddy left then destitution came upon our family
Not one neighbor volunteered to lend us a helping hand
So just let them gossip all they want she loved us and she raised us
The proof is standing here in this full grown man
Last summer mama passed away and left the ones who loved her
Each and every one is more than grateful for their birth
Each Sunday she receives a big bouquet of fourteen roses
And the card that reads the greatest mom on earth


Katya said...

they are some brilliant songs...i knew you'd run with this, i love trisha yearwood, and sweet home alabama, and is this the way to amarillo, ooh and phil collins (although i wouldn't admit that to hubby)...and summer of 69 is ace too...there are so many great songs


Le laquet said...

too many great songs!!

Le laquet said...

And I'm not admiting the whole Phil Collins / old C&W thing to Simon either!!

Ms Mac said...

OMG! Jo! I thought I was the only person in the world who loves the Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp!

I played that to death on one of my cds about 10 years ago!

Le laquet said...


Might have to sing the chorus now ....

Oh the grass was deep and wide with footsteps leading to our cabin,
Above the door there burned a scarlet lamp

Feel free to join in!! xx

Fi said...

Yay for The Eagles! I love One of the Nights.

And of course all the best things happened in the summer of 69 ;)

MrGonSings said...

Gypsies, tramps and thieves - I love the story too!

"Six, six, six... The number of the beast...
Hell and fire... are going to be released"

Walker said...

Oh yes Lynard Skynard, and I'm going to see ZZ Top Again in June. I have the ZZ on my keychain from the first one I went too.

Fire Angel said...

Came by to "pay you back" ;)
"The Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp"?
You've lost me... even though that title seems strangely familiar (I can't go further into it,- they might revoke my "Black-card")
Then again...anything to stop the continuous spread of "Ice, Ice Baby"!


The Complimenting Commenter said...

A very cool post. Great music even if you don't have a lot on the computer. Nice selections. Thanks for coming by my site too.