My 12-song soundtrack to 2010

For as long as I can remember I have always complied a list of 12 songs at this time of year. The songs embody the concluding year, the places I’ve been, the people I’ve met and the events that filled it. Usually, however, the list is scribbled on a scrap of paper and swiftly lost in my Bermuda Triangle of a draw, to remedy this I thought I would upload it onto the blogosphere so you can all take a read and hopefully try it yourself. I find the act of scrolling through your iTunes and selecting the songs oddly therapeutic, a way to conclude a year if -like me- you define points in your life by songs.

So anyway on with the show and in no particular order….

1. Brett Dennen – Ain’t No Reason
This song has been my favourite song for many years because of its incredibly poignant lyrics, including, “It could be a bomb or a bullet of a pin, or a thought or a word or a sentence” and “slavery is stitched to the fabric of my clothes”. The song reminds me of India where I first heard it.

2. Jamie Cullum – Twenty Something
Anyone who has graduated this year must listen to it, sums up the feeling of not having a clue what to do very well, set to jazz.
“I’m an expert on Shakespeare and that’s a hell of a lot
But the world don’t need scholars as much as I though”

3. One Republic – Good Life
This is the song I would always play as I walked up the road from my hotel to the main square in Dharamsala. When the sun was pouring through the mountains and everyone waving at you as they past and this song playing I always had a spring in my step.

4. KT Tunstall – Still a Wierdo
The song title sums me up, plus it’s a good song. Simple as that.

5. Florence and The Machine – Cosmic Love
This hugely atmospheric and hauntingly brilliant song was my most played song of the year. It was on constant repeat while I was writing my dissertation, so now whenever I hear this song I think of Hadrian’s Wall in the 19th Century and probably the only person too.

6. Leddra Chapman – Wine Glass
A simple and emotive song that was on constant play thanks to my iTunes shuffle favouring it above the rest of my music. It has some beautiful lines in it.

7. Ke$ha – Your Love is My Drug
A bonkers song that finishes with the whispered line “I like your beard” which became a catchphrase for my friends in India mainly because I have a beard, in case you hadn’t realised.

8. Dabangg Soundtrack – Tere Mast Mast Do Nain
Dabangg was the first film I watched when I arrived in India, the song then followed me like a virus where ever I went. I still get it stuck in my head in England.

9. Glen Hansard – Say it to me now
The song comes from an independent film from Ireland and the music is as good as the film. I took the DVD with me to India and watched it far too many times and this song would constantly be on repeat in the hotel.

10. Joshua Radin – I’d rather be with you
Another India soundtrack song courtesy of my travelling companions.

11. The Cinematic Orchestra – Breathe
This song is actually what I had on repeat while I wrote this list simply because it evokes memories in the listener, youtube it and I’m sure you’ll find yourself lost in the music.

12. Newton Faulkner – People Should Smile More
“I can’t change the world

Cos tryin’ to make a difference makes things worse

It’s just an observation I can’t ignore

That people could smile more
People should smile more”

Something to think about.

Happy New Year Everyone.

11 thoughts on “My 12-song soundtrack to 2010

    • James Dunn says:

      Yes I’ve been to Dublin lots, not in the last five years or so though. Where abouts in Ireland are you from? India is incredible, I’m so lucky to be able to go there and have great friends to stay with every time

    • James Dunn says:

      I’m based in ‘sunny’ Oxfordshire. I was in India this time for 3 months, I have lots of friends out there and the town I stay in is very much second home for me.

  1. Letter J says:

    Hi James, I’m new to WordPress and just found your blog; a lot of quarter-life contemplation that I really relate to. Just wanted to say I’m also a huge fan of the film “Once” and Glen Hansard’s music, as well as “Florence + The Machine.” Keep the playlists coming, please! Cheers.

    • James Dunn says:

      What’s “quarter-life contemplation”? Thank you for liking my playlist, I might well be working on a playlist at the moment actually which is lucky for you hehe. Good luck with your blog.

      • Letter J says:

        I assumed your “my degree didn’t come with a map” description qualified your blog as contemplation of the post-grad and therefore quarter-life persuasion (i.e., musings of a twenty-something). I’ll be in the same boat in about a year. Looking forward to the playlist and thanks for the good luck with my blog!

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