It’s that time of year again. This year has been a year of great adventures and days to never forget, which has resulted in a rather crazy concoction of music. Who knows what 2014 will hold and don’t forget to subscribe to not miss out on anything else.
So turn up the volume and I’ll hit play…
1. The Beatles – Black Bird
This song meant very little to me before 2013. This song and a very special couple I met in India are the reason I’m comfortable singing again. I met the American couple by chance, they were hanging out with a guest in the hotel I live in when I stay in India, he didn’t have enough money to pay for the bill and was about to get on a bus. I trusted (some say foolishly at the time) these two people who said that if I lent the guy, who had to leave, the money they would travel with him to the bus station and when he got to the ATM at the station bring that money back to me. It was a good couple of hours and I presumed that the money I had lent would never be seen again. They came back, moved hotels to mine and the rest as they say is history.
They both were very musical and after a few hours of trying to persuade me to sing, the girl came up with this song for me. Since the Black Bird I haven’t stopped chirping.
2. Indian group – Wagon Wheel
Again the American couple with two other of their friends sang this song a lot; since being University friends this song was well rehearsed and by far the best cover of the song I have ever heard. We sang it on my last night in India with a big group of us and I recorded it. Whenever I feel a little low I stick it on and it makes me smile.
3. Max Boyce – Hymns and Arias
As a proud Wales rugby supporter this song has always rung around the stadiums when I’ve watched the matches on tv. 2013 though was the first time I got to sing it shoulder to shoulder with fellow Welshmen in a do or die game. My aunt, uncle and cousin took me to see the final game of the Six Nations; England vs Wales the decider of the tournament. Wales won by the biggest margin it has ever done against England and we all sung this till our voices gave out.
4. Beyonce – I was Here
2013 I went to Chime for Change, a concert aimed at raising funds for a variety of women’s charities. It was amazing event and even-though Beyonce didn’t sing this song (the reason why not perplexes me), the song makes me think of that day’s concert and the lasting impact of doing good in the world.
5. Justin Nozuka – After Tonight
The only song to have been in every running playlist I’ve ever had. 2013, for anyone who doesn’t regularly read my blog, has been a year of a lot of running. This song has accompanied me at every foot-fall and sweat-drop.
6. Keith Getty and Stuart Kingsway – In Christ Alone
A stunning song used at the wedding I was Best-man for. Arguably the best day of my year, even-though it wasn’t even my wedding!
7. Leddra Chapman – Wine Glass
Finally saw her live in the summer despite loving her music for years. As beautiful live as it is recorded.
8. Lulu and the Lampshades – Cups
A song associated with the film Pitch Perfect and I learnt the cups rhythm while in India, although it took me far far longer than any normal person. I, in turn have taught it to others including; a very drunken night at a friend’s house, my granny’s 90th and at a music festival.
9. Elton John – Home
Saw the legend live at the iTunes Festival in London. He did not disappoint.
10. Gabrielle Aplin – Home
A beautiful song and a beautiful voice that reminds me of driving through India.
11. George Ezra – Budapest
Played this song on repeat while I set up my shop in November. Such a catchy song that keeps you smiling.
12. Frank Turner – The way I tend to be
No words needed, a stunning song.