My 2015 – 12 Songs, 12 Months

IMG_5721To put it mildly 2015 has been a hard year. Filled with some ups but predominantly downs, a roller coaster without gravity. So I am very, very happy to tell 2015 to get stuffed and see what 2016 has to bring now, naively seeing only green on the other side perhaps! I will be posting a blog post about the amazing challenges I have lined up for 2016, but for now you will have to make do with me looking back and saying goodbye to 2015 through song.

Peter Gabriel – Book of Love
This year saw my brother get married, a whole host of my close friends getting engaged and three pregnancies. It is safe to say it has been a year filled with popped champagne bottles and getting crazily excited about the future. This song encapsulates the crazy but beautiful way we love one another.

“The book of love is long and boring, And written very long ago. It’s full of flowers and heart-shaped boxes, And things we’re all too young to know.”

Tom Jones – Sex Bomb
Hearing this song live while my friend and I created and taught a dance to others around us will forever be one of the coolest/uncoolest moments in my life. Hilarious beyond measure.

Leddra Chapman – Fallen from Grace
Because breakups suck but finding lyrics that sums up how you feel is priceless.

“So I broke up the memories, realised it’s not my mess and then I started filling boxes with the shit that you left”

Kate Rusby – Little Jack Frost
A new favorite Christmas song since seeing her live singing lots of beautiful Christmas folk songs. One of the best Christmas presents I have ever received.

The Shins – Simple Song
I had this incredible song on repeat as I moved into my new gallery, it made hanging picture after picture less monotonous!

Passenger – 27
Being 27 for most of 2015 meant that not only is this song great, it was also age appropriate.

“A week brushing my teeth and a week getting my haircut, 8 years sleeping, I’m still tired when I wake up, A whole year eating and I still lost weight fuck, 5 proper girlfriends and 5 messy breakups, 27 birthdays, 27 new years, 30,000 quid, just so I could have a few beers, Ever dying old hopes, ever growing new fears, Don’t know where I’m going, but I know how I got here, Don’t know where I’m running but I know how to run’, Cause, running’s the thing I’ve always done”

Just a Gent – Limelight
Just an unashamedly brilliant running song.

The Killers – Mr Brightside
I was listening to this song the day I found out that I had a place in the London Marathon and also when I entered another Marathon, but more on that soon….

Van Susans – If I Succeed
A painfully poignant song following the death of my grandma, which I wrote about earlier this year. I heard it sung at Towersey Folk Festival a few months after her death and it was a beautifully cathartic moment. The festival itself will now become a yearly fixture as it was filled with amazing music and even more amazing people.

“You always believed in everything I did and I am who I am because you pushed me to be”

Omi – Cheerleader
Sang this song way, way too much in Marrakesh, I blame the Moroccan whiskey, aka mint tea, and my crazy best friend.

Max Boyce – Hymns and Arias
Watching Wales beat England in the Rugby World Cup was one of the top moments of the year for me. Not easy being a Welshman at Twickenham but singing this song with some of my rugby heroes was something special.

Image-1The Beatles – I get by with a little help from my friends
Simply because without the brilliantly bonkers people I call friends, 2015 would have been crippling. Whether it be taking me on holiday or just for a pint, having late night conversations or early morning coffees, sending me rude memes or all of you readers posting lovely comments. Sometimes you have to go through the worst of times to really look around and see how lucky you are.

Happy New Year Everyone!

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