As it is with many others, music has played a huge part in life for as long as I can remember.
While my late nanny, Bibi Koya remembers my brothers as fussy eaters, her biggest memory of me is a non-stop dancing and singing toddler.
Not much has changed, especially in a Karaoke studio. Ahems.
There’s also the songs that define certain chapters of our lives.
Not necessarily one that acquires our personal taste but somehow synchronicity transforms a certain melody into a life long memory.
Voila! It becomes part of the soundtrack of life.
I have a tonne of these ditties. Some stuck in my head cushioned with a whole load of loving nostalgia. Others I wish there was a brick wall to beat them out. (Thank you, Thomas and his friends)
I’ve nailed it down to 3. Not sure how I managed such a harsh cull but here they are:
Got To Be Real by Cheryl Lynn
Having an older brother who was a big disco goer, I grew up around a LOT of funky 70’s music and this song was no exception.
Then, it did another round of success when Sex And The City featured it in that classic episode where Carrie trips on the runway. Besides being hilarious, there was a poignant message there about bravery and staying true to yourself.
“When real people fall down in life, they get up and keep on walking”
It stuck with me like it was dying to be part of my life in some significant way or another.
So, it seemed like the natural choice to have it for our bridal waltz.
The band we hired rehearsed it for weeks and in the meantime, we took ballroom dancing classes and came up with moves that would send John Travolta to shame
Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson
The birth of the twinions was planned meticulously by my obstetrician.
Due to be born 5 weeks early, a c-section was scheduled and wow, what a performance it was! There were at least 8 staff in that operating theatre, not including the overwhelmed medical student in the corner who kept giving me shifty looks. Luckily I was too drugged out to care.
Apparently, music in the theatre had just been allowed so one of the younger staff members brought in their brother’s iPod. Deciding that The Ministry of Sound playlist was probably inappropriate, we unanimously agreed on Jack Johnson. Which was a much better idea. I heart Jack.
“But just maybe, like a ukelele, Momma made a baby” (or two)
Fernando by ABBA
In a new country, new climate with no friends or family, Australia was a very scary place.
But it was the mid 70’s and the entire world was swept by ABBA.
We arrived from the tropics of Indonesia to the dead of Canberra winter. (Talk about lousy timing). I remember my mother sitting in our cold kitchen and humming Fernando while cooking Indonesian spring rolls to sell as a bit of pocket money as she was looking for permanent work.
“They were shining there for you and me, for liberty, Fernando”
As the ABBA hit stayed #1 in the Australian charts for 14 weeks, the same time we slowly settled into our new lives, filling it with opportunities, good, clean food and water with backyards where we could grow our own apple trees. Imagine that. Our own apple trees.
(And that’s about as topless as you’ll ever see me).
What are the songs that make the soundtrack to your life?
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