Writing 101. Day 3. Three Songs

Today’s prompt is: Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you?

The most important song in my life is Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty. I was in my first year at college when I first heard it. I was living on campus in Hampstead, and bus number 13 and 113 (I think I’ve got the numbers right) used to take me from the dorms to the centre of town, along Finchley Road, past Swiss Cottage, St. John’s Wood, and Lord’s, along Baker Street and into bustling Oxford Street. But I was well acquainted with this street before College. I used to live in north London, and on special occasions, I would take the metropolitan line into Baker Street Station, from there I’d often walk along Baker Street and into Oxford Street and spend the day window shopping and wandering around the fascinating shops. Now, when I listen to this song, I can hear the murmur of the city traffic, feel the buzz of the busy pedestrians, and smell the dampness seeping out from the river I both love and despise.

The next song belongs to an earlier period in my life, when I was a young teenager and went to my first discos. I remember dancing to ‘That’s the way I like it’ by K C and the Sunshine band. It’s important because it represented the transition from childhood to adolescence. I was very innocent at the time. I loved the beat, and I thought the song was about dancing, because I enjoyed dancing to disco music on the dance floor. I remember sneaking into discos for over 18s with my friends, the one I liked best was under the arches, near Charing Cross, I can’t remember the name, we called it ‘The Arches’. It’s still there, but it has a new ‘celestial’ name now.

Thirdly I’m going to choose a contemporary song which makes me feel ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams. I love it because it makes me feel optimistic. l often ‘feel like a room without a roof’, as if I’ve overcome the obstacles and have burst out and broken free, and can live the life I want to live. At least that’s what I strive to do every day.

Finally, I’m going to cheat a little and add two more, the first is: ‘Rolling in the deep’ by Adele. It has no special meaning for me except that I love singing it in the shower, every day! It invigorates me. I feel brave as I step out and get dressed. In this case I think it’s more the voice than the song or the music. The second one is ‘Slow’ by Rummer, which I love listening to when I’m writing or thinking about writing, because her voice and the lyrics make me feel calm and serene, so I can listen to my inner voice…

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8 thoughts on “Writing 101. Day 3. Three Songs

    1. It was a tough decision… later I thought I could/should have included a love song, there are so many favourites, but I was in a nostalgic mood yrsterday, not romantic at all!


  1. Good choices, all. Baker Street and Year of the Cat by Gerry Rafferty are on my ipod, along with Happy. My choices for nostalgic music would be Yesterday by the Beatles, Bad Moon Rising by Credence Clearwater Revival, and California Dreamin’ by the Mamas and Papas – all reminding me of critical times in my maturation. But there’s oh so many others….


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