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New Years resolutions

I don’t usually do New Years Resolutions, but this year I have two.

1. To appreciate what we have. We are so very blessed and I feel like we waste a lot of time wanting more.

There was a quote in Grey’s Anatomy a while back that resonated with me:

I had a terrible day. We say it all the time; a fight with a boss, a stomach flu, traffic. That’s what we describe as terrible when nothing terrible is happening.These are the things we beg for: a root canal, an I.R.S. audit, coffee spilled on our clothes. When the really terrible things happen, we start begging the god we don’t believe in to bring back the little horrors, and take away this. It seems quaint now, doesn’t it? The flood in the kitchen, the poison oak, the fight that leaves you shaking with rage. Would it’ve helped if we could see what else was coming? Would we’ve known that those were the best moments of our lives?

I think of it often as I speak to people because there are days when everyone around me sounds like Eeyore. Nothing is ever good enough, kwim? So this year I will be enjoying the small things in life, feeling immensely grateful for the big things… and avoiding everyone who has nothing positive to say. These really are the best moments of our lives.

2. The second resolution is less serious. I love music. I love to sing along at the top of my voice despite being completely tone deaf (and ignoring my kids saying “please don’t sing Mummy!”). We used to have music playing constantly. But somehow in the last few years its stopped. We no longer have a stereo or a radio so the only place I play music now is in my car. I miss it, and I’d love my kids to get the same pleasure from music as we do. So I’ve ordered a speaker that will play music wirelessly from our pc/laptop/iPhone and it arrives this week. So, what are the artists you’d have on your list if you were trying to expose your kids to a wide range of music you love (even if its uncool)?

So far my list is:

The Beatles

The Rolling Stones

Bob Marley

Tom Waits

Johnny Cash

Neil Young

Led Zeppelin

Bob Dylan

The Beach Boys

Michael Jackson

Elvis Presley

Elvis Costello

Nick Cave

The Clash

AC/DC

The Who

Simon & Garfunkel

Jimi Hendrix

Queen

David Bowie

Bruce Springsteen

Sex Pistols

Talking Heads

Pixies

R.E.M

Nirvana

Soundgarden

John Lennon

P.J Harvey

Leonard Cohen

The Carpenters

Madonna

George Michael

Nina Simone

The White Stripes

Green Day

The Police

Sting

Stevie Wonder

Eric Clapton

Elton John

Prince

Pink Floyd

The Doors

Fleetwood Mac

Van Morrison

Peter Gabriel

U2

Tina Turner

Paul McCartney

James Taylor

Melissa Etheridge

Bic Runga

Rod Stewart

The Bee Gees

Anouk

Skunk Anansie

Russian Red

Billy Joel

Aerosmith

Santana

Freshly Ground

Johnny Clegg

Tracy Chapman

Mandoza

Florence + the Machine

Cat Stevens

Natalie Merchant

Annie Lennox

Texas

Cowboy Junkie

Sinead O’ Connor

Louise Carver

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Lily Allen

Dixie Chicks

Ella Fitzgerald

Snow Patrol

A Perfect Circle

Audioslave

Bloc Party

Brand New

Bush

Chevelle

Everclear

Foo Fighters

Hard-Fi

Incubus

Kings of Leon

Our Lady Peace

Queens of the Stone Age

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Reef

The Hives

Alexisonfire

Anberlin

Blindside

City and Colour

Emerosa

In Aviate

Jimmy Eat World

Rage Against The Machine

System Of A Down

Marilyn Manson

NOFX

Pennywise

Offspring

Fuzigish

Sublime

Faithless

Dank

Felix Laband

Krushed and Sorted

Mirwais

Moby

P.H. Fat

Skrillex

The Knife

The Prodigy

Tosca

Alkaline Trio

Pearl Jam

Seasick Steve

Muse

The Ting Tings

The Wannadies

Franz Ferdinand

Dizzee Rascal

Ash

The Drums

Bon Iver

Mumford & Sons

Terrovision

Belle & Sebastian

Biffy Clyro

The Hoosiers

Incubus

Kaiser Chiefs

The Raconteurs

Sleeper

Space

Sterophonics

The Zutons

 

Give me more to add!

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11 thoughts on “New Years resolutions

  1. So true, we sweat the small stuff until one day when we wish we could have it all back for a moment.

    Great artist list. Enjoy the music

  2. Sinead O’ Connor
    Louise Carver
    If your DH likes Johnny Cash he might enjoy The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (try The best Of album first)
    And of course, just for you, loads and loads and loads of ABBA 😉

  3. I love all the old-fashioned stuff like you, my partner lets then listen to all the new stuff.
    I’m also a teeny bit county (who said that?) so Shania Twain and twangy sounding people like Lily Allen are also on my list.

  4. Tristan on said:

    You can tell you and i are family. That’s a very long list for someone who doesn’t listen to music much these days. True audiophiles, the lot of us. I would add (some may already be in your list, i have tried to memorize your list to avoid this, but with no luck):

    Ella Fitzgerald
    Snow Patrol
    A Perfect Circle
    Audioslave
    Bloc Party
    Brand New
    Bush
    Chevelle
    Everclear
    Foo Fighters
    Hard-Fi
    Incubus
    Kings of Leon
    Our Lady Peace
    Queens of the Stone Age
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Reef
    Skunk Anansie
    The Hives
    The White Stripes ( and The Racontuers and The Dead Weather – Jack White projects)
    Alexisonfire
    Anberlin
    Blindside
    City and Colour
    Emerosa
    In Aviate
    Jimmy Eat World
    Rage Against The Machine
    System Of A Down
    Marilyn Manson
    NOFX
    Greenday
    Pennywise
    Offspring
    Fuzigish
    Sublime

    I know you don’t listen to much “Dance” music, but here’s some anyway:

    Faithless
    Dank
    Felix Laband
    Krushed and Sorted
    Mirwais
    Moby
    P.H. Fat
    Skrillex
    The Knife
    The Prodigy
    Tosca
    Any of the early Cafe Del Mar discs

  5. Great band list, looks alot like my those in my favourite playlists 🙂
    Here are a few more you might want to check out:

    Alkaline Trio
    Pearl Jam
    Seasick Steve
    Muse
    The Ting Tings
    The Wannadies
    Franz Ferdinand
    Dizzee Rascal
    Ash
    The Drums
    Bon Iver
    Mumford & Sons
    Terrovision
    Belle & Sebastian
    Biffy Clyro
    The Hoosiers
    Incubus
    Kaiser Chiefs
    The Raconteurs
    Sleeper
    Space
    Sterophonics
    The Zutons

    Happy listening 🙂

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