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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

 

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Day 13 → A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days

Day 13 → A band or artist that has gotten you through some tough ass days.

Dear Skunk Anansie,

You rocked my teenage world in the way only an angry punk rock politically pissed off band could. Your music was best played at volumes that would make my ears bleed and I’d be able to sing along, tone deaf as I am, and not be heard above the noise.

If I’d known you’d be splitting up after your concerts in SA I would have shelled out the cash and come to each and every gig you played while there. As it was I made it to one and will remember it as the best live performance I’ve ever seen.

Everyday doesn’t hurt anymore but I’ll still play Twisted at full volume in my car when there’s no one around to see me dancing like an idiot.

Skunk Anansie – Twisted

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