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Songs That Have Had Meaning in My Life #TuesdayTen

Today’s Tuesday ten theme is “songs stuck in your head”. Lisa of The Golden Spoons twisted the theme to songs that describe motherhood. I am going to participate in this week’s Tuesdya ten with some of the songs that have been important in my life over time. YouTube is blocked on my computer for now to save on bandwidth, so you’ll have to look up the songs yourself.


  1. The Dubliners – Molly Malone. This was one of the songs we learned during our only English lesson in fourth grade – back then, Dutch students didn’t start regular English lessons till sixth grade. I was touched by the sadness in the song. When my parents, sister and I went to see a folk band at Vlieland (an island we used to go on vacation), I spoke to the band members at the end of the performance and they played this song for me.

  2. Johnny Austerlitz – Oh Waterlooplein. This was one of the first songs I learned when joining a children’s choir at age ten. Waterlooplein is a place in Amsterdam where people used to sell their used stuff. When I went there myself in a few years after learning this song, the things sold at Waterlooplein were mostly new and expensive, and the nostalgia sung about in the song was far gone.

  3. ABBA – One of Us. This song was on the first CD I bought myself in around 1998 (and yeah, I really didn’t have a CD player prior to that). I loved the lyrics, which I only partly understood, and I used to dance to this song a lot in my room.

  4. De Kast – In de Wolken. This song was played at the school-leaving ceremony at the end of my seventh grade year. The ceremony was mostly intended for high school graduates, but since I was leaving special ed, I felt touched too.

  5. MIKA – Relax, Take It Easy. When I was taken to the police station for wandering in the week preceding my crisis in 2007, I remember this song was playing. It felt as though the song was on repeat everytime I was at this police station during that week.

  6. Amy Macdonald – Mr. Rock ‘n’ Roll. I don’t really have any interesting tale to tell about this song, but I like it in a similar way that I used to like the ABBA song.

  7. Tom Lehrer – Send th Marines. My husband introduced me to Tom Lehrer in like 2009. While the first song I heard was Poisoning Pigeons in the Park, I like this one better.

  8. Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive. I had to include a song whose lyrics would make sense to other people. Most of the songs I mentioned above had some meaning to me in terms of the lyrics, but usually I didn’t understand half of the words.

  9. Natalie Grant – Held. This contemporary Christian song is my fvorite in its genre. I love the strong message in the lyrics.

  10. Truck Stop – Take It Easy, Altes Haus. The song currently stuck in my head.

My Taste in Music

While browsing Google+ blogging communities, I came across Amber Parnell’s glimpse into her music library. This synopsis of Amber’s musical taste is definitely worth a read. I think, in fact, that I’m going to copy her idea and post about my musical taste.

First, I don’t have a music library. Or rather, I do have some music on my PC, but that is not nearly as varied as my musical taste is. I don’t have an MP3 player or iTunes. Actually, most music I listen to I either listen on Last.fm (when it works) or more often on YouTube.

My musical taste is quite varied as I said. I like mostly folk. At first, this consisted of the likes of the Dubliners and the Pogues. Now, I listen to quite a diverse number of singers/songwriters. Examples include Cara Dillon, Kyle Carey and Karine Polwart.

I also listen to comtemporary christian music, particularly that sung by females – I guess I like female artists more than males in general. My favorite song in the CCM genre would have to be Natalie Grant’s Held.

Other singers in this genre that I regularly listen to are Bethany Dillon, Britt Nicle and most recently discovered Karyn Williams. Examples of male singers in this genre I actually like are Chris Rice and Ceili Rain.

Other than specific genres that I’m into, I like a huge amoutn of bands without particularly liking the genre. For example, I like John Denver but am not specifically into country. I also listen to 21st-century pop sometimes. Particularly, one of my alters is into the this, so I’ve actually liked Blue October, Amy MacDonald and Beyonce. I don’t know if I truly actually like them, excet for Amy MacDonald, or if I “like” them because part of me wants to be trendy.