Song of the Day

For the last few years, I have been trying to record a song for each day.

It is partially to help me remember the songs that I hear and love, but also part of a larger plan to help me pull out positives in a day, every day, when I was going through a difficult time.

(I initially started this by trying to record 3 Good Things each day. It meant that I ended up looking for the positive, not the negative in a day. As well as meaning that I did things specifically so that I could ‘count’ them. An excellent suggestion Aunt M!)

For 2020, I have decided to share them here. Comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated 🙂

There aren’t really any rules – it just has to be a song that I have heard during the day or had a strong reaction to.

If I hear a song multiple times in a week or on two or three consecutive days, I tend to end up picking that too.

And if I haven’t found anything meaningful in a day, I will ask for recommendations from family or friends.

2021 – SOTD – Week 22

I’m still full of cold – clearly a bit more run down/relieved to have some normalcy restored than I had suspected. More importantly though, this was also the week when the sun started to shine again – in what felt was the first time in forever!

2021 – SOTD – Week 15

Ummm, over a month behind now. It’s because I’ve been out having fun! How very dare I!! Mind you, I do feel more settled when I am able to reflect and blog and there hasn’t been much of that recently. Will try and get caught up this week and then back into business by next!

2021 – SOTD – Week 14

Posting without much by means of comments, again, as I am still so far behind.  Some week though, you can clearly see what sort of a mood I was in. Other weeks are just…weird! This one was particularly absent rhyme or reason (in relation to my choices anyway!).  

2021 – SOTD – Week 13

Whoops, I’ve had this sat here semi-prepped for at least three weeks now. Given we are into week 18 now, you’ll likely understand why I’m getting this up and out as quickly as possible with no comments!

2021 – SOTD – Week 12

Perpetually a fortnight behind myself!! Grr! As the weather has started to improve, I’m noticing an uptick in more cheery pop songs in the SOTD. I guess they’re easier to hear or pop out more when they aren’t at war with the environment!  This month has been a long and I can’t deny, I’m looking … Continue reading 2021 – SOTD – Week 12

2021 – SOTD – Week 11

Decided to get all caught up this evening and worry about actually thinking of something to say till tomorrow. Everyone else is getting that Friday feeling around mid-Wednesday, right? Can’t just be me.

2021 – SOTD – Week 10

For some reason, I seem to be consistently a fortnight behind myself when it comes to this! Apologies.  So – sans comments, here you go!

2021 – SOTD – Week 9

Thank Heavens February has ended! Still, I’m able to head out most evenings for a stroll and even managed a visit to the allotment so woo hoo!

2021 – SOTD – Week 8

Two in one week! And I’m still a week behind – that’s right – we’re officially onto double digit weeks in 2021! This was one of those weird weeks where the vast majority of songs just happen to be from earlier phases in my life. Quite good fun but oooof, how can the 90’s be … Continue reading 2021 – SOTD – Week 8

2021 – SOTD – Week 7

A fortnight behind again! Eek! Once again, I’m staring at dates thinking – 14th of February – shouldn’t that ring a bell? But this month being what it was… Le sigh. 

2021 – SOTD – Week 6

This was that week that I have no recollection of – I mean, I could always read my own blog posts but come on!

2021 – SOTD – Week 5

Time is doing that weird thing again. I was dreading tonight thinking I was WEEKS behind myself but no…it’s just that the days are oddly longer now.  Nothing is happening and it’s taking ages.  Still, the days are getting longer, I’m hopeful that perhaps the snow might bugger off soon and … ummmm… other warm … Continue reading 2021 – SOTD – Week 5

2021 – SOTD – Week 4

This was not an easy week to focus on much of anything, but I’m glad to have persevered as I think my musical choices have been very eclectic!!

2021 – SOTD – Week 3

This week has been such a sorrowful one in my world. I’m feeling all the feelings and my routines are helping but nothing will ever be right again until I can go home and hug my people (and the ones here obviously). Today was a particularly low one and I really appreciated my attempt to … Continue reading 2021 – SOTD – Week 3

2021 – SOTD – Week 2

Cold, wet, snow and all the grouchiness that brings. Still, we are inching every closer to longer days – think by the end of the week, it’ll be about 2mins 50 seconds longer each day! Despite the snow (which left me housebound for two days), I’ve walked a lot this week, even venturing out to … Continue reading 2021 – SOTD – Week 2

2021 – SOTD – Week 1

Is 2021 over yet? Ok, I’m not quite there yet but what a hectic week! How can so much have occurred here and globally in such a short span of time.

Song of the Day – Week 53

The numbers are a bit squiffy because my weeks always start on Mondays – regardless of actual dates. And there we have it! A full year of Songs – I’ve hugely enjoyed sharing these with you. This past year time has been a slippery creature, so I’ve found this weekly task (even when I’ve been … Continue reading Song of the Day – Week 53

Song of the Day – Week 52

Guessing that it’s a bit redundant to wish you all festive joy now – but I was sending it out into the world this whole week!

Song of the Day – Week 50

Still a week behind…but getting there. I can’t quite believe I’ve actually recorded a song every day. What a nerd! (proud face) This week features three of the most powerful tracks of the year so far. I’ll leave it to you to decide which three.

SOTD

Absolutely stunning cover of the Sawdoctors N17 by Tolu Makay and the RTÉ Convert Orchestra.

SOTD for yesterday

Had a lovely day yesterday and ended up watching The Lego Movie 2 while working in spreadsheets (fun stuff!). Absolutely loved the follow up song and thought if you’d like some cheer… Also, I guess I had in mind that ‘How it started’ meme How it started: Everything is Awesome – Teagan and Sara and … Continue reading SOTD for yesterday

Song of the Day – Week 49

Another week sans write up – mostly because things have been a bit hectic and unsettling lately. Anyone else finding December to sort of stink? Just me? Nevermind.

Song of the Day – Week 48

Posted without comment as I am so behind again. But feeling very 80’s, very nostalgic, heard my first Christmas song over soon (to a care home) and missing home. And I’d even done a load of reading on 4 of the songs!

Song of the Day – Week 47

This has been a much better week – two birthdays; a reconnect with a friend of 20 years standing; not one but TWO visits to the allotment; daily walking and a regular meditation meet up first thing in the morning with my honey. Over the weekend, I hit Day 250 in Lockdown. And Day 250 … Continue reading Song of the Day – Week 47

Song of the Day – Week 46

Not my most buoyant week. Nothing bad has happened. Nothing has happened at all really. It’s just cold and dark. And wrapping Christmas presents for people I likely can’t be with for Christmas is a bit gloomy making. However, Cillian Murphy is back doing playlists. My friends and family are warm, kind people and ‘this … Continue reading Song of the Day – Week 46

Song of the Day – Week 45

And I’m all caught up…only 2 months after I lost all rhyme and reason with the SOTD post. This has been a super intense week. The US election dominated all – and the music that I selected this week certainly reflects the times that we have been living in.

MUSIC – Talking About A Revolution

Tracy Chapman gave her first performance since 2015 on the eve of the US election. Some 32 years later, the song remains so powerful. I found this weirdly soothing last night and hope that some of you – especially those in the US waiting on polls might too.

Song of the Day – Week 44

This is this week. This week people! How exciting! I have achieved the very base line that I established for myself. Ah hem.

Song of the Day – Week 42

I’m nearly up to date! Nearly! Expect Week 43 at some point this week too and then…then I’ll be on the current week! Squee!

Song of the Day – Week 41

First week back at work was EXHAUSTING. I know everyone says that but holy heck! Things move quickly and no one remembers it a week later so getting caught up is a job of note! And of course, the post-session-depression kicked in IMMEDIATELY. Worse than EVER because it was such a good holiday. Think the … Continue reading Song of the Day – Week 41

Song of the Day – Week 40

Last week of the holidays – which means I was muddled last week. I’m muddled a lot of the time at the moment to be honest. Thankfully, this week it didn’t matter. (For those of you trying to match up to the blogs, Recovery jigsaw on the 28th; more jigsaw and lakes on the 29th. … Continue reading Song of the Day – Week 40

Song of the Day – Week 39

Week 2 of the holiday and I’m finally relaxing. Which has been almost stressful to be honest – it’s been that long! This was the week that saw us really embrace the virtues of jigsaws, noisy crackling fires, lakes and Welsh meat – oh we had fillets that were just sublime. We were soaked to … Continue reading Song of the Day – Week 39

Song of the Day – Week 37

So, irritatingly, I do have all of the songs for this week in my excel spreadsheet (OBVIOUSLY there’s an excel spreadsheet) , but I do not have the excel spreadsheet to hand while on holiday. So I’m posting this as an IOU and hoping that I don’t have any duplicates in the following two weeks. … Continue reading Song of the Day – Week 37

Song of the Day – Week 36

I’d say this was a strange week…but name me one that isn’t recently? But the sun did shine and I painted a fence (with help!) and tried to stay as upbeat as these times will allow. Not sure my heart was quite in my music collecting this week, after such a lovely weekend. Nevertheless, I … Continue reading Song of the Day – Week 36

Song of the Day – Week 32

Still on my mad-bad-catch-up. This wasn’t a great week to be honest, but the music was awesome. I hope you enjoy.

Song of the Day – Week 31

Mixture of busy and stress and laziness and Not Being My Best Self means I’m a month behind. Again! How is it so hard to create a habit and so easy to break it? (Still recording the songs daily, it’s just the journal-ling that I’m failing at)

Song of the Day – Week 30

This was quite a gruelling week at work actually – it’s been very strange to move from face-to-face to online training. Over the past few months, there was a sort of grim determination to make it work – and it’s been remarkable! We’ve redeveloped courses, organised new methodologies for delivery and have had positive feedback … Continue reading Song of the Day – Week 30

Song of the Day – Week 28

Started my new (permanent) role this week!!! Squee! Very exciting and a bit nerve wracking – as you can imagine! So lots of old comfort tracks this week, while I’m getting up to speed. I had to properly put the effort in to ensure it wasn’t a solid week of disney soundtracks!

Song of the Day – Week 27

Well, at least I’m back to posting the right month, though still a few weeks behind, but hoping to get back to little daily write ups soon. This was the second week of my holidays (so much lovely) and my preparing to start a new role.