A friend of mine compiled a CD of music and challenged me to do the same without including any heavy metal or rock (no Maiden? Gasp!). So I accepted the challenge and started selecting songs I wanted to include. As I was doing this it was clear I was choosing songs that meant something to me, so the final product contains all the songs that have meant something to me at some point or other in my life. It also includes a few modern tracks and a couple that I just like. Over the next few entries I will detail what is on there.
The rules were a) No heavy metal or rock, b) Had to fit on one CD, c) A maximum of one track per artist.
Here are tracks 1 through 5….
1. Led Zeppelin – Bron-Yr-Aur
From the Physical Graffiti album, it’s a shame I couldn’t include the next track Down By The Seaside as well as these two belong together. This album always reminds me of being a teenager listening to this with my best mate and just chilling. Thought it works well as an album opener.
2. Cake – It’s Coming Down
One of two bluesy tracks included on The Album. I like Cake and this is one of my favourite tracks by them.
3. Mike Park – Kiss Me Baby, I’m Always Here For You
My wife and I saw him support Alkaline Trio last year. A self supporting artist, he didn’t get a great reception from the crowd, but he put on a great performance. We bought his CD after the gig, one of 9 he sold that evening. A nice track.
4. Procol Harum – Homburg
Before my wife and I married she lived in a house share. We had a load of 7” vinyl singles that we would play, this track was on the B-Side to A Whiter Shade Of Pale, it always reminds me of those happy times.
5. Cat Stevens – Father And Son
This song was somewhat ruined for me by recent cover versions but I still find the lyrics touching and makes me think of my father and I and my son and I.