Songs That Changed My Life

21 08 2008

You may or may not know that on Jo Whileys Radio 1 show they have a section called changing tracks, that listeners write in and tell about the one song that has changed their life.  The stories that go with it are normally quite good and have a happy ending, and the song has some personal message to the listener.

Anyway…  I thought that I would write about mine, its somthing that I have been meaning to do for a while (there are lots of things that I have meant to do, like write blogs about the Pompey summer signings, my new job etc, etc.  but I have just been lazy.

Float On by Modest Mouse.

When this came out  I was working for homebase, and living in Winchester with my girlfriend, I can’t say that I was overly happy with my life, because I wasn’t, I was bored and couldn’t see where things were going.  This song helped me to change direction in my life, I think that it was listening to this that made me quit my job and start taking a few risks in life, hence buying a campervan and travelling around europe with the girlfriend at the time. 

This song still makes me feel good and happy whenever I listen to it, and always gives a sense that whatever crap happens to you its going to turn out alright.  This is why seeing Modest Mouse live is one of the highlights of my gig going career.

Alone, Jealous and Stoned by The Secret Machines

Ill set the scene…Its a cold January, and I have a chest infection.  I have been back from travelling Europe since November, it has been a hard time, myself and the girlfriend of the time had  broken up 2 days after we had got back after too many arguements.  I didnt have a job and no recruitment consultants could find me work either.  Late one night I decided that I would go to Asda and buy an album to cheer myself up by spending money that I didnt have.  I came back with 10 Silver Drops by a band that I had never heard of called The Secret Machines.  Track one, Alone, Jealous and Stoned blew me away, the lyrics hit the right spot, the psychadelic guitar solo took me to a much better place, and for the first time in a while I was enjoying myself even though I was sat in a freezing wet car on a wet January evening in Asda’s carpark.  I sat there for the near seven minutes of the song and loved every second of it. 

This song reminds me of how close I could get to being rock bottom in my life and still manage to get out of it.  Shortly after this I got my first temping job so that I could afford to start going out again, I began to start seeing my friends and shortly afterwards I started getting interviews.  Life got good for a while….

The Magicians Assistant by Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip

About January time my job changed and it went rapidly downhill.  By May I hated it every time I had to go into the office, I was getting more and more fed up, I was tired as I had barely slept in a month.  I had also made myself ill.  I was angry with myself, my family, my colleagues and friends.  I was more arguementative than I should have ever been, and I apologise now if anyone is reading this.

For my birthday I got this album, but didnt get a chance to listen to it for a few days.  On the morning that I eventually did, I was driving into the office thinking how easy it would be to just drift into the barriers in the middle of the road, just to get a few days off work.  The Magicians Assistant came on the CD player with its anti-suicide message and it just snapped me out of it.  The week after I decided that I would quit my job, and things have looked better since then.

Its strange the way that songs affect people, not just me but the hundreds of people that listen to Jo Whiley, my friends, the general public.  Its just that moment in time that gets you where you need it.



One response

22 08 2008

I used to get to listen to changing tracks loads when I was out and about more. It has had me in tears so many times.

Oh and I can’t listen to Mercury Rev the Dark is Rising without having a bit of a moment.

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