30-Day Song Challenge Day 29
Day 29 of the 30-day song challenge and must choose a song from my childhood. Obviously, my childhood was quite a long time ago, and my memories fade quicker than the ability to touch my toes. But you will be delighted to know that I have undergone extensive hypnosis to find a song from that far back.
The 30-Day Song Challenge tasks me with picking one song a day for 30 days from the list below. I also decided it would be a good way for me to write at least one thing every day for 30 days. It’s proven to be an excellent tool to get my lazy ass to sit at my desk.
The easiest way to pick a song from my childhood (apart from the hypnosis sessions) was to plump for the first record I ever bought. The first record I ever owned was the first ‘Now’ compilation album, are they still going?
But I’m not going to do that.
The first time I walked into a record shop with one pound in my pocket, I was nine years old. Other singles that were out in January 1984 were ‘Pipes of Peace’ by Paul McCartney, ‘Relax’ by Frankie Goes To Hollywood and ‘Islands In The Stream’ by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. I’m sure we can all agree on those being classics, but my choice outshines them all.
That day I went for Footloose by Kenny Loggins and today I go for it again.
Look at that jacket! It’s like three coats on one! Style. Icon.
Kick Off The Sunday Shoes
Footloose was from the soundtrack of the film by the same name and from what I remember was very popular. I haven’t rewatched it since first seeing it on VHS around the same time the song came out. The song reached number 1 in the US charts and number 6 in the UK. It was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song but lost out to I Just Called To Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder. Can’t argue with Stevie getting an Oscar even if it was for one of his weakest songs.
Buying our first record is something we’ve probably all done, but I’ve never thought why I chose Footloose. So I’ve done a bit of self-analysis for you and come up with a possible explanation. From the age of about six years old, I spent the best part of three years in and out of the hospital with something called Perthes Disease. It affects the hip joint and causes severe pain. I spent months in plaster laying flat with weights at the end of the bed trying to pull my hip bone away from the socket.
Anyway, mobility, as you can image, wasn’t high on my list of things to do so obviously I wanted to move as much as possible. I wanted to dance but couldn’t, pretty much what the whole movie was about. That’s probably why I loved the film and the song. It was a song about dancing that I could dance along to.
If anyone would like some psychoanalysis done on them, just let me know.
Please, Louise, Pull Me Off Of My Knees
I don’t know if it’s due to nostalgia or the ol’ rose-tinted glasses, but it still sounds pretty good now. Ok, well maybe it doesn’t but it’s energy is infectious, and it certainly gets my toe-tapping. Actually, why do we say ‘toe-tapper’ when describing a song? It’s not as if it’s just one toe-tapping, it’s the whole foot. A song that gets the entire foot tapping is better than a song where you only feel like tapping one toe. I can’t even tap one toe – it’s the whole foot or nothing.
Anyway, I feel my attention may be slipping away slightly, and I am in danger of going on a 150-word rant about toes and feet and which one is tapping. So I’ll just leave you with this real limb tapper.
That’s day 29 of the 30-day song challenge folks! Just one more day to go and I am yet to throw my laptop into the street.
If you would like to hear any of the tracks on my list you can head over to Spotify –
See you tomorrow!