Songs from the Past: Advertising

I’ve not been feeling very musical lately, life has been hitting a bit of a flat note recently so I’ve missed the last few weeks of joining in with Hugh’s series of posts ‘51 Songs from the Past in 51 weeks‘. However, today’s theme of old songs used in new-ish adverts immediately conjured up Cadbury’s 2007 drum-playing gorilla putting his heart and soul into Phil Collins’ 1981 hit ‘In the Air Tonight’ – I’ve always been partial to a bit of Phil Collins even from his Genesis days, so here’s both an actual and extended version of the 2007 adย  ๐Ÿ™‚

PS I just love the way he cricks his neck from side to side before beginning! ๐Ÿ™‚


Songs From the Past: Instrumental

I almost missed posting this week’s Song from the Past with the theme of having no lyrics – oops! The first ‘song’ that came to mind for me was Booker T and the MGs from 1962, with ‘Green Onions’ – although for some reason I remember it more from the late 70s or early 80s, playing loudly in our sixth year common room… ๐Ÿ™‚

Songs from the Past: Bill Withers – Lovely Day

Hugh has asked us this week about a Song from the Past we’d love to wake up to every day. To be honest I’m actually not keen on music first thing, I always prefer to wake up in peace and quiet wherever possible – at least until I’ve had my first cuppa, anyway!

However, if I did have to wake up to one song, it would probably be ‘Lovely Day’ by Bill Withers, from 1977… โค

Songs from the Past: Simon & Garfunkel – Sound of Silence

Amazingly we’re already at week 24 of Hugh’s fun series ‘51 Songs from the Past in 51 Weeks‘, and this week Hugh asked about a song listened to at a sad time in your life.

As someone who has certainly had my share of sad times over the years, I’ve always been soothed by Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel’s original version ofย  ‘The Sound of Silence’ from 1964.

I love the haunting beauty of the lyrics, the melody, the harmony, and the simple acoustic accompaniment – even today it still resonates profoundly with my sad old soul… โค

‘Hello darkness, my old friend

I’ve come to talk with you again

Because a vision softly creeping

Left its seeds while I was sleeping

And the vision that was planted in my brain

Still remains

Within the sound of silence’


Songs from the Past: Taylor Swift – Shake it Off

A bit of a fun track for this week’s Songs from the Past – Taylor Swift from 2014 with ‘Shake it Off’ – my 5 year old granddaughter absolutely adores this song, so having spent some quality time with my family recently I’ve inevitably heard it a lot and I’ve found it’s been firmly stuck in my head since I got back on Monday.

Hugh has a theme of cover versions for this week, but as I’ve posted a few cover versions already in past posts I thought I’d share my favourite non-standard video instead. OK, so technically it’s not actually a cover version, but OMG it’s such fun!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚


Songs from the Past: Gina G – Just a Little Bit

This week Hugh is focusing on the Eurovision Song Contest for his weekly series of Songs from the Past. Although personally I’m really not a great Eurovision fan, I could hardly pass up the opportunity to join in with such a challenging theme – so here goes!

This particular 1996 Eurovision Contest entry for the UK (sung by Australian singer Gina G) remains forever etched in my memory, as at that point my two teenage daughters attended regular dance classes (both ballet and tap) and had worked out a dance routine which they practiced religiously – always to the music at full blast, of course, so one way or another I heard it such a lot that year! Do I like it? Well, I suppose I have to say… Ooh, aah, just a little bit… ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and apparently the song came 8th in the contest, held that year in Oslo – not too bad a result! ๐Ÿ™‚

Songs from the Past: Neil Diamond – Girl You’ll be a Woman Soon

This week’s Song from the Past from me is Neil Diamond’s ‘Girl You’ll be a Woman Soon’ from 1967 just because I absolutely love it โค

However Urge Overkill recorded a cover version that was used in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 movie ‘Pulp Fiction’, and I think maybe I like this version even more – but perhaps because that’s because I really loved the movie, and the association is so strong

Either way, it’s a great song… ๐Ÿ™‚

Songs from the Past: Alanis Morissette – Ironic

Even though technically there was nothing ironic in the examples Alanis Morissette sang about in her 1996 hit ‘Ironic’, I absolutely loved it, and still do! And I also love the tongue-in-cheek update she sang 20 years later with James Cordon… I’m still smiling and singing along with it even now… such great fun, just love the new lyrics ๐Ÿ™‚

The original version…

And the updated version…

Why don’t you join me in joining in with Hugh’s ongoing series of posts ’51 Songs from the Past in 51 Weeks’ and share some of your favourite musical memories too – go on, you know you want to! ๐Ÿ™‚