If you could only hear 5 more songs what would they be and why?

I hope that you enjoy reading this post on the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where eleven of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic has been chosen by Shackman. The ten other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Delirious, gaelikaa, Grannymar, Maxi, Maria SF, Padmum, Paul, Rohit,Shackman, The Old Fossil and Will. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

โ€œThere is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to outcarol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the cost of great painโ€ฆ Or so says the legend.โ€

~ Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

I shall restrict myself to the five English songs as most of my regular readers do not follow Indian music. My top five would not contain any English songs at all.

The first one has to be this.

I courted Urmeela with many songs. This was her favourite. Those days, we had music like this to nudge as long.
The next one:

Our very first proper home after marriage. A bed sitter as it would be called in the West or a 1BHK over here. We had a primitive record player amped through an old Murphy Radio. This was one of my favourite songs on a 45 RPM disc. I have even forgotten what the other side contained. My cousin Shankar came to stay with us till he could find digs of his own. Both of us had done a fair bit of wandering. He too fell in love with this song. We were blessed to hear him croak this every morning in the shower. Whenever Shankar and I meet, we still sing this song as a duet and reminisce.

The next one:

For the first decade or so after our marriage, my life was like this. I owed my soul to the company store! Yes, Indian banks did not offer loans to individuals those days and employers were the only ones to oblige.

The next one:

23 years later, almost half my life then, I finally had the guts to say that to my employer. I played this after announcing the National Anthem, on the last day before the packers came, during my farewell party to close friends in the company.

The last one, my all time favourite for obvious reasons, even now.

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35 Responses to If you could only hear 5 more songs what would they be and why?

  1. Ursula says:

    Whilst I most certainly prefer to do things “my way” I can’t abide that song. But then I don’t like Sinatra full stop.

    Main reason that line has stuck with me was on occasion of working at a convention in Cairo. One of our team (remember the keyword here being TEAM) was a pain. Whatever needed to be done it was either her way or no way. Eventually it became an in-joke: One of my more mischievous colleagues sweeping into the board room every day singing merrily “Let’s do it her way”. The person in question, poor woman, never got it. Still, she was a right little worker.

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  2. shackman says:

    Your depth of knowledge of “English” songs speaks to your native curiosity about things in general. The fact that you view yourself as something of a rebel makes My ay a natural choice. Wandering Star is an interesting choice and a song I love simply because it’s the antithesis of me. One of those I wonder how different things might have been if I’d maken other choices kind of thing.
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  3. Nandu Pillai says:

    I am amazed how you have succeeded in listing just 5 , but I guess they must mean a lot to you and perhaps bring back memories as well which are part of the “bundle” . Like with all time favourite movies , I don’t think I could ever whittle it down to even 30 ! One thing is for sure I love Nat King Cole – that seemingly effortless silky smooth voice that just flows over and around you , engulfing you in the moment , simple yet memorable lyrics , beautiful musical accompaniment and yes the “bundle” factor ! In the end I guess it is the “bundle” factor that will prompt us to list different songs . PS : I am still struggling to remember the title of the song ( re FB post ) with the words ” ..more than words can say …because i’ve been thinking about you every day ….now that I’ve found you , I’ll never let you go…” ( 90’s ? ) Most annoying ..I can hear it in my head like a sticky tune/ ear worm now !! I need HELP somebody ….just anybody ( with apologies to the Beatles ) to get me out of my misery !

    • Grannymar says:

      Nandu, I think you mean: Baby, Now That I’ve Found You, by the Foundations

      Baby, now that I’ve found you
      I can’t let you go
      I’ll build my world around you
      I need you so
      Baby, even though you don’t need me
      You don’t need me.
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      • Nandu Pillai says:

        Thanks for the prompt effort Ramana , BUT that is not it , I am afraid . These things ( and I know you will say people ) are sent to try us …! If I stumble upon it I will definitely share – I tried so many “key words ” on UTube but no success so far ..if at first and all that ! Priya wil remeber but she is away in Denmark !!

    • shackman says:

      Missing You – Chris DeBurgh???

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      • Nandu Pillai says:

        Whoa ! Eureka ! Voila ! Bingo ! Bulls Eye ! Spot on ! ( you can sense that I am excited ! ) A zillion thanks Shackman ! Now I can die in peace ! It’s that “Lady in Red” man ( used to play that when my wife wore red ! ) Some interesting trivia ( from Google which has some really interesting stuff about him – worth reading ) I can offer in return ( since I cannot match your encyclopedic knowledge of music ) : CdB’s maternal grandfather was the Chief of the General staff in India ( a senior military commander ) from 1904 till India gained Independence from the British in 1947 ! So an Indian – Irish connection .. BTW watching “Mankind” on the History Channel – fascinating – yesterday’s episode included a short feature on the American War of Independence and the Civil War . Recording as many as I can . Also since ET stuff interests me ( as Ramana will vouch for ) watching “Ancient Aliens” ! The Truth is Out There ! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Shackman strikes again!

    • Nandu, choosing five was indeed very difficult but I discarded more than fifty to zero in on these five.

      • Nandu Pillai says:

        Yup , the “bundle” factor decides ! The thing is I don’t rule out some new song coming along ( a “cry in the wilderness of ‘noise’ ” ) which could impress me but unlikely it could be part of a bundle !

  4. Grannymar says:

    I see we have one song in common. Nice selection!
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  6. Steph says:

    Fascinating topic this week! Great songs too. I’m fascinated that Lee Marvin sang that song and even liked the song. I don’t think I could narrow it down to five songs myself. I’m a Sinatra fan. I prefer his bossa novas with Antonio Carlos Jobim. Have a great week.
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  7. tammyj says:

    on my list would be
    al di la. sung only by emilo pericoli
    wandering star. sung only by lee marvin
    evergreen. sung only by barbra steisand
    in the wee small hours. sung only by Sinatra
    the white cliffs of dover. sung by anybody. always brings tears.
    and one more for good measure…
    the bare necessities from the jungle book. sung only by phil harris
    and I also am enjoying la dolce far niente rummy!
    however it is spelled. it is still sweet!
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    • Ah, Al Di La, What a song and what a singer.

      The others too would be right up there among all time favourites in any collection. In any such restricted choice, with a why at the end, identification with something or the other that a song generates will be the deciding factor and that is why I chose them.

  8. Vignesh says:

    Whoa! What a topic! Thanks for the memories ๐Ÿ™‚ I too Have no English songs among my top 5.

  9. Big John says:

    “0la ! Amigo”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. bikehikebabe says:

    Add John Denver’s Country Roads. Though it can’t compare with Sinatra’s My Way.

  11. First, that little thorn birds story is horrifying to me.
    I wish you had included your real top five songs – I’d like to hear those. I’d be at a loss to pick only five. There are so many I like. I’m interested to see that all your top English songs are by men.
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    • SAW, those would be Tamil and Hindi songs for which I would have had to give translations for the lyrics. A rather cumbersome process.

      It had not occurred to me that I was being sexist. I love many songs sung by women singers, but for this particular post, none readily came to mind.

  12. nick says:

    Impossible to choose only five songs, but if I did they would be rock, probably by women and probably by singers you’ve never heard of like Fiona Apple and Lissie Maurus. I think we have very different tastes in music!
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  13. How can I resist Bob Seger http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJNgEZyEeh8 or “Sweet Bitter Love”, by Aretha Franklin. I’m sending you an email attachment to that because I don’t like the YouTube version. How about “Into the Mystic” with Van Morrison. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVAnlke_xUY So many songs so little time.

  14. Thanks for sharing such a nice collection of songs. You made my collection complete.They all are worth watching. I am glad to have those.

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