Gabrielle Aquilina

One of my favourite things

One of my favourite things

I love music and I like to listen to it when I write. I know lots of writers like a quiet stillness when they’re working but I can never concentrate properly if it’s silent. I hate a silent house.

The first thing I do in the morning (other than wish for another hour of sleep) is turn the radio on in the kitchen. Internet radio, don’t you know. Right now, I’m sitting at my kitchen table listening to the mighty Aerosmith. Who doesn’t love ‘Walk This Way’? Coming up soon is an interview with Slash. Slash! I heart him (and will stop writing to listen to the interview but it’s good to take a break from the screen. Ahem).


Anyway, I digress. My taste in music is pretty diverse and runs from Kylie to Nat King Cole to Cat Stevens to Pearl Jam but I do mostly listen to Rock (Alternative, Classic, Grunge, Indie) and that’s what I listened to when I was writing and editing ‘How To Catch A (Rock) Star”. A lot of Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance, Jack White and his various bands, Soundgarden, etc. On the kitchen radio, most of the presets are Rock stations although I have allowed the husband a station which, upsettingly, he has preset to some sort of dance music station. Gag.

I was originally thinking of posting my top ten albums but that would be way too hard. So, I decided to post my top ten songs, which is still really difficult and changes from one day to the next but, for today, this is how it stands (in no particular order).

1. Just Breathe – Pearl Jam


2. Push It – Salt ‘n Pepa

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3. Katmandu – Cat Stevens

4. Low – Foo Fighters


5. Footsteps – Pearl Jam

6. Toxic – Britney Spears


7. You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison – My Chemical Romance


8. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses


9. If I Didn’t Know Better – Nashville Soundtrack

10. Just A Girl – No Doubt


11. Cheers Darlin’ – Damien Rice

I know, I know, I made it 11 but I suddenly remembered ‘Cheers Darlin” and I couldn’t not put it in – so beautiful.  If you only listen to one of these songs, it should probably be this one…

Some of these are for dancing to, some are for wallowing in, some are for singing really loudly to (and badly, in my case) and some are just amazingly stunning songs.

Ask me next week what my favourite songs are and some of these might not be in there but that’s the beauty of music. Whatever mood you’re in, wherever you are in your life, however you want to feel, music can evoke powerful memories, encapsulate a feeling, make you smile, make you cry, make you dance.

As Cat Stevens says,

I let my music take me where my heart wants to go

 What are your favourite songs at the moment? I love to be introduced to new music so leave a comment and inundate me with music!


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