My Top Songs – What I listened to in 2018

My Blogging Pal, Kristian, The other Kristian, of Life Lessons Around the Dinner Table,

has posted her top songs from 2018 from Spotify. Apparently, Spotify produces a list of the songs you listened to the most in 2018.

Here is Kristian’s post:


So here are my top songs. You will find nothing new or recent here, just some great songs from yesteryear. They all seem to be quite relaxing music. A few of them already appear on previous posts that I did about music I was listening to, see here:

Some of the songs are seldomly played nowadays, whereas others are established favourites.

  1. Bilitis – Francis Lai.

Apparently, this was written for a rather suggestive film, but I don’t know anything about that. The theme reminds me of that kind of electronic music of the late seventies and early ’80s like Vangelis Chariots of Fire.


2. Cavatina – John Williams – This was used as the Theme for the film Deerhunter. I have linked to this before.

3. Albatross – Fleetwood Mac – This is one of my favourite go-to songs for rest and relaxation and I have linked to it before.

4. Ballade Pour Adeline – Richard Clayderman.

5. The Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals – Saint Saens.

6. Stranger on the Shore – Acker Bilk

7. Nocturne – Secret Garden

8. Liebestraum – Franz Liszt – This is pretty famous so I won’t link to it. It is a lovely piece of music and one often used in films or adverts.

9. Chi Mai – Ennio Morricone – This was used for a popular TV show in the early 80’s called the Life and Times of David Lloyd George. I recommend both the song and the programme.

10. Music Box Dancer – Richard Clayderman (performed by) Written by Frank Mills.

Some of my Favourite Hymns

The Word of the Day was Hymns and although they are not to everyone’s taste there are a few hymns that I love and I thought I would share a few with you.

  1. How Great Thou Art

2. To be a Pilgrim – Also known as He who would valiant be.

3. Jerusalem

and while not technically a hymn, this Elvis song is my favourite and could well be a hymn.

4. Crying in the Chapel

What do you think of these hymns? Do you have a favourite hymn or semi-religious song? Please let me know in the comments, or why not do a post and link to this one? 


My Music – A journey into the past.

Many of you will know that I am very old-fashioned and that is no more true than in my taste in music.

I love music, I passionately believe that it has such a valuable influence over our body and health and nothing can change a mood better than music.

However, if you mentioned to me a Music artist that has only been around in the last 10 years, chances are I wouldn’t have heard of him/her/them.

I can count on one hand the number of current songs I have heard on the radio that I have liked. The most recent one I can recall Is Pharrell Williams song ‘HAPPY’ I liked that.

I’ve just looked that up, and the most contemporary song I could think of was a hit in 2014, so already 4 years old.

I do own an I-pod, it is one of those smaller ones, a Nano. It is the same colour as my friends teenage daughter and we always used to joke about the shock she’d have if she picked up mine by mistake. Although despite all the rubbish she likes, she still loves Elvis, so Kudos there.

I thought I would share with you my ten most played popular music tracks (I’ve cut out the Classical stuff).

In reverse order:

At Number 10, we have:

Unforgettable by Nat King Cole


Number 9:

9 to 5 by Dolly Parton


Number 8:

Feeling Good by Nina Simone


Number 7:

Dream a little dream of me by Mama Cass Elliot


Number 6:

Annie’s Song by John Denver


Number 5:

Your Song by Elton John


Number 4:

Let your Love Flow by The Bellamy Brothers


Number 3:

Crazy by Patsy Cline


And in Second place,

we have

We’ve only just begun by the Carpenters.


And Finally,


In first place,


the most listened to Pop track on my I-pod is:


True Love Ways by Buddy Holly



So, I told you I was old fashioned. I wonder what else these songs say about me………?

Well I hope you like this post.

Let me know which of these you liked, which Golden oldies you like that weren’t on my list.

Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below.



My favourites from the 80’s

My Pal, A Guy Called Bloke, has posted about his love of the 1980’s (see post below)


So I decided to put together my own favourite films/movies and some music from the 80’s you may have heard of them, you may not, have a look and see what you think.

You may detect a slightly childish edge to the films, that is because I was a child in the 80’s, so no surprise there.

Continue reading My favourites from the 80’s

My Favourite Classical Music Pieces

Dr. Perry has posted a great piece on the benefits of classical music. See link below:

This has inspired me to do a post about my favourite classical pieces.

Have a look at the list and tell me what you think.

Did you like any of them in particular?

Do you have a favourite piece? Please let me know in the comments below. 🙂

  1. The Pastoral Symphony by Beethoven. Also known as Beethoven;s Symphony number 6.


This was, of course, used in Disney’s Fantasia, which is where I first became aware of it.

It is such a beautiful piece, I can let it play in the background and get on with my day and it just gently lifts my spirits.

2. Finlandia by Jean Sibelius

I love this piece of music, it is so patriotic and stirring. I am not from Finland, but it is difficult to listen to this piece without feeling some kind of kinship. It starts low and brooding then builds to a stirring theme. Give it a chance to get going, at around 4 mins.



3. In the Steppes of Central Asia – Borodin

This is a lovely piece that captures the story of a caravan as it makes its way across the grassy plains of central asia. The music builds gently as the caravan passes by then diminished again into the distance.

4. Overture to the Marriage of Figaro by Mozart

5. The Dream of Olwen by Charles Williams


There are obviously lots more Classical pieces that I love, but I didn’t want to make this too bulky. I may do another post in the future.

So tell me, did you like them? What are your favourites?


A few of my favourite films (movies if you prefer).

The Haunted Wordsmith has posted her a list of movies that she loves, see her post below:

I thought I would share with you all a few of my favourites…Prepare for a trip down memory lane, because I like OLD FILMS 😉

In no particular order:

Gone with the Wind (1939)

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All about Eve (1950)

The Slipper and the Rose (1976)

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The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972)

The Princess Bride (1987)

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

Death on the Nile (1978)

Murder on the Orient Express (The version with Albert Finney and Lauren Bacall in it) (1974)

Scrooge (the Alastair Sim version made in 1951)

Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)

Show Boat (two films versions, one in 1936 and another in 1951, both favourites)

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Singing in the Rain (1952)

Paddington (2014)

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

There’s something about Mary (1998)

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That’s probably enough to be getting on with. Only four of these were made AFTER I was born. Can you guess which ones?

Any on here that you love too? Let me know.



Picture of the Day – My Favourite Rose

I thought I would share with you a picture of one of the roses in my garden.

I first saw this rose growing in a local park and I found out its name.

It is called Rhapsody in Blue, which is a brilliant name for a rose, isn’t it?

It isn’t blue, of course, it starts out purple then fades to a dusky blueish purple.

It also has a lovely delicate scent. I am so pleased I have now got this growing at home.

As with a lot of roses it has more than one name. It also goes by the name Frantasia.

A rose with two beautiful names.

Do you have a favourite rose or flower? Does it have a name?