In my last entry, I touched on what music means to me, and asked you to think of the defining moments in your life and what music you relate to them.

What I neglected to do was answer my own question.

This is neither chronological, nor complete (that’s why this is called the RAMBLING Scotsman blog – Ed).

So, starting off with one both funny and sobering, on the 6th day of this millenium, I had a pretty huge crash in my car, involving car flying into the air and travelling 30ft before landing on the nose!

Remarkably, though a little shaken up, I escaped with a sore neck and a tiny little cut. So what song did my friends jokingly suggest was appropriate? Flying Without Wings by Westlife! (you should check out the culprits’ blog).

Genius, right?! So anytime I hear that song, it reminds me of how lucky I am to be alive, and cheers me right up!

If I want a reminder of the daft carry on I’ve had with my friends, Robbie Williams’ Rock DJ holds special significance (all I’ll say is Podium Dancing…)

Caledonia by Frankie Miller makes me come over all patriotic, proud, and reminds me of nights listening to music in my car with friends on Stirling Castle esplanade, complete with quite simply one of the most gorgeous night views. That view, to me, means home.

Genie In A Bottle by Christina Aguilera reminds me of a looooong night in a garage too afraid to ask out a girl I had a huge crush on.

She’s The One, by Robbie Williams always makes me think of my wife, and smile 🙂

Those that hold sad memories for me, may be subject of another post, when I am in the state of mind to think of those times, but again they are the soundtrack of my life so far and I wouldn’t change it!

One last thing, a good Twitter friend read my first post and told me the song that defines her, as a person, not just a moment in her life.

Now that’s a hard question to answer; my favourite song or band changes frequently as I’ve a very varied taste in music. So how can I pick just one song to define me?

What one song would define YOU?


I was having a discussion about favourite bands with friends on Twitter the other night, which made me think about my relationship with music.

Music means different things to different people; for me it’s something I can’t live without, it makes me feel a whole gamut of emotions and enriches lives, movies, everything it touches.

There’s a scene in one of my favourite movies, Mr Hollands’ Opus, where Richard Dreyfuss’ character explains to his high school music class about Beethoven lying on the floor whilst composing in order to feel the notes he was playing, as he was deaf.

All the while the beautiful yet sombre Beethovens’ 7th Symphony is playing, getting louder and louder and we see the emotion on Glenn Hollands’ face as he struggles with the revelation that his young son is deaf.

It’s one of the most captivating and moving scenes I’ve ever watched, and without the 7th symphony it just would not work, you would not feel what the character is feeling, that’s the power of music.

I associate certain songs, artists, styles of music with different events or stages in my life, memories good and bad.

I can hear a song and be transported back to somewhere in my past, with old friends, I get boosebumps, I get emotional.

For others, music is just background, something entertaining yet quickly forgotten.

For others it’s a distraction, something to dance to, study to and a million other things!

And while I don’t understand how people can be unmoved by music, or why people can like certain artists or musical styles, that’s the beauty of music; because it is personal, subjective and therefore there is something for everyone.

So take a moment to think about the soundtrack to your life, as if it were a movie; what would define the best and worst moments of your life, how did it make you feel?