Musical nostalgia


Catherine as a bluecoatHi all,

Do you ever have days when you sit and think of all the songs that bring back the past? I recently went onto youtube and started looking up old songs from the 80’s and the memories came flooding back!

Does anyone remember ‘Five Star’? Hee hee, I used to love ‘Rain or Shine’. I saved up and bought the album which I think was called ‘Silk & Steel’. This reminiscing led me to delve further for some of those on hit wonders. How about ‘Clouds across the moon’? That was hilarious looking back was about a woman on Earth whose sweetheart was in outer space and she’s trying to make contact with him by intergalactic telephony!

Scritti Polliti anyone? I love ‘The word girl’. Wonder whatever happened to Howard Jones? Ahh the memories…

UB40 were my favourite, though, and continue to be one of my all time faves. From the age of about 10 until I was around 16 I believed with every fibre of my being that I truly was Michael Jackson’s number one fan! I bought every magazine that had even a little bit about him in it. I had masses of posters on my wall but the infatuation began to lessen once the teenage years took hold.

Wham! and Duran Duran fever took hold. I even had George Michael posters on my ceiling so I could see him last thing before drifting off to sleep. Hee hee!

Above is a piccy of me when I was a bluecoat. I was fifteen years old and when my mum came to visit me I would sing ‘Pal of my cradle days’ to her. It’s a very old song but quite sentimental about a child/mother relationship. She still remembers it well and it always made her go all soppy and proud!

When my father passed away my sister and I chose the music for his ‘send off’ (I prefer to think of it that way rather than a funeral). Whenever I hear ‘Amazing Grace’ I think of him and a sense of peaceful calm washes over me. It triggers memories of the man he was. A nice feeling.

I want to know what songs stir something within you. Maybe it was your first dance song at your wedding. Or perhaps a theme tune to a favourite tv programme from your childhood. Isn’t it funny how the emotions are affected by music?

Love Catherine x


  1. Nick Young November 27, 2009 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

    Clouds Across the Moon – wasn’t that The Rah Band? Whatever happened to then? Isn’t it very sad though when the line drops and she cant call again till next year! Oh and I love your hair in that photo, suddenly I am taken back to my youth where root perms, demi waves etc. were de rigueur!
    Nick x

  2. Mrs Heidi Barnett November 27, 2009 at 1:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,oh crikey..’Clouds Across the Moon’ by The Rah Band! I was a real Five Star fan also lol. I was very into Madness and i still love ‘Baggy Trousers’ to this day! Also,Toyah (get told i look her) and loads of other stuff. I also kinda go back when i hear ‘Waiting For a Girl like You’ by others remember that one lol!Some i have to say i grew up with and love in the seventies is..Stevie Wonder and also Mamas & i feel quite old!Hugs x

  3. Yvonne Beattie November 27, 2009 at 1:54 pm -  Reply

    I love the hair Catherine!! Big hair days then! Yes I remember all those 80’s songs! Haircut 100 were my heroes-especially Nick Heyward – hence the reason Im very envious of Beth!! lol
    Pal of my cradle days – was my granpa’s favourite song – and he always sung it to me!!
    Such lovely memories – thank you for reminding me –
    I loved the 80’s!!!
    Enjoy your weekend.
    luv Yvonne x

  4. Mrs Heidi Barnett November 27, 2009 at 1:57 pm -  Reply

    Sorry, meant Mamas & Papas!
    Had to study pic of you as bluecoat very hard.Is that you behind the shorter gal?!OMG,only just recognised your smile!Laughing at the hair..i had one of those perms too,rather forget that i think lol x

  5. Julie November 27, 2009 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    First thing I have to say is I like the hair in the photo!!I like the song Emortality by Celine Dion, I wanted that played when my Mother passed away but my Brother thought otherwise.
    Just keeping you updated the dog hasn’t been too well again the Vet has done tests so we’re awaiting the results.
    I’m off work now for 10 days so Cardiff here I come!!
    Take Care
    Julie xx

  6. Jan Burnley November 28, 2009 at 3:50 pm -  Reply

    When I was sixteen (many moons ago) I used to write to a boy I knew who had joined the Navy, and of course, I thought I was in love! Every time I heard Nat King Cole sing “Unforgettable” or “When I Fall In Love” I’d think about David and come over all “slushy”. It was not to be though.He went back to his first girl friend. I guess after that I should have sung “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair” or “Que Sera Sera”!
    Regards Jan.

  7. jayne bowen November 28, 2009 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    hi catherine i loved yr video more of what u do un between shows cant wait for craft day when in dec is it hope yr on with dawn will miss leonie though hope shes doing well love the long locks suits u take care jayne a craft addict x

  8. Catherine Huntley November 28, 2009 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Nick,
    Hee hee, it was indeed the Rah Band! Oh the memories..takes me back to begging mum for a lift and admission money to the school disco!
    Oh dear the roots on that photo of mine! I remember I used to just do my hair from the front and the back was flat. Very 2 dimensional. What did I look like!
    Catherine x

  9. Catherine Huntley November 28, 2009 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Heidi,
    Another Stevie Wonder fan here! So many great songs. My cherie la la..ah I just keep singing all these songs in my head now!
    Now now, you’re not allowed to say you feel old because if you & I remember the same things it makes me old and I’m in permanent age denial!
    Have a great Christmas & get all the old tunes out!
    Love Catherine x

  10. Catherine Huntley November 28, 2009 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Yvonne,
    Great to hear from you. Oh yes, Haircut 100! There’s another one I’d forgotten!
    Glad someone else has sentimental memories of ‘pal of my cradle days’. How utterly lovely to have those memories of your grandfather.
    I hope you have a fab weekend too.
    Love Catherine x

  11. Catherine Huntley November 28, 2009 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie,
    I’m so sorry about your dog. I will keep you in my thoughts. It’s so upsetting, isn’t it hun? Try to use your time off to recharge your batteries & relax. Enjoy Cardiff..I know for a fact the shopping’s brilliant there ;-)
    Celine Dion’s singing is so emotional isn’t it? Very moving indeed. It’s really hard to find something everyone agrees on when someone passes. I suppose because the person we’ve lost may have meant so many different things to different people. It was hard to choose for my dad, too.
    Keep your chin up, lovely you.
    Love Catherine x

  12. Catherine Huntley November 28, 2009 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Aww Jan,
    Those are two very gorgeous songs. Definately songs to be in love to.
    You made me smile with your witty comeback songs! Who knows..maybe it’s even a case of ‘Who’s sorry now?’.
    I love slushy old romantic songs. I have a double cd set of the love songs of Frank Sinatra. I have extremely ecclectic musical tastes. Robie Williams cd ‘Swing while you’re winning’ always comes out near Christmas in our house. Some super songs on there.
    Hope you have a lovely Christmastime.
    Lots of love Catherine x

  13. Catherine Huntley November 28, 2009 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jayne,
    Nice to hear from a fellow crafter! Craft Day in December will be on the 27th. I will be on the finale hours 9pm til midnight so do text in if you’re watching!
    We all miss Lickle Leonie, it’s true, but we wish her well and keep in touch. I’ll let her know you were asking after her.
    You take care & have a great Christmas.
    Love Catherine x

  14. Julie November 30, 2009 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    Had a good day today in Cardiff with a friend-bought loads!! It was made better by the fact my Husband gave me money to buy myself Christmas pressies!
    I’m hoping to relax this week and to recharge my batteries as work is very busy at the moment-roll on Christmas!!
    Will let you know how the dog is (only had the bill so far)have to say as much as I love dogs-no more-too upsetting.
    Did you know parts of Wales have had a little snow? Personally, I don’t think there’s anymore rain up there to come down!
    Hope you’re well and speak soon,
    Take Care
    Julie xx

  15. jill December 1, 2009 at 2:22 am -  Reply

    youtube is brilliant for when you want to take a stroll down memory lane.I’m a similar age to you give or take a year and I have great memories of all the artists you’ve mentioned,I was also really into The Specials,The Beat,the Selector,Queen,I even had dalliances with 80’s hair metal bands like Motley Crue,Enuff Z Nuff and Skid Row,and a whole host of other things.Music really is evocative and can immediately transport you to a place and time in your life.Funnily enough, my all time favourite music tends be the stuff of the generation prior to mine,like Jimi Hendrix,Led Zeppelin,The Doors and Motown,rarely do I hear things which can even compete with things made in that time.

  16. Catherine Huntley December 1, 2009 at 8:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Julie,
    I’m so glad to hear you had some fun you time shopping. Retail therapy – can’t beat it!
    I didn’t know Wales had snow Imagine how gorgeous a white Christmas would be. Certain it won’t happen down South but what a wonderful surprise it would be if Santa granted that wish!
    Take care & lots of love to you,
    Catherine x

  17. Catherine Huntley December 1, 2009 at 8:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Jill,
    Great to hear from you. It’s so funny looking back at different musical styles but there are some which are enduring, as you say. I also love Motown. I have another cd I like to bring out at Christmas called ‘A Motown Christmas’ and it’s wonderful.
    I also like musical styles outside of my generation, like you. Billy Joel is incredible. Adore The Beach Boys, too. Oh dear I could go on and on! Let’s not forget the Beatles!!
    I feel inspired to get a Christmas cd out for the journey into work today now. Well, it is December now!
    Hope you have a great Christmas!
    Love Catherine x

  18. Pam December 7, 2009 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    When my gorgeous Mum passed away after suffering from Cancer aged 57, we played 2 songs at her pass over. They where: Think Twice by Celine Dion and Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler.
    We have fond memories of Mum and we miss her so much. We always went to Pontins from when we where little and we took Dad last year to Pontins in Blackpool. Which Pontins did you work at? I was told that Pontins in Blackpool closed this year what a shame. We had some brilliant Holidays at Pontins.
    I absolutely love it when you are on the craft shows with Dawn, you are fab. Crafting has helped me overcome many problems with regards to losing Mum and other Family memebers, from that evil disease Cancer.
    Merry Christmas Catherine you are a Gem!
    Pam xxx

  19. Catherine Huntley December 7, 2009 at 8:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pam,
    Thank you so much for writing in. I’m so sorry about your dear mum. Absolutely beautiful songs you chose for her. So lovely.
    I have some wonderful memories of Pontins, too. I worked at a few different centres. The piccy is at Pontins Riviera, Weymouth. The building is still there but is a hotel now. I was at Middleton Towers, Morecambe for a while. It was a huge site and I believe a prison before it was a Pontins! It’s now gone, too. For some strange reason I am having a mental block about the others..can picture them but not recall the names! One was in Norfolk.
    So glad you have found crafting to be so therapeutic. It’s so hard to get away from your problems but crafting really does allow you to get into almost a meditative concentrated state. It doesn’t make anything go away but I do believe it can open doors to more peaceful and calm moments.
    I hope you have a lovely Christmas. When I make my Christmas toast and remember those I’ve lost I will also think of you & your family, too.
    Lots of love,
    Catherine x

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