The Sound of Music

The prompt for this week’s Wicked Wednesday is:

Is there a tune or style of music that gets your juices flowing? Is there an artist who gets your heart pumping, toe tapping, and heat rising?
Time to share a story or comment of the sensuality caused by those opening notes as they slide up and penetrate your ears.


I am very bad with recognizing music when the first chords play. I admire people who can do that, but I frequently have to listen up to the chorus before I know which song it is. This doesn’t mean that I don’t like music. There are quite some songs that get my heart pumping, my toes tapping and even my juices flowing.

Here are a dozen songs that get me in some or other way…

Paradise by Dashboard Light – Meatloaf

I am fan of Meatloaf’s music, but I definitely don’t know all his songs. Most of them yes and I can totally dream away when I watch the DVD with his concert in Australia, back in 2008 I believe, but it might also have been 2006 or 2004. One song that instantly gets me in the mood for dancing and singing is Paradise by Dashboard Light. I love the energy in this song, the dialog with the woman and I have seen this performed on stage twice. The first time was brilliant, but the second not so, as Meatloaf had no breath to perform the song like it should have been done. Still, I love this song!

I Am, I Said – Neil Diamond

I have listened to Neil Diamond since the day I was born as this was the singer my father idolized. I think I know a lot more of Neil Diamond’s songs than Meatloaf’s. I have many favorites, but I Am, I Said is one that melts my heart and makes me want to listen to a lot more of Neil Diamond’s songs. The day I turned 14, my birthday present was going to the drive-in with my parents to watch Neil Diamond’s Jazz Singer.

Simply The Best – Tina Turner

This song gets my juices flowing and my memory racing back to the late 80’s and early 90’s when I was in the military. Back with my basic training this song was number 1 and was played in the barracks over and over again while we polished floors (to the beat of the song) and made our beds to get ready for inspection to be Simply The Best. Good times!

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

I have totally forgotten about this song, until I saw it in Glee many years ago. This song gets me moving, gets me singing, gets me thinking… because I totally agree that the message in the song is something we should always keep in mind: Don’t Stop Believin’!

African Sunrise – Helmut Lotti

Helmut Lotti is a Belgian singer who has made a couple of CD’s with classical music and then his CD ‘Out of Africa’ appeared. There’s one song that brings me right back to my roots: African Sunrise. It’s the beat, the words… just everything that has me turning the sound up, singing along and sometimes even wipe tears from my face.

Das Südwesterlied – Heino

This song is the unofficial anthem of Namibia, which has once been a colony of Germany, before it became part of South Africa and then they became independent. It’s a stunning country and a place where I have spent some of my teenage years. Also, a place I would love to visit again. When I hear the song Das Südwesterlied. Listening to this song and watching the images in the video always have me in tears. You can never deny your roots.

Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen

This song, Hallelujah, has been covered by so many people, and one of the best covers is that by the Dutch singer Lisa Lois and winner of the Dutch X-factor in 2009, but as with many things, the original is better than any of the covers.

You Want Love (Maria Maria) – Mixed Emotions

The very first time I heard this song or learned about this band was back in 1994. I instantly loved You Want Love (Maria Maria) and bought the CD only for this song. No one else seemed to know this song… until I met Master T. When we are in the mood for a musical evening, this song is always played and of course we turn the sound up!

Where the Wild Roses Grow – Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue

I asbolutely LOVE this song. It’s dark and it’s tender and it’s beautiful and I can look at the video over and over again as if I see it for the first time. It’s because of this song that I bought the CD of Nick Cave with his murder ballads. It’s brilliant! But, my favorite will always be ‘Where the Wild Roses Grow’.

Some Kind of Wonderful – Grand Funk Railroad

I have never heard of the Grand Funk Railroad, until I got to know Master T. One night, we played one song after the other and then he sang to me. He sang this song and since then Some Kind of Wonderful is one of my favorite songs. Oh and, Master T has quite a nice singing voice!

Perhaps Love – Placido Domingo & John Denver

Another song Master T and I always include when we have a music night is Perhaps Love by John Denver. We both loved the song before we met, and it became one of our favorites since we became a couple.

Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young – Streets of Fire

streetsoffireI have written about this song on here before and how many people don’t know the brilliant movie Streets of Fire. There’s a lot of great music in this movie, but Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young is our favorite. This song will always be our song, no matter how many other favorites we have.

Of course the ten songs above are not my only favorites, but these ten came to mind when I started writing the post. I hope you have clicked on some of the links to listen to the songs, and I would also love to know your favorites – those that make you laugh and those that make you cry.

© Rebel’s Notes

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6 thoughts on “The Sound of Music

  1. Gosh Marie . . . this is quite a collection . . . different as well!
    But Tina . . . Oh I LOVE it so, so much . . . my fav, fav, fav . . . and I’m not ashamed to say had me standing on the seat, singing along and punching in the air, when I saw her at Hammersmith Odeon in London years and years ago.
    She was so, so sexy!!!
    Thank you for making me remember, laugh out loud at the memories . . . and break into song! Can you hear me over in Holland???
    Xxx – K

  2. Many of these on my list of favourite songs too, although I haven’t heard them in a while. It’s strange how hearing a song can take us straight back to another time and place, yet the written word doesn’t have the same effect.

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