High Fives 2014 – Jo Hook
I’ve known our next contributor for a long time now and I was really chuffed to review her latest album, “Silence Surrounds Me” (a collaboration with Geoffrey Richardson), earlier this year. When I asked Jo to contribute, her reply was: “Cool that sounds great. How about top 5 guilty secret music… The kind of stuff that we wouldn’t like people to see in our collection but we love anyway ? If you like that idea mine are…”
“Just a Little Bit” -- Gina G
I am a huge Eurovision fan. Any other activity on Eurovision day is not considered! And that particular song, because it was a time in my life where I had plenty of crazy folk who would join me in riotously dancing to it. 😉
“Total Eclipse of the Heart” -- Bonnie Tyler
When I was ten I went for a day with my family and their friends. I don’t remember where we went but I remember listening to Bonnie Tyler in the way and back. I sat next to a family friend who loved it and I think I just caught her adoration at the time.
“Story of my Life” -- One Direction
Ummmmm -- nice melody, nice boys ( blush).
“Mandy” -- Barry Manilow
1) It’s very romantic and I’m a sickly cheese monster.
2) The Simpsons cartoon turned it into ‘ oh Mindy’ and ‘oh Margy’. There are at least three different versions you can sing all at once!
And lastly, “You Don’t Bring me Flowers” -- Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand
Again I’ve loved Babs since I was a kid. I used to practice the routine on rollerskates in “Funny Girl” as soon as I was old enough to have a pair. I think it’s such a sad, sad song about how people stop noticing each other when they get into the groove of life. Also I love that it’s a man and a woman. Usually the kind of ‘ you are not adoring me’ narrative tends to be sung by women. Again I’m a cheesy puff but it felt important when I first heard it. I find music snobbery difficult to handle as good songs are good songs but most of these songs touched me at a young age and lit up the very prone-to-be romantic side of me.