Thursday, 27 June 2013

Where Is My Mind - The Best Month Of My Life...


My mind is on stuffed animal pants, that's where my mind is....


...A Cup Of Caramel Coffee And Yes, Where Is My Mind?
by Jo Michelmore



Hey! How are you? It’s been so long, I’ve missed you. Honestly! You knew I was gone, right? I was on holiday in many beautiful countries across Europe. It was probably the best month of my life. There were a whole bunch of awesome days in 2012, but not a whole month in a row. Yep, probably the best month of my life.

That brings me to here. The month after the best month so far, a laptop, this blog and a cup of caramel coffee. I know. Caramel coffee, right? Probably the best thing ever (except for that month I had in Europe and a whole bunch of other awesome things). Why am I drinking a cup of caramel coffee? Well, come with me here, let me take you on a little journey and adventure into the mind of Jo…


It started with my hair falling into my eye today, at an inconvenient moment when I had my hands full and couldn’t remove my hair from said eyeball...

This got me thinking about how much my hair has grown over the past month while I was in Europe, (probably the best month of my life)...

Which got me thinking about Germany, one of the places I loved in Europe, which got me thinking about coffee, because every morning my travelling buddy would get me a cup of coffee for when I woke up...

Which got me thinking about all the awesome things I drank in Europe...

Which got me thinking about the amazing markets I went to in Berlin, where I drank beer in the sun at 11am while watching a band...

Which got me thinking about which bands I was going to write about on this here blog when I got back home, which got me thinking about not wanting to be back home but on holidays instead...

Which got me thinking about Europe again and the incredible Belgian waffle I ate in Brussels, which didn’t have caramel sauce, but should have...

Which got me thinking about what I was wearing when I ate that amazing waffle, which was a super cute dress and a scarf in my hair...

Which got me thinking about another time I wore that dress, which was to one of my favourite cafes, where I always get a salted caramel coffee...

Which got me thinking, I’m going to have a caramel coffee tonight….and here we are.

See how my mind works? I've given you an insight into how I think and from now until I get bored with the idea, I'm going to take you on a little journey every week. We're going to start with one song and that song is going to take us to another song and that song is taking us to another song and so on and so forth. Each week I'm going to present you with a song and every song will have a link to the one before and the one after, so every week you get an insight into the life and mind of Jo and in the end you can tell me where my mind is...maybe? I'll give you an example...

Since we're talking about how my mind works, let's start with this little track...


Where Is My Mind? - 1988
by The Pixies 


 


Well, I'm not the world's biggest fan of The Pixies, but there's something about this song I kinda love. It's that "oooh ooh" isn't it? It just gets stuck and it's so easy to sing along to it's hard not to; especially in the car, driving long distances. The Pixies, they just never quite made it, did they? The alternative musicians-musicians. The cool kids in the 90's loved them. This song featured on the 'Fight Club' soundtrack which almost propelled them to super star....no actually, it didn't. They were still that fat guy and the girl who played bass. Things must have been weird in the late 80's, because bands like this were competing with bands like this next one...



The Only Way Is Up - 1988
by Yazz And The Plastic Population
 

 


See? Nothing like the last song, at all, but I like that I can manage to link a Pixies song with a Yazz song. I'm sure this Yazz person has had a whole career doing...something, but really, her biggest claim to fame must be this, which is possibly one of the most annoying songs of the 80's. If you bother to listen to the lyrics, it's actually a statement about a class system, but who's going to listen to the lyrics when there's all that denim and those 80's midriff tops going on? It's so darn catchy which is what makes it annoying, it gets stuck, but you know what else makes it irritating? When someone replaces the word 'baby' in the chorus with 'Joey' while they're climbing mountains of stairs with you, as happened to me on my European holiday. It's annoying if your name is Jo and it's probably even more annoying if it's not. This song will never be the same for me again. As I sang those lyrics over and over again, that got me thinking of a song that also had 'up' in the title....


Uptight (Everything's Alright) - 1965
by Stevie Wonder


 


Oh you have no idea how much I love this song. Actually, I just said it, so now you do. How good is Stevie Wonder? This was was the first song he ever co-wrote and considering everything else he wrote (let's ignore a lot of the mid-80's here) this was a pretty good place to start. He was 16 when he wrote this! What were you doing when you were 16? Are you 16? What are you doing with your life? Get off this blog and do something important. No wait, stay, do something after you've read this! Stevie Wonder always reminds me of this song...


Higher Ground - 1989
By Red Hot Chili Peppers


 


Yeah, I was a big Red Hot Chili Peppers fan for a little while there. Still am. I thought that life couldn't get better when I found out one of my favourite bands had covered one of my favourite Motown artists of all time. Did you know there have been thirteen members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers since the early 80's? Flea is probably the only one to have worn the teddy bear pants though.  Where do I get me some of them? Screw this onesie trend, why isn't there a teddy bear pant trend?

Where are the Red Hot Chili Peppers going to take us? Who's to say? We went from The Pixies to Yazz to Stevie Wonder then to RHCP! We could end up anywhere next! How great is this? Where is my mind? I don't even know. You'll have to read again next week to find out....

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