A little side note: Originally this post was going to be British snacks except that, last night, I cuddled down next to Matt for what should have been a twenty-minute nap and I passed out for five whole hours – I completely missed the chance to edit my ASDA shop! I’ve ordered some British snacks but they won’t be here now until later in the week. Hang tight, that post will be up next week!
Welcome to my first Top Ten Tuesday, Twisties!
Following my decision to stop TMI Tuesday, to be honest, I’ve been a little bit stuck on what to do with Tuesdays. I like to break things up between informative and fun so I just thought that I would make Tuesdays completely fun and give you a chance to know me but perhaps (maybe!) in s slightly more tasteful way. I thought I’d start off Top Ten Tuesdays with my top ten most listened to tracks and see how we go from there. Who doesn’t love music?!
Full disclosure: Some of these are rather old 😉
1. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
I like both versions, but the original just tops it for me. When Fifty Shades Of Grey came out, if it was on the morning radio, Matt always used to snuggle me in bed while we listened to it. This song became a part of us and there’d be little knowing looks anytime we heard it on a store radio. It was our own little slice of being “out”, without ever actually being out about what we do.
2. Moana – I Am Moana (Song Of The Ancestors)
I watched Moana having heard so many people talk about it, but it wasn’t until I mentioned it to my mother after my father’s passing that I learned that Dad liked it, too. For me, I often feel as though this film is full of hidden messages and it has helped me tremendously in healing from my grief. Being from parents who were also in the BDSM community, I feel as though my passions and loyalty to the lifestyle are an innate part of me, and it’s a large part of the driving force which keeps me doing what I do. That, and looking after the bees!
3. Danny Gokey – The Comeback
If you add one song to you playlist, make it this one. We all have days when we feel like we want to give up, and for me, this is the song that time and time again reminds me that I’m not experiencing a failure, it’s just a setback – do something a little different. I like the background visual in this video too, the young gymnast who can’t land properly and who eventually succeeds. Life always gives us two options: Give up and quit trying, or pull your socks up and try again.
4. Enrique Iglesias – Bailamos
Whew, is it warm in here or is it just me? That dancing though! The translation for “Bailamos” from Spanish (Enrique’s mother tongue) to English is “we dance”, and for me, dance is a huge part of my identity – not because I personally dance, but because my father did. Dance runs through my veins and so with good energetic music like this, I like to move. Even if I can’t dance, it doesn’t stop me trying!
5. Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits
You just knew that it was going to be up there, didn’t you? I’m liking this new release from Ed Sheeran, it shows a side to him we don’t usually see that’s almost cocky, mischievous and playful. Ed is normally quite quiet and shy in interviews, so this feels a lot like his more confident alter-ego. This is funky, upbeat and it makes having our imperfections sort of okay – exactly the sort of feel-good track we need as we come out of lockdown Well timed, Ed!
6. Kehlani – Gangsta
Okay, so it’s an incredibly dysfunctional relationship, but who doesn’t a little bit of Joker and Harley Quinn? Tell me that this scene doesn’t have a slight air of a D/s dynamic about it too. I love it and for me, the oath is a great symbol of my commitment to Matt. Even on my darkest days, I go on living for him. Love it!
7. Darius Campbell – Rushes
Everyone has that song from years gone by that they just know and can’t help but sing, and this is mine. I was in love with Darius more or less from the word “go”, something about his catchy lyrics and guitar playing just did it for me. Darius also supports a lot of cancer charities, and he’s Scottish, which wins him bonus Brownie points from me!
8. Raphael Lake – Prisoner
Straight from 365 Dni, this song just connected with me all through lockdown, I guess because I felt like a prisoner and going out of my mind was how I felt. I think lyrics like “trapped here, sinking in deeper, cold sweat were from a fever, I’m kept locked in a box and nobody cares” also felt familiar because that was how I felt – shut away in my home with only Matt and Hugo for company and forgotten about by the UK government. There was so much that I wanted to do, but I couldn’t, because of lockdown.
9. Camila Cabello – Liar
For me, this has more to do with my relationship with BDSM than it does anything else. Sometimes, it’s something that I try to deny wanting or needing, but I can’t, it’s just a part of who I am. This song talks more about wanting someone that you know you shouldn’t, but you can’t help the way you feel. This track also has a Cuban vibe to it so if you appreciate upbeat music that you can really groove to, this one is for you.
10. Hailee Steinfeld – Capital Letters
I love that this song talks about a man bringing a woman out of her shell a little bit and helping her discover herself, because that’s exactly what Matt did for me. It’s poppy and upbeat, but also softer and easy listening at the same time. We started with Fifty Shades Of Grey and we finished with Fifty Shades Freed. It wasn’t intentional, but then, did you really expect anything less? 😉
That concludes my top ten most listened to sound tracks! What does your top ten look like? What top ten would you like to see next? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time,
Stay safe & have fun,