‘Whistle while you work’ chirped Snow White as she briskly swept the floor of the little woodland cottage, whilst the deer and blue birds joined in the spring clean.

Instead of a squad of forest critters to help me clean the kitchen, all I have is a one year old baby who likes throwing my biscuit cutters on the floor whilst laughing manically. However, with or without help I have found that connecting my phone to the bluetooth speakers and blasting out the tunes whilst I cook and wash up does really help to make tea time a fun part of my day. So I have been treating myself to downloading a song once a week to add to my playlist.

Here are the latest ten songs that I have been listening to: (Warning: they are nearly all old cheesy songs!). I have added links to the end of each song so you can have a listen for yourself.

  1. A Star is Born By Disney, Hercules. This full throttle Gospel tune is great for an energetic and private kitchen dance party.
  2. God of Miracles by Chris McClarney – I am learning this for the worship team at church. Good faith building song when you are searching for miracles http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpdGTzRXk64
  3. Simply Irresistible by Robert Palmer – Ah, an 80’s classic that requires you to power strut and pose with big hair and a bigger personality. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrGw_cOgwa8
  4. Winter Light by Linda Ronstadt – This is the song that plays at the end of the Secret Garden. It’s ethereal and whimsical and perfect for frosty mornings when you feel that Spring won’t be far away http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPgNbtqb40k
  5. Send me on my Way by Rusted Root – And this is from then end of Matilda. You can see how my music tastes are very strongly influenced by movies that make me happy. Whenever I listen to this I find myself murmering ‘on my way, on my way’ for the rest of the day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGMabBGydC0
  6. Dela (I Know why the Dog Howls at the Moon) by Johnny Clegg – And this song plays in George of the Jungle which I watched last weekend and remembered how much I love this very silly and completely underappreciated comedy. And whilst this song is very cheerful and upbeat, the words are also beautiful. ‘Dela’ means ‘content’ so the chorus is actually saying ‘Content, content, I am content when I am with you.’ I think that is lovely. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggDNKrTsKv0
  7. Drive by The Shires. I love this English Country Duo and this song is from their second album, My Universe. This song makes me what to go out and do something.  It inspires action and adventure. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkT-OIZkoMI
  8. Twist and Shout by the Beatles. Sometimes you just can’t go wrong with a classic, and I love taking Orla’s hands and assisting her to ‘shake it out, baby!’ which she finds hilarious. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-VAxGJdJeQ
  9. Fever by Elvis Presley featuring Michael Buble. I never knew men could be sultry until I heard this duet. Each line is performed in a succint understated way and the voices are mixed together perfectly. This is a song that slows you down, like the first sip of a night cap. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUGHQQGm7tk
  10. White Flag by Joseph. I have had this song on my playlist for a while but it has come to mean more to me since the Women’s March that was so inspiring. It is all about ignoring the voices telling you to ‘keep it down, now’ and to keep fighting on for what you believe in. It’s a good for soul song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3kXDMPwfMc