I soundtrack most of the activities in my day. Get-up-and-go tunes for the journey to work, and usually angry ones for the journey home; experiments and new tunes for cooking and cleaning; audiobooks or cosy, comforting tunes for the bath; and when I’m writing a script I soundtrack the whole film and write to it.
My illness, or more precisely the bad days, have their music too. It’ll start off maudlin and wollowy, but it’ll soon turn to the brighter tunes on my mp3 player, ending in an all-out I’m-gonna-kick-your-arse-stupid-illness-and-get-my-life-back-and-live-every-second-to-the-fullest kind of rollicking playlist.
There is so much power in music, I can’t imagine not using it to get through the best and the worst moments in my life.
So here’s a teeny tiny section of a playlist, which forms part of one of my bugger-off-bad-day playlists – hopefully it will inspire you to make one too, and share it with us!
Get Better Playlist #1
- Give Yourself a Fighting Chance – The Leisure Society
- Dog Days Are Over – Florence and the Machine
- ABC – The Jackson Five
- Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones
- A Change Would Do You Good – Sheryl Crow
- The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin Groovy) – Simon and Garfunkel
- Be Ok – Ingrid Michaelson
- Proud Mary – Tina Turner
- Little Bird – Annie Lennox
- Mr E’s Beautiful Blues – Eels
- Phenomena – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- Alive – Daft Punk
- Gloria/ Rock ‘n’ Roll Nigger – Patti Smith
- A Perfect Day, Elise – P J Harvey
- You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three – Squirrel Nut Zippers
- Let Forever Be – Chemical Brothers
- Lust for Life – Iggy Pop
Does music play a role in helping you through your day too? Tell us what you listen to and how it helps – we’d love to hear!