Personal Playlists: Home

Bethany Hutchison 30 January 2015

The relentless steam train that is a Cambridge term powers on, that first essay is still not complete and many of you may will sympathise with my overwhelming urge to hibernate in a onesie and dream of safer lands. I have a rose-tinted view of home and the memories of my childhood there. Some tracks never fail to take me right back to these halcyon days and provide rousing hope that I will make it to mid-March.

Singin’ in the Rain – Mint Royale

Remixing the main song from the greatest musical ever made, this track gives me the warm fuzzy feeling of being tucked up on the sofa in my front room watching TV. Having  time to watch TV is quickly becoming a fading memory, but  this song does take me back to my first ever crush – Gene Kelly. Admit it, you were as sucked in as I was by the ‘rags to riches’ story of George Sampson as he flipped and spun his way to 2008 Britain’s Got Talent victory.

Send me on my way – Rusted Root

I still want Miss Honey to be my teacher, I still want to live in a pretty cottage and wish I loved reading as much as Matilda. But for now, I’d give my left arm to be making pancakes in my kitchen at home, bopping along to this 1995 cracker.

I’ll Bring You Flowers – Sweet Female Attitude

When I put this on I’m whisked right back to standing around in the park next to my house on a Friday night, pretending to be friends with some boys we’d met last week. The uniform was Hollister tees and fake Uggs purchased at Primark with carefully saved pocket money. Don’t judge, we’ve all been there.  I can only dream of this period of my home life, when my biggest problem was whether I’d used too much Impulse and I didn’t even know that the concept of post-modernism existed.

Life is a Rollercoaster – Ronan Keating

As soon as I hear the snare drum intro on 'Life is a Rollercoaster' I can practically smell my Mum’s cooking. That’s right, this crooner was the soundtrack to my parents’ 00s dinner parties.  It evokes an idyllic scene of Mama H dancing round the kitchen chopping carrots and pouring wine. I’ve conveniently repressed the memories of the two hell-raising hours that came before before, when she realised the house looked like some kind of battle ground!

That Don’t Impress Me Much – Shania Twain

The Queen of sass herself. Little needs to be said by way of introduction to this tune. I pay homage to this diva’s attitude, teaching girls to have high standards since ’97. Letting the lyrics seep into my subconscious whilst dancing around and around my room, taught me more valuable lessons than my times tables ever could.

So there we are. Let this encourage you to delve into your own personal playlist of songs that remind you of home. Remind yourself of where you came from (think 'Never Forget' by Take That) and perhaps, instead of making us want to spend more time in hibernation, these tunes will help us stand firm on our musical foundations and feel empowered for the next five weeks until we are reunited with home.