Tune of the month

Each month always seems to have one tune that sticks in my head more than any other. Here I try to figure out why.

September 2018

Salute to Thames by Johnny Hawksworth. A new start. Health returning. A life-changing compensation award. No more money worries for the time being.

August 2018

Gwreiddiau Dwfn/Mawrth Oer ar y Blaned Neifion by Band Pres Llareggub. Largely housebound. Sorting out will and funeral wishes. This track is perfect for the start of the service.

July 2018

Gweld y Byd Mewn Lliw by Band Pres Llareggub.

June 2018

Central TV start up theme 1986. Unknown author – library music. A pacy number reflecting a busy start to the month with two volunteering placements and filling the rest of the week with attempting to relaunch business. Mid-month major panic attack means rest of the month largely housebound.

May 2018

A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procul Harum. Three years ago this month I was a whiter shade of pale.

April 2018

Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters by Elton John. Filling up my week with volunteering and occupational therapy. Reconnecting with old friends that I haven’t seen for months in OT, meeting new people in voluntary work and keeping in touch with people I used to know during my six months in supported housing. All of them quirky. All of them a blessing.

March 2018

Tir ha Mor by Gwenno. Moved in after a delay caused by severe weather. Trying to find direction and structure.

February 2018

We Live So Fast by Heaven 17. Re-housed again after 6 months in supported housing.

January 2018

Angor by Tudur Huws Jones. DWP bungling. Income cut off. Suicidal. Looking for stability. Something to hang on to.

December 2017

Gafael yn fy Llaw by John ac Alun. Head injury and GP messing with my antidepressants. Mood swings a-go-go. Looking for stability.

 November 2017

It’s Easier to Walk Away by Elton John. Celebrating 2nd anniversary of freedom by doing all the things I wasn’t permitted to do when I was with my ex. The “don’t look back” bit is still a bit difficult.

October 2017

Hen Hanesion by OSHH. I’ve taken to listening to Radio Cymru a lot since I’ve moved here. And they’ve been playing this track to death.

September 2017

Dwi’n Amau Dim (I Don’t Doubt A Thing) by Celt. Now re-housed in supported housing. The move was painful but now it’s done I can’t remember when I last felt so optimistic. It’s so quiet here. (Apart from a fortnight of chaos where I wanted to go back where I came from)

August 2017

We Live So Fast by Heaven 17. Finally accepted for re-housing. “Please don’t ask me to stay. I’m leaving this town. Don’t worry now. Believe me as I believe that luck is on my side. The future is mine if I can find a way through these strange days of my life.”

July 2017

Overture to ‘Tommy’ arranged by Henry Mancini. First evening out in years. First signs of a social life of my own in the last 5 years.

June 2017

Midland Parade by Johnny Pearson. Starting social skills course and joining ASD social group. World opening up.

May 2017

I’m Still Standing by Elton John. Trying to keep cheerful on anniversary of separation. Autism diagnosis.

April 2017

The Only One I Know by The Charlatans. Going downhill as anniversary of separation approaches. “Everyone’s been burned before. Everybody knows the pain.”

March 2017

Odyssey by Rain featuring Stephanie de Sykes. Getting out and about. Exploring the mountains. Starting a photography course. Starting a video project which uses Odyssey as a soundtrack for video footage of the area. “Life is a beautiful book”

February 2017

Prelude for Orchestra ‘Granada’ by Sir William Walton arranged by Gilbert Vintner as ‘March for Concert Band’

January 2017

New Yorkshire Theme by Christopher Gunning