You know how when you’re on a holiday you hear a song and it gets stuck in your head? These are the songs for me…
They’re either current tracks I’ve heard and have really liked, or they’re oldies which have come into my mind for more obvious reasons.
Song: Live Forever
Artist: Magnus Carlsson
I loved this song before I arrived and was pleased when I got it stuck in my head in Stockholm.
Song: Bells of Freedom
Artist: BWO – Pride Theme
The official song for Stockholm Pride. Keep an eye out for the Agnetha/Frida kissing sequence.
Places: Stockholm and Tallinn
Song: Cry For You (You’ll Never See Me Again)
As well as hearing the song in a number of locations, it’s also been a bit of a theme song. Just when I’ve wanted to do something slightly inappropriate or too touristy for words, I’ve thought… “They’ll never see me again”
Places: Stockholm, Tallinn, Riga and Paris
Song: Ella Elle L’a (official music video)
Artist: Kate Ryan
A song about Ella Fitzgerald that’s very catchy, sung in French. The video clip is also great.
Places: Tallinn and Riga
A great dance song with a catchy chorus.
Song: Russian Reggae
Artist: Nina Hagen
This is a flashback song that kept coming into my head in Riga. It’s about the Soviet Union and stuff.
Place: Prague and France
Song: Voyage Voyage
This is an oldie getting a new life thanks to Kate Ryan cover. I heard this, the original three times in Prague. I guess the DJ at Valentinos likes it.
Song: No Stress
Artist: Laurent Wolf
Song: Rotterdam or Anywhere
Artist: Beautiful South
This is a song about the universality of modern life. “This could be Rotterdam or anywhere”. But of course there’s the obvious reference too.
Song: 99 Luftballoons
This needs little explanation, except to say that it was a hit song in the early 1980s about the time I visited Germany.
Artist: Mylene Farmer
I bought one of her singles many years ago, but David introduced me to her new album while travelling around the Loiret Valey. I especially love this song. The video clip is very sexy.
I’ll be updating this post has more songs come to mind.