Happy Sunday! Here’s this week’s Sunday Morning Playlist!
There’s only one song that’s in my head this week, and I just can’t get it out!
“It’s coming home, it’s coming home”
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So sorry to all those people who don’t like football, but I’m sure you’ve heard this song all week too – on adverts, some fantastic Facebook memes and just about everyone you speak to. I’d always preferred the original version, but now upon rewatching the video, it’s Three Lions 98 that gives me goose-pimples! Seeing England fans chanting the songs, followed by that sad memory of Gareth Southgate missing his penalty, and being unable to be consoled by Terry Venabales, it makes it all the more poignant. As much as I just want England to do it, I want them to do it for Gareth Southgate. When I was at college and university I worked as a safety steward at Middlesbrough Football Club at the time Southgate was the captain there. And all I can say is what a lovely man he is. He always had time for everyone. He spent time with all the fans, signing autographs, photos with kids and was just such a professional and such a gentleman to everyone. I have a lot of respect for him and the young players over in Russia. There seems to be real team spirit, with no individual megastars that think they’re better than the rest. I’m feeling very optimistic – we’re having a real summer, with real summer weather, and I can’t remember a long stretch of good weather like this for years! There’s that ‘feel-good’ mood out there, and I love it. But, for those that really don’t like football there’s only a week to go – it’s nearly over!
The other song that I’ve chosen this week is Green Day’s American Idiot. There’s a campaign running to buy or stream this song as much as possible over the next week. The intention is that the song gets to number one in the charts just in time for Donald’s Trump’s visit to England. Now, I don’t know if it will get to number one, but at least I’ll feel like I’ve done my little bit in showing my distaste to such a man. And I’m loving that the green light has been given for a, shall we say, unflattering Donald Trump blimp to be flown over the Houses of Parliament. I’m all for a bit of ….
As only a couple of my close friends know I went on my first demonstration rally last year. It was ‘Stand Up to Racism in Darlo”. Now, racism is always something I’ve always felt really strongly about all my life so it felt like the perfect opportunity for me to go and make a stand. Well, I was a bit of a coward. I was totally intimidated! The whole atmosphere was horrible: so menacing and aggressive (what did I expect really). There were supporters of the marchers taking photos of those demonstrating before the event even started, and I this made me really concerned. At the time I lived by myself; I didn’t want my face posted on a Facebook most-hated list! (I do let my imagination get the better of me sometimes). So, after about fifteen minutes I made my excuses and skulked away timidly into the background, ashamed of my lack of conviction, but just in time to see a procession of despicable black-clothed individuals saluting and insulting everyone in sight – it was unnervingly like stepping back in time! I was deeply saddened but pleased to be away from such an uncomfortable situation.
So now I’m a gentle, softy, anarchist protestor. I’ll protest quietly in the background doing things like purchasing songs to make my feelings known.
And, just because I’ve rattled on about football and politics, (the things you probably shouldn’t talk about in polite conversation), here’s two just nice, good summer pop songs, just to lighten the mood.
Enjoy this week’s Sunday Morning Playlist, and have a great weekend and even better week.
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars