My life album playlist

As part of my creativity MOOC (mentioned in yesterdays’  post) we were asked to make up a 10 song playlist that would go with our album cover:


Here is my list, along with the accompanying sleeve notes:

1. “Maybe It’s Because I’m a Londoner” Flanagan and Allen
        An old, classic “Cockney” song about the great city I was born and grew up in.

2. “Waterloo Sunset” The Kinks

          A song the reminds me of the great commute to the centre of the city. The great music that was around in “Swinging London” in the 1960’s when Carnaby Street was world famous and everything exciting seemed to be happening there. A great time to be a Londoner and to be alive.

3.   “Streets of London” Ralph McTell

            This song resonated with me as portraying the darker side of homelessness in the city. It was often sung by the children in assemblies when I became a primary school teacher.

4.   “London Calling” The Clash

            My final years in London were in the 70’s. The optimism of the 60’s had disappeared. The Vietnam War and the student uprisings along with assassinations of the Kennedys and The Reverend Martin Luther King left a sour end to the decade. The punk movement started in London as a reaction to the fun songs of the early 60’s which led to the “acid trip” of so many artists by the late part of the decade. This song is hard in beat and lyric and is so different from the early London songs in the album.

5.   “Another Brick in The Wall” Pink Floyd

       The 70’s saw my transition from Grammar School Boy to University (to study politics) and by the end of the decade to become a trainee teacher. This song was personal in a number of ways. My secondary school was just down from New North Road, Islington and Roger Walters used to live there at the time it was being recorded with the help of children from Islington Green School. I remember seeing Walters, guitar in hand, at the top of his steep front steps on a hot sunny day in the late 60’s when I was walking home from my school!

6.   “The Hackney Gentrification Song” Robin Grey.

Never heard of the song? Well look it up on YouTube. A great indictment of how Hackney changed from run down inner city working class area to the upwardly mobile and expensive area it became.

7.   “Southend-on-Sea Mark Eitzel

I moved to Essex in 1975 and we settled in Southend. It took an American to look at the complexities of a seaside resort that had been overtaken by events that had not reinvented itself and in many ways still hasn’t.
Here are a few of the lyrics:

You said to me
“You’re from California
And you’re as dumb as can be”
You said to me
“Are you the Scarecrow, the Tin Man
Or are you Dorothy?”
You said to me
“I’m beginning to think that you’re
A part of the enemy”
You said to me
“If I was drowning would you save me
From Southend-on-Sea?”

8.   “Billericay  Dickie” Ian Drury and the Blockheads

A great punk Essex song that sums up the good and bad about living in the county with its fake tans and jack-the-lads.

9.   “School’s Out” Alice Cooper.

In December 2011 I retired from being a Primary Mathematics Consultant, following  a career of 32 years as a teacher and headteacher (Principal). School was out for me but learning had really just begun.

10.  “Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime” The Korgis

A great song. I am enjoying being a lifelong learner, writing my blog and learning to be as creative as I can possibly be.

About malbell

I am a retired Teaching and Learning Consultant. Previously I was a Primary school headteacher and deputy headteacher. I enjoy reading, doing MOOCs and learning new things.
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