Mixtape Mondays | Star Gazing ★☆★

Monday, March 20, 2017 0 Comments A+ a-

I think I was 12 years old when in one of the rock magazines I used to buy as an avid 80s collector, I came across a quote attributed to Jon Bon Jovi which said "I like stars cause they are free". I've never heard or read anywhere else him saying these words, but they've never left me. 

You see, I was a weird kid - yes, it goes that far back! I liked the usual drawing and colouring kids do, but I could spend my evenings sitting in our backyard with my ancient great-granny, listening to her stories as I drew pages and pages of tiny little dots. I've had many maps of Rio's night sky by the time of my first visit to a planetarium. 

Some songs are simple but know how to strike a chord: When The Stars Go Blue, by Ryan Adams, is definitely one 

I can't really tell how it started but I was always drawn to them, the stars. So yes, this playlist has a special meaning and it was particularly challenging as I did not want to let go of it. I thought appropriate to also include the video below - as well as the original track by Bad Company - as this particular recording marked the time of my life when I first acknowledged this fascination with stars. Funnily enough, it happened just around the corner from me today, in Hammersmith, on January 10th 1990 - my birthday is the 9th! The teenager me could have never dreamt of where I'd be 15 years later... 

I think it is also brilliant to hear Jon Bon Jovi singing these lyrics so far back in the day, as they pretty much became a self-fulfilling prophecy, apart from the fact he is still standing.



This playlist is a mix of classics, personal favourites, some new findings and, to my surprise, a few soundtracks. Also called Shooting Star is the Air Traffic opening track, followed by Radiohead's classic Black Star. Still in the 90s vibe, we've the likes of James - and here is She's A Star once more - and Blur. And as the 2000s creep in, The KillersFoo Fighters, Stereophonics, Ryan Adams and Coldplay make an appearance.

Mixtape Mondays | Star Gazing ★☆★


On the personal favourites I've Tom Odell's Constellations and Palace's Veins. Two new finds which have intrigued me are Stargazer, by London based ISLAND - they're playing their biggest headline gig to date at Heaven on May 3rd, they haven't released an album yet but do check the singles on Spotify, I particularly like Spotless Mind - and Star Star, by Irish folks of The Frames, which somehow I had never come across.

Closing the mixtape we've a series of - some would say cheesy - soundtracks. I've lost track of the amount of films we've Corinne Bailey Rae's Like a Star. Yes, it is dated, but if you can get past it, it's got a nice somewhat jazzy melody, which led me to think of the next song, the impossible-to-get-out-of-your-head La La Land's City of Stars. Thoughts on the film aside, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are indeed adorable singing this. And if we're going down that route, I might as well bring Keira Knightley's version of Adam Levine's Lost Stars, from Begin Again. And, ultimately - feel free to go ahead and judge me - I've not only watched, but sobbed throughout The Fault In Our Stars, so here is Ed Sheeran and All of the Stars, just because. Happy listen! ★☆★