Monday Mood:Music for a most peculiar year! By Eliza

Good evening all!

I think it is fair to say that 2020 has been a peculiar year. Adjusting our lives through two lockdowns and, for the present time, ongoing restricted tier systems, many of us have discovered and sought the inspiration of music in our lives.

Music, undoubtedly, has motivated us to keep our spirits high and perhaps, for some of us, music has provided an escape from reality. The power of music also aids us to sleep better, boosts our mental performance and even combats depression.

Over the past few months artists from the entertainment world have posted a series of livestream performances or short clips on social media showing their solidarity and support for community spirit, with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Katherine Jenkins and Coldplay’s Chris Martin among those displaying their charitable spirit to boost morale singing popular songs or singing their latest recordings from home studios to connect with their audience.

Me? Well, at this time of year, I would have been attending rehearsals for Christmas panto, practising the traditional thigh-slapping routines and delivering the cheesy and eye-rolling puns and innuendos! But, alas, apart from trying to learn the acoustic guitar badly, I must have attended in excess of 50 webinar events to include professional lecturers to enhance my commercial awareness, as well as attending virtual talks in art, literature, film, history and Gothic culture as subject areas I am personally interested in. The word ‘Zoom’ will forever be etched on my brain!

For your musical earworm this week, I’m taking you back to the 1970s and 1980s with Sister Sledge and ‘Lost In Music, Fat Larry’s Band with ‘Zoom’ (Sorry, had to be done!) and Queen with their popular track ‘I Want To Break Free’.

Until next time!

Eliza x

Sister Sledge – Lost In Music (1979)

Fat Larry’s Band – Zoom (1982)

Queen – I Want To Break Free (1984)