Friday, August 04, 2006

Lost Prophets - Last Summer

Name: Elaine

Song that changed Elaine's life:

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The story behind the song:

My boyfriend and I had been together for nearly two years when we went on vacation to Amsterdam. He was my first love. We shared lots of interests, from the same taste in music to a love of the cinema. Before our vacation, we had been arguing more than usual. I was kind of hoping that our trip away would be quality time where we could relax and leave all the problems behind us. And we did, it was perfect, we were recapturing all the reasons we got together in the first place and acting like a couplke of teenagers in love. However, on the last day we had an almighty argument and at the end of it we broke up.

Within days I was regretting it. In the heat of the moment I'd just been so angry. But even when we were splitting up, I knew that deep down inside, I didn't really want it to end. So I asked him to take me back. He said no. I was heartbroken. I barely left the house and I spent all my time just wallowing in self pity.

A month later, and after a lot of tears, I felt strong enough to meet up with him. We organized to go to the cinema, just as friends, but I couldn't help it, I had to be sure. So I asked him if there was any chance of us getting back together again. Again he said no.

However, what suprised me was that instead of being upset I felt strangely liberated. For the first time in weeks I managed to hold my head up and I realized that life could go on.

We parted as friends and on the way home I turned on my mp3 player. This was the first track I heard. It automatically lifted me. And it gave me the strength to move on.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Boyzone - Father & Son

Name: Greg

Song that changed Greg's life:
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The story behind the song:

Growing up I knew I was different from all the other boys. I wasn't interested in playing football at all, instead I preferred to hang out with the girls. I used to get called names and beaten up, so I decided to learn martial arts. I wasn't bullied as much after that, but I started to realize I might be gay when I started to develop feelings for my instructor. Sadly though, he was strait and did not take to kindly to my attention. So much so, that he turned violent toward me. It was a wake up call and I decided to come out. I told my parents who reacted badly. They called me names and they threw me out of the house, which hurt me deeply. I felt awful. I didn't know where to go or who to turn to. I even felt like commiting suicide.

Then one day my dad came in to find me. He apologized for what they had done to me and he said that they wanted me to come back home, which I did.

Some people have an easier time coming out, others, like me, haven't. I just wanted to let people know, those who are thinking about coming out, yeah, it can disturb a family, but with a bit of time and patience, everything can be healed.

That's what this changing track is about.

Monday, June 26, 2006

green day

Name: Richard

Song that changed Richard's life:

Green Day - When September Ends(listen now) (lyrics)

The story behind the song:

I've always been unlucky in love and have had my heart broken alot. I've fallen for lots of people but I always ended up getting fed the dreaded line 'lets just be friends.'

I decided I would be better off giving up on love and concentrating on my work life. It was then that my employers decided to let me go. I felt like my life was worthless and I pretty much had no future. Eventually I found a job at a supermarket and focused again on my job. I got on with all my work mates except for one particular girl who barely spoke to me apart from the occassional brief chat about work. Slowly we began to speak more and I realized we had loads in comon.

Eventually we started to go out. We've had an amazing year and when we went on vacation we finally anounced our love for eachother. This woman completely turned my life around. However our fledgling love was under threat because she was going off to school after the summer and I knew how difficult it would be to carry on a long distance relationship with all that space between us.

Fortuanley our relationship was strong enough to survive and we are now more in love than ever. When we were driving back from that vacation we heard this track and now whenever I hear it I can't help but think of the night when we sat on the beach and confessed our love for eachother. I never wanted September to come at all...

Monday, June 12, 2006

thats just the way it is

Name: Jemma

Song that changed Jemma's life: 2Pac - Changes (listen now) (lyrics)

The story behind the song:

In October 2001 my dad died and my whole world shattered around me. I was absolutely devastated and I found it a massive effort just to function each day. As I am the eldest out of me and my sister I took it upon myself to be a rock for her and my mom. This enabled me to chanel all my pain into making sure my sister and my mom were both ok. I supported them through all the heart ache.

After a few months my mother and sister were coming to terms with our loss and beginning to just about function again. Then I heard this song as I was driving in my car. It made me realize that no matter how much I channel my pain into other things, it wasn't going to change the fact that my dad had died and I was never going to see him again.

I pulled over and I broke down.

It was finally my turn to grieve. The next few days were hell as I came to terms with what hapened to my dad. This song enabled me to move on with my life and to grieve for my dad who I still miss terribly. Not a day goes by when I don't think about him.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Dance to the music.

Name: Emma

Song that changed Emma's life: Madonna - Vouge (listen now) (lyrics)

The story behind the song:

I'd always been different from my sister. I was always the fat chubby one whereas she has always been skinny and perfect. I always used to resent her and as we got older we drifter apart.

When I was younger I used to dance around my room that would help me escape from my life. The opening line would always pop into my head when I was being picked on or bullied for being overweight. Just over a year ago I had the realization that I didn't want to be chubby and I decided that I needed to change on th inside before the out. I went on a diet and joined a gym and since that time I have lost four stone and I feel really happy in my body.

About two months ago I was at a club when that song came on and it gave me the confidence to approach a georgeous guy, which I would never have done before. We got chatting and we've been going out ever since. I also made more of an effort with my sister and we are now closer than we've ever been before. I can definately say that song has been a huge influence on my life.

Friday, May 19, 2006

I need you

Name: Mike

Song that changed Mike's life: Nelly - Dilemma (listen now) (lyrics)

The story behind the song:

Last summer a girl came to work with us during her vacation from college and the moment I saw her I knew that she was special. After working with her for a couple of weeks I thought we were getting along really well and there was a spark between us. But, by the time I worked up the courage to ask her out she had left for a vacation with her friends. I really missed her and for the next few weeks I kept an eye out for her whenever I was in town, just in case she happened to be there too. I blocked out my feelings for her and I tried to move on. Just when I thought I was over her, she stepped back into my life. It was a Monday Morning at 8 am and she had come back to work over the Easter holiday. All of a sudden all my feelings came back and I could not wait to talk to her again but I found out that she had found herself a boyfriend and I couldn't tell her how I felt in case she didn't reciprocate. She left again after a couple of weeks and I didn't have the chance to say goodbye. I'm now looking forward to the summer and wishing that she will come back so I can tell her exactly how I really feel. The one song I would listen to as I agonized over what to do still gives me hope that it will eventually work out for me

Thursday, May 18, 2006

wear sunscreen

Name: Rosie

Song that changed her life: Baz Luhrmann - Everybody's Free To Wear Sunscreen (listen now) (lyrics)

The story behind the song:

Last September, I started a college course in healthcare and for the first time in my life I made some really good true friends. I found the course very tough and didn't see a future for myself working in that area. I started getting very depressed about my course and one day I came out of the class crying and saying I just didn't want to do it anymore. My friend Luke sat me down and told me I could do it if I put my mid to it and he really helped me have a positive outlook. We became a lot closer after that and we would often talk to eachother about other things that were bothering us.

One lunchtime we were talking about our dream jobs. He started talking about his and he said he was really determined to do it. When I told him mine I realized that if I did continue with my healthcare course then I wouldn't have any chance of doing my dream job. He helped convince me that I should switch courses and really have a go at living my dream. Although I was worried about what my parents would think, on his advice I went for it.

Next month I start a new course in radio and I'm hoping it will lead to my new job and I will be a lot happier in my career now thanks to Luke's support.

While I was struggling to decide what to do with my life I would listen to one song which made me realize that its my life and I could do what I wanted with it.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

you're no good for me

Name: Anthony

Song that changed Anthony's life: Prodigy - No Good (listen now) (lyrics)

The story behind the song:

Four years ago I moved in with my dad because I wasn't getting along with my mom very well at all and I needed a bit of a change. At first I enjoyed living with my dad and things were going great but after a few months it all began to go a bit downhill. My dad would not let me go see my family and I wasn't allowed to spend time with a lot of my friends.

That summer I promised my sister that I would do something special for her birthday. I wanted to take my band to where she lives and play for her, but my dad told me that I couldn't do that. My sister and I had been so excited, but he stopped it from happening. I decided to disobey him and go anyway. My dad then turned up at my mom's doorstep with all my stuff and said that if I didnt come home now, that instant, then I couldn't come home at all. At that moment i decided that I couldn't continue to live that way and it convinced me that I should try again with my mom.

We get along really well now and we are very happy.

There has been one song which has always been able to help me when I've felt down over the past couple of years...

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Do you want more?

Name: Samantha

Song that changed Samantha's life: Jay-Z,Linkin Park - Numb / Encore (listen now) (lyrics)

The story behind the song:

At 14 I made friends with the wrong group of people. I started using drugs and stayed out every night. I was basically ruining my life. When I turned 15 I got pregnant and also dropped out of school due to depression. Sadly I had a miscarriage and from then on it felt like my life wasn't worth living.

One day I was sitting in my room alone and this song came on the radio. It hit me so hard. I was struck by it's powerful lyrics and it made me realize there and then that I could pull myself back from the position I had gotten myself into.

With a lot of determination I managed to get myself into college and I know have a beautiful baby girl called nicole. Everytime I hear this song it makes me think and reminds me of how I got myself through such a rough part of my life. It makes me feel very proud of what I've achieved.

Monday, May 15, 2006

a cup of ambition

Name: Emily

Song that changed Emily's life: Dolly Parton - 9 To 5 (listen now) (lyrics)

The story behind the song:

Starting college last September was pretty daunting for me. I came from a small and very sheltered town and suddenly I was thrown into a great big city. What was even harder was that I was leaving my friends and the love of my life at home. First term was very difficult and I took every opportunity that I could to travel home and to try and make my relationship work. Just before christmas everything changed and we realized that it would be better for both of us if we were just friends. I felt quite sorry for myself, to be honest I felt I was going to burst and I spent a lot of time on my own at home. Then some of my classmates invited me out and a sog came on at a bar which made us all jump up and dance around.

That was the start of a brand new era. Since then I have really enjoyed my university life and I've made some great friends, and I'm simply having fun. If it wasn't for that night and that song I would probably be back home in my little town, instead of living the brilliant life that I now have.