Five Songs for Twixtmas

The Harder They Come

What five songs have changed your life – or would you recommend to a friend to listen to during the Twixtmas break – the five days between the Christmas and New Year holidays?
Twixtmas, which is supported by GREEN Communications, is an ideal opportunity to indulge yourself.
The five days of Twixtmas represent an ideal time to creqte space for yourself, to savour what you like and to make your own world, and the wider world, a better place.
Here are five songs recommended by Andy Green of the Flexible Thinking Forum to catch up on during the Twixtmas break:
1. The Harder They Come by Jimmy Cliff (pictured): Andy is obsessed with the Jamaican film/stage version and anything associated with the Jimmy Cliff epic. The lines ‘I’d rather be a free man in my grave, than live my life a puppet or a slave’ are particularly inspirational.
2. Itchycoo Park the Small Faces – ‘why [indeed] go  to learn the rules of fools’?
3. An Englishman in New York by Sting wonderfully captures the essence of the maverick’s struggle with the world at large. Andy relates to the line: ‘It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile.’
4. Teenage Kicks by the Undertones – the most wonderful expression of raw energy ever. (And Andy claims to be Britain’s oldest teenager, and oldest angry young man!)
5. Stranger on the Shore by Acker Bilk. A haunting early 1960’s instrumental that Andy heard on his car radio on the way back from the birth of his first daughter, and now associated with one of his life’s most wonderful experiences.
What are your five favourite songs? Share them at and on Twitter at #twixtmas.

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December 7th, 2011 at 1:29 pm

#1 Ian Green

I would go with:
Witchita Linesman – Glen Campbell
Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
Teenage Kicks – Undertones
White Man In Hammersmith Palais – The Clash
Anything by Bob Dylan

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