Music is my first love.

Music is a massive part in my life. Not a day goes by when I don’t have music on in one way or another. At work we have the radio on and alter the channel throughout the day depending on who is the DJ.

To say my Music taste is somewhat eclectic would be an understatement. Growing up in a household with several adults, most being what was classed as Mentally Handicapped back in the day, meant that I was exposed to lots of different styles and tastes. And much of that rubbed off on me.

Now, I might be 42, but some of my music tastes make me seem like I am 82!

When I was growing up in the mid 80’s you could hear every kind of music in my house. From Colliery Brass Bands, to Adam and the Ants. The different members of my family all had their different favourites.

My dad would listen to everything from Mario Lanza to The Shadows. Mum loved Neil Diamond, My Uncle Fred Jazz and Brass Bands. My Aunt Gwen loved Doris Day and Musicals. Uncle Albert loved a bit of Chas and Dave. Yet My Cousin was the biggest music buff. He listened to anything and Everything. AND I literally mean everything.


This means that you can find me listening to Ella Fitzgerald, or Madam Butterfly, or Guns and Roses. Or my all time favourite, Prince. I sing songs from the musicals, in my shower (badly) and I can be found humming ABBA at the strangest of times.

Now, I have had a musical bucket list for some time now. Unfortunately, some of those artists have long since passed away but if I could spirit myself back in time to one of their concerts, I would!

I have been to see some amazing artists in my life. My first ever concert was to see Michael Bolton in 1991. I was the tender age of 17 and it was a fabulous night.

Since then I have been fortunate to see Elton John (not that I remember it) Caro Emerald, James Blunt, Gary Barlow, Jools Holland, Royal Blood, Paolo Nutini, Will Young, Post Modern Jukebox, Scouting for Girls, Bon Jovi, and even Lenny Kravitz.

I was extremely lucky to cross off the two top acts on my bucket list in May and June 2014. In May I went to Birmingham NEC to see my absolute idol, Prince. I was so excited and he delivered the most amazing gig I have ever seen. I stood in the crowd, tears rolling down my face as I was overcome with emotion.

Then just a month later, In June, my second favourite musicians Aerosmith were playing at Download. I stood there right at the front, mesmerized by Steven Tyler. It really was one of the greatest nights of my life. They were literally electric and gave such a performance it was the pinnacle of everything I had ever seen.


This year I am blown away by a weekend I have in September. I am taking my husband to see his idol, Billy Joel at Wembley. He is literally playing one night only this year. And we have two tickets.

Now, whilst I am not the biggest most fanatical fan, My husband is. So for Christmas I bought the tickets. We had booked a hotel and were all set to go.

Then Radio 2 announced their Festival in a Day gig, which happens to be the next day, Sunday 11th September. Well, it would be silly not to go to it as we are already up in London?

The tickets went on sale last Friday morning. The headline act? Elton John! I managed to get us a couple of tickets at the bargain price of £45. A picnic will be procured and folding chairs taken with us. Hopefully the weather will stay fine, but even if it doesn’t the atmosphere will make up for it!

More exciting for me is the prospect of seeing  another of the acts – Gregory Porter.  I am a massive fan of his, and have worn a hole in his latest CD from overplaying. He could probably sing me the telephone directory and I would be entranced. I am literally buzzing at the thought of seeing him.

Another couple of acts playing are Madness and Jamie Lawson. I have loved Madness for years, and we have loads of their albums. Jamie is a recent love, and his self-titled album is just wonderful.

It really is going to be a marvellous musical weekend. A few more people will be crossed off my bucket list, and I will be able to plan who to cross off next!


The problem with having a bucket list, is that it keeps getting longer and longer as I find new people to add onto it!

Do you have a favourite? What has been your best gig ever? I would love to hear all about it.

Till next time


Interested in who is on my list?

In no particular order –

Elton John (again as I don’t remember the first time)

Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Stevie Wonder

Gregory Porter



English National Opera

Gypsy Kings

Harry Connick Jnr

Dolly Parton

Andrea Bocelli

Rod Stewart


Aretha Franklin

Beenie Man

People sadly, who have passed away that I would have loved to have seen live –

Ella Fitzgerald

Mario Lanza

Elvis Presley

Janis Joplin

The Carpenters

Johnny Cash

Amy Winehouse

Luther Vandross

Sarah Vaughn

Sam Cooke

Bob Marley

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  • My music taste is vey varied, my husband is the biggest Madness fan ever and we have seen them live a few times in concert, and I have to say they do a great concert. It sounds like you have an amazing weekend ahead of you x

    • Tanya Brannan

      I really can’t wait to see them! A great weekend indeed x

  • Susan Clark

    I can relate to this. My musical tastes are very eclectic as well. I was just musing on that this morning. I am 44, close to you in age, and also like a lot of music that predates me.

    • Tanya Brannan

      I just can’t live without music! x

  • What a great eclectic mix. I think a lot of what we listen to is what we were brought up with. I love lots of 50’s/60’s music from my nan’s influence and 80’s stuff from my mum’s influence x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Exactly! It really is wonderful how we take in so much from our surroundings x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    What an extensive list. I love to listen to a range of music too!

    • Tanya Brannan

      I could have carried on for hours! There are so many more on my list x

  • Oh you lucky duck! I love Amy Winehouse too. So sad I never got to see her perform live 🙁

    • Tanya Brannan

      Me too! I would have loved to have seen her x

  • Kitty Wood

    You have most excellent taste in music! I would have loved to have seen Prince live, a true artist. If you ever get chance, I totally recommend Dolly Parton. She’s incredible! I’ve been lucky enough to see her and witnessing thousands of people fall totally silent while she sang Little Sparrow a Capella will stay with me forever xx

    • Tanya Brannan

      Wow! that sounds absolutely amazing! xx

  • What a great variety of musical loves there is something about music that can be so emotive. x

    • Tanya Brannan

      It really can. I change my attitudes totally depending on what I am hearing x

  • The Billy Joel show is going to be a good time. I like a lot of the artists on your bucket list!

    • Tanya Brannan

      I hope so! I am more looking forwards to the festival the next day though x

  • Rosana McPhee

    Great variety of music on you bucket list. R

    • Tanya Brannan

      Thank you Rosana x

  • Awesome list! I’m a massive music fan too and find it helps me to unwind.

    • Tanya Brannan

      It does me too! I just can’t get enough x

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I am a huge music fan. The best gig I ever went to was to see Iron Maiden on my 16th birthday, many years ago.

    • Tanya Brannan

      That sounds amazing!!! x

  • I would LOVE to see Dolly Parton I think she’d be greta and put on an amazing show!

    • Tanya Brannan

      She really is an amazing woman. Hopefully I will see her one day x

  • I have a really eclectic taste too! I must have seen hundreds of bands live, we go to gigs all the time. Very jealous of your Elton John tickets!

    • Tanya Brannan

      I probably only go to one gig a year so I am really looking forward to them both x

  • have you watch the james corden carpool with red hot chilli peppers in? it was amazing!

    • Tanya Brannan

      I have!! Absolutely amazing x

  • I am a music lover too. It relaxes me a lot.

    • Tanya Brannan

      You can’t beat a good album to relax to x

  • Jessica

    We will go together with Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Love their songs! 🙂

    • Tanya Brannan

      They are fabulous!! x

  • Beautyqueenuk

    There is a never a day that goes by when I don’t listen to music and I have quite a varied taste too x

    • Tanya Brannan

      I am exactly the same! x

  • Loving your list! I’ve just discovered Gregory Porter by accident on imusic the other day! Enjoy elton x x

    • Tanya Brannan

      He really is amazing, I can’t wait to see him! Thank you x

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    I love all kinds of music, I am obsessed with Elton John, Adele, Katy Perry & Wakey! Wakey! – Katy Perry was the best I have ever seen live x

  • Linda Hobbis

    I’ve seen Jools Holland 3 times and he’s just such a fab musician. We also saw Jamie Cullum when he played Cardiff a few years ago and he was amazing too.

    • Tanya Brannan

      Jools is absolutely amazing!! I would love to see him again x

  • My taste in music and needs for different artists change with my mood. I like most music, I just need to be in a right state of mind for it.

    • Tanya Brannan

      Mine does too Agata, I have to be in the right mood x

  • Must be something about being 42 that makes us have an eclectic taste in music! I completely love Billy Joel too – If you don’t want to go, I’ll accompany your husband! I’ve seen him twice and he is pure brilliance. McFly are on my list too!

    • Tanya Brannan

      Perhaps I will reserve my judgement until after the concert then! 🙂 xx

  • mummyslittlemonkey

    I’m seeing Stevie Wonder on Sunday! Can not wait. Elton John was the first concert I ever went to when I was 10. Saw Harry Connick Jnr about 17 years ago and he was bloody amazing, but Michael Jackson’s HIStory tour is still my all-time absolute favourite concert EVER!!!!! x

    • Tanya Brannan

      Harry Connick Jnr is someone I have been in love with for years. I need to see him in concert so badly! x