Six Years of Birthday Blogging and the Phrase, ‘We All Now Know How That Turned Out’

I had a birthday this week, my sixth since starting this blog, and it occurred to me to look back at what I was writing about in each of those years at this time. It made for interesting reading, as although there is always a song around here, from the get-go it has also been my web-diary, and I’ve been pretty honest about all the ups and downs that life has very naturally thrown my way.

2016 – Back then I was still concentrating primarily on the music, and for my birthday post I decided to write about music from the year of my birth, music that certainly didn’t feature in my own musical memories, but it might have done for my parents had they not been quite so busy coping with a new baby in the house. My next post was all about that momentous decision we were about to make, which could possibly take us out of the EU. (Well, we all now know how that turned out and a right hullaballoo it’s still causing all these years later, this week regarding the humble British banger.) But getting back to the year of my birth, here’s a bit of Adam Faith for you.

What Do You Want by Adam Faith:

2017 – This was the summer of terrorist attacks and tragic fires. The Manchester Arena and London Bridge attacks and then the horrors of Grenfell Tower. At the same time our new PM Theresa May decided to hold a snap election to consolidate her majority in The House of Commons ahead of Brexit negotiations. (Again, we all now know how that turned out.) On a more positive note, a very successful benefit concert called One Love was held in Manchester shortly after the atrocity at the arena, and we also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ seminal album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles:

2018 – By this time I was really getting into my blogging stride and in early June I wrote a couple of wedding posts, one a very royal affair (we all now know how that turned out – there’s a pattern forming here) and one for a girl from our neighbourhood. To challenge myself I also embarked on a whole week of blogging which culminated with me posting 7 in 7 (seven posts in seven days). I was very proud of myself but now realise whenever I set myself these kind of challenges I understandably lose followers along the way, as overkill really. It certainly does help flex the blogging muscles though. On a positive note, my Full Moon Calendar in Song series was really gathering pace and is still my favourite because of all I discovered, both about our only satellite, and about the many moon-related songs that were included. I thought Carly Simon’s version of Moonlight Serenade was just perfect for June’s Strawberry Moon.

Moonlight Serenade by the Glenn Miller Orchestra:


2019 – By the time my birthday came around two years ago I was already headlong into greeting guests at the holiday hideaway we had taken on earlier in the year, but having worked in an office for 35 years it turned out I wasn’t ‘match fit’, and my back, neck and shoulders were already giving me gyp. I wrote about the sleepless nights that ensued, compounded by the sheer number of troubling television dramas that filled our screens of an evening. One BBC drama called Years and Years portrayed a worrying picture of what life might be like in only five years time, with everyone working from home at their kitchen tables, communication all being done virtually via screens, and everything we consume being ordered online. (Well, well, well – Again, we all now know how that turned out and it didn’t take five years, just one.) On a really positive note however, I finally made it down to London that month to meet long time blogging buddy C from Sun Dried Sparrows. As we used mock-ups of our first albums to recognise each other this song by the Clash seems appropriate (for C anyway – my first album wasn’t quite as ‘cool’).

London Calling by the Clash:

2020 – This is the big one isn’t it. I had reached a milestone birthday but couldn’t celebrate it with anyone as we all had to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. Not complaining of course, as there seemed little other choice at the time, but by June it was becoming apparent there would be no V-shaped bounce back to the economy and that restrictions could be in place for another few weeks yet (a year on, we all now know how that turned out). DD’s life in Glasgow was in disarray and there would be a complicated manoeuvre to get her home safely – It was going to be a Cruel Summer, I could tell. One positive thing from that time was that our country’s entertainers rallied round, and I enjoyed a fair few online concerts cobbled together via the wonders of modern-day technology. One was by Take That which aired just before my birthday. I had been a bit too old for the Take That phenomenon when they first appeared on the scene in the early ‘90s, but they are now a middle-aged man band as opposed to a boy band, with a great back catalogue of songs, so it was a real treat to watch them in action when everything was still looking very bleak. The song that always ends their shows is Never Forget, and I think we can all agree, unlike Y2K which came and went with very little drama, none of us will ever forget the year 2020.

Never Forget by Take That:


2021 – So, ‘What’s It All About?’ – It has become apparent from writing this post that life can throw us some pretty spectacular curve balls and from one year to the next we find it impossible to predict how things might turn out. I wasn’t able to celebrate my big birthday much last year, but the +1 version was a whole lot better – Afternoon tea at a posh hotel courtesy of DD. Very nice indeed. Who knows what next year’s birthday will throw up, but let’s hope it will be that life is a whole lot better for all of us.

Until next time…

Never Forget Lyrics
(Song by Gary Barlow)

We’ve come a long way
But we’re not too sure where we’ve been
We’ve had success we’ve had good times
But remember this

Been on this path of life for so long
Feel I’ve walked a thousand miles
Sometimes strolled hand in hand with love
Everybody’s been there

With danger on my mind
I would stand on the line
Of hope and I knew I could make it

Once I knew the boundaries
I looked into the clouds
And saw my face in the moonlight

Just then I realised what a fool I could be
Just ’cause I look so high I don’t have to see me
Finding a paradise wasn’t easy but still
There’s a road going down the other side of this hill

Never forget where you’ve come here from
Never pretend that it’s all real
Someday soon this will all be someone else’s dream
This will be someone else’s dream

Safe from the arms of disappointment for so long
Feel each day we’ve come too far
Yet each day seems to make much more
Sure it’s good to be here

I understand the meaning
Of “I can’t explain this feeling”
Now that it feels so unreal

At night I see the hand
That reminds me of the stand
That I make the fact of reality

Never forget where you’ve come here from
Never pretend that it’s all real
Someday soon this will all be someone else’s dream
This will be someone else’s dream

We’ve come so far and we’ve reached so high
And we’ve looked each day and night in the eye
And we’re still so young and we hope for more
But remember this

We’re not invincible, we’re not invincible, no
We’re only people, we’re only people
Hey we’re not invincible, we’re not invincible
So again I’ll tell you

Never forget where you’ve come here from
Never pretend that it’s all real
Someday soon this will all be someone else’s dream
This will be someone else’s dream

Never
Never forget babe
Never pretend that it’s all real
Someday soon this will all be someone else’s dream
This will be someone else’s dream

Author: Alyson

Whenever I hear an old song on the radio, I am immediately transported back to those days - I know I'm not alone here and want to record those memories for myself and for the people in them. 50 years ago the song "Alfie" was written by my favourite songwriting team Bacharach and David - The opening line to that song was "What's it all about?" and I'm hoping that by writing this blog, I might find the answer to that question.

18 thoughts on “Six Years of Birthday Blogging and the Phrase, ‘We All Now Know How That Turned Out’”

    1. I did thanks and yes, when we look back at our web-diaries/blogs it makes for interesting reading. Nothing ever turns out the way it’s expected to so why worry about the here and now (says she, who is currently very worried about pensions!!).

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    1. Thanks – Still haven’t been able to get a group of friends together and will be some time yet probably, but one by one I’m making my way round them all.

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  1. What a great photo, you look fab. So glad you could celebrate your birthday this year too. Your summary of past years makes fascinating reading – it felt like so much was happening in the news/politically, etc. and much of it was negative and yet we had no idea about what was around the corner nor of its greater magnitude… Our lovely day in London seems like another era in many ways, but at the same time, with the current sunny weather and the easing of restrictions thus far, it seems like yesterday. Here’s to a similar future scenario. And that you’ll be writing your birthday blog post in 2022 in better circumstances still.

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    1. Ha ha, I wish, and the lines tell another story but was a nice pic to end the post with (I usually take them down after a week because of the whole anonymity thing).

      It was fascinating looking back at what we were all thinking about at this time over the last five years – Pre-Brexit, pre-Boris, pre-pandemic. Thank goodness we didn’t know what was round the corner. In some ways everything had just got so big, Glastonbury, Olympics, international travel, weddings, giant cruise ships etc – The pandemic has meant the reset button has had to be pressed which is no bad thing, but of course better without all the illness and loss of life. Yes our lovely day out from a pre-pandemic era now, so glad we did it, as nothing is going to be as easy for some time. Roll on better circumstances in 2022 (almost scared to tempt fate now!).

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  2. Happy Birthday Alyson and thanks for sharing the ‘soundtrack’ of your last five birthdays. Really liked your 2016 blog as I bought my first 45 in 1960, “Because They’re Young” by Duane Eddy. Hopefully, we’ll all stay ‘Young’ for a long time.
    Today, in Ontario, we’ve just exited our ‘shutdown’, so stores and patios are ‘open’. With the ‘EuroCup’ starting and the Stanley Cup (Hockey) in full swing and the weather cooperating, things are getting back to ‘normal’.

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    1. Thanks Damian – Glad you enjoyed my Music of 1960 post as not many people dropped by in those early days, so not been often visited! You will remember many of the people mentioned.

      Glad things are now starting to open up a bit more where you are – Amazing how quickly we get used to it all again though. Long may it continue. Also the big sporting events are somehow managing to take place this year which is great. I’m really excited about the Euros, as it’s the first time Scotland has taken part in a Football Tournament for 23 years!

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  3. Yes, it has been quite a six years, esp. that last one! Glad you were able to celebrate for real with DD. High tea looks fun and ur looking great. Speaking of full moons, I hear a good one is coming up on June 24th, Strawberry “super moon”

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    1. It certainly has been a roller coaster, especially 2020.

      Thanks for the heads up about the Strawberry moon – I followed the moons cycle religiously for about two years and wrote many posts about it all but have kind of lapsed now as nothing new to find out now. Still a spectacle in the sky though as long as we’re not dogged by cloud cover.

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