Not an expected title but as I sit here in Alicante writing a blog post I have been listening to a song that seems to be on repeat on every Spanish radio station right now it is called "I'm an Albatraoz" by AronChupa. I think I have listened to it myself this morning alone about 6-7 times, it is one serious earworm. Make no mistake it's nothing special but it is a very catchy pop song. I am very weird with music, I have been saying since secondary school when my mates in school would ask about what music I like "ooooh I don't have a music taste, my taste is eclectic" <------ pretentious knob. It is the truth though I could listen to pretty much anything, some music I listen to is embarrassing hence why I had to turn off the link between Spotify to Facebook, I want to keep my guilty pleasures to myself. I associate music with memories, I can go from listening to Led Zeppelin which transports me instantly to my childhood trying to record from my dad's vinyl player to cassette deck so I could listen to "Whole Lotta Love" on my Sony Walkman. I love Julio Iglesias & Demis Roussos because of my mum, she would clean the kitchen on Saturdays and always have one of these guys playing on vinyl.I switch on Guns N Roses "Use Your Illusion II", I remember it being my first musical present my mum bought me. It was for my first visit to the dentist, strange I know especially as there are some choice lyrics on that album, it was 1992 and I was only 8!
I don't care who knows this next bit but I think around 1996 I got my first cd player, it was an ALBA mini centre, it was THE FUTURE! or at least for a couple of years it was. I had a few Oasis singles to start with but soon after my birthday my dad was over in Holland visiting my grandmother and he brought me back a present. It was the Spice Girls debut album SPICE, I bloody loved that album it was full of catchy pop songs and I am a sucker for them. There was a lot of strange purchases in that year, I would save up my pocket money and buy singles on cd or cassette. Oasis, Blur, the Spice Girls, Robbie Williams (his debut with Freedom), and chuck in some Bon Jovi. My music taste was all over the shop, oh and I cannot forget a bit of SCOOTER thrown in there for good measure. The next few years I was amassing a collection of classics and junk but I was hooked. In 1999 I remember the first time I had my first alcoholic drink, I think I was 15 in my friend Emma's house. Her parents were on holiday, and she invited me over with two of her other friends (girls), all I remember is "Baby one more time" by Britney Spears being played alot! oh and drinking Buckfast, lots of Buckfast.
I remember the next bit vividly, it was April 2001 just before I graduated from secondary school. My mate gave me a lend of his Dr. Dre's 2001. It had the usual "Parental Advisory Explicit Content" on the front but I gave it little attention. I didn't know what to expect as I had never listened to Rap in my life prior to this. So it is a evening after school, and I put on the CD, I was hooked on these slick beats (haha I sounds so tragically un hip saying that ) but I was also hooked on the swearing, my 16 year old mind was blown. If my mind was blown, well my mum's wasn't especially when track 3 came on by Devin the Dude, go listen to it is why that album has an explicit label. My mum took the CD out and took it off me, she proceeded to confiscate my CD player. I didn't hear that album again until my graduation day 2 months later, where I drank a lot of beer in my mates house and listened to track 3 on repeat until the wee hours. I also learned that I was gonna need to buy a pair of headphones so I could listen to what I want with out bothering my parents with extremely explicit lyrics.
I remember when my brother first found rap music around 2004/2005. We used to always play FIFA on the playstation and he would stick on some songs he thought was cool, bear in my mind he is 4 years younger than me. We bonded listening to Notorious BIG. We know all the lyrics to Biggie's raps. There are days even now when we are in the car together and Juicy comes on, it goes on full blast and we go back to those days in our parents house playing FIFA. Music is all about memories and I would not change one of them as embarrassing as some of them may be. In a few years when my niece Ava is over in my house and I stick on some Rap music I hope Steve appreciates the history lesson Ava will be getting. Speaking of Ava she is doing well this week, a few ups and downs, she is starting to put on some weight which is fantastic. I picked her up some very cute presents in El Corte Ingles yesterday, which will be nice to see on her in a few months. I never thought I'd actually enjoy wandering around looking at baby clothes before. Keep those candles lit for her, she needs to know the lyrics to Juicy off by heart by the time she is 15.
At the moment Joanne and myself are in Alicante getting some much needed rest from these past few hectic months. I love it here especially because of the food, I wish I could say I was happy about myself putting some weight on like Ava but may aswell enjoy the food while I am here.
Here are some pics of my favourite dishes I have had so far.
Cafe Cortado : I have one of these every day, it is an espresso with a dash of hot milk.
Pan Con Tomate: I have this with my cafe cortado, simply toasted baguette with crushed tomato and olive oil.
Chorizo in Cider: incredible especially with bread for dippage.
Fresh mussels in white wine, a delicious classic.
Yummy Calamares (squid) with aioli.
Pintxo Moruno : spiced pork kebabs, so tasty.
I hope you enjoyed reading this, I am slower with blog posts, but I am doing this so I can look back on this in a few years and it also takes my mind off things going on in real life.