Reflections on the 2017 A to Z Challenge

I’m so pleased that I have successfully completed my second A to Z Challenge! Unlike last year, I decided several months in advance what my topic would be and wrote the basics for each entry ahead of time. Despite this I still found myself just about managing to keep on track during the second week due to personal events, thankfully during the third week I caught up and was able to finish a week ahead of time.

Sourcing content for my entries was much easier this year, as the videos for my posts were readily available on YouTube and most allow you to share their content. Last year I had difficulty finding images that matched exactly what I was trying to describe, which was very time consuming.

I’m looking forward to taking part in the challenge again next year (I’ve already thought of my theme) but I think I shall have to be even more prepared than this year if I’m to keep up with the deadlines, perhaps by writing entries much further in advance and scheduling them… still it wouldn’t be a challenge if it was easy!

As I mentioned during my Coffee Share, I found it difficult to keep up with which blogs I had visited and commented on without the Linky List. I really hope they bring it back next year. I’m still working my way through lots of Facebook links, so if I’ve missed you I apologise! Please feel free to leave a link in the comments and I shall visit your blog ASAP.

On a final note, here are some other artists who just missed out on being my number one choice. Did I mention one of your favourites throughout the challenge?

Congratulations to everyone who took part and those of you who finished, I’m looking forward to visiting you all again next year!

Z is for ZZ Top

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Artist: ZZ Top

Song: Gimme All Your Lovin’

Album: Eliminator

ZZ Top have some epic riffs in their songs, especially ‘Gimme All Your Lovin” which is a fantastic tune! I also love ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ for the same reason. I would love to see them in concert some day!

Y is for The Yardbirds

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Artist: The Yardbirds

Song:  Too Much Monkey Business

Album: Five Live Yardbirds

My introduction to The Yardbirds was through my love of Eric Clapton, who started out in the band in ’63. Out of all the versions of ‘Too Much Monkey Business’, this one is my favourite due to Eric’s performance. I also like ‘For Your Love’ despite it being the cause of his departure from the band.

X is for Xavier Rudd

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Artist: Xavier Rudd

Song: Follow The Sun

Album: Spirit Bird

I only know a few of Xavier’s songs, but they’re really nice to chill out and relax to, especially whilst I’m sewing. ‘Follow The Sun’ and ‘Spirit Bird’ are my current favourites, if anyone has any recommendations I’d love to hear them!

W is for Wham!

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Artist: Wham!

Song: Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

Album: Make It Big

I’m sure my choice for W will come as no surprise, my love for George Michael started with Wham! and they have remained one of my favourite bands ever since. There’s not a song that I don’t like, but my particular favourites are ‘Club Tropicana’, ‘Everything She Wants’ and the iconic ‘Careless Whisper’ as well as one of the greatest Christmas songs of all time ‘Last Christmas’. I’ve chosen ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go’ as my favourite however, as it’s just pure upbeat pop which I love.

V is for Village People

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Artist: Village People

Song: Y.M.C.A.

Album: Go West

I absolutely love Disco and all the cheesiness that comes with it, and if there’s one group that does that perfectly it’s the Village People. Every time I’ve been to a party or concert and Y.M.C.A. starts playing, people go crazy and just love doing the actions!

‘In The Navy’ and ‘Macho Man’ are another two favourites of mine, they’re just so entertaining and never fail to get everyone dancing… it’s impossible to resist joining in when everyone is singing along!

U is for Ultravox

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Artist: Ultravox

Song: Vienna

Album: Vienna

I have to admit that I don’t know Ultravox very well, but I really love the songs that I do know. The first is ‘Vienna’ which is probably what they’re most known for, and the second is ‘Dancing With Tears In My Eyes’, both of which are classic 80s tunes!

T is for Take That

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Artist: Take That

Song: Rule The World

Album: Everything Changes & Progress

Watched Perform: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017

I first became aware of Take That in 1992, when they released a cover of Barry Manilow’s ‘Could It Be Magic‘ and from that moment I fell in love! I watched all of their TV appearances, bought all of the merchandise (posters, bedding, dolls, perfume… you name it, I had it!) and at least once a week my best friend would come over and watch their concerts with me. These days I just collect the singles and albums, which I’m sure my husband is very thankful for!

When they broke up in 1996, I continued to follow Robbie Williams, Gary Barlow and Mark Owen’s solo careers, always wishing that one day that would reunite. As the years went by and Robbie became more and more successful and the others faded into the background I accepted that it would probably never happen… until one day in 2006 they announced they were getting back together (minus Robbie), I was absolutely ecstatic!

I used to run a successful fansite for Gary until he finally got his own official website and during that time I was able to meet Gary and the rest of the guys several times. Take That were always hugely successful here in the UK back in the 90’s, but since coming back that popularity has absolutely sky-rocketed and their tickets sell out in minutes… luckily I’ve not missed a tour yet! I’ve also seen the unofficial musical ‘Never Forget‘ several times and have tickets to see the official musical ‘The Band‘ next year, which I’m looking forward to.

Robbie finally rejoined the band in 2010 and it was an absolute dream come true for me to see all of them performing together again. I have two favourite albums, the first is ‘Everything Changes’ from the 90’s era and the second is ‘Progress’ from the new era, they’re both wildly different but fantastic in their own way. My favourite song changes from week to week, but at the moment it’s ‘Rule The World’ from the film ‘Stardust’.

S is for Simply Red

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Artist: Simply Red

Song: Holding Back The Years

Album: A New Flame/Stars

Watched Perform: 2009, 2015

Simply Red are another band that I grew up with, their songs were always playing in our house when I was younger. They always put on a great show and I have lots of great memories of singing along to them in the car with my mum.

It’s impossible for me to pick a favourite album because I love ‘A New Flame’ and ‘Stars’ equally, there’s just so many tracks I love between them! My favourite song will always be ‘Holding Back The Years’ though.

R is for Robbie Williams

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Artist: Robbie Williams

Song: Rock DJ*

Album: Sing When You’re Winning

Watched Perform: 2003, 2014

I’ve loved Robbie ever since his early days in Take That and after he left the group I continued to follow his solo career. He’s released some great albums over the years (and some terrible ones) but my favourite one is still ‘Sing When You’re Winning’ which has some fantastic tunes on it, including ‘Rock DJ’ which I instantly loved and has remained my favourite song ever since.

*I’ve chosen to put a different version of the video on here, as the official video is very graphic and not to everyone’s taste! If you want to watch it however, click here.

One of the most amazing concerts I have ever been to was Robbie’s ‘Live at Knebworth’ tour in 2003, it had an atmosphere which was just indescribable and had crowds of over 375,000. It’s known as one of the biggest music events in UK history and being part of it was really something special!