51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 28: Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand

Warning, warning! I’m about to attempt to land my music time machine in the year 2015. That’s as near to the present as I’ve tried to land us before. Just one false move and we may overshoot our landing spot and end up in the future. So, hold on tight while I land us safely and introduce you all to another song choice that includes my favourite musical instrument.

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Phew! That was a close call. In my rearview mirror, I could see you all holding hands, but we’ve landed safely, and it brings us nicely to this week’s featured song. Over to you, Jess…

Can you guess what my favourite musical instrument is from the song I’ve just introduced you to? It also features heavily in my song choice for week 24 and week 9. It never fails to make the hairs on my arms stand up when I hear this instrument being played on the radio. But, first, a little more about our guest singer and her song.

Jess Glynne was born in the UK and, in my opinion, is a very talented songwriter. Yes, she can sing, but her songwriting skills are something I’d love to know the secret to. Jess is only the second British female solo artist to have had five number one singles in the UK. Any ideas who the first was? Since 2014, Jess has won no less than 15 music awards, including Best Britsh Solo Female Artist, Best Newcomer Award and Best Single/Song Of The Year.

‘Hold My Hand’ entered the UK charts in March 2015 and went straight to number one, where it stayed for three weeks. The song was also an international hit, although not as successful as it was in the UK. In the U.S.A, the song only managed to make it to number 86 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it became a top 20 hit in 11 other countries.

I’ve a feeling we’re going to be hearing a lot more from Jess Glynne, especially given that ‘Hold My Hand’ has featured on some commercials and was also featured on the original soundtrack for the 2016 movie, Bridget Jones’s Baby.

Do you have a favourite song that features a favourite musical instrument? Share a link to that song in the comments section.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. And a big thank you to Barbara who joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song, and to the lovely Ritu, who recorded herself singing last week’s featured song. Wow! Can anybody beat that? Feel free to have a go.

Want to join me in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? Leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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  1. Not a great follower of the modern music scene but was idly listening to the radio in the car, waiting for the wife to finish work before we both drove up to Blackpool for the weekend, when this absolutely stonking song came on!

    This would have been late May 2015, so it had passed it’s number one slot. Took me a while to find out who she was. Now Of course, we hear it every five minutes on M & S ads!

    1. Yes, it’s amazing how a song can become popular again when a company use it in a commercial or it’s used in a movie or for an event. I’ve seen it happen many times, including back in 2012 when a song from 2009 was played at the London Olympics and became a hit again, selling far more copies than when it was first released.

      I much prefer music from the ’70s and ’80s era, but the occasional modern tune will spark my interest.

  2. What a fabulous comments thread you generated with this post Hugh! I wasn’t familiar with the song (though I admit the 80s music doesn’t stand out much in my memory…).
    Piano huh? I used to play — or I should say I play *with it*, since I don’t read enough music to really follow. I’ve stopped playing because i just don’t want my neighbors to hear me. Sad excuse I know. I still have my cherished piano though. It has moved across the country with me twice and on other shorter moves too. I would hate to give it up, even if I rarely play any more. Mega hugs.

    1. Thanks, Teagan. Yes, this weekly feature of mine has gone beyond what I thought it would do for my blog. I’ve been amazed by the memories readers have been sharing that are connected to certain songs. I’m so glad I created this feature.

      I don’t own a piano, but my niece does. She plays it beautifully. The best I can do is playing ‘chopsticks’ on it. It’s such a lovely feature in her apartment. I hope you go back to playing the piano, especially as my niece says it helps her to relax and unwind after a long day.

      Weekend hugs.

  3. Once again, I’m not familiar with the song or the artist. But I did enjoy the song, and the visuals. It reminded me of the beautiful mountains in Arizona. 🙂 xx

      1. Long story short > I was. I cancelled 2 weeks ago and moved our winter vacation back to the beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I have decided to put beautiful AZ on the backburner until there’s a new president. ‘Nuff said. 🙂 xx

  4. Hi, Hugh – I like how you continue to introduce me to songs that I had never heard before. Loved this one! And, I especially loved Ritu’s version of ‘Downtown’. Well done, Ritu!

  5. I only knew this song as an advert Hugh, it’s a bit modern for me to have caught on anything I’d listen to like Heart Radio. I think my favourite might have been the mandolin so think back to songs by Rod Stewart like You really got a nerve or The Killing of Georgie.
    Hugs my friend.

    1. I always enjoy listening to Gold, David, because they play all the hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s. I’ll have to give Heart radio a go, although too many adverts on radio stations generally put me off listening to them. During the morning, it’s usually Ken Bruce I listen to. I always love his dry sense of humour.
      I like the mandolin as well. Such a beautiful instrument to listen to. I’ll check out those Rod Stewart songs. Thanks for mentioning them.
      Thursday hugs.

  6. Wow, that’s a very cool song! It sounds a bit familiar but I don’t think it was big over here. Therefore I appreciate it even more that you shared it. Love it!!

    1. Only made the number one spot in three countries, Erika. It still gets played a lot over here in the UK. Made it to number 89 in France, number 27 in Austria, number 20 in Switzerland and number 19 in Germany.

      1. So it actually was in the charts over here. I know, I heard it once and it is a shame they did not play it more often although it was actually successful when looking at the charts.

  7. Hi Hugh,
    Each week you surprise me with your diversity of music, although, most of them are more pop or club music. That is why I don’t recognize most of them and because they were popular in United Kingdom. When I started living with my now husband, we found the clubs in our area only breed trouble. We also hated having to deal with the smoking. We created a network of friends where we hosted or visited friends’ homes on weekends. Both of us were career oriented and spent long hours at the office. My husband is also an organist and since his career was in the music industry, we he came home, his preference was quiet evenings. Don’t get me wrong, I love pop and club music; yet, my exposure is limited. I think this is why I’m enjoying your weekly post of music hits. Thanks and keep them coming. HUGS.

    1. Some great memories there, Chuck. Care to share them with us with a guest post that I can connect to this feature?

      Back in the late ’80s and early ’90s, I was a part-time DJ, so that is where a lot of my musical interest comes from. I’m glad you’re enjoying this feature so much. It seems to be a popular read.

      Hugs to you.

      1. Hi Hugh,
        Now you have sparked my interest. Do you have something in mind as far as a guest post (subject)? I’m spending a lot of time marketing my new book, but once things settle down, I’d be honored to write something for you. BTW, now it makes sense about the type of music since you told me you were a DJ. I’ll bet there are some stories there too. 🙂 Hugs.

        1. Hi Chuck, send me an email via the ‘contact Hugh’ button in the menu bar at the top of my blog. I’ll then send you some details of what I was thinking for the post.

          Yes, lots of stories from my DJ years. My DJ nickname was ‘The Lamb.’ 😃

  8. I’m not familiar with this song. (Guess that #86 in the US played part in that, huh?) I love strong piano parts in songs! 🙂

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