51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 33: Robert Miles – Children

We’re only making a short hop from last week’s stop in the year 1998 where I got you pumping your muscles to Madonna. This week, we’re heading to the year 1995, where you’ll all have some time to relax and listen to a song that has helped me become the person I am today. Is that a bad thing? No, certainly not, but you can decide. Ready for takeoff in Hugh’s music time machine? Welcome to the year 1995.

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Earlier this year, I wrote an open letter of thanks to this week’s featured artist when I heard the news of his death. You can read the letter by clicking here. Robert Miles was not only an excellent DJ, but he was a musician who produced a brilliant array of music. Let’s have a listen to my favourite track from Robert.

First released in Italy, Children failed to chart. However, thanks to the record label behind the track, it was taken to the U.S.A and played in a nightclub in Miami. Not only did the crowd love it, but so did a member of staff from another record label who was at the nightclub one night. He managed to persuade Robert to allow the record label he worked for to re-release the track in Europe. Not long after, the track became a worldwide hit, charting at number one in more than 12 countries, and becoming a top five hit in every European country that had a singles chart (apart from Hungry, where it only reached number 23).

I mentioned in my opening that this song helped me become the person I am today. Why? Well, of all the music tracks I love listening to, this is the track that has most inspired my writing. I can almost guarantee that if I put on my headphones and play this track on repeat, I will produce a short story or blog post. Is that magic, or what? That’s why I wrote to Robert and thanked him.

Do you have a favourite song you write or work too? 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 Marie, Barbara, Ruth, and Kat who joined in with publishing a blog post of a favourite song.

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. Like some of your other readers, I had totally forgotten about this song. Thanks for the memory-jolt (via your terrific Time Machine)!

  2. He certainly was a great musician and his songs really remind me of my transition period from being a child to being an adult. Yes I am actually an adult. Lol.

        1. I think the longest I’ve not shaved is 2 weeks and it gets so warm and itchy. I can’t understand all those people with big beards. I’d end up with food stuck in it all the time lol

  3. I love this tune, Hugh. I actually cannot write to music as I get way too distracted. I prefer silence when I am trying to write my poetry, but that rarely happens in my house, so I just have to get on with it. However, I have found Victoria Wood such a huge influence on the kind of work that I would love to do, and aspire to be. This one always has me roaring my head off!

    1. I love the Barry & Freda song, Judy. In fact, I remember the very first time Victoria sang it on TV. I can see why she inspires you so much. I saw her in concert many times and always came out of the venue crying with laughter. Maybe we should do a ‘Victoria Wood as Seen on TV’ night?

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