51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 46: John Miles – Music

With only six weeks of this feature left (hooray, I can hear some of you shout), you may think I’d keep my all-time favourite song until the last week. However, next week I’ll be handing over the controls of my music time machine for the last time, and then there’s the little matter of a particular event coming up that happens every December (why does it always happen in December when the shops are busy?). 🤔

Welcome back to the year I bought my first ever 7-inch single. Welcome back to the year that the United Kingdom experienced something called ‘summer.’ Welcome back to 1976.

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Now, you’re going to have to excuse me if I start crying while we listen to this week’s featured song. Not because it’s the best rollercoaster ride of a piece of music I’ve ever experienced, but because I’ve just been peeling onions for this evening’s dinner. Take it away, John…

John Miles is a British born rock artist. However, that’s not why this song is my all-time favourite. I just happen to think that ‘Music‘ is the best piece of music ever written and performed. When I listen to the song, it’s like being on a road full of twists and turns, because you never quite know where the song is going to take you. It has highs and lows and never fails to make my day when I hear it.

Reaching number three on the U.K singles charts, ‘Music’ only managed to stall at number 88 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.A. However, two years later, John would go on to have a number three hit, in the U.S.A, with the lesser known 1978 hit ‘Slow Down.’

Before we leave 1976 behind, we must also congratulate John for being awarded the ‘Outstanding Musical Achievement’ award at the 2017 Progressive Music Awards. Need I say any more about this great musician?

What’s your all-time favourite piece of music or song? Share a link to it in the comments.

As I mentioned earlier, next week I’ll be handing over the controls of my music time machine to a guest. I’m delighted to announce that my guest will be Donna Connolly from Retirement Reflections. Donna will almost be taking you back home when she lands the time machine in the year 2016, so please join her.  I’ll be returning behind the wheels of this feature in a few weeks time. Right, I’d  better get back to peeling those onions.

Thank you to everyone who left a link to a favourite song in the comments section of last week’s post. I always appreciate you sharing your favourite music with me.

Want to join me in building up your 51 favourite songs from the past? There’s not much time left, but you can still leave a link in the comments section below and showcase your next song.

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  1. The 70’s & 80’s were my era, but I’m quite embarrassed to say I didn’t know the name John Miles, but I do know his music and I loved it. Love going back to reminisce and music certainly does this, love your music posts although, I have missed a lot of them so need to catch up 🙂 After David Cassidy died it brought back so many memories I wrote a post last week and it was so great remembering.

    1. I saw that you’d written a post, Sam. It’s in my email box awaiting my eyes. Music certainly can bring back so many memories (even ones we thought we’d forgotten). I’ve enjoyed this series so much, and am going to be sad when it comes to an end. However, I have something new to replace it with in the New Year. 😀

      1. Ooo that sounds exciting 😊 I’ll have to try to catch up on this series then before your new one starts 😂 how do you keep up with everything? Still a blogging mystery to me (& that wasn’t swearing by the way 😂)

        1. I don’t get stressed out by it all, Sam. Blogging has always been for fun for me, so I enjoy it when I can. I don’t feel guilty if I don’t read the posts in my inbox, but I’ll read and comment on what I can.

          I did send you an email last week inviting you to take part in the new feature I’ve got coming up. I know you’ve been busy with settling into the new home, but hopefully, you’ll get a chance to dig the email out. There’s no rush, just as soon as you can. 😀

  2. Thanks for introducing me to this song when we did our radio show last year. Wow, can you believe it’s been a year since that catastrophe. Haha was so much fun though!

  3. I remember when i was younger and my dad played me John Miles’s Overture..that song got me into rock music. This song i had already forgotten but now hearing it again, the lyrics seem very relateable. Its sad that hes not more well known

  4. Hi, Hugh – Thank you for introducing us to John.I wasn’t familiar with his music…but can totally understand why he is a favourite for you. You’ve introduced/reminded us of so many great musicians on this feature that I will be sad to see it come to an end. Thank you for allowing me to take control of your Music Time Machine next week. I am greatly looking forward to it!

    1. You’re welcome, Donna. I’m looking forward to my rest from the controls of the music time machine next week. Yes, such a shame the feature is coming to an end, but I’ve something else up my sleeve to replace it with in the New Year. 😀

  5. Well once again, I’ve never heard of John Miles. Lol, did I live under a rock? No, I live in Canada. It’s amazing the little treasures that never made it across the airwaves across the pond. 🙂 xx

    1. It is, Debby. It also applies to music and songs that we Brits have never heard which have been big hits the other side of the pond. I know that many British artists find the North American market a hard one to conquer.

      1. I suppose that’s what makes the music world so interesting. Something for everyone, and we learn about other artists through sharing, such as blogs like yours. ❤

  6. Haven’t heard that in a while. Thanks Hugh. Fav ever? Goodness that’s a challenge. It changes so often. Currently two pieces come to mind, which I listen to a lot. They’re quite recent… that’s me, fickle!

    1. Well, why not? Ben has a mighty fine voice.

      As for John, he had a number of hits in the 1980s. Here in the UK, some of his songs are still played on the radio, although only on certain radio stations.

      Thanks for joining in, Brian.

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