Music to my Ears

By - April 25, 2008 (Updated: November 28, 2014)

Andrew has informed me that my blog is becoming a music and video blog. That hasn’t really been my intention. I know that’s not what you people come here for. Google Analytics tells me what you come here for… the free wallpapers … (and you cheese fetish sickos… I see you…) Anyway, back to the music. I’m sure most of you could care less what I listen to but music is a big part of my day, and my life here, and since this is MY journal, I like to document what I’m listening to.

Editing photos all day is not as stimulating as one might think (When I worked at SMU, opening the mail was the most exciting part of my day… it’s kinda like that) so I often have music on in the background. Most of it is of the fun, trashy, radio variety, but I often find meaning in music too. There are songs that help me through my ‘expat blues’ days and songs that remind me of the people I’ve left across the ocean. These songs can make me cry (if you’ve been playing the home game you know that it doesn’t take much) and make me laugh, often at the same time.

Music has always been a big part of my life, although God knows I’ve never been gifted with any (just ask anyone who has ever had to listen to me sing and my poor parents who had to suffer through clarinet practice… good thing I didn’t practice often.) But there was always music around. Like most kids, I grew up on my parents music – an odd blend of John Denver and Abba. Parents… who can explain ’em. We were always singing in the car or motorhome (and it’s quite evident where I get my music ‘talent’ from).

Because of all of this signing I developed a freakish talent for remembering song lyrics. Andrew often passes time by getting me to recite lyrics from 80s songs. (Shannon still talks about my MC Hammer routine). If only I could put this talent to use for something meaningful….

So I guess the point of all of this is I’m sorry about all of the music I’ve been posting, but it’s probably not going to stop. I love discovering new artists and I’ve been exposed to a lot of music here in Belgium that I never would have heard at home. If you take the time to listen then I hope you find something you like too.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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  1. Comment by Megan

    Megan April 25, 2008 at 15:14

    I have been overrun with searchers for a narcissistic Canadian “author”.
    And I love to see what other people are listening to. It’s a window into their daily lives.

  2. Comment by Alison

    Alison April 25, 2008 at 15:21

    You’re so right Megan. Although I hope when I die I’m not judged by the music in my Mp3 playlists… The Britney could take some explaining…

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