CD Stories | Pam

Pam is my aunt, so I’ve known her my whole life. She chose the Cher album “Cher’s Greatest Hits 1965 – 1992”. When a greatest hits album covers a period of nearly 30 years there are going to be a huge range of songs from those decades.

She’s had a long and successful career, and is still going strong. I don’t have a standout favourite on this CD, it’s more of a singalong to oldies but goodies.

Pam wrote;

Dear Sonya

Is this taking positive aging to the extreme

Cheers Pam xxx

I certainly hope she’s talking about Cher!

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Cher on Facebook

Greatest Hits on Spotify



CD Stories | Naomi

Naomi was one of the random guests who attended the Tattoo Fest spontaneous gathering, which has been referenced in previous CD Story blogs. She was attending the fest with Jodie, and they joined in the fun on both Saturday and Sunday. Naomi is also the niece of another friend, Shona.

Naomi chose the Mariah Carey album Music Box, which contains some of her biggest hits including Dreamlover, Anytime You Need A Friend, and the best selling Without You, but it’s Hero that is my favourite off this album.

And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you’ll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you

It takes me back to a very specific event in my family, and every time I listen to it I draw strength from it.

The message reads;

The album that helped me through my teen years.

Without it I wouldn’t have survived.

Naomi H

Naomi, I hear ya sister. It’s an album that takes you on a roller coaster of emotions, and some of the lyrics are so poignant, most definitely a tissues at the ready kinda CD. It was lovely to meet you, and I hope you’ll come back for a visit to New Plymouth again soon.

I am looking forward to adding this to the playlist for my trip to Taupo at the end of the month.

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Ms Mariah Carey on Facebook
Music Box on Spotify

CD Stories | Charlotte

Ah, Titanic, the ship of dreams! Such a great movie – special effects, costume design, and let’s not forget the love story! James Cameron took a true event and turned it into a magical movie, which is now 20 years old.

Someone who is also magical chose this CD, the lovely Charlotte Ward. I’ve known Charlotte for 7 or 8 years, although it seems like forever! We met through social media, attending a Tweet Up together and there was no going back.

The most striking thing about Char is her positivity, and her self assurance. There’s something about being in her presence that makes you feel good about yourself.

She’s also a bit super human, and lives her life to the max. I honestly don’t know how she does it.

I’m not sure why Charlotte chose this CD, but it was a great choice, and has only one iconic song on it, the theme song, My Heart Will Go On, and whilst it’s a great singing-in-the-car song, I really do like the rest of the soundtrack too, as it takes you on a musical journey of the movie.

So on to the inscription

Dear Sonya

Love you more than Jack loves Rose

Love from Charlotte xx

I think I got dust in my eye 😉

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Love you right back Char, thanks for being such a fabulous friend with a Titanic amount of passion. You make life more sparkly and fun xox

CD Stories | Wazza

In Through The Outdoor by my favourite band ever, Led Zeppelin, was chosen by Wazza.

Wayne, or as he is better known, Wazza, has been a friend for around a decade. I originally met him when going to music trivia at Peggy Gordon’s, and then he managed the Basement Bar, and now he’s a proud owner of Treehouse Bar & Bistro.

Wazza is also the ‘go to’ guy for bands at the Tattoo Fest. He makes sure they’re all looked after. He’s a good guy and despite handing out a bit of shit, also takes it all in good humour.

I love that he chose this album as I’ve been waiting for at least one of my LZ CDs to be selected. I really truly don’t think I can pick a favourite song off this album, not the least because there are only seven songs on it, and they are so diverse, but also because I’ve been listening to it for decades and decades, and each song has a special meaning to me.

I think if you really pushed me to make a decision I would choose Hot Dog, it’s 3.17 minutes of Ragtime meets Country meets Rockabilly. It’s a lot of fun, with a hoe-down feeling. All Of My Love would be a VERY close second, for almost all of the opposite reasons!

So on to the message Waz wrote on the CD

Dear Sonia (yes he spelt my name wrong!)

“Get off my Lawn!”

❤ Love Waz

This is in response to my really not liking a bunch of strangers invading my lawn during the Tattoo Festival each year, especially those who ignore the ‘private property’ sign and settle in for a drinking session, wander around, and even very kindly ‘water’ the garden.

This year, I really had no choice but to just go with the fact that I was going to be descended upon by randoms, that there would be no such thing as privacy, and my protestations were going to be ignored.

Thanks for choosing such an awesome CD Wazza, now get the fuck off my lawn! 😉

In Through The Out Door on Spotify

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CD Stories | Laura

I’ve only met Laura once, when she visited during the Tattoo Festival, she is a friend of Brooke Taylor. I thought she was fun and quite entertaining.

While I sat up at the castle those crazy gals got tattoos. Laura got a mandala on her knee! It looked amazing.

She chose Now 18, which came out in 2005, and is probably towards the end of my CD buying era. I don’t actually recall which song I bought it for, but most likely one of 13 (Crazy Frog), 14 (Gorillaz), or possibly 15 (Fast Crew), but it was most definitely NOT for 17 (can’t even type their name).

Laura has written a slightly cryptic message

Now the CD’s don’t have to be lonely! Laura

I’ll leave you to figure that out!

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See you next Tattoo Fest!

CD Stories | Jinnee

Can’t Get Enough, Can’t Get Enough, No
Can’t Get Enough, Can’t Get Enough, No

Is an iconic chant in New Zealand from super group Supergroove.

This album was chosen by someone whom I’ve only met twice, once in March (2017) when she was in New Plymouth for WOMAD, and this weekend (Nov 2017) when she was here for the Tattoo Festival.

Jinnee (Janine) chose the Supergroove album Postage, which is a ‘best of’ from the group, released in 2003. I love this album because it features not only the above iconic song but many a New Zealand anthem of the time.

With a predominantly white label, the double CD lends itself to plenty of scope for artistic expression so Jinnee decorated the label side with Mandela’s then wrote her message on the burn side.

She wrote in a circle

You’re the hostess with the mostess and a really cool tweep. I’m so pleased we met, the internet can be a pretty neat place with people like you! Here’s to many more New Plymouth adventures, body rolls down the bank and we will always have WOMAD.

Love and kisses @jinnee79 and NINE hearts

I love the Mandela’s (one on each of the albums), and the message Jinnee wrote, many a special friendship has been born from a connection on the internet.

The album is also special, and it’s connection to my youth strong and true.

Thanks for coming to stay this weekend Jinnee, and helping me keep my sanity amidst the Tattoo Fest insanity!

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Supergroove on Facebook
Album on Spotify

CD Stories | Jodie

This CD was plucked out of the magic black bag, which holds all the CDs that are waiting their blogs, by Kymon Hill, who will feature in his own blog in the not too distant future, and mentions a weekend which will be referenced many times in upcoming blogs due to the large number of visitors I have had over these three days – some here for the races, some here for the Tattoo Festival, and some who just happened upon the unplanned party on my lawn.

The CD picked out is The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac, and I’m so happy that Jodie found this album in the basket. As her message attests, it features her mum’s favourite song, Songbird, this song was played at her funeral and is really such a special song full of memories for Jodie, and my love of Fleetwood Mac is well documented, so anyone choosing one of their albums always makes me happy.

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I’ve known Jodie for several years now, she’s a regular poster on Facebook, and Snapchat, and is full of life. Ready with a warm greeting whenever we bump into each other, Jodie is hard working, down to earth, makes hilarious Snapchat posts, has a love of skulls, and is one very cool chick!

Her message

Sonya ❤

Thank you for your awesome hospitality Tattoo Festival 2017. This CD is all about my mum, Songbird was her fave song.

Merry Xmas my friend

Jodie xx

Merry Christmas to you too Jodie, thanks for bringing your beautiful vibe to my spontaneous lawn party xx

Link to ‘the Mac‘ on Facebook
Link to the album on Spotify


CD Stories | Mandy

The next CD Story is about my sister, Mandy, she’s my only sibling. We are very different in many ways, and yet have equally as many things in common.

As my older sister she has had a lot of influence on my life in a positive way (usually), and we’ve shared many musical experiences.

Mandy knew which CD she wanted before she started looking, and as seems to be the way with things like this, it was the third CD she put her hands on.

She choose Meatloaf, Bat Out Of Hell. A iconic album, that takes you on a fantastic musical journey. I’m a big fan of Meatloaf and Jim Steinman and their collaborations of extended length, theatrical songs.

I know for certain this album was played many, many times when Mandy and I would drive back to New Plymouth for weekends with friends after moving to Auckland in 1984.

Whilst Bat Out Of Hell is an epic song, I think Heaven Can Wait is my favourite song off the album.

Being the very pragmatic person she is, who is not about the warm fuzzies, she wrote

Have A Meaty Xmas


I love you too Mandy!

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Meatloaf on Facebook
The album on Spotify

CD Stories | Hartleigh

Mr Scribblz is still on CD drawing duties, and picked out his own CD this time. I’m so excited to write this blog!

Mr Scribblz is the moniker the fabulous, funny, and my favourite person in the whole world, Hartleigh Cole, has chosen for his digital footprint. He’s my one and only child, has a quirky sense of humour, is smart, caring, and is the love of my life. ❤

Hartleigh has chosen the Bryan Adams CD, So Far So Good. He chose it because of the cover, which is a tyre, and it reminded him of our old RAV4, we both loved that car and had a lot of fun in it, and because of Summer of ’69, see below for that connection.

This is not our car, but is the same model. Our RAV was red.

Hartleigh has chosen to write several comments/phrases for his CD Story;

A La Boo

School of 69

Our Rav4

Merry Disc-mas

By Harts A.K.A Mr Scribblz

I’ve explained above about Mr Scribblz and the Rav4 reference.

He wrote School of 69 as a nod to the song Summer of 69, which he sang at a school concert whilst at Primary School – hence school replacing summer.

Merry Disc-mas if pretty self-explanatory when you have a parent who loves Christmas.

The last message, A La Boo, is from when he was much younger, and was learning to talk. I would say I Love You, and we would say A La Boo. It’s stuck with us and is now part of our family language, those words that only members of your family know and understand.

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I’m off to see Bryan Adams at ‘the Bowl’ on the 4th of January, it shall be that much more special now. It will be the second time I’ve seen Bryan live, the first was around three decades ago at Western Springs, when I would have been rocking the double denim 😉

This specific album isn’t on spotify so I’ve linked to a Greatest Hits album
Bryan on Facebook

If the universe would like to deliver me some funds via a Lotto win, I’d be out replacing our current car before you could finish saying $30 million dollars! 😉


CD Stories | Craig

Picked out of the magical bag by Mr Scribblz was the CD message from one Craig Roper. You’ll see from his message he’s a man of many words. That being said, sometimes less is more.

Merry Christmas from Craig

is merely a hint of the Christmas cheer Craig delivers. Last year I was the lucky recipient of 100s of metres of fairly lights which decorated the tree on which these CDs will be hung, he also strung those little blobs of joy on the porch of the house and inside in the high traffic areas. The house sparkled! He truly is the king of Christmas lighting.

He chose an Elvis remake/remix of A Little Less Conversation – Elvis vs JXL from 2002, which featured in Ocean’s Eleven. I am definitely influenced by music in TV and movies.

Having always been an Elvis fan, I do like a modern take on a song older than me!

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Anyone else note the irony of the song title and the brevity of the message.

Merry Christmas to you too Craig.

Song on YouTube