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


CD Stories | Steve

For any of who don’t know me, you may find it odd that I’m about it blog about my ex-husband, but there ya go, I am.

Steve and I have known each other for nearly two decades, and we have one beautiful son. We were married briefly, but have remained solid friends before, during, and after. It’s a rather unconventional situation but it works for us and our family so that’s all that matters.

Steve chose the New Zealand indie band Steriogram and their album Schmack as his CD. He wrote the following;

The last time I heard this ‘classic’ Kiwi album, I was sailing around in the ocean, far from home. Tell you what you really appreciate the small things in this world, this album brought a smile to my face, and did again: Thanks for sharing *Steve*

To add some back story, Steve was in the Navy for 24 years, so sailing around the ocean was what he did a lot of. Reminders of home meant a lot, and listening to a good New Zealand band would have helped with the home sickness, and killing time.

For me, this album reminds me of weekends at Ohakune, where some of my friends would ski and some of us would keep the seats warm at the Powderkeg. It’s got plenty of great ‘dancing in the car’ songs, and, of course, I love White Trash, but I think Road Trip is actually my favourite song on the album.

Some of you may recognise Walkie Talkie Man as this song was used by Apple to advertise iPod.

If you haven’t listened to this album, you should, if you have listened to it but not ‘for ages’, now’s the time!

Great choice Steve, schmack!

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Album on spotify
Steriogram on Facebook

These two videos are well worth a watch even if you don’t like the music Walkie Talkie Man and White Trash.

CD Stories | Margy

The third CD story is about Margy Dodds and Tina Turner.

I have to say I’m loving the random order the CDs are coming out of the box in, means I don’t know who I’m blogging about next.

Anyway, back to Margy and Tina. Margy is a friend of my mum, and has known me my entire life. Mum and Margy lived next to each other when I was a baby. Mum’s daughters (me and my sister) grew up with Margy’s daughters. We have a lifetime of memories.

Margy has chosen a poem which was mentioned in the book ‘Big Little Lies’, written by Liane Moriarty. The author of the original poem appears to be unknown, and this phrase is often mention as funerals for obvious reasons;

Those we love don’t go away, they sit beside us every day.

I’ve just finished watching the TV Series and I know have the book on my ‘need to read’ list.

Marg has written the poem on the Tina Turner album What’s Love Got To Do With It. I bought this album because I love Tina, she has such a wicket voice, and she’s such a strong inspiring woman. Her husband was, let’s face it, a bit of an arse, but she knew her self worth, she left Ike in the dust, and has been winning at life every since.

There are plenty of great songs on this album Nutbush City Limits, Proud Mary, and (Darlin) You Know I Love You, but the title song has got to be my favourite.

What has love got to do with it?

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Great album choice Margy, and great poem xx

Album on spotify
Tina on Facebook

CD Stories | Amber

The next CD story features Amber Caskey and Little River Band. Amber has chosen some sage advice for her message;

If you want to change the system, you better build a better one. You’re going to meet resistance but the time will come.

Like many of us Amber wears many hats, she’s a wife, a mum, sister-in-law to my horse trainer, Janelle (who will also feature in CD Stories), and a second-generation marriage celebrant.

I haven’t known Amber long, but she is one of those people who has a very special vibe. She doesn’t take any shit, is sensible and intelligent, kind and caring, and definitely someone you want in your squad.

I love that she chose Little River Band for her CD. If you grew up in New Plymouth in the 70s and 80s you would more than likely have seen this band play at the Bowl of Brooklands, our fabulous natural amphitheatre, at least once, if not several times. They were frequent performers.

These concerts, along with those of Split Enz, and a few other multiple performers were a bit of a rite of passage for many of us, as often it was an opportunity to attend with parents and then take off with friends, hang out with boys, and then head back to the safety of the home zone, or as we hit teenage years we could attend without parents at all!

I’d have to say that Cool Change is one of my favourite songs off this album, and I think it ties in nicely with Amber’s words. Change is someone that many of us fear and yet we change everyday, sometimes in small ways and sometimes in big ways, but it all helps us grow into the people we are today.

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Little River Band was definitely part of that growth and change for me.

Great choice Amber xx

LRB album on spotify
LRB on Facebook




CD Stories | Mum

I figure since she brought me into this world my first CD Story should go to my mum.

She popped in for a visit last Sunday, and was duly told to find a CD to contribute to the mission. She methodically looked through all the CDs, and put a few aside, but I knew she’d decided on one when she commented that it saved her life when she lived in Kununurra (Western Australia). Not literally obviously, but we all have that one album that gets us through a tough time, and Company Of Strangers is the one for my mum.

Company of Strangers are an Australian supergroup consisting of;
Simon Hussey
Jef Scott
James Rayne
Daryl Braithwaite
with a few friends – Peter Mitchell, David Reyne, and David Hussey

She was pleasantly surprised that I had the album, and it’s one a really like a lot.

This CD message is special for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that my mum wrote her message using song names, and then signed it off using her pet name for me “Petal”.

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Her message

‘Aint no Angels’ in ‘Old Braodway’ my ‘Sweet Love’ but ‘Baby You’re a Rich Man’ who is ‘Lost in the Rhythm of Love’
Rock on Petal Love Mumma

I haven’t listened to this album for a long long time, so I’m very much looking forward to reacquainting myself with it.

Thanks Mumma, I love you too xox

CoS album on spotify
CoS on Facebook

CD Stories | The Start

It’s been a hell of a long time since I last blogged here, and like all great blogging ideas it started with a picture on Pinterest.

There were some horseshoes spray painted different colours and used for a wind chime and it got me thinking about the big tree I have in the front lawn, and then I thought back to when I started this blog and the window paint, and visitors writing messages, and somehow the idea of using my old CDs (which have followed me around all the houses I’ve lived in for years), and which I no longer listen to because #spotify.


So I decided that each visitor should pick a CD that has meaning to them, and write a message on it, and then the CD will get hung on the tree.


Fortunately for me, the first weekend I had a lot of visitors so I already have 7 discs to write blogs about already!

Photos First


Why don’t more brides and grooms choose to have their photos first? Is it due to the staid tradition of not seeing the bride before the wedding? Is it because they think the ceremony won’t be special if they’ve spent time together before then? Or is it because they simply don’t think of it as an option?

We chose to have our wedding photos before our ceremony and, to be honest, I think I had a far more intimate and special moment when my husband first saw me than brides who choose the ‘after’ option do.

I stood at the top of the stairway, and he at the bottom, that walk down to meet him is forever etched in my memory. That moment was just us!

Then we went out and had all our bridal party photos, some off-the-cuff images, and a lot of fun before taking some time out alone before the ceremony.

It took all the pressure of this part of the day, and I could really focus on the ceremonial and formal elements of our vows.

We then spent plenty of time having individual photos with our guests while we sipped champagne, and  chatted, and laughed.

Following the ceremony the guests went directly to the reception venue, the Devonport Hotel, and my husband and I arrived shortly after.

We had cocktail hour in an ante room, with more bubbles, and canapés before the wedding breakfast and then dancing.

Photos ‘before’ meant
– a special moment just for us when we first saw each other
– plenty of time for all our photos
– not stressing about all the guests waiting for us and drinking the bar tab dry
– more quality time with our guests

I vote, photos before every time!