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Michelle Conlin’s Playlist

Send Me On My Way – Rusted Root
This reminds me of my childhood as I was completely obsessed with Matilda and had seen the film more than any other. My mum used to tie a ribbon in my hair and take me to Paisley Central Library so I could pretend to be my hero. I still put this song on whenever I make pancakes. 

Bailando – Enrique Iglesias
I studied Spanish at university and this song was released the year I studied abroad in Salamanca through the Erasmus programme. Such a cheesy track that will always remind me of an amazing year.  

Old Old Fashioned – Frightened Rabbit
A special song from one of my all-time favourite bands. This takes me right back to my first year at university in Edinburgh, standing in the freezing cold queuing for a Frightened Rabbit gig. The venue was at capacity, but Scott Hutchison came outside and played a few songs for everyone still waiting in the cold. It was such a special moment and just one example of Scott making ‘tiny changes’ in his too-short life. 

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
Nothing says Christmas in our family like the Phil Spector Christmas album! Since as long as I can remember, my parents have played this album on repeat every November right through to Hogmanay. We had the CD growing up, and a few years ago my boyfriend bought us a joint family present –the album on vinyl.

Tears Dry on Their Own – Amy Winehouse
I begged my mum to let me go to T in the Park when I was 14 because I was desperate to see Amy Winehouse perform. After much negotiation, she eventually conceded, on the condition that my friend’s dad took us to the festival. My friend’s dad was a policeman. We enjoyed Amy’s set under his watchful eye and were back home for bed at 10 pm.