Using Prompts for Inspiration

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Blogging 101 Day Eleven

Today the blogging lesson is all about ‘Prompts’.  These are things designed to help you write when you get a bit lost for inspiration. I chose a prompt from The idea is to choose a prompt and put your interpretation on it when writing a post.

I chose the prompt ‘Always Something There to Remind Me’. A song comes on the radio and instantly, you’re transported to a different time and place. Which song brings back memories for you and why?

I chose this prompt because I thought it would fit in nicely with my blog about ‘Meeting my Family’. My blog is about memories, and I haven’t really written much about memories of sounds. So here is my post:


In 1967 I was nine years old and was a pupil at Woodingdean Primary School. I was just beginning to find an interest in pop music. The whole process of listening to music was very different back then! Nowadays you can easily listen to music anytime, anyplace, anywhere. In 1967 there was radio 1, Top of the Pops on the tele, or you could buy singles and albums. This afforded you the luxury of listening to your favourite songs repeatedly at home, on a record player.

Records were expensive, especially for a nine-year old! However I eventually saved up enough for my first two singles: ‘Puppet on a String’ by Sandie Shaw (the British Eurovision song contest entry for 1967) and ‘Release Me’ by Engelbert Humperdink.

At school for a treat, a disco was arranged in the hall. I think it was at lunchtime. Some children brought their own records in to play, I didn’t take mine as they didn’t seem quite ‘cool’ enough for the disco! I was right, as there were so many other great tunes playing that day. One of these was ‘Hole in my shoe’ by Traffic.

When you’re nine you have a certain amount of inhibition when dancing, but we soon gathered in groups and moved around like we’d seen the people on Top of the Pops doing. This song stuck in my head because it starts off okay, with a certain rhythm then there’s a bit in the middle that leaves you stuck for movement. We swayed around a bit, and then fortunately the song returned to its previous tempo.

The other thing that stuck in my mind all these years from this song are the words. Weird and quite beautiful, poetic really. Here they are.

“Hole In My Shoe”

I looked to the sky
Where an elephant’s eye
Was looking at me
From a bubblegum tree
And all that I knew
The hole in my shoe
Was letting in water (letting in water)
I walked through a field
That just wasn’t real
Where 100 tin soldiers
Would shoot at my shoulder
And all that I knew
The hole in my shoe
Was letting in water (letting in water)
(I climbed on the back of a giant albatross
Which flew through a crack in the cloud
To a place where happiness reigned all year round
Where music played ever so loudly)

I started to fall
And suddenly woke
And the dew on the grass
It stuck to my coat
And all that I knew
The hole in my shoe
Was letting in water (letting in water)

There was one other song from those days that really sticks in my mind, and this was ‘Kites’ by Simon Dupree and the Big Sound.

Both these songs for me really sum up my 1960s, and they leave me with a very happy feeling of the days when I was so young and had just discovered music.

“I climbed on the back of a giant albatross

which flew through a crack in the cloud

to a place where happiness reigned all year round

where music played ever so loudly…”


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About Jackie Dinnis

Welcome to my blog where I am enjoying meeting my family - past and present - one at a time. Join me as I learn who my ancestors were, where they lived, what their occupations were and what everyday life was like for them.
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1 Response to Using Prompts for Inspiration

  1. koolitzable says:

    I first heard the song Release Me from our neighbor that ☺️☺️☺️

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