Have you ever noticed how there always seems to be an appropriate song on the radio or in the charts when something significant is happening in your life? It happens to me all the time. If I’m about to change job or move house, there will be at least one song being played on the radio about new opportunities or challenges, or if I’ve had an argument with Paul the songs will be all about anguish, heartbreak and love.

 

Well true to form, fate has produced its own relevant songs for me and this campaign. When Nick Randell invited me onto his Scratch n Sniff radio show to talk about HH4E and told me I’d need to choose a song for his ‘desert island risks’ segment of the interview, it was an easy request to meet.

‘Hold my Hand’, sung by Jess Glynne, was an obvious choice. And not only for its title. The words throughout the song speak to me every time I hear it…

 

Standing in a crowded room, and I can’t see your face

Put your arms around me, tell me everything’s OK

In my mind, I’m running round a cold and empty space

Just put your arms around me, tell me everything’s OK

Break my bones but you won’t see me fall, oh

The rising tide will rise against them all, oh

Darling, hold my hand

Oh, won’t you hold my hand?

Cause I don’t wanna walk on my own anymore

Won’t you understand? Cause I don’t wanna walk alone

I’m ready for this, there’s no denying

I’m ready for this, you stop me falling

I’m ready for this, I need you all in

I’m ready for this, so darling, hold my hand

Soul is like a melting pot when you’re not next to me

Tell me that you’ve got me and you’re never gonna leave

Tryna find a moment where I can find release

Please tell me that you’ve got me and you’re never gonna leave

Don’t wanna know

That feeling when I’m all alone

So please don’t make me wait, cause I don’t wanna break

And I don’t wanna fall

When you’re next to me

Can tell I’m not afraid to be

That you don’t make me wait, and never let me break

You never let me fall

 

The song tells of my need for support and hand holding so I won’t be alone, but also reminds me that I’m ready for this moment. Nick made a comment when he interviewed me which has stuck in my brain. He made the observation that my whole life has been building to this moment, that this is what I am meant to be doing. Now when I hear it, thanks to Nick’s clever producing, I can’t help but shed a few tears.

 

My second song choice (yes, I pushed Nick to let me have two, lol) was ‘Heroes’ by Alesso. Again, the words couldn’t have been written more appropriately for me and this campaign…

 

We go hideaway in daylight

We go undercover, wait out the sun

Got a secret side in plain sight

Where the streets are empty

That’s where we run

Everyday people do

Everyday things but I

Can’t be one of them

I know you hear me now

We are a different kind

We can do anything

We could be heroes

We could be heroes

Me and you

Anybody’s got the power

They don’t see it

‘Cause they don’t understand

Spinning round and round for hours

You and me we got the world in our hands

I know you hear me now

We are a different kind

All we’re looking for is love and a little light

Love and a little light

All we’re looking for is love and a little light

Love and a little light

 

As the songs goes, I feel like I have to ‘hide away in daylight’ all the time, while ‘everyday people do everyday things’, and ‘I can’t be one of them’ because I’m too afraid to hold hands like they can. Because I’m ashamed of being a ‘different kind’ and don’t want to offend others. Strong words, but it’s really how I feel sometimes.  An outsider who can’t show his affection to the person he loves in public.

 

Not only this, the song empowers me as it reminds me ‘anybody has the power’ to change things, that we can all ‘be heroes’ and all we are asking for is ‘love and a little light.’

 

Because, if we don’t make a stand for what is right we will never have that light which we rightly deserve.