Simon Wood

HUMP DAY: The Big Five

A little while ago, CrimeSpree Magazineasked what five books, movies or songs changed my life.  Well, here they are:
THE DAY OF TRIFFIDS(1962) turned me into a horror movie fan at the tender age of 6 years old. I hid behind my mum’s armchair watched it while my parents did. I was scared and thrilled all at the same time and knew I needed to see more.
A FIELD OF DREAMS(1989) convinced me to pursue my dream of motor racing. I watched these people give it their all for something they believed in and knew I’d regret my dream to race cars if I didn’t do the same.
Alanis Morrisette’s song ONE HAND IN MY POCKETgot me out of a PTSD funk. I’d been in a car wreck where I’d walked away and the other person hadn’t. I was in a very sad place and I wasn’t sure how I was going to move on with my life until I caught the video on MTV. The song for some reason woke me up. I took a look at my life as it was and made changes.
A high school friend gave me a copy of Raymond Chandler’s THE LADY IN THE LAKE when I was thirteen because I needed a book for a school report. I fell in love with the hardboiled and noir genre and I never looked back.
Gomez’s song WHIPPIN’ PICCADILLY was the last song I heard before leaving the UK to move to the US. I’d never heard of the band up until then but I liked their sound and discovering a new band as I was about to embark on a new life seemed fitting. The first thing I did upon arriving in the US was to buy their album BRING IT ON. It’s something I listen to while I’m writing and it already reminds me of new beginnings. 
These are the five books, movies or songs that changed my life, but what are yours?

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