IELTS Cue Card Sample 393 - A childhood song you remember well

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a childhood song you remember well.

You should say:

  • where you first heard this song
  • how old were you then
  •  what it was about

and explain how you feel now when you hear this song.

Model Answer:
Music is a part of our culture, tradition and life. It plays an important role in refreshing our mind and soul and gives us inspirations to do something bigger and better. Music has its own charm and charismatic power to revitalise us. I often listen to music and one of the songs that I heard in my childhood is still one of my favourite songs. The title of this song is “Wind of Change”.  It is one of the greatest songs of all time by the Scorpion music band and as far as I recall it was released in the year 1991. The name of the album that had thing song is ‘Crazy World’. I actually own a CD of this music album.

I heard this song on a radio for the first time. It was probably 1992 and I was only 7 or 8 years old then. After that, I have listened to this song several hundred times and I still love this song. ‘Wind of Change’ is considered as one of the best rock music of all time and it is a power ballad by the German music band ‘Scorpion’.

The band members of the Scorpion visited Moscow in 1989 and were inspired to write this song as a celebration of the glasnost of the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), the end of the Cold War. This song speaks about the hope in a time of dense tension and possibility of war and casualty. This song represents the inner cry of people for peace and harmony.

This is one of the most widely listened songs in the world and alone in Germany more than 6 million copies of this song have been sold. In Germany, this song is remembered as the song of German reunification and a message of hope.

This song has a special meaning to me. It, on the one hand, reminds me my golden childhood and even today, on the other hand, instils hopes in me in the desperate and complex time. I love this song- it is simple yet profoundly powerful, inspires and motivates me and gives me hope. I often hum the first few lines of this song when I am tensed and the great lines like:

"Take me to the magic of the moment
On a glory night
Where the children of tomorrow share their dreams
With you and me..."

are still quite powerful and inspirational.

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