I love music. I mean I really, truly, madly, deeply LOVE music! From my mother’s heartbeat to the present day, it is the soundtrack accompanying my thoughts, actions and adventures as I pass through the days of my life.
I’ve been known to walk past friends and family on the street due to being absorbed in a song; have burst into spontaneous dancing sessions in public spaces because I just couldn’t hold the beat inside; and learnt to set aside a budget to post CDs home whenever I travel – like when I was travelling Australia and New Zealand and had to post home 70+ albums because carrying them around was not a feasible option.
I have never been able to play those Desert Island Discs games because whittling down my music collection to just a few tracks would take me longer to do than any such game would last. For those of you unfamiliar with it, Desert Island Discs is one of BBC Radio’s longest-running programmes. Each week since January 1942, a guest (the “castaway”) is asked to choose eight pieces of music, a book and a luxury item for their imaginary stay on the island, while discussing their lives and the reasons for their choices.
I wasn’t kidding about the difficult choice. My iTunes houses 55000+ tracks. That’s at least 2560 albums on top of countless singles, covering some 29 genres including Soul, Opera, Dubstep, Country, Musicals, Rock and emanating from 51 countries. You’ll have to forgive me about the less than exact statistics, but I got bored after a while and stopped counting.
Or as my friend Craig once put it “You don’t half listen to some weird shit!” He then proceeded to leave the room when the Gregorian Chant started playing (we all have our limits, I guess ;-)).
My parents are to be thanked for my love of music. Daddi was particularly good at sharing the music he came across with us children and this has led to my sisters and I having eclectic tastes. There are large chunks of my music collection that I can sing along to, but have no idea as to what the words are, let alone what they mean – but I love them all the same.
Since getting sick, my music collection has been a tremendous saving grace. I have been pulling out albums I haven’t played in a while; discovering hidden gems and reminiscing about some of my travels through the music I bought at the time.
This post is my attempt at creating a desert island disc of sorts. I wish to share with you 10 songs that have haunted me over the years. These are tracks I keep returning to regardless of mood or situation. They are presented here in no particular order – can you imagine? It took me hours just to get this choice down on paper!! I hope you enjoy them.
Title: Love and Affection
Artist: Joan Armatrading
This song is my earliest memory of coming to England and started my love affair with the delectable Ms Armatrading. She was the first gig I ever went to; thanks to my friend Richie buying me surprise tickets for my 19th birthday (Thank you, you beautiful long legged and sensitively-nippled thing).
Title: More Than I Can Bear
Artist: Kirk Franklin
I regularly turn to this song when I have no words. I know it will hurt, but the pain is always healing and I always come away from it with a sense of hope and refreshment.
Title: Tamatie Yoyo No. 3
Artist: Dark City Sisters
This song forms part of the soundtrack to my childhood and contains memories of the family singing and dancing along whilst attending to our individual tasks.
Title: The House That Jack Built
Artist: Aretha Franklin
Aretha smacks it! And this is possibly my favourite track of hers … or definitely in the top three anyway (along with “Border Song (Holy Moses)” and “Day Dreaming”).
Title: The Wood Song
Artist: Indigo Girls
Suffering from insomnia one night, I turned on the telly and watched some art house film on Channel 4. I don’t remember the name of the film, but during the closing credits, they played a song I could have sworn I’d never heard before, but somehow I knew the words. The song was “I Don’t Wont To Talk About It” and the Indigo Girls cover of it just blew me away. A few days later, I picked up their Swamp Ophelia album at the local library and the rest, as they say, is history. Their unusual phrasing, playful harmonies and ability to beautifully capture emotions have turned them into our family band.
Artist: Pearl Jam
From the opening note of the guitar riff, this song propels me right back to adolescent adventures of me and my best mate Joss cruising in his 2CV and feeling that the world had just opened up before us. Ah Eddie, whisper sweet nothings to me…
Title: Your Smiling Face
Artist: James Taylor
One of my favourite “happy songs” of all time.
Title: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Artist: Gil Scott-Heron
I guess you could say that this was my first contact with the craft of Spoken Word. Still hot and still thought-provoking.
Title: The Chain
Artist: Fleetwood Mac
It’s Fleetwood. What more needs to be said?
Title: Lakmé: Dome Epais Le Jasmin (Flower Duet)
Artist: Jennifer Larmore & Hei-Kyung Hong
Just a beautiful piece of music.
But enough about me. What 10 songs have enraptured you over the years? Share your songs and let us bathe in the rich musical heritage available to us.
You can see what role music plays in the life of other bloggers at The Daily Post
SPREAD THE WORD
If you liked this post, I mean really liked this post, why not tell your friends? You could also subscribe while you’re at it. You know, so you don’t miss anything.
AUTHOR: I am might war. I have a love of music, the written word, travel, Anime, polar bears, people and “sticking and colouring”.