(1) As a child we had a video recorder and I worked out how to use it at a very young age. One day I recorded a film starring Steve Martin and Rick Moranis called My Blue Heaven. It turns out that I loved that film and watched it over and over and over. Mostly I think I loved the music and especially the title track by Frank Sinatra. Now that I’m older I can see that this was the beginning of my appreciation for writer Nora Ephron (who was a genius).
(2) Walking on Broken Glass by Annie Lennox is an amazing song and when you are 9 years old and seeing the video on tv for the first time the whole thing is mind blowing. The video is crazy, Annie’s voice is astounding and The Best of the Eurythmics was one of the first album I ever bought.
(3) The one song that I will request at my funeral is Amazing Grace. The lyrics are simple yet have such depth and truth within them – much like the Gospel message of grace it is about. My Favourite line is “I once was blind but now I see”. Aretha Franklin sings it well.
(4) While my friends liked Take That I had found something louder and harder – Supersonic by Oasis lurked on the B side of a Now thats what I call music cassette tapes and I became steadily obsessed with their music. They had Mark Owen posters on their wall – I had Blur, Elastica and Oasis.
(5) Can’t you hear me Knocking is my favourite song by The Rolling Stones (closely followed by Emotional Rescue). I first discovered The Rolling Stones through the films of Martin Scorsese and realised that I had been missing out on the best music I had ever hear. Ever.
(6) I fell in love with the Red Hot Chili Peppers when they released By the Way. The single By the Way is everything that they do well, bass lines, drumming, lyrics etc etc. This reminds me of university and the year that I started dating my future husband.
(7) They don’t make them like you anymore – Rory Gallagher. This is basically the most romantic song ever written. Am I right?
(8) Sunshine of your Love – Cream. Dragged to Eric Clapton concert – bored to tears – then he plays two Cream songs, Sunshine of you Love and Cocaine and suddenly I am onboard with this concert. Unfortunately he stopped at two songs but for me they saved the night.
(9) I first discovered Elbow through their performance of One Day like This at Glastonbury. During the song the clouds parted and the happy crowds sang along in the glorious sunshine and all was right with the world. Since then I have listened to all of the music made by Elbow and especially love Grounds for Divorce. So glad we got to see them perform it live!
(10) England – The National. I love the National. I spent many a-night driving home from university, or back to university, in the dark with not another soul on the road. The National were the band that I started listening to on these journeys. At first I found them boring but they are a grower. The more you listen – the more you love them, and England is the reward which makes me glad that I stuck with them
If you are a Spotify user, you can listen to the tracks on my playlist entitled Soundtrack of my Life