Last week I was tagged by Jaime at The Olivers Madhouse in my selection of Desert Island discs. This is completely my kind of thing with my love of music…although it will make it very hard for me due to my huge record collection.
Traditionally, the guests on Radio 4’s desert island discs are allowed to choose 8 pieces of music, a book and one luxury item. You are also granted the Complete Works of Shakespeare (fab!) and a Bible or another religious publication notable to you. Not an easy task by any means.
So, first up is my list of music. This is probably the difficult part for me.
1. Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2.
I adore this piece of music. I first heard it when I watched ‘Brief Encounter’ and it still brings tears to my eyes whenever I hear it. So beautiful.
2. Mr Blue Sky by ELO.
If there is one piece of music that would make you feel happy then this is absolutely it! I can’t help but dance and sing along to it and if I am having a down day then it instantly picks me up.
3. How We Love by Beth Nielsen Chapman
This completely captures the love for my family. It is a song that I want played at my funeral (apologies if that sounds morbid) but to me it sums up our meaning for being here.
4. You Can Finally Meet My Mom by Train
This had to make my list. The first time I heard it I cried and I still do now. It encapsulates my feelings about the times I spend with Ross and how, if I go first or him, then one of us will save a seat for the other one!
5. Dante’s Prayer by Loreena McKennitt
Simply stunning. The end of this song always makes me think of the waves of the sea gradually fading away and taking you with them.
6. Breathe Easy by Blue
I never tire of hearing this song. I love the vocal range of all the lads – especially Lee Ryan – and it a complete and utter singer’s song.
7. Ever Present Past by Paul McCartney
One of his lesser known tunes, this is a fantastic upbeat song from one of the Beatles. I love all his music but the lyrics to this tune particularly resonate with me.
8. The King of Wishful Thinking by Go West
How could I end this list without including my favourite band of all time?! This song is fantastic and is produced brilliantly. The trumpets, the lyrics, everything is just perfect – but mainly it is Peter Cox’s singing voice that is outstanding as always.
My book would be something that compliments my luxury item. It would be Keyboard Favourites – 100 Hit Songs and Classical Pieces by Han-Gunter Heumann. This means, of course, that my luxury item would be a piano and I would take the opportunity to learn!
So, what would your Desert Island Discs list be?