You can tell a lot about a person by their choice in music.
What was the first song you ever bought?
Spice Girls –Wannabe. Like a lot of 90’s children I’m guessing, my six year old self was a huge fan of girl power. Sporty was my favourite and I stand by that to this day – undoubtedly the best singer and performer of a pretty impressive back-flip… Zig-a-zig-ahhhh!
What song will always get you dancing?
E.L.O. – Mr. Blue Sky. No matter what time of day, wherever I am, my feet are bewitched upon the first few seconds of this tune. In my mind, it is without doubt the happiest song in existence. Period. The perfect antidote for a gloomy mood.
What song takes you back to you childhood?
Bob Dylan – Mr. Tambourine Man. My mum used to play a cassette tape of Dylan’s greatest hits in the car which, like that first taste of ice-cream, hooked me from a young age. There is something about the lyric “to dance beneath the diamond sky with one arm waving free” which to this day makes me smile. Last year I was fortunate to see him perform at AmericanaramA Festival of Music in Toronto, Canada, and upon the opening chords of this song my mind was right back there in the front seat, on my way to my grandma’s house.
What is your perfect love song?
Elton John – Your Song. An unoriginal choice I know, but hey, the heart wants what the heart wants…
What song would you want to be played at your funeral?
Eva Cassidy – Fields of Gold or The Beatles – In my Life. This is a tough one. Eva Cassidy was a woman with a voice purer than silk, and her rendition of Fields of Gold is heavenly. However, I feel it may be up to John, Paul, George and Ringo to do the honours.
One last song that makes you, you.
Otis Redding – Sitting on the Dock of the Bay. Potentially my favourite song of all time. When I was in California last summer I made a point of visiting the fishing town of Sausilito, on the outskirts of San Francisco, to see the view which inspired its creation. A song of complete peace and contentment; something about it soothes me and nourishes the optimistic outlook on life I try to keep.