Music has always been a huge part of my life. My parents are/were both musicians: my mother taught music in a school as well as being a piano teacher, and she can play piano, violin and clarinet. My late father was a church organist and choirmaster, and also a piano tuner (my brother John now runs the piano tuning business and tunes for the Birmingham Symphony Hall, amongst others). So, I guess it’s in the genes.
True to form, I began learning the piano as a small child and had taken my grade 5 by the age of 10. I also took up the French horn, achieving grade 5 also at the age of 10, and I’ve taught myself to play the clarinet and the trumpet.
But whilst my parents focused solely on classical music, my interest has always been much more eclectic. One of my earliest memories is of dad bringing home a Chart Hits LP which he “won” free with oil from the local petrol station. I remember putting it on our turntable and pretending to DJ with each of the tracks. My favourite track was Substitute by Clout. Remember them?
My list of likes is incalculable: it includes:
- 1970s: Devo, Joy Division, Cure, Magazine, Talking Heads, Bryan Ferry
- 1980s (my era!): Heaven 17, The Jam, Duran Duran, ABC, Police, Dire Straits, Thomas Dolby, Robert Palmer, Bowie, Squeeze, Kate Bush, B52s
- 1990s: Kasabian, Keane, Teardrop Explodes, Blue Oyster Cult, Level 42, Del Amitri
- 2000s: Arctic Monkeys, Smoke Fairies
I’m not going any further forward chronologically because these days I seem to listen (and enjoy) practically anything. I listen to BBC 6 Music a great deal and am always following up on new bands I’ve heard there.
Lesser Known Artists
Apart from the popular artists of the last few decades, I also feel bound to mention some lesser known artists I like. These include:
Bat for Lashes
In all honesty, this list could go on and on but enough’s enough: I need to get to the playlist!
This is the playlist we use to drift off to sleep at night. We shuffle it and put it on very low volume with a timer that switches it off after 30 minutes.
Relax and enjoy!