19 November 2013
It is early morning and there is no one else around. I can see the dew on the tips of every blade of grass and hear my own footsteps falling as I run.
My companion is the music playing in my headphones and I realise the power that a track of music can have over you; your attitude, your thought process, your behaviour.
Listening to certain songs, you could run for miles and miles. So what is it about music that is so gripping? For me, as a piano player, it’s all about great chord progressions that really work and unusual, powerful intros. It’s hard to pick your top five songs of all time yet it’s a question that crops up quite often so I thought I’d have a go myself.
- Victims – Culture Club (my all-time favourite)
- Ship Building – Elvis Costello
- Enola Gay – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (great running track – Gail hates it when I play this in the car on full blast)
- Wild is the Wind – David Bowie (I love moody songs like this – one of Bowie’s less famous ones)
- Don’t Like Mondays – Boomtown Rats
You can fall in love with a tune and, even after years have passed, when you hear it again, get the same feeling as you did when you heard it for the very first time. What are your top tracks?