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In Search of Music and Art in the Mountains


I never felt magic crazy as this
I never saw moons knew the meaning of the sea
I never held emotion in the palm of my hand
Or felt sweet breezes in the top of a tree
But now you’re here
Brighten my northern sky

My favourite music moment: Listening to Nick Drake I feel heavy in my heart but bright in my spirit. Would you love me for my money would you love me till I’m dead. Music is magic. For me Nick’s Northern Sky is an ode to my love for words, with or without melody.

Listening to Nick makes me want to list all those moments created by artists of various times, generations and platforms that simply take my breadth away. So here is an attempt:

My favourite music moment in a movie: Watching the Tiger and the Snow and listening to Tom Waits sing you can never hold back spring as Roberto Bernigni plays one of the most romantic parts I have ever seen.

My favourite riff and piece of hotness exploded: Jimi Hendrix forgetting all along the watchtower (like anyone would really believe that) and delivering this instead. If you have ever heard of anything more sexy than that then please let me know.

And of course what do you get when you have Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr in the most classic piece of cinematic pairing in an Affair to Remember – tears of course! This is a movie moment that gets me teary eyed ever single time! “it was the nearest thing to heaven”.

My most favourite literary beat poet to me has to be Jack Kerouac. Why did you write that book or any book whether it took 3 weeks or 7 years! I wrote the book because we are all going to die. Another sweet piece of sexy transcendence. One of my most favourite gifts my husband bought me when we were dating were readings by Kerouac and to this day I remember sitting there on my bed looking at the ceiling hazed out and listening to Kerouac feeling completely wonderful.

The party I would like to be at right now would have to be Holly Golightly’s.

The song that gets me dancing on my bed. Thanks Janis! “You know you’ve got it if it makes you feel good” and it sure does. She is so absolutely delicious.

The most sensational and courageous debuts ever has to go to my main man Bob Dylan at the Newport Festival. With a head full of ideas he didn’t care about the hate that was spluttering from the crowd as he plugged his guitar in. Gutsy.

My favourite cinematic dance moves has to go to Audrey in Funny Face.

And my favourite poetic readings seem to be at funerals. My noon. My midnight. My Song. I loved the reading of Auden in Four Weddings and a Funeral  and Meryl Streep reading To an Athlete Dying young in my favourite movies of all time Out of Africa.

My favourite live moment has to go to Mercury Rev and Katie Noonan.

The songs that take me back to another time:

Sexx laws by Beck

Intergalactic by Beastie Boys (which always makes me do the Robot dance)

Weapon of Choice by Fat Boy Slim (is currently making my legs moving uncontrollably)

Its oh so quiet by Bjork (makes me step so quietly and then go crazy when the music turns)

Tightrope by Janelle Monae

One Crowded Hour by Augie March.

Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley

Babylon by David Gray

My baby just cares for me by Nina Simone

What’s going on by Marvin Gaye

Starman by David Bowie

I’m waiting for the Man by Velvet Underground

Baby by Davendra Banhart

ICU by Lou Doillon

Hello by the Cat Empire

Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead

Sing by Travis

Little Black Submarines by the Black Keys

Last night by the Strokes

Where is my mind by the Pixies

Teardrop by Massive Attack

Only you by Portishead

Fade into you by Mazzy star

and ever so more….

Photograph taken by Marmalade Thief