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Miles Davis – Freddie Freeloader  

This first record that I ever bought was Miles Davies when | was a teenager. This was uncharacteristically cool of me, have always loved a bit of jazz.

 

Nino Rota – The Legend of The Glass Mountain

 

I love, love the piano version of this.  Ideally with my mother playing it.  It's a bit too difficult for her to play but her mistakes and frustrated complaining about there being 'too many notes' actually enhance the listening experience.  A beautiful and dramatic piece by one of my favourite composers - this takes me and all of my emotions on a four minute visual journey through sound.

 
Janelle Monae – Tightrope

I discovered Janelle Monae on Radio 6 and I just had to get up and have a boogie.  Her music is full of passion, funk and adrenalin - it has an urgency but with laid back coolness.  In the privacy of my studio I try to copy her glidy dancing.

 
Prince – 1999  

New Years Eve 1998 I was in Marrakech with my mates.  We asked a market vendor to put Prince on and we rocked out and partied like it was 1999.  In my head it was like a scene from Fame with formation dancing but in reality it was just me dancing about like a lunatic with my eyes shut.  When I opened my eyes there were lots of Moroccans standing around looking deeply confused. I like to put that song on sometimes to remember that moment.

 

Vince Guaraldi – Samba de Orpheus

 

I got into Vince Guaraldi because he did he music to the animated Peanuts.  Listening to him makes me feel like a real comics artist and that I'm living the dream.

 

Dolly Parton – Stairway to Heaven

Dolly sings her heart out in this with such sincerity.  It makes me want to weep this song.

 
INXS – Need You Tonight  

I listened to this a lot when drawing 'Please God, find me a husband!'.  It's the anthem, this song inspires me and makes me rock out in the studio.

 
Rod Stewart – Sailing  

I think this was the first piece of music that made me cry.  I heard it on a wobbly record on an old fashioned gramaphone in my grandmothers damp cellar in Malta.  She played it everyday.

 
Sufjan Stevens – The Henney Buggy Band  

I'm not a lyrics person so I don't even know what the song is about but the music hits a chord and makes me smile. 

 
Giuseppe Verdi – La Traviata:  Atto primo Introduzione  

The intro to this introduzione is so beautiful that it actually hurts a bit to listen to it.  It lightens up after the first half.  I remember as a child hearing heavenly singing, I thought perhaps that I had died and had entered the pearly gates of heaven but it was actually my Dad playing the Verdi Requiem on a tape in the garage.  

 





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