An impossible task. Only 10 songs. So here is my selection. Which is probably only valid until tomorrow, when I would have to come up with a completely different list. And another one the next day...

Gil Scott Heron – Winter In America  

The old the grandmaster, may he rest in piece. Smooth.
I first listened to this song when I moved to London from Germany and it has stayed with me since.


Jackson Brown – Our Lady Of The Well


A guilty pleasure of mine, 70's California soft rock. Blessed the man who can write songs like this and has such a sweet voice to sing them.

John Jacob Niles – When Jesus Lived In Galilei

A man and a lute. Strange, bizarre and very beautiful.

Robert Wyatt – At Last I Am Free  

Sometimes cover versions can transform a song into something completely different, as here with Chic's Disco tune 'At Last I Am Free'. Robert Wyatt is a genius.


Nick Cave – Into My Arms


I am not a huge fan of Nick Cave normally. But The Boatman's Call is a magnificent album. Hard to choose one song from this masterpiece.


Gillian Welch – Everything Is Free

I was put off a bit when I heard that David Cameron now goes to see her play live, but you can't take it from her. This is country music at its finest. Makes me happy.

Lau Nau – Ruususuu  

Sublime music from Finland. Full of elfs and trolls.

Speech Debelle – Better Days  

I had the pleasure of photographing Speech Debelle but didn't know her. Since then I've loved her music. Laid back and mellow London Hip Hop. And no guns and bitches.

Tenor Saw – Ring The Alarm  

I realised my playlist drifted a bit towards the melancholic, so I had to include some reggae. Everybody needs some reggae now and then.

The Skatalites – Guns Of Navarrone  

Best thing to brighten up your day is listening to some Ska or early reggae. And who better than the original- the Skatalites!


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