Music comes second only to books for me. There is something almost magical about music and the way it can speak to us and touch us. It can cheer us up, make us cry and inspire us. Music can evoke emotions like nothing else – sometimes, not even writing – can.
I’m used to working with noise (I have a three year-old and grew up with two younger siblings) so music is often playing while I write. What I choose varies depending on what I’m writing or what mood I’m in.
My tastes are quite eclectic, and with the exception of bubblegum pop, I like most music. My dad is a huge music fan and his tastes have influenced my own. That is why I have an astounding knowledge of 60s and 70s pop.
My biggest wish is that I was more musical myself. As my grandad once told me, I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket. My little brother is the musical one in our family. His guitar playing is pure genius.
I’ve given much thought to my favourite songs, but I simply can’t do it. There are way too many to know where to start.
Musically, I like things like Imogen Heap and Regina Spektor, but, other songs vy for top place, not because of the song itself but because of what they mean. Mercy by Duffy, for example, was number one when my son was born (apt, don’t you think?) so even though I don’t particularly love the song, it will always hold a special place. Similarly, while I’m tempted to dislike Goodbye by the Spice Girls, it makes me happy because it reminds me of finishing my GCSEs and the lazy Summer that followed. With so many things to consider, compiling a favourites list is almost impossible.
What are your favourite songs and how do you judge them?