Ohhh a few weeks ago The Armitage was interviewed by NME about songs that had significant impacts on his life. I thought I’d try my hand at answering the same questions.
The song I wish I had written
There are many songs that I think are brilliant for their melodies, symbolism, story telling. Probably Carole Kings “It’s Too Late” because it resonates with me now and then.
The first song I remember hearing
Growing up in the seventies we watched a lot of after school specials, Schoolhouse rock,Zoom!, Mr Rogers Neighborhood and this
The First Album I Owned
The Polices Synchronicity in 1983. I bought it with birthday money that year. My favorite song off that album was “Tea in the Sahara” it was so haunting and I had a major thing for Sting.
The first gig I went to
I’ve been very fortunate to see many concerts since I was about 13. The first gig my family went to was Sheena Easton in 1981. We sat on the lawn at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland on a hot August day. We then went to England and Scotland on our last family vacation that same year. I’ve always loved concerts. The noise, crowd, t shirts to purchase, lights, staging, musicians outfits and energy of each song.
The song that reminds me of home
Gosh I’ve always described myself when ask where are you from as “everywhere and nowhere”. I had to really think about this one because at first nothing sprang to mind. But then the lyric “Mamma says you will always have a home” leaked into my brain
The Song I can no longer listen to
I’ve never had children. That ship seems to have passed me by. So experiencing the loss of a child is unfathomable to me. When Eric Clapton’s son Conor fell out of a window in 1991 I had heard about it. But when “Tears in Heaven “ came on the radio and subsequently in the movie Rush I would cry and cry just couldn’t get through the song. Even thinking about the opening line today “Would you know my name if I saw you in heaven” produces a huge lump in my throat.
The song that changed my life
I was a rebellious child in many ways. I was shy and anti social still am in many ways and I longed to just sail away. When I heard “Sailing” by Christopher Cross I vowed to be true to myself. To not compromise who I am to fit in with everyone else. Being a teenager and always a newbie were tough for me and music was one escape along with movies and dancing. The song taught me to have passion for life.
The Song I want played at my funeral
I mean my anthem my feel good song my reverie
The song I listen to before performing/writing
I added writing since I don’t perform so I get inspiration from many types of music. Last year I was gifted an amazing CD from an artist I had never heard before until I met a lass from Monmouthshire through The Armitage fandom. The artist Prof Elemental is funny, sardonic, sweet, and spot on.
The song I do at karaoke
I’ve never done karaoke but if I did I would probably sing “We’ve Only Just Begin” by The Carpenters. It’s just layered and lush and laboriously relatable.
The Song I discovered during lockdown
Well I listened to a lot of Barry Manilow,ABBA, Ray of Light Madonna so I’ll go with The Armitages pick here
Soooo what are your answers?
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