“When you’re happy, you enjoy the Music

But when you’re sad, you

Understand the lyrics”

Frank Ocean


Music has always been a big part of my life. Both my mother and father have different tastes in music and through them I have acquired a varied appreciation and eclectic taste.

Sometimes I really do live through the music.

This blog is inspired by BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.  The concept first washed up on the airwaves in 1942.  Guests branded Castaways get to pick 8 songs that they can take to the BBC’s Desert Island.  Check out the website to listen to your favourite celebrities and other Castaways via this link: BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs

I have people in my life that I’ve exchanged songs with as a way of representing and expressing myself or conveying how I’m feeling in a way that sometimes my own words cannot do.

From night’s in swapping songs to sombre conversations about funeral songs to sitting at 5am in Trafalgar Square huddled together sharing earphones – creating audio accompanied memories.

If you cut my heart out – I’m pretty sure it would have grooves pressed in it like a vinyl record does.

I’ve created a playlist which, no matter where I am in life, will always be ingrained in my heart.

Music has mattered to my Mental health.  It has soothed my aching soul.  It has connected my feelings with logic through resonating lyrics.  I’ve been able to escape and fantasise through melody.  It can both lift my spirits and blanket me in safely in lower times.

I imagine myself sometimes as that artist, singing – and I imagine people watching me listening to the lyrics and beginning to understand me.

These are my Depression Island Discs:

Paint it black – The Rolling Stones

Shake it out – Florence and The Machine

Numb – Pet Shop Boys

What Now – Rihanna

Second Chance – Shinedown

One last Chance – James Morrison

Chandelier – SIA

Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell

Don’t let me be misunderstood – Nina Simone

Hedonism – Skunkanansie

Wonderful Life – Hurts

Somebody To Love Me – Mark Ronson ft Boy George

Nightcall – London Grammar

Nobody’s Perfect – Jessie J

Behind Blue Eyes – The Who

Overrated – Siobhan Donaghy

Worried Man – Paulo Nutini

Old Souls – Phoenix

Crying For No Reason – Katy B

Heaven – Emilie Sande

Change – Tracy Chapman


I wonder what yours are?  Feel free to send me songs that mean something to you…





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