My Desert Island Discs

Memory lane

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This got written because Lee David Tyrrell  tagged me in his Desert Island Disks. Belcairn  is part of this too. J.R. Spiers  must be involved.

My first song is Baker Street .This went with my first kiss and the first album I ever bought. I would buy albums for my sister’s birthday so that I could listen to them. Actually, I had many albums by Genesis before this.

(142) Gerry Rafferty — Baker Street (Official Video) — YouTube

Second is I want To Break Free by Queen. It is associated with college and leaving home. I love Queen, and Freddie Mercury in particular.

(142) Queen — I Want to Break Free (Official Lyric Video) — YouTube

I was care free and had lots of male company. I find men easier to connect with. That said, I have girlfriends that are long lived.

My third is Girls Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper.

(142) Girls Just Want to Have Fun — YouTube

My daughter and I would dance to this and sing the harmoniesWe had fun, and also would sit in my bed watching movies. Our household was crazy.

My fourth is With or Without You by U2. I was crazy about U2, but would play this on rare time off working in a recovery unit near L.A. I would drive up the mountain, and sit looking down at the lights.

(142) U2 — With or Without you — lyrics — YouTube

My fifth is Everybody Hurts by R.E.M. It speaks for itself. We all feel hurt sometimes

(142) REM — Everybody Hurts Lyrics — YouTube

My sixth is Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits. It is associated with love, travel, and heartbreak. A road trip from Liverpool to Surrey with Dave, who introduced me to Dire Straits. I should have married him.

(142) Dire Straits — Romeo And Juliet — YouTube

My seventh is Sunday Girl by Blondie. I’m a Blondie nut. This song reminds me of my sister.

(142) Blondie — Sunday Girl — HD — YouTube

We spent time alone without our parents and when she went away for nurse training. This song seemed to on the radio a lot. My sister was a huge influence on me. She died too soon, much soon. Young. I miss her.

My eighth is You Bring Me The Sunshine by Jess Penner.

(142) Jess Penner — Bring Me The Sunshine — YouTube

This makes me think of me. Being loved and loving others. It is my ringtone. I love her voice, light and fresh. It makes me think of my daughter, who dances since she was three, runs cross-country, 1500m, and 4x400m relay for her school. Always placed. She canoes and paddle boards and is strikingly beautiful in a fresh, smiling way. It brings to mind the love of the recovering addicts I mothered while I researched my Ph.D.

My book would be To Kill A Mockingbird. I read it in school aged 13, and have returned to it many times.

My luxury would be seeds. Because there would be a lagoon I could lie in to get cool. Seeds for flowers, tomatoes, cucumber, and raspberries.

I want to mention Living Next Door To Alice as it is so entwined with my sister.

(142) Smokie — Living Next Door to Alice (Official Video) — YouTube

And Joy Division, Cars, The Corrs, lots of classical music.


Some people need to lie to feel good. Les Sherlock stole my Intellectual Property…

I found this in my Google profile. It is a complete lie. I asked Les Sherlock NOT to write any music. I hadn’t heard any of his compositions, but all my friends told me I should not ever let him near my Opus Dei.

I was stupid enough to ask him what he thought, and he asked to keep a copy. Stupidly, again,I trusted him to respect my wishes that he not write any music.

The next thing I knew, he had done it, He stole my Intellectual Property.

A ‘Christian’ who bullied me in a vicarage, spitting saliva in his anger that I had opinions about my own work.

I sent it to contacts in the U.S. who told me lyrics were brilliant but the music appalling. Chrissie Morris-Brady had the idea for this musical, and wrote the words in 1989. After unsuccessfully looking for someone to write music for it, she asked me to have a go. After unsuccessfully looking for someone to write music for it, she asked me to have a go…