As we near the end of 2012, I’ve been looking back through my iTunes library and thinking about the tracks I’ve most enjoyed listening to. It’s been a terrific year for music and I’ve been spoilt for choice in choosing my five favourite albums.
In the end I went with a mixture of albums that surprised me, a couple that indulged my guilty pleasures and one that I’ve just played pretty much non-stop. I’ll leave you to guess which ones are which!
Two weeks ago I was offered the chance of a lifetime – one of my Twitter pals (@timesmasher) offered me a pair of spare tickets for one of just three shows that Queen were playing in London. As luck would have it, I happened to be in London on just that night, so I seized the opportunity. A lifelong Queen fan and a (relatively) new Adam Lambert fan, I knew that this would be a night to remember.
Before their recent string of shows in Moscow & Poland, I remember reading an interview with Adam, where the interviewer asked him how he felt about filling the shoes of Freddie Mercury. I liked his answer a lot:
“I do have big shoes to fill, fronting with Queen. But – I’m bringing my own shoes. Ones Freddie would have thought were cute.”
So…I was recently updating the list of the songs that I perform and discovered that I’ve passed the 400-mark. 408, to be precise! The most-recent additions to my repertoire are:
- Ed Sheeran – ‘The A Team’
- Mumford & Sons – ‘Little Lion Man’
- Sam Cooke – ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’
- Adam Lambert- ‘Whataya Want From Me’
- Adele – ‘Make You Feel My Love’
- Jackie Wilson – ‘Reet Petite’
- Aloe Blacc – ‘I Need A Dollar’
- Lady Gaga – ‘You & I’
- Pink – ‘Glitter In The Air’
- Rihanna – ‘We Found Love’
- Lana Del Ray – ‘Video Games’
- Christina Perri – ‘Jar Of Hearts’
- Toploader – ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’
- Mumford & Sons – ‘Roll Away Your Stone’
If you’d like to view/download the full list, you can find it over on my ‘Bookings’ page, on my website at:
Over and out for now…
Picture the scene – a cold Tuesday night in York, nothing on TV. I was channel flicking and stumbled across the closing performance of the MTV EMAs. Queen were performing with a singer who I’d never heard of before – Adam Lambert.
Every once in a while, an artist comes along with a voice that makes you stop in your tracks. It was only after the after the performance had finished that I realised I’d actually stopped what I was doing to give this guy my full attention.
I went to my favourite source of information to find out more:
I was completely unprepared for what happened next.