We miss going to gigs. We're all really big music fans at Clearbox, and in our office days (remember those?), we'd often chat about our favourite gigs, songs and bands. Well, it was more of a debate, but you know what we mean.
With this in mind, we thought we'd inflict the musical tastes of our team on you, dear readers, to give you an insight into the music that motivates us.
We absolutely robbed this feature from the NME but that's grand because the world's biggest and best music stars have ripped off other artists for many a year.
First up to talk about her top tunes is Charlotte. As the world's biggest Beyonce fan, we're particularly surprised by one of her choices...queue the music...
The song I wish I’d written
“September” by Earth, Wind and Fire. There are so many layers to it - the bass, the horns, the 'ba dee yaaa!’s in the chorus. Imagine having that sense of rhythm and musicality to create such joy in a song!
The first song I remember hearing
“Every Breath You Take” by The Police. My mum had one mix CD that she played on a loop for at least ten years of my childhood - Sting, The Police, Stevie Nicks, The Eagles and Wynonna Judd, so I grew up knowing all the words to these songs without even realising!
The first album I owned
“Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield. What a throwback!
The first gig I went to
Paramore in Dublin. I went with my older sister and two of our friends - we sang and laughed the whole way down to Dublin in the car and it was the epitome of being a teenager!
The song that reminds me of home
“Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones. The whole album reminds me of sitting at home on a summer Sunday evening, probably with dad watching The Sunday Game and shouting at the TV intermittently. Pure contentment.
The song I can no longer listen to
I hate to say it, but “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé (absolute sacrilege, I know). I just always found it a bit cringe and there’s nothing worse than the dance floor at a wedding or a night out when it comes on. Iconic video though…
The song that changed my life
“Thunder Road” by Bruce Springsteen. I remember listening to this song in my last months of secondary school - “It’s a town full of losers, and I’m pulling out of here to win” - feeling like you had to leave home comforts to go to uni and get a good job. Now, I know that’s not necessarily true but at the time, this song became part of my thinking process about what to do next.
The song I want played at my funeral
I can’t say I’ve thought about this much… Maybe “My Lagan Love”, but only if Hozier personally attends to sing his version.
The song I listen to before going to work
Most recently, anything by Lizzo. “Like A Girl” and “Soulmate” are definitely life motivators!
The song I do at karaoke
I have a tendency to sing along to most songs, but it’s hard to look past an ABBA classic like “Waterloo” for karaoke - Muriel’s Wedding style!
The song I discovered during lockdown
“Purple Hat” by Sofi Tukker. I was watching the Global Citizen “Together At Home” concert during the throws of lockdown and this song came on - I’d never heard anything like it before. Wild!