Tragedy in Dungannon

Posted onOctober 23, 2020


It's time for another go on the Clearbox jukebox of life, and this week's soundtrack belongs to Amy. 

Amy is comfortably one of the most well-read, interested and interesting people we've ever met and we expected this one to be the epitome of eclectic. What didn't expect, however, is a mention of the swimming pool in Dungannon. Life comes at you fast. 

Take the mic, Miss Robinson...

The song I wish I’d written

There are so many songs I could put for this answer - I just think songwriters are incredible (notable mentions: Stevie Nicks, Justin Vernon). For the purposes of this blog, however, I’ll say Bear’s Den - Crow. Mostly because it was inspired by my favourite book and I wish that I was talented enough to translate one literary work into another form.

The first song I remember hearing

My Dad used to sing me folk songs as I fell asleep - does this count? Otherwise, I have very distinct memories of listening to Tragedy by Steps during swimming lessons in Dungannon Pool with the first great love of my life - my swimming instructor, Lee. 

The first album I owned

Westlife’s Turnaround. I think it might have been the special edition version too. The cover art of said album featured on my birthday cake in primary three. Our gigantic CD player-cum-radio-cum-cassette player gobbled the disc up a few years later and I was distraught. This album was soon followed by the purchase of Gareth Gates’s Go Your Own Way. 

The first gig I went to

A The Script gig when I was in second or third year of junior high. I don’t listen to The Script at all anymore, but they were great at the time. I hope they’re doing well.

The song that reminds me of home

The Staves - Mexico. Not for any sentimental reason, it just makes me feel cosy and safe. 

The song I can no longer listen to

You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are by Keaton Henson. It’s not that I don’t love it anymore, it’s just that it’s so utterly depressing that I tend not to. Big love to Keaton Henson, always. 

The song that changed my life

Poor Man’s Son - Noah Gundersen. Discovering this song marked a real turning point in my music taste. I have a deep, deep love of folksy family bands with really nice, layered harmonies and I think this song kick-started that. The album this is taken from is probably my favourite album of all time. 

The song I want played at my funeral

The Passion arrangement of In Christ Alone. It’s on every Christian’s list, but there’s a good reason for that.

The song I listen to before going to work

You’ll usually find me listening to something like God of My Fathers from Andrew Peterson’s Counting Stars album. 

The song I do at karaoke

I’m not really the karaoke kind (I take myself far too seriously for karaoke)…but if I was, the answer is easily Whitney Houston’s I Want to Dance With Somebody. 

The song I discovered during lockdown

Can this one be an album? 

I recently discovered that Daveed Diggs (the original Lafayette/Jefferson in Hamilton) is in an experimental hip hop group called clipping.. If the theatre director Antonin Artaud did hip hop, I imagine it would sound kind of like this…