Outlook Issue 16 Spring 2012
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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My Desert Island Discs
My Desert Island Discs Where would we be without music? Music stimulates the brain and touches the soul. We are all individuals and choose music which touches us personally – from easy listening to classical. Whether it’s the lyrics or the music, different people are touched in different ways. No wonder the Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs continues to be such a favourite. For guests on the programme, music brings back memories of past events and people and as such is intensely personal. These can be loving thoughts or even sad and hurtful memories – all from what is often a very short song or piece of music. With the programme in mind, here is my own choice of eight songs to take to a desert island: 1. Eurovision entry Englebert Humperdink (pictured above), beautifully singing a favourite hymn The Old Rugged Cross. 2. Robert Goulet, a popular baritone singer from the 1980’s, and his rendition of Two Different Worlds telling of divided lives and how love just cannot break the divide. 3. David Whitfield, another strong tenor voice and his song of lost love Beyond the Stars. 4. Howard Keel is another addiction, in this case singing Only Make Believe from Showboat. 5. The silky tone of Jack Jones singing A very precious love is next on my list of tuneful men. In this case the words say it all. 6. First in my choice of female singers is Ella Fitzgerald singing Someone to Watch Over Me. This is a song that never dies, a reminder that we all need someone to watch over us. 7. Woman number two is Judy Garland with that individual voice singing of The Man that got Away. It says it all, doesn’t it. 8. Lastly I would choose Jo Stafford for her soft portrayal of It is no secret, telling of what God can do for us and that we all need his help sometime. Well, those eight songs should keep me company, reminding me of love, religion and hope. I wonder what yours’ would be? Bless you, Peggy