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Inside the Music psyche of Legends

In the third week of “Inside the Music psyche”. This is always a selection of celebrities favourite songs and where applicable there reasons behind them. If you fancy joining the party click here!There will be a huge diverse reasoning behind the choices some inspirational, some moving, some sad, some happy. They may purely link a moment in time with a specific tune. Then again they maybe just a favourite tune. Don’t forget you don’t have to be a celebrity to share your moments, your life story by music with the world you can do it right here, right now! A Broadening of your musical horizons if you like.
There are so many diverse cultures, influences and pure musical joy throughout the world. Music should not be insular. It is a creative emotional process. Created by the people I refer to as the mad geniuses of musical science.imp4 That encompasses Writers, composers, musicians, poets and conductors.
Every emotion in every song or piece of music, creates and ambience, an emotion within your psyche. By unveiling musical choices, you are revealing a piece of you. You can impart this to everybody through music. If we get inside the music psyche of as many people as possible world will be a better place if we can share our emotions through music. Start Here.
In this edition we have some power, some rebellion, Some youth Culture, off to opera and some real life blues. So enjoy!

This week’s selection are as follows, Just click on selections to listen:-
Alice Cooper (Singer)) I get around by The Beach Boys It just spoke to me. So original at the time and so youth relevant today. Even now when I hear it, it has to be turned up loud.
Sir Bradley Wiggins (Olympic, Tour de France Champion) Sex, Drugs and Rock n’Roll by Ian Dury and the Blockheads A rebellious band, A rebellious song. Gave me inspiration to go out and achieve my goals, as a rebel and outcast.
Ricky Gervais (Actor, Writer, Director) Anarchy in the UK by Sex Pistols Run home from school everyday to listen to it. Just such a powerful standout song even today.
Roger Waters (Co-Founder of Pink FLoyd) E Lucevan le stele (Tosca) by Luciano Pavorotti A personal gift from Opera legend Bryn Terfel. On first Listen, just blew me away.
Sir Tom Jones (Singer) Black, Brown and White by Big Bill Broonzy First Blues Singer he ever heard. A song about racial discrimination he was himself enduring.
Well I hope you expand your musical mind and give these your perusal. Want to be on these lists? Fame or notoriety is not a prerequisite. Let me know your choices here. Let the world get inside your music psyche.

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A leap of faith onto the Island

Mark Constantine will never be on Desert Island Discs! But he has definitely made a leap of faith onto the island. His is not so much his life story, but a crucial excerpt in his life. Its his Game changer moment. Not a rags to riches story by any means. But certainly a despair to joy story. So who is Mark Constantine Sykes? Well this is his short bio, and 5 (I will never be on Desert Island discs) song choices.

I always had a passion for food. From day one in school Food technology was the go to lesson. Worked in some of the finest London restaurants from dishwasher to waiter, to a minion chef. That’s where my career stalled. Ridiculously long unsociable hours, and progression or elite career path was a goal. But a distant one. Then one day the fire went out. On my passion. Due to hours and laboriously repetitive menus and preparation tasks. I woke up one morning, and just didn’t go to work. MCONSI took inventory of all my possessions, my home (flat) included. Then sold the lot. Lock, stock and barrel. I was always told, never put all your eggs in one basket. But I like eggs. So one monster leap of faith. Purchased a modest little home outright in the Philippines. Took a while to integrate and be accepted by the locals….and now. I cook street food. Hours at my discretion doing something I absolutely love, in a beautiful climate and life at my pace. I’m not rich in money (you don’t need to be here), but I’m rich in life. Five years so far, and no end in sight yet (thankfully).

My 5 favourite tracks are:-

God and Satan by Biffy Clyro A song I love that is a little reminiscent of my life really. Ups, downs… Two sides to every story and the fact there are no miracles or right answers in life, just where your peace is.

Use Somebody by Kings of Leon The song of my lost love. I sacrificed her for my career. A vivid memory of song we both danced. They say you shouldn’t have regrets. That’s one!

Dangerous by Conroy Smith Just remember this from a boxing match involving Nigel “The Dark Destroyer” Benn. It was his walk in music. Had a copy of it ever since…Proper attitude Music!

Drink to much by UFO Now this song sums up the whole restaurant/catering industry. Long hours, Hardly worth going to bed sometimes. So Just find one of the many haunts in London and party till the next shift.

Pagbabago by Kandangyan Just some music from my adopted home. A Filipino tribal band meets Rock. Have seen them live. A bit of an acquired taste, But when in Rome.

Well that’s Mark choices. Please comment below. Better still comment below and tell me your short bio and 5 music choices. I will happily publish them. If you love Music. Show the love here!

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Inside the Music Psyche 3

In the third week of “Inside the Music psyche”. This is always a selection of celebrities favourite songs and where applicable there reasons behind them. If you fancy joining the party click here!
There will be a huge diverse reasoning behind the choices some inspirational, some moving, some sad, some happy. They may purely link a moment in time with a specific tune. Then again they maybe just a favourite tune. Don’t forget you don’t have to be a celebrity to share your moments, your life story by music with the world you can do it right here, right now!IMG_8727 Broaden your musical horizons if you like.
There are so many diverse cultures, influences and pure musical joy throughout the world. Music should not be insular. It is a creative emotional process. Created by the people I refer to as the mad geniuses of musical science. That encompasses Writers, composers, musicians, poets and conductors.
Every emotion in every song or piece of music, creates and ambience, an emotion within your psyche. By unveiling musical choices, you are revealing a piece of you. You can impart this to everybody through music. If we get inside the music psyche of as many people as possible world will be a better place if we can share our emotions through music. Start Here.
This week’s selection are as follows, Just click on selections to listen:-
Malcolm Gladwell (Author) Levi Stubbs’Tears’ by Billy Bragg People that bring us to tears are geniuses. This track by Billy Bragg, brings me to tears in two lines.
Dustin Hoffman (Actor) Cement Mixer by Slim Gaillard The first ever song I remember, that made me laugh!
Noah Stewart (Opera Singer): The Thrill has gone by B.B King This song evokes memories of travelling to my uncles house in New Orleans, where Jazz and blues were always played. Just brings back memories of my childhood.
Jerry Springer Here comes the Sun the The Beatles Has particular relevance to me because its the song I got married to, and subsequently my daughter got married to. Just epitomizes the joy they bring to my life.
Emma Thompson (Actress) Hold on by Tom Waits This song reminds her of the sheer joy of pregnancy and the sheer release and beauty of childbirth.
Well I hope you expand your musical mind and give these your perusal. Want to be on these lists? Fame or notoriety is not a prerequisite. Let me know your choices here.Let the world get inside your music psyche.

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Desert Island discs scuba style

Tommy Sykes will never be on Desert Island Discs! Today it is desert island discs scuba style. So who is Tommy Sykes? Well this is his short bio, and 5 (I will never be on Desert Island discs) song choices.

I grew up a bit of a troubled soul. Was always bending if not breaking the rules. Not much of a traditional education (due to rarely attending school). Moved out of the family home as soon as I was earning a wage and from then lived in numerous shared houses with a wide array of all societies’ waifs and strays. But all in all a very socially dynamic time. Went to Australia when I turned 20, for no particular reason at all and spent numerous nights in some deluxe roofless accommodations. Discovered a passion for the water.louise-photo Scrimped and saved from job to job. Took my scuba instructors course. I now do and teach a job I absolutely love. Not wealthy, but I rise with the sun every day, and the Blue World is my paradise. The motto of my story is you don’t need a formal education to have a great life

Here are my choices:-

1. This Blue World –Elbow Only recently became aware of this. When im not under the water, shut my eyes listen to this and instantly feel at peace with the world.
2. Theme from Jaws- John Williams Ever since I first see this film and heard the iconic theme, was fascinated by this amazing creature to the point of being up close and personal.
3. Down Under – Men at Work: My adopted home, and nothing says Australian culture than this. Still as funny as the first time I heard it.
4. Fourth Rendezvous – Jean Michelle Jarre: An absolute genius. Complete mind transitional music.
5. Thunderstruck – ACDC: Not because they are Australian, just excellent fist pumping rock n’roll. Totally mind blowing live.

Well that’s Tommy’s choices. Please comment below. Better still comment below and tell me your short bio and 5 music choices. I will happily publish them. If you love Music. Show the love here!

Inside the Music Psyche 2

In the second week of “Inside the Music psyche”. This is always a selection of celebrities favourite songs and where applicable there reasons behind them. If you fancy joining the party click here!
There will be a huge diverse reasoning behind the choices some inspirational, some moving, some sad, some happy. They may purely link a moment in time with a specific tune. Then again they maybe just a favourite tune. Don’t forget you don’t have to be a celebrity to share your moments, your life story by music with the world you can do it right here, right now!
It is with sincere hope that you find some connection, some empathy or just find a new strain or genre of music that is worth a small investment of your time to listen to and appreciate. Broaden your musical horizons if you like.
There are so many diverse cultures, influences and pure musical joy throughout the world. Music should not be insular. It is a creative emotional process. Created by the people I refer to as the mad geniuses of musical science. That encompasses Writers, composers, musicians, poets and conductors.
Every emotion in every song or piece of music, creates and ambience, an emotion within your psyche. By unveiling musical choices, you are revealing a piece of you. You can impart this to everybody through music. If we get inside the music psyche of as many people as possible world will be a better place if we can share our emotions through music. Start Here.
This week’s selection are as follows, Just click on selections to listen:-
Michael Johnson (Gold Medal Olympic Athlete) : Tired of being alone by Al Green He said, “Grew up listening to this song. Al green was my dad’s favourite, and it reminds me of my dad”.
Richard Dreyfus (Actor, Director): The Entertainer by Marvin Hamlisch “I love ragtime music. When its slow it makes me cry, when its fast it makes me smile”.IMG_8561
Martina Navratilova (Tennis Champion): L’amour est un oiseau rebelle by Maria Callas “Empathised with her emotion, in her very sad life. Not the best voice but just full of colour and emotion”!
Noel Gallagher (Singer): Voodoo Ray by A Guy called Gerald “A song that i heard whilst not taking drugs, and thinking its just a drum machine. Then hearing it again under the influence thinking it was the greatest tune ever.”
Goldie Hawn (Actress): Back to black by Amy Winehouse
“She (Amy Winehouse) was a star. She moved me. Her light went out to soon”

Well I hope you expand your musical mind and give these your perusal. Want to be on these lists? Fame or notoriety is not a prerequisite. Let me know your choices here.
Let the world get inside your music psyche.

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Tanya Garner will never be on Desert Island Discs!

Tanya Garner will never be on Desert Island Discs! So who is Tanya Garner? Well her short bio, and 5 ‘I will never be on desert Island discs’ choices are below. What are yours?

Hi, I’m Tanya Garner. I was born into a loud, wild and raucous family, My parents were very socially active, with a wide group of friends that I see so frequently, it felt that they almost lived with us. Don’t remember any standardized mealtimes or bedtimes and even though they are still a little radical and off the wall, they managed to mould me into a pretty cool balanced woman. images63MNJ661I grew up with 2 brothers and a sister and although my parents never seemed to do the same job for any prolonged period, they worked hard to provide for us. I was into everything! Loved school and being around people as well as all the extracurricular stuff such as sports, music as well as dabbling in most religions at some point or another. I had tons of friends growing up and socializing took precedence over education. However, I managed to graduate with some above average exam results, and set off to university where I earned a degree in fine art. After university I immediately bypassed 9-5 and went solo travelling worldwide. Having to be self-sufficient taught me the importance of being independent, throughout my life. As an adult, I work on freelance art and design contracts. I am the direct opposite of a materialist. I earn, I play and repeat. Growing up with a free thinking family instilled the wild, fun and carefree characteristics in me, and I make sure to have fun each and every day. So I guess I am very much a product of my parent’s upbringing, and I love them for that.

Here are my choices:-

1. Kiss, Kiss by Tarkan: Heard this virtually on loop when travelling in Turkey, don’t know if this is the original or not, but this was the sound of that Turkish summer and can just remember dancing insanely to it.

2. Love Shack by The B52’s: Basically this is the house I was brought up in always a party, always singing and dancing, and this song sums it up.

3. Sailing by Rod Stewart: Spent a lot of my life travelling especially on the water. For me this song cries freedom.

4. Air by Johan Sebastian Strauss: University and the arts obviously is something that has stayed with me. This symbolizes just joy and peace,

5. The Escapist by The Streets: Ok, there is a theme here. But for me this is travel and the delicate precious nature of life.

Well that’s Tanya’s choices. Please comment below. Better still comment below and tell me your short bio and 5 music choices. I will happily publish them. If you love Music. Show the love here!

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Inside the Music psyche

Every week there will be a blog post entitled “Inside the Music psyche”. This is a selection of celebrities favourite songs and where applicable there reasons behind them.
There will be a huge diverse reasoning behind the choices some inspirational, some moving, some sad, some happy. They may purely link a moment in time with a specific tune. Then again they maybe just a favourite tune. Don’t forget you don’t have to be a celebrity to share your moments, your life story by music with the world you can do it right here, right now!
It is with sincere hope that you find some connection, some empathy or just find a new strain or genre of music that is worth a small investment of your time to listen to and appreciate. Broaden your musical horizons if you like.
There are so many diverse cultures, influences and pure musical joy throughout the world. Music should not be insular. It is a creative emotional process. Created by the people I refer to as the mad geniuses of musical science. That encompasses Writers, composers, musicians, poets and conductors.
Every emotion in every song or piece of music, creates and ambience, an emotion within your psyche. By unveiling musical choices, you are revealing a piece of you. You can impart this to everybody through music. If we get inside the music psyche of as many people as possible world will be a better place if we can share our emotions through music. Start Here.
This week’s selection are as follows, Just click on selections to listen:-
george-clooney-veniceGeorge Clooney (Actor, Director) : Destination Moon by Dinah Washington He said, “Just imagine her voice soaring across the ocean”.
Ashley Greene (Actress): Colorblind by Counting Crows “I find it helpful to use music to prepare for her film roles. She explained of this Counting Crows tune, “This one I use, without fail, every time.imagesXK4GW5DX The next time you see Greene’s miserable pout on screen, think of this song”.
untitledChanning Tatum (Actor): Maria, Maria by Santana “I just have great memories when I hear this song”!
Sean Coombs (Singer, Actor): It’s like that (and that’s the way it is) by Run DMC “if you go home and you got roaches and 10 people living in an apartment,will-sean-combs-move-the-buffalo-bills-to-la the only way you can … feel some kind of status is [with] what you have on your body.”
untitled (2)Barack Obama (President): Yes we can by Will-I-am Well Is actually a song that consists largely of clips from Obama’s own speeches. So in his spare time Obama likes listening to his own oratory.
Well I hope you expand your musical mind and give these your perusal. Want to be on these lists? Fame or notoriety is not a prerequisite. Let me know your choices here.Let the world get inside your music psyche.

I will never be on Desert island Discs setlist.

Since I will never be on Desert Island Discs. Let’s set my format and mix it up and make it very simple format, shortened from the traditional 8 songs to 5. IMG_8452This is because I know how valuable your leisure/social time is. If your story is enriching, engrossing, funny, sad of a jamboree of all human emotions. Just recall the song that links that memory and bring the stories to life through your musical choices and I’ll be happy to publish them.
I’ve put some examples here, just to give you an idea.

Ray Winstone: The drugs don’t work by the verveA memory of his mum who is terminally ill with cancer. The song epitomizes the sheer desperation that nothing can preserve her life.

Keith Richards: My True story by Aaron Neville
In Keith’s opinion one of the greatest soul singers, and one of the best do wop songs ever made, and he played guitar on it.

George Clooney: Another Brick in the wall by Pink FloydVery purest. If your going to be on a desert island, why not have a group singing about retaliation and revolution.

John Malkovich: Kentucky Avenue by Tom Waits
A childhood memory of drunk on Kentucky avenue that used to lay down in the town square, and the children used to throw bottles at him. this was just how it was!

Ricky Gervais: Anarchy in the UK by Sex PistolsA memory of buying the album “never mind the bollocks” and thinking it was great. But even now stands out as a powerful thought provoking song.

Ewan McGregor: Amazing grace
Being a proud scot and having a song that has passed from his father to himself, and it still rips a tear from his eye.

I have attempted to put a wide spectrum of music across these examples. I have also put a link to the episodes and the track itself.

Whether its growing up, Bizarre incidents, Marriages, funerals or just plain old memories and reminiscing. We all have a story in us, and we all have music in our lives. Whatever neural pathway has been sub-consciously set up, that piece of music can instantly evoke that memory.
Since, let’s face it Desert Island Discs is very elitist, There is a very high probability I will never be on desert Island discs, and likewise you neither.image But we live in a world of the internet, Social Media. Why shouldn’t your story be heard? Everybody has a story who is to say it is or isn’t more interesting than someone who have received plaudits for there works. This world survives and evolves due to 99.99% of us that don’t receive the glory or fame. This doesn’t make us any more or less worthy to tell our story. So tell yours!

The goal of this project is to share your music, your experience with the world. There are people out there that will adopt what you have done, enjoy the music choices you have provided. In this we free exposure to those very musical artists. We give free exposure to you! your goals, your ambitions, your life story. But nobody does anything for free, right?

Well I’m no different in that. But put your wallet away. I want this project to establish itself as a blog. Then establish it self as a podcast…….Then who knows maybe the universe. But in order to do that I need you to share. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Your email contacts… lets get this out to as many people as humanely possible.

Here is the link for my requirements, and for you it’ll take a fraction of the time it takes me to edit polish and publish your life story…. So click this link, submit your details….Let’s do it!

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I will never be on Desert Island Discs

IMG_0633Well the bad news there is an incredibly high possibility you will never be on desert island discs.
It was first broadcast on 29 January 1942. More than 3,000 episodes have been recorded, with some guests having appeared more than once. So here is the math… That 73 years!!! Yep 73 years….wow! So averaging it out that’s just over 40 episodes per year. There are an estimated 7.2 billion people on earth at the moment. So your chances of appearing or being invited to tell your life story by music to the whole world is frankly non-existent! Sorry! That’s not to say your story isn’t interesting, appealing, courageous or even charmingly average. I have sat and listened to some awful dirge on desert island discs. Some relentlessly dour people that have the appeal of somebody putting a halibut unable your car seat and letting it fester. It has been done, and I’ve been the unwitting recipient. Not pleasant, is a very sober way of described it! I digress…..So what gives someone the prestige or aura of being worthy a desert island discs invites. Well basically an award or two, a celebrity status….and we are not always talking ‘a’ list. Written a well acclaimed or sold book, a songwriter or performer. Now all very noble and worthy people and I’m not attempted to diminish anybody’s achievements or indeed life story…..but!

Everybody has a story, Everybody! I would happily go out on a limb and say your story is more engrossing and real life than a vast majority on desert island disc guests. Some of the guests are so obscure in popular culture, they literally maybe the man or woman in the street. Yep, we are going grass roots up! From low achievers (in status, not in life experience), middle achievers and every scope and scale in-between and beyond. desert_island_discs_alt_2_-_largeBecause I believe you have a story, just the same, as every prevalent celebrity. There are an whole cornucopia of band leaders that have made the cut, but so many band members that haven’t that will have lived that whole dream with an entirely different perspective. So in a band but not the noted and worthy. Come along let’s hear your story. Book researchers (and the writers)…Bus drivers, fruit pickers, school leavers, university students, businessmen and every gap and crevice in-between.

I intrigued how music effects us all. There is an immense amount of science that supports and links music to our physical and mental well being. Music is used as medicine in many age related degenerating illnesses. It is essential in us growing up. It is part of the whole creative processes in our mind whether you are aware of it or not. Music releases dopamine in our bodies. In laymans terms its are naturally occuring happy juice.

It is my total consuming belief that the makers of music are mad scientists and geniuses. They create sounds, rhythm and lyrics that we sub consciously (and consciously) link to moments in our life. We can hear these again at random intervals in our life…..some times years in advance and completely out of the blue. All we need is one bar, one riff one note. We instantly recall the song, the beat, the lyrics. Then the pure neurological miracle that the memory kicks in and that songs monuments a particular moment in our lives. Vivid colors, characters and textures of a time, a place and a moment with all the relevant people in place in time. Music evokes and creates memories.

So don’t be afraid to put your name in the ring. There is not even a formal application process. Choose 5 pieces of music from your life, we can elaborate on the details later, assign those questions to a song and voila, we schedule it for a date and a time. The big carrot is, if your story is rich in emotion and landscape it will be promoted to the up and coming podcast. That’s me and you on the world wide web. Our 15 minutes of fame, as Andy Warhol would say!

Want a flavor of what I’m after? Then give desert island discs a listen to. Kirsty’s lovely, and its an epic piece of radio, I am a mahoosive fan. But it just doesn’t get amongst the people. That’s exactly what I want.

Here is the link to my page…….. My “I will never be on desert island discs” page…. Just for some ideas!

There are some requirements or T’s and C’s to your story being published. They are here and they are not prohibitive or complex, just a bit of vanity and self promotion so we can get your story out there to as many people as we can. Let’s get started….

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