Beethoven violin concerto, Anne Sophie Mutter/Karajan - My first ever classical purchase, about 40 years ago, still takes me right back there to my bedroom and my Rega 3.
Elton John Someone Saved My Life Tonight. Don’t know why this and not Rocket Man, Daniel or Border Song, it just makes me feel emotional, perhaps the back story has something to do with it.
Bach. Where to start!?! Ok, I will commit to the Goldberg Variations - can I have the set? If not then #1.
Elgar cello concerto. I haven’t got a favourite version, I have Yo-Yo Ma/Previn, which is very good.
Something from Diana Krall. If pushed, Blue Skies, love it.
Rufus Wainwright Everybody Knows. Fantastic Leonard Cohen lyrics, brought to life by the best of camp genius. Love Rufus!!
Nick Cave I’m Your Man. Another vote for Cohen, unique song, gets the hairs up on the back of my neck; makes me think of me begging to my wife, in another life A weird romantic choice, would remind me of why I love her.
For my last choice, The Beatles and Stones would have to fight it out, probably something from the White Album, Prudence or Sadie - I am saying Dear Prudence.
Needless to say, half of this will different in the morning when I realise Tchaikovsky isn’t there, or Sibelius, or Paul Simon, or, or…
If I could save only one it would be Rufus. He makes laugh and dance and I LOVE it.
Book would be Last Chance To See by Douglas Adams, no one uses words like DNA. This will not change - it has always been the choice since I first read it on the first day of publication. I have bought tens of copies to give other people. Brilliant. I even have an unedited draft and the CD Rom with all the photos taken on his trips, and the man reading the text. I like it a lot.
Luxury… hmmm, tricky. Booze or creative. Toss up between a few dozen cases of quality mixed-reds and a full oil painting kit… but it’d be the wine, to take the edge of the evenings - days would be fine, I like my own company when I’m busy… but the nights would be tricky.