I’m a huge lover of BBC 6 Music thanks to my parents listening to them every single day. They are the only radio station I tune into and they have some amazing songs on there with great presenters. It’s fast become my favourite way to discover new music and artists.
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One segment of the 6 Music shows that I’ve grown particularly drawn to is the Biorhythms segment, hosted by Lauren Laverne in her slot. It’s where listeners call in and choose three tracks that make them feel different, yet powerful emotions; songs that make them feel physical, emotional and intellectual.
- Physical – a song that makes you want to get up and dance.
- Emotional – a song that makes you cry / overcome with emotions.
- Intellectual – a song that makes you feel smart.
I love the idea of this segment and it always interests me when people explain their choices of songs. So, with that in mind, I’ve decided to do my own Biorhythms post here on my blog, talking about what I would pick if I was on the show.
Physical – Slight Return by The Bluetones
Of course it would only be right to start this list off with the song of my childhood. The Bluetones are a family favourite band and I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve been to see them play. I even got to do a documentary for university about the lead singer Mark Morriss and his journey into a solo career (but no-one will ever see it because it is god awful). This is such an upbeat song and it never fails to get me moving no matter where I am. And when it’s played at one of their concerts, everyone is out and dancing in full swing. It’s also a fantastic song to belt the words out to on a drive.
Emotional – Full of Stars by Turin Brakes
I’ve lost count of the number of times this has made me get so emotional. Turin Brakes is a band I’ve loved for years and this is one of my favourite songs by them. The song itself is quite morbid, with lyrics about digging holes to fill with bones and talking about the loss of loved ones, but the melody and composition just gets me every time. I can’t help but have my mind wander when it comes on shuffle. I love it so much in fact that it’s the song I want to walk down the aisle to if I ever get married.
Intellectual – River Man by Nick Drake
This song is one I’ve heard everywhere, but I didn’t actually know who sung it until recently. It’s now one of the most played songs on my iPod and I listen to it a lot when I need some inspiration for writing a particularly thought provoking scene. The song starts off quiet but then builds up into a cascade of emotion and the constant references to literature throughout the song gives it an intelligent touch. This song always brings out the best writing, especially when I need to go into a lot of detail, which is why it has its place as my intellectual choice.
I have no idea if I’ll ever get to appear on Biorhythms in the future, but this was one of the blog posts that I really enjoyed putting together. It’s always nice talking about my music tastes since it’s not something I usually share. If there are any more shows that catch my ears on BBC 6 Music, I’ll do blog posts about them too.
What would your biorhythms tracks be?