When Datmag.nl asked me to share with them my six favorite tracks of all time you may think it was a piece of cake, but if you know me a little you would know requests like this are NOT that easy. Why? Because six is a very small number compared to the endless list of favorite tunes I have. And killing my darlings has never been my strong suit.
So, of course, I had a thousand questions before creating this list. Like; what is the theme? Is there is a genre? Any directions? Rules? Anything? Because the answer to all these questions gave me the maximum freedom I ended up with the most diverse list of tunes.
I guess the only thing these tracks have in common is that they will never bore me for various reasons and therefore will probably stay in my playlist until the end of days.
Because I love to share the personal stories behind these tracks with you I’ve translated the list below. Hopefully, you enjoy these songs as much as I do.
Gangstarr – Above The Clouds (feat. Inspectah Deck)
This song brings me back to the days all I had was the music in my headphones and my diary that was clinched under my arms. I made my way through the high school hallways while getting lost in tunes and thoughts. My love for real hiphop was like the seed that formed the foundation of my endless love for poetry and spoken word, or maybe it was the other way around.
The Roots – You Got Me ft. Erykah Badu
There is not much The Roots can do wrong when it comes to tunes in my opinion. That, together with the fact queen Erykah Badu is my heroine since the song Tyrone makes this classic collaboration a golden one. It has been in my playlist since I can remember. Ps: It’s the ‘Tyrone attitude’ that got me through my teenage years dealing with the losers of my generation and made me understand self-worth in love and relationships. It’s actually this song of The Roots and Erykah that made me daydream about being in a solid relationship with a king.
Benjamin Clementine – I Won’t Complain
This track, wow! I don’t even know where to begin to explain my appreciation for this song. This man is hands down one of the most beautiful poets of his generation. Except for being more than slightly obsessed with his written words I’m a big fan of his music as well. All creations by his hand and heart are like poetry to me en I simply can’t get enough of it. This song is timelessly wonderful and it still seems to deeply touch me whenever I listen to it.
Masego – Navajo
A newbie in between the many classics in my playlist. This track made its way directly into my playlist from the moment it was released. Why? Because it is impossible to stay in a bad mood when you play this song. And everybody who knows me, knows my mood can change like the weather from time to time. Thanks to Masego these bad mood swings are just brief moments these days.
Bonobo – Black Sands
Whenever I’m writing, which is about most of the time, I’ll like to do this in silence or I listen to music without lyrics. Music that contains lyrics tend to distract me and causes difficulty concentrating on my writing work because I start to listen and drift away. I have endless lists with lyricless tracks and Bonobo’s albums are also amongst those. From all their songs this one is probably my favorite of all time. The music is so strong that it speaks to me without using any words and somehow it brings a different story to me every time I listen to it.
Ólafur Arnalds – Öldurót ft. SinfoniaNord, Atli Örvarsson
The first time I got to listen to the music of Ólafur Arnalds I was creating a spoken word piece for theatre show. My written piece got combined with a music of Ólafur and I recorded my part in a studio. My words and the feeling I had put into to them were a magical good match with the flow of his music. So magical the recording was done in one take! Ever since that moment I’m slightly obsessed with all his music. All of his songs are very inspiring to me and also seem have a healing effect. This particilair song is one of my favorite pieces of music, ever.
For all my Dutchies THE LINK to the Dutch article at Datmag.nl.