This is not only a song that reminds me of somewhere, but a song that reminds me of somewhere that reminds me of somewhere else.
This should have been the easy one. After 8 years in
For me DJing there was always about having ‘that’ record in
your box for ‘that’ moment. When after your first evedr gig on the island you’re invited to play a random outdoor after party that
starts at 7am, dropping Bill Withers ‘Lovely Day’as the sun rises was ‘that’ record’ for ‘that’
moment. And there are many of them. Who knows, at some point in the next 30
days I might get around to telling you why dropping Barry Manilow on the Space
Terrace or No Doubt’s version of ‘It’s My Life’ on
Anyway, getting back to my first line, I’ve not picked a
song that reminds me of
Everyone who really ‘discovers’ Ibiza says that there is
something mystical about the island that draws them back time and time again. Of
all the places I’ve visited on this planet
It’s stunningly beautiful, with winding roads that have mountains to the right and sheer drops to the left. The view is always spectacular. Waves crashing against rocks, elephant seals huddled together on beaches, mountains emerging form the sea… You might not have been there but you will have experienced it beauty in many movies.
Every morning I’d get into my car. Start my engine. Drop the
roof and kick the stereo into life. Bliss. No work. No worries. Just driving.
Eating up the culture and taking in the landscape by the eyeful. Empire of the
Sun’s ‘Walking on a Dream’ album was the perfect soundtrack for this journey. It’s an album that can go from sounding like the Beach Boys
one minute to Prince then next. There are moments that sound like they were
After a few days I made sure that last thing at night I would set up the stereo so that ‘Standing On The Shore’ was the first thing I’d hear as I began another day of driving. Wind in hair, sun on shoulders, accelerating on a long empty road… my god it really did feel like I was in a movie. Granted... a movie with a crap story - Man Drives Car From LA to San Fran - but a hell of a soundtrack.