If music be the food of love… play on


Matt Monro set I'm loving the recent addition of live music to the QVC repetoire of shows, and looking forward to presenting one soon hopefully. I grew up in a house full of music as my Dad was a semi professional night club singer and both my Mum and Dad were in the Nottingham Operatic Society. I made one of my first stage appearances as one of the Siamese children in the 'King and I' when I was six, and used to cry on stage every performance when the king 'died'.
One of my most enduring memories as a child is a ritual we had, usually on a Sunday but at any time really, where we would have to drop everything upon hearing 'The Radetzky March' being played very loudly on the record player. We would all congregate in the lounge and then proceed to 'march' around the house until it finished… I have no idea why, but it was enormously uplifting!
I must confess to being slightly disappointed not to have presented the show featuring Matt Monro's music recently. The first 'song' I ever bought as a record and paid for with my saved up pocket money, back in 1962 when I was just six, was 'Softly As I Leave You' by Matt Monro. It made such an impression on me that I can still remember the words and it still brings a tear to my eye listening to it.

I also loved a later release of his entitled 'If I Never Sing Another Song'. He had a wonderfully melodic voice and along with Nat King Cole was my favourite singer in my early childhood, I used to call them Nat and Matt and was devastated when Nat King Cole died tragically early. I was also a big fan of 'Ol' Blue Eyes', Frank Sinatra and would dearly loved to have met him.
I still love music and listen to everything from Rihanna and Neyo to Take That and West Life. I especially love lyrics with meaning and that is what I try to write when Chris and I work together on songs. He also writes with other people and one of his tracks, 'Stand Up and Fight' is a particular favourite of mine – I will try to persuade him to put a sample on my next blog so that you can have a listen.
Are you loving the live music on QVC and can you remember the name of the first record you bought?… or it could be a CD or download – I'm not ageist!!!
Speak soon,
Julia. x.


  1. Magda Chetty May 7, 2010 at 9:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Iam like you, love music, it is the food of love and life, never spend a day without playing music in the house or the car. When ever I feel down song always left me up. Also some songs just remind me of things, you hear a song and somthing comes back to you, do you feel that sometimes?
    I don”t know if I told you that I grow up in Egypt, but loved English music, and my first record I bought was by the Bee Gees. Now I listen to all kind, but love deep meaning lyrics, it would be great to hear some of Chris”s staff.
    Iam in London from Monday 10th, hope to hear from you with what is the best date and time for me to come over to QVC to see you. So much looking forward to it.( got a little someting for you from Mallorca).
    Much Love.

  2. Una May 8, 2010 at 9:26 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I watched the shows with Matt Monroes daughter. She was lovely, and was so obviously proud of her dads achievements. I had forgotten what a lovely voice he had. I already had a couple of CDs in the back of the cupboard, but have been listening and enjoying them again.
    I love Mr Sinatra too, what a character. I like Andy Williams too. My Mum had a lot of his albums when I was little, and she played them all day. I was lucky enough to see him a couple of years ago. A fantastic concert. We were surprised at the wide age group, and everybody had a great evening.
    We seem to like the same music Julia, and have quite an eclectic mix of favourites. Isnt Neyo such a talent?
    I really enjoy listening to Leona Lewis. She has one of these voices that makes me cry. especially her version of Run. I cry every time I hear that.
    I also cried a few weeks ago. I was feeling a bit low. My 2 year old grand daughter was snuggling beside me. i asked her to sing Twinkle Twinkle to cheer me up. She sang it word perfect, then looked up at me. She clapped her chubby wee hands and said ” say that was a wonderful song Granny” It was hilarious. Nothing like blowing your own trumpet as they say!
    Donny Osmond, Puppy Love. What more can I say!!!!!!?!!
    Looking forward to the Get Gorgeous event Julia.
    Take care
    Love Una x

  3. Jackie Taylor May 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    You brought back quite a few memories for me too. I love the music from the sixties the songs of Matt Munro are beautiful and timeless. Like you I also love quite a range of music from today. The first record I bought was ‘I’M A BELIEVER’ by the Monkees. Whenever I hear it on the radio it brings back so many memories and a smile to my face.
    Keep up the good work on QVC.

  4. steve May 8, 2010 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    The show featuring Beverly Knight was really great, she is so talented, i already own 100%, it’s a fantastic album but i did buy the special edition on here, it was great seeing her preforming on the show.
    My first ever record was a eurovision song, by The Main Event……. only kidding, looking back now you were the main event! you should have been centre stage Juliax.
    My first ever record that i brought was David Essex – Gonna Make You A Star 1976, it makes me smile to see him back in the day, was you a fan?

    I can just see you marching around to ‘The Radetzky March’ so sweet, it’s really good to look back at your childhood memories and music plays a big part in that.
    Have a great weekend, Steve X

  5. Joanna Downey May 9, 2010 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, the first record I bought was ‘Band of Gold’ which I think was by Freda Payne(?), I then fell totally in love with David Cassidy and our house was filled with his voice from dawn til dusk. I got goose bumps when I read your blog as Matt Monro was a big favourite of my Dad’s and we even had ‘From Russia with love’ played at his funeral. I too love Nat King Cole and Christmas wouldn’t be the same without his ‘Christmas Song’. You obviously have wide-ranging musical tastes and I think that is one of the ways to stay young, I work in a school and the students say I’m “sick” because of the music I like! I love the music on QVC, it’s a welcome addition to the channel. Jo x

  6. Teresa May 9, 2010 at 12:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    The first record you ever bought in 1962 was the year I was born.
    My first record was Gary Glitter “I’m the Leader of the Gang (I am)”.
    It cost 30pence from my local Woolworth!
    Best wishes to you and keep up the good work at QVC.

  7. Susan May 10, 2010 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Just a quick question – how do they choose what texts to put across to the experts on QVC? I have tected a few times to ask questions but none have ever made it!! Thanks. Take care.

  8. julia roberts May 10, 2010 at 11:25 pm -  Reply

    Hello Magda
    I guess you must be in the UK now?? How long are you over for? I have a funny week this week as I am on at midnight Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the Get Gorgeous TSV’s. I am in around 4p.m. on Sunday or better still Monday when I will be in on an ‘office day’ so I would have time to show you around. Send me a message and let me know if Monday is OK?
    You are so right about music bringing back memories – I wonder which BeeGees track you sterted your record collection with?
    Hope to see you very soon
    Julia x

  9. julia roberts May 10, 2010 at 11:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una
    Yes we seem to have similar tastes in music.
    Your story about your grandaughter and ‘twinkle twinkle’ reminded me of a cassette tape I have somewhere of Sophie singing it. I was going to wait until she’s a major popstar before releasing it to the world but maybe I’ll go in search now……………………..!
    Daniel is also on the tape with a rendition of Baa Baa Black sheep – now there’s a tape I can’t play without becoming all emotional.
    Really looking forward to Get Gorgeous – both my mum and Sophie are going to be on with me on Sunday with Simon Wilson … that should be fun!
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  10. julia roberts May 10, 2010 at 11:39 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jackie
    Did you used to watch the Monkees TV show as well?? And the Partridge Family with David Cassidy? Oh, those were the days – I don’t mean the Mary Hopkin song, wasn’t a huge fan of that!!!
    So pleased you enjoy QVC
    Julia x

  11. julia roberts May 10, 2010 at 11:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steve
    You are cheeky, for half a second I believed you ……..
    David Essex was very handsome, although I wasn’t really into his music, but the white suit was a bit OTT?
    I agree with you about Beverley Knight though she was amazing on QVC, what an incredible vocal range!!
    just off to march around the house – LOL!!!!!
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  12. julia roberts May 10, 2010 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jo
    Band of Gold was a huge favourite of mine and you are right it was by Freda Payne – I think she may have been a ‘one hit wonder’! – Do you still remember all the lyrics??
    I preferred David Cassidy to Donny Osmond but I think that was probably because Donny was a couple of years younger than me.
    I just love music ( with the exception of jazz – sorry jazz fans ) and love to sing along when I’m driving in to work – mustn’t do it with the roof off though!!!!
    Let’s stay ‘young’ forever!
    Julia x

  13. julia roberts May 11, 2010 at 12:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Teresa
    What a shame about Woolworths – records and Pick and Mix …. ICONIC!! Do you remember the platform shoes Gary Glitter and Slade and all the other bands of that era used to wear – it’s a wonder they didn’t injure themselves!!
    You wouldn’t get much for 30 pence these days would you – not even on QVC
    much love
    Julia x

  14. Joy Padley May 11, 2010 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    My first record that I bought was ‘She Loves You’ by the Beatles and cost 6s 8d. Always wished I had been old enough to see them live. Maybe the lyrics to this song are simple but some of their later songs had fab lyrics! I love all music and my Itouch has an eclectic range of songs! Would love to see Chris’s song on your blog, lets hope yoyu can persuade him!!! Joy xx

  15. Annette Roberts May 12, 2010 at 8:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Thank you for bringing back sooo many memories… from the very first record player (bought with ‘Green Shield’ stamps – do you remember collecting those?), to all the old records!
    Afraid I can’t remember my first 7″ single, but having spent many hours on youtube, I’ve come across a couple of favourites. Firstly, because of his madness, I was really taken up with Freddie and the Dreamers, Chris is absolutely mesmerized by him, because he was born in 1966 and has never seen nor heard of him before.

    My very first love was Peter Noone and Hermans Hermits, he actually came to our small town in Shropshire to open the newly refurbished ‘Woolworths’. I was too young to see him back then. I have found this recent clip, done last month and can’t believe at the age of 63 he is still touring and looks as gorgeous as ever….I’m in love all over again!

    I love the old musicals, High Society and my favourite that gets me crying at the end and we have watch every year is ‘White Christmas’. I loved the little girls at the end in their red ballet shoes. You see, when I was small I wanted to be a dance also and I used to dance in the corner of the living room every time the ‘Dickie Henderson’ show came on TV and can remember asking for a pair of ballet shoes for my birthday and getting, it was either a satchel or duffle bag for school…I never got the ballet shoes!
    Lots and lots of memories, thank you for that.
    Annette and Bobby send loads of licks too x
    P.S. My Chris is musical too, he plays guitar, only as a hobby though!

  16. julia roberts May 12, 2010 at 10:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    I have asked Sophie my daughter, who now works at QVC as a Production Assistant so it’s part of her job, and she says it is usually down to the volume of texts. They have to type the messages into a machine, so if they are inundated they type as fast as possible in the order they come in. I’m sorry yours haven’t made it yet, but keep trying – I’m presuming you always put your name and where you’re texting from? Hopefully we’ll be answering your text questions soon
    Julia x

  17. julia roberts May 12, 2010 at 10:10 am -  Reply

    Hello Joy
    The Beatles – a whole musical subject on their own!! I think I was about 8 when She Loves You was a hit. My sister, who is 59 ( hope she doesn’t read this! ) was definitely more Beatles than Rolling Stones so I guess I was influenced by her. My FAVOURITE Beatles song ever …….. She’s Leaving Home – absolutely brilliant! They have a track called Julia as well.
    I am working on Chris so I think you will get to hear a section of Stand Up and Fight.
    Julia x

  18. julia roberts May 12, 2010 at 10:21 am -  Reply

    Hello Annette
    Green Shield Stamps – I remember those! They were such a good idea! Encouraging us to save before we spend BUT with rewards from our everyday shopping ………. I guess it was the forerunner of Nectar Points!!
    You were not alone loving Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits – they were my sister’s favourite band. My favourite track of theirs was Silhouettes – do you remember that one ?
    As for musicals, I love loads including ‘Wicked’ BUT best of all time ………. West Side Story! I watched it recently on TV and still cried even though I knew what was coming. I love the dancing but my favourite bit is the duet with Anita and Maria ” A boy like that who kill your brother, forget that boy and find another, one of your own kind, stick to your own kind”. Do you know the one I mean?
    I’m sorry you never got to dance – it is such a wonderful way to express yourself but great personal discipline too.
    Good to talk
    Julia x

  19. Una May 12, 2010 at 3:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    THAT cassette recording is PRICELESS!!!! Just dont bring it out when sophie brings new boyfriends home!!!!!!
    You, your Mum, Sophie AND Simon!!!!!!!!!!!! Now, THAT is a show not to miss, LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    L,Occitane mini series coming up soon too. QVC spoil us! How lucky we are to have a company like this though. I had to call Customer services a couple of times recently, just about minor stuff. They are AMAZING. Everyone is so courteous, and helpful. They just cant do enough. I dont know who trains them and keeps the staff motivated, but they are doing a FABULOUS job. I always tell them that when I call, as I know it means a lot to get positive feedback when you are working like that. Im the first to complain about bad service, but like to be able to tell someone they are doing well.
    Love Una

  20. Annette Roberts May 12, 2010 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I’m so glad you remember Green Shield stamps, Chris looked at me as if I was mad when I told him about them. I remember that I always had the job of sticking them into the books and then looking through the catalogue to see how many books were needed to buy things….
    Yes, I do remember Peter Noone’s ‘Silhouettes’ and as for West Side Story…. Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno and the very dark and handsome George Chakiris, who by the way, was also a dancer with Rosemary Clooney in White Christmas and much later appeared in Dallas with JR and Bobby Ewing.
    I absolutely adore the 50’s, there was so much style and glamour, the clothes, shoes everything about it…. if only things were like that now, but with todays technology of course….
    I may not have been able to dance, but I drove Mum and Dad batty tap dancing on the highly polished tiles in the living room.
    When I had my first pair of wooden Scholls, my friend and I used to stand on tippy toes, like ballet dancers and walk around to see who could last the longest… we must have looked really mad standing on the tips of our Scholls….didn’t do the wood much good either!
    Speak soon
    Annette x

  21. Magda Chetty May 12, 2010 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Great to hear from you. I’m in London now after 48 hours of travelling via Paris because of the volcanic ash! So I am a bit tired and therefore Monday sounds like a better day for both of us.
    What time would you like me to come and do I just turn up at reception and ask for you or do I need to phone you first.
    I look forward to seeing you and Ali K.
    Much love

  22. julia roberts May 13, 2010 at 11:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    I wonder if you had psychodelions ( have no idea how to spell it ) for your scolls? They were plastic discs which clipped over the buckle. Mine were orange, but then so was my bedroom!!! Orange and purple to be precise – my sisters choice, I would have preferred pink!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  23. julia roberts May 13, 2010 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Magda
    Sorry to hear you had such a rubbish journey – still, you’re here now! Monday is good for me ……… I will speak to Ali K and we will fix up a time . I will email you directly rather than putting it up here if that’s OK with you?
    Look forward to meeting you
    Julia x

  24. julia roberts May 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una
    Thanks for the feedback about the Customer Service – so many companies these days just don’t realise the importance of having a good support team.
    Sunday at 6p.m. for Mum with Simon and I, and 10p.m. for Sophie Simon and I. Ali K is bringing her daughter Lucy in for the 4p.m. show ……… but you’ll be watching that anyway!!!! Hope Keeley brings Kaya this time – I need a cuddle!!
    much love
    Julia x

  25. Annette Roberts May 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Sorry I don’t remember the clips for the Scholls. You’ll have to have a word with the gentleman from Scholl the next time they are on QVC to see if he remembers them…. interesting!
    OMG….orange and purple! We had bright orange in the hall and landing courtesy of my sister (15yrs older than me) and cousin, who painted it as a surprise for Dad after he had his heart attack. Luckily, it didn’t give him another one, but you needed sunglasses everytime you went upstairs!
    However, my bedroom ceiling was PURPLE, which I thought was brilliant… until I realised that I couldn’t see the ‘SPIDERS’! Poor Mum or Dad had to go in first to make sure there weren’t any lurking about!
    Speak soon
    Annette x

  26. steve May 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Just seeing you are appearing with Sophie and your mum on sunday!three generations on one show!! hope all goes well for you, not really a fan of the beauty shows lol, but I will tune in and show my support.
    hope things are going well with the diet and you are still making good progress towards your goal.
    again good luck on sunday, you must be very proud
    Take care, steve X

  27. Morag May 13, 2010 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    Really interested in all the musical memories. As a teenager my memories of first hearing the Beatles will always stay with me and I still love their music now. I was also a huge soul fan, one of the first albums I bought was Otis Redding. Totally agree with your comments about Beverley Knight. I saw her in concert in Glasgow a year or so ago, and I can honestly say I have not heard a vocal performance like it – truly inspirational and she is such a down to earth person, just fantastically gifted. My mum’s favourite was Tony Bennett, and we have actually got tickets to see him in concert in Glasgow this summer, can’t wait, although I know that a few bars in to “I left my heart in San Francisco”, I will be in bits. Love Morag x

  28. Magda Chetty May 13, 2010 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    That is great, I”ll check my e mail every day, so looking forward to hear from you. Can”t wait to meet you both.
    Much love.

  29. julia roberts May 14, 2010 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    Sisters egh? – your poor Dad, fancy coming home to that – still at least it was cheerful!
    My bedroom ceiling was purple too along with one wall and the other three were orange. My Mum tried to soften the look with lavender bed sheets …. unfortunately they were brushed nylon rather than Northern Nights!!
    Julia x

  30. julia roberts May 14, 2010 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steve
    Mum and Sophie aren’t on the same show so you’ll have to watch two – LOL!!!! Fortunately for you they aren’t beauty shows, but I don’t suppose you are that in to Butler and Wilson either?!
    Weightloss is still going really well – haven’t weighed myself since Tuesday, but at that point I had lost a stone.
    Have mentioned you to the Pilates people and will send your letter on – they seemed really interested so will hopefully contact you.
    ENJOY Get Gorgeous
    Julia x

  31. julia roberts May 14, 2010 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    Hello Morag
    Isn’t it funny how diverse our musical taste can be! I loved Soul music but was more into Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight and the Pips! In the seventies I was totally into Barry White and The Stylistics, although my favourite song was ‘Hang on in there Baby’ …….. was it by someone called Johnny Bristow??? ( or similar)
    Hope you and your mum enjoy the Tony Bennett concert – make sure you’ve got a hankie!!!!!!!
    Julia x

  32. Una May 14, 2010 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    OF COURSE I will be watching Julia!!!! Would be lovely if Keeley brought that adorable little boy, hes a wee cutie. I hope he is well again, after his little bout of being poorly. Its awful when they are ill at that age, you just want to take it all away.
    I hppe you guys are all enjoying the Get Gorgeous event too. Im sure you are. It is like a Girls Night In!! I love these nights.
    Im planning a pre Sex and The City 2 movie Girls Night In! My girlies are all coming to mine the night before, so we can all watch the 1st movie, (drinking a few little cocktails as we go), and we all have to dress up as a character. Will let you know how THAT particular event goes!!!!!!!!!!
    I was reading the blog from Annette. Brings back memories of my own purple bedroom. EVERYTHING was purple, including my wardrobe, after I painted it while my parents were out shopping!!! I was NOT popular LOL!!! I tried to blame it on Donny Osmond, but they were having none of it!!!!!!!!
    Will be watching all weekend Julia. My best wishes to Keeley, and to your Mum and Sophie. i hope they have a FAB time.
    Love Una xxx

  33. Annette Roberts May 14, 2010 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I also had purple flowered nylon sheets by ‘Brentford Nylon’, they were all the rage back then and I can even remember going to the shop to buy them…how sad is that! The static you used to get everytime you got into bed, I can feel it now!
    The diet certainly seems to be agreeing with you…I watched last night’s TSV replay this morning and couldn’t get over how bright you looked, especially around the eyes. I’m afraid my diet and exercise went out of the window this week because I’ve had terrible pain in my jaw, face and teeth and have been on the old antibiotics, so felt pretty miserable really…no excuse I know, but….
    Keep sparkling!
    Annette x

  34. Angela May 22, 2010 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Could you please tell me where you got the beautiful top you were wearing on the launch of the Gossip Watch TSV on 19th May. It looked absolutely stunning!
    Thanks Angela

  35. julia roberts May 27, 2010 at 12:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Una
    I just found this message – have you been to Sex and the City 2 yet? – and how was your ‘Girls Night In’? Do you remember when we used to do that show on QVC? We should bring it back!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  36. julia roberts May 27, 2010 at 12:45 am -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    Whatever happened to Brentford Nylon?? and thank goodness for Northern Nights, although I must confess I was very tempted by the Kelly Hoppen TSV and only just managed to resist!
    Hope you’re feeling better now?
    Julia x

  37. julia roberts May 27, 2010 at 12:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Angela
    The top I was wearing for the Gossip watch launch is from Ted Baker. I have always quite liked their designs but this season it is my favourite place to shop ……….. apart from QVC of course!
    much love
    Julia x

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