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!!!