Inheritance Tracks

One of the things I do to distract myself from meta-physical conundrums is to listen to lots of Podcasts/Radio. There is one from BBC Radio four called ‘Inheritance Tracks.’ The idea is this, an invited guest chooses a piece of music from their youth that is important to them. It could be anything: something their parents played over and over, a walt disney tune, a piece of music from when they were forced to play the piano etc. Then they explain why they chose it. Afterwards they choose a second piece of music, which they would leave to their kids, or failing that to the wider world.

I thought it would be fun to play. Also please leave your inheritance tracks in the ‘Reply’ box. No prizes but it’d be kinda cool…

My first track is Peter Skellern’s 1979 version of ‘Putting On The Ritz’. My Dad played it incessantly when I was a kid. He also tried to sing it quite a lot, which is unfortunate as he is tone deaf.

There was a local cinema where I grew up called ‘The Ritz’ and for the longest time I thought the song was about the cinema. I did wonder how come it was so famous. 🙂

The song I’d like to pass on is ‘What a Wonderful world’ by Louis Armstrong. People seem to concentrate a lot on what they haven’t got. I’d prefer to see what we have.

10 thoughts on “Inheritance Tracks

  1. Great idea.
    The first inherited track has to be “A Swingin’ Safari” by Bert Kaempfert. It’s the only time I remember ever truly seeing my father happy.

    The second one’s not so easy. There’s simply too many. If I had to choose today, from today, it’d have to be Shimbalaiê by Maria Gadu.

    I have no say in it, but as far as my wife is concerned she’s already told me what she’s playing at my funeral: Dead Can Dance, The Carnival is Over.

  2. I grew up with the music of Benny Goodman and especially Louis Armstrong. My father had an LP which contained, among others, this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21jq8E_lbs4
    I must have heard this one hundreds of times (and I inherited that record). I cannot get tired of hearing this music. It is somehow hard-wired into my brain and I think this music somehow primed me for African music. It has drive! Good music, no matter how old it is, gets better if you hear it again, while bad music gets boring. The way Armstrong plays the trumpet here shows what a genius he was. I love this!

      1. Yes, the lyrics of this song is really nice. As a child, I did not understand the text because I am not a native speaker. When I later suddenly understood it, I liked the tune even more.

      1. The Yes album/track is the one I’d “pass on” or leave as an “inheritance”.

        It’s my personal opinion that the album “Relayer” is the single greatest musical work of the 29th century and “Gates Of Delirium” the pinnacle of the work.

        I don’t know who that is in the video you’ve linked but here’s the real thing.

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