Matt 1 here! As promised here is a blog regarding the sounds of my trip around Europe. Music has always played a big part on my life and on this trip I am sure it will be music and reading that will chill me out after a long day in the saddle. After being asked what in particular I will be listening to by a family friend I thought the blog would be a great place to talk about the sounds of my tour. Note: I will not be cycling whilst listening to music.
So for the trip I thought it was important to fill my iPod with a few different things:
1 – Favourites
2 – Something New
3 – Something To Chill Me Out
So I don’t know if you guys have noticed from some of the videos I have edited but my favourite genre of music is indie/rock/alternative. This means my iPod will be crammed full of my favourite bands and solo artists. My favourite band of all time is The Cribs, the three-piece band from Wakefield have been going for over 10 years now and have recently released their greatest hits album Payola. I could not tell you why I like them, probably because my Dad used to play me a fair bit of punk when I was a kid and there are definitely elements of that within The Cribs’ music. My favourite song of theirs is Another Number off of their debut album:
Other bands that will fill up a ton of space will include: Ash, Art Brut, The LIbertines, The Maccabees, The Killers, Kasabian and others. My favourite solo artist is alternative/indietronica performer Patrick Wolf. Wolf has been going for 10+ years and is well known for his extravagant live performances and persona. My favourite song of his is The Magic Position, which is off of his third album:
I will also be putting a ton of other solo artists on my iPod including: Johnny Cash, Jake Bugg, Ben Howard and others.
So a few months ago I lost two people very close to me. My Gran & Gramps played a huge part on my life and I know that they would love everything about the Tour of Europe trip. I know that they will be watching Matt and I every step of the way. One thing I am sure my Gramps will be happy with is that the new genre I have decided to give a go for the trip is Jazz. My Gramps was a huge Jazz fan, one time once having to unplug his radio because he was listening to too much Jazz FM haha. Either way I have decided to get a few albums of some of his favourite Jazz artists. To begin with I have chosen the fantastic Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. Their most famous piece of music is the beautiful Moanin’:
Another album I managed to get hold of is the Miles Davis Collection. A fantastic collection of music, which includes the fantastic All Blues:
Alongside these fantastic artists I have picked up pieces from Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Dr Meaker and Others. The Jazz is guaranteed to be extremely good at chilling me out after a day on the road, and surely has to be one of the coolest genres of music!
Something To Chill Me Out:
So the genre of music I have chosen to use to chill me out after a long day is another favourite of mine… Reggae. I have always been a huge Reggae fan but got well in to it after spending half a year out in Jamaica. I am a huge fan of older reggae in particular with so many great artists to choose from. An obvious Reggae hero being Bob Marley. The Legend album having so many quality tracks it really is too hard to choose a favourite track from it. In addition to Bob Marley I will also be listening to other great Reggae artists including: Jimmy Cliff, Tommy McCook, The Skatalites, Prince Buster, Queen Ifrica and many others. The track I have chosen out of these artists as a personal favourite is by the late great Tommy McCook, a fantastic saxophonist and founding member of The Skatalites, it is called Last Flight To Reggae City:
I find Reggae so relaxing and will look forward to listening to a ton of the different genres of Reggae I have available to me.
Well there we go! I hope you enjoyed this blog and I will get Matt 2 to do the same sort of one soon. We are having a chat with someone from the Daily Echo tomorrow so will keep you all posted with that. Yet again we invite everyone to the departure on August 1st, which is at 6:30am Maclaren Road, Moordown, Bournemouth. There will be a new video up in the morning documenting a 50 mile training ride Matt 2 & I did recently.
Thank you for reading and the support!
Matt 1 x