Lauren is Birmingham Royal Ballet's PR & Media Executive.
1) Friday I'm In Love - The Cure
I know, I’m starting off a Sunday soundtrack with a song about Friday but bear with me! I was lucky enough to attend Glastonbury last year for the first time and saw The Cure in their headline set on Sunday night. About half way through the set, I desperately needed the toilet so made my way through the crowds of people at the Pyramid stage to then realise about two minutes into my journey that I hadn’t actually taken the time to remember any distinguishing features to help return to my group. Still needing the toilet, I continued on my journey into the darkness and somehow managed to find my way back to my exact spot just as this song was starting.
2) Wouldn't It Be Nice - The Beach Boys
I adore The Beach Boys and their harmonies and for me they are the perfect accompaniment for any occasion. I’ve been lucky enough to see Brian Wilson both on solo tours as well as with The Beach Boys and I’ve been on cloud nine every time. Minus a few melancholy tracks I truly don’t think you can be unhappy listening to The Beach Boys as they are just pure joy.
3) A Day In The Life - The Beatles
I am a HUGE Beatles fan so could have picked any one of their songs, but after a bit of thinking I’ve actually managed to find a track that links back (albeit tenuously) to Birmingham Royal Ballet!
“Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.”
I’m a firm believer that it’s important to take a moment and just appreciate how far you have come in life - whether that be personally or professionally. I have been to the Royal Albert Hall for many events before but sitting in a crowded auditorium last December watching The Nutcracker – an event I played a small part in, was really a special moment and I can’t wait to be back in an auditorium with the Company and have that feeling again!
4) Borderline - Tame Impala
Kevin Parker (aka Tame Impala) is just a genius and pretty much any song he writes is gold. This track is from the new album The Slow Rush, which came out the month before we went into lockdown and it’s fair to say that it’s helped to get me through some of the tougher times since.
5) Angels/ Your Life - Mr Jukes, BJ The Chicago Kid
I saw Mr Jukes (aka Jack Steadman, frontman of Bombay Bicycle Club) at the O2 Institute and it was one of the best live gigs I’ve ever been to. The musicianship of the band was just incredible.
6) Feel Good - Maribou State feat Khruangbin
My partner introduced me to Maribou State and I often listen to this track on the way to work - it’s a great way to start the day.
7) Succession main title theme - Nicholas Britell
I admit this is a slightly different mood to the rest of my tracks. Lockdown gave us all plenty of time to catch up on TV box sets and I’d caught some of the hype around Succession but never watched it. I’m so glad I did as it’s one of the best TV series I’ve ever seen, particularly season two. The theme was written by composer Nicholas Britell and there are variations on this theme throughout the series. The score is almost a character within itself and it’s fair to say Succession wouldn't be the same without it.
8) Green Garden - Laura Mvula & Metropole Orkest
I really enjoy listening to different arrangements of songs and an old colleague recommended listening to the Metropole Orkest so my first port of call was their re-recording of Birmingham artist Laura Mvula’s debut album Sing to the Moon. The original version of this song is already great but the orchestra just adds such a lush sound to this track that I love.
9) Back Pocket - Vulfpeck
Vulfpeck are a band that I was introduced to through my friend James and this was one of the first tracks I heard. As well as the ridiculous bassline, I love how infectiously happy this song makes me. I saw Vulfpeck at Brixton Academy and it was an amazing gig - their musicianship is fantastic.
10) R U Mine? - Arctic Monkeys
This is one of the first tracks on the Arctic Monkey’s AM album, which to me is pretty much as close to a perfect album as it gets. I saw the Arctic Monkeys at their iconic 2014 Finsbury Park gig which came off the back of the huge hype of this album. It felt like such a moment for both the band and the fans in both the build up and the gig - I even have their NME cover from that week on my living room wall.
11) We Can Work It Out - Stevie Wonder
I first heard this version of We Can Work It Out when waiting for Paul McCartney to come on stage as he sometimes plays other artists’ versions of Beatles songs in the build up. Stevie Wonder is an artist I would love to see live and he just makes this song come alive - I can’t help but sing along everytime I hear it.
12) Honey Honey - ABBA
ABBA gets a lot of stick for being cheesy but to me they are the perfect pop group and music doesn’t have to be serious all of the time! This track reminds me of being in Spain on the roof terrace of my friend’s house just enjoying the sun and singing into the afternoon.