Got home last night after another cold, damp weekend in Lancashire trying to sort the chaps Fathers bungalow into shape before it’s rented out.
Because it’s out in the countryside, internet is a bit rubbish , so I’ve only just managed to listen to the Radio 4 show with a spot called ‘Inheritance Tracks’-which each week features special guests and their cherished tracks -a piece they have inherited and a piece they would like to bestow to future generations.
It’s a nice little segment, and is good at encouraging the participant to discuss childhood memories.
My thoughts after listening to it was it’s one of the rare instances where Richard really speaks about something intimate regarding his Father. Though, I had to giggle about the probable unintentional innuendo Richard mentioned about his Dad thinking ‘I’m still up in my bedroom room playing my flute’.
I liked the introspective nature of the interview and unusually personal anecdotes , and also the way he always swings talking about himself into talking about how it impacts his acting. I remember him tweeting about Max Richter previously and I admit to buying the DVD of the series ‘The Leftovers’ after that!
I also share Richards fear/dislike of water-I starting drowning in Yugoslavia when I was 9 and I was almost swept out to sea on a dingy age 18, so i don’t’ like water except for having a bath, lol (you won’t find me on a beach either tbh)
My choices for Inheritance Tracks are maybe more familiar than Richards!
The piece I inherited was Lady Madonna by The Beatles, we had hardly any music in the house and the radio was never on but my Mum had the 7 inch single of Lady Madonna and it was something I listened to many times. It also probably was the intro into my love for the Beatles as a teenager. I wonder if it’s also why I like the sound of the piano so much?
For me, the piano has always been an instrument that strikes a chord in my soul, so the piece I have chosen is a piano piece (though originally made to be payed on harpischord). I self taught myself keyboards as a child and finally had piano lessons in my mid 20’s, I loved lessons and really would like to start up again.
I first heard it years ago whilst watching the thriller movie ‘Silence of the Lambs’, it next came to prominence for me when I went to see Mentalist magician Derren Brown who also has an affinity to this piece. The piece is The Goldberg Variations by JS Bach; an aria plus 30 variations. I’m not sure I’d ever get bored listening to them, especially the definitive recording by Glenn Gould in 1955.
On a final note there’s a definite six degrees of Armitage if you look over the past year of Inheritance tracks there’s quite a few people connected to Richard who have also done Inheritance tracks Ken Follett, Bernard Cornwell, Toby Stephens.