Me and my ipod – 24 March 2008

I love listening to relaxing music such as jazz and dreamy ballads and some of my favourite artists are Amy Winehouse, Luther Vandross and Kirsty MacColl, says Rachel Bancroft

A sign that I’m maturing is that I only listen to relaxing music these days. I love to run a hot bubble bath, light a few candles, connect my iPod to my Bose sound system and lie back.

So here are some of my current favourites. First is Andrea Bocelli’s Somos novios. This is a gentle and dreamy ballad sung in Spanish.

Next is a bit of a strange one. It’s a track called Ai du by Ali Farka Touré featuring Ry Cooder on guitar. It’s by a Malian artist who is not particularly well known, but what a tune.

Anyone who has seen the movie Unfaithful starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane will remember the song as the best part of the movie, although it’s not on the soundtrack album. I managed to download it from iTunes after searching for ages.

A big favourite of mine and way ahead of her rivals is Amy Winehouse. I have all her tracks downloaded and love everything she does but prefer the Frank album to Back to black.

I love her funky version of Cupid, the song originally performed by Sam Cooke. Meanwhile, Love is a losing game sort of sums up many of my relationships.

I also love Dance with my father by Luther Vandross. This song appeals to anyone who has lost their father. It articulates how you feel when you wish you’d spent more time with them, told them more or had a closer relationship with them. Of course, when they are gone it’s too late.

My iPod contains ballads, opera and jazz but no pop, so the rest of my top ten includes The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl’s Fairytale of New York, Mary J Blige’s version of One by U2, Gloria Estefan’s Anything for you, Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy and Michael Bublé’s Home. Somos Novios – Andrea BocelliAi Du – Ali Farka Touré