Sponsored Swim Blog #2

Day 4: Wednesday 2nd September
Total Distance completed: 1.5 miles (2450 metres)

It’s day 4 of my swimathon, and with 1 and a half miles under my belt, I don’t think I’m doing too badly, if I do say so myself. Because of this, I’ve decided to have a swim-free day. I wish I could tell you that I spent my free evening doing something productive, but alas I cannot. I’m sat in bed eating Minstrels.

I’d just like to start by saying that I’m thrilled to bits with all of the support I’ve had so far. I’m only a few days into this and already I’ve had to raise the target on my Just Giving page because the original one got smashed, you generous bunch. A whopping great thanks to you all!

I thought I’d take this rare opportunity where I am doing chuff all to share some tracks I’ve been listening to lately to wind-down. I’ve got them on now in fact (not all of them at the same time, mind. That would be the opposite of relaxing). There’s quite an eclectic mix here, so hopefully everyone will find at least one they love as much as I do. Or so I hope.

Bonnie Dobson – Morning Dew

I heard this song for the first time a week ago; we played it on the Folk Show and I raced home to listen to it again (taking notice of the 70mph national speed limit, obviously), and then raced into work so I could listen to it on repeat a few times whilst putting the podcast for the show together. Bonnie’s voice is sublime and the whole song is luscious, rich, and steeped in romance…

…Or so I thought, before I found out it was actually a dialogue between the last couple alive following a nuclear holocaust.

 Lilliput – One Day, Know

I know, I know – I am always banging on about North-East based indie-folk chaps Lilliput, but they just never fail to disappoint. One Day, Know has been kicking around for a few years now, and I’ll listen to it on repeat for a few hours, then forget about it, only to return to it a few months later and do the same again. I also recommend Until and Little Wanderer… In fact just go and listen to their entire Soundcloud. Now.

 Darkside – Golden Arrow

I listened to this when I was half-asleep and it pretty much knocked my slipper socks off. I didn’t want it to end, which is saying something, as it’s already an 11 minute behemoth of a song. I’m chomping at the bit to hear the album, which will be out soon, so watch this space.

Arvo Part – Spiegel Im Spiegel

This is the ultimate chill out song, which you will probably recognise as it’s been used on so many TV programmes I’ve lost count. It’s recently been used in the soundtrack of Richard Curtis’ romcom ‘About Time’, but don’t let that put you off. It’s too glorious to put into words, so I won’t even try.

Breakbot (ft. Pacific) – The Beach

I got really into this track about 4 months ago at about the same time that the weather went uncharacteristically Mediterranean. It’s a perfect tune for the long Summer days.  Now the nights are closing in, it’s a little ray of sunshine cutting through the northern drizzle.

Right then, I just thought I’d keep you updated. I’ll be back in the water again – like a Yorkshire eel – tomorrow, but I hope you find something in this little assortment to keep you entertained in the meanwhile.
Now, where did I put those Minstrels?