Give A Little Bit, by Supertramp. It is the opening song of their 1977 album Even In The Quietest Moments…
This is the song I would always request when my dad and I travelled by car, when I was little, just after my parents got divorced. I knew it by heart, even if I couldn’t understand the words yet, because I didn’t speak English at the time.
With my mother, I listened to Uncle Satchmo’s Lullaby, performed by Louis Armstrong and Gabriele Clonisch. I also knew it by heart.
Landscape at Ladyzhino by Natalia Goncharova, Completed c. 1908.
Careless Love, a folk song of uncertain origins, was amongst the most popular pieces in Buddy Bolden’s repertoire.
This is Bessie Smith’s 1925 recording.
In Bed The Kiss, by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
Thinned oil on cardboard, 1892.
Moon River, performed by Frank Sinatra.
Composed by Henry Mancini, with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, for Audrey Hepburn’s 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Vierge Nimbée, by Odilon Redon.
Pastel, 1898. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam.
This is the first painting I ever fell in love with.
I surrender dear, by Illinois Jacket.
Originally performed in 1931 by Bing Crosby, with lyrics by Gordon Clifford and music by Harry Barris.
The Singing Butler, by Scottish painter Jack Vettriano.
Oil on canvas, 1992. Private collection, UK.
Recently exhibited at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow. Jack Vettriano: A Retrospective runs from September 2013 until the 23rd of February 2014.
Previous exhibitions: God’s Children, Vettriano’s first exhibition in London (October 1992).
Johnny and Mary, by Martin Taylor. From his 2005 Best Of album.
Le déjeuner des canotiers by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
Oil on canvas, 1881. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC.
How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? was written in 1970 by Barry and Robin Gibb and released in 1971 as part of the Bee Gees’ album Trafalgar.
Performed by Al Green for his 1972 album Let’s Stay Together.
Squares, by Joan Snyder.
1972, oil, acrylic and flock on canvas.
Narrow Daylight, co-written by Diana Krall and her husband Elvis Costello for Krall’s 2004 album The Girl in the Other Room.
By the Window by Charles Webster Hawthorne. Oil on canvas, 1912.
Cheek to Cheek, a 1935 song by Irving Berlin, written for the Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers movie Top Hat.
Performed by Fred Astaire, whose character sings the song to Rogers’s as they dance.