What are your inheritance tracks?

I discovered a lovely radio idea recently while, as often happens these days, pinging from one web page to the other on t’interweb. I was reading about the near-miraculous percussionist Evelyn Glennie, and found she’d been invited to contribute her ‘inheritance tracks’ on BBC Radio 4.

If you’re not familiar with what the inheritance tracks are, as I wasn’t, the BBC Saturday Show says describes them as:

the magical feature where we ask our guests to think of the song that they inherited from their parents and also the one that they would pass on to the next generation.

Well, if ever there was a statement that a rabid music sponge was meant to contemplate, that is it.  And I have, so here are my inheritance tracks.

From my parents: The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.

For the next generation: Gioacchino Rossini Thieving Magpie. And, because I really couldn’t choose, Jimmy Buffet One Particular Harbour (live verson on ‘Feeding Frenzy’). Both of these provide the nearest thing to spiritual experiences for me.

What are yours?


  1. It’s Sergeant Peppers for me too Hege! I can remember Dad bringing it home when I was 4 years old back in 1967. He put the record on the turntable, sat down with me and proceeded to teach me how to tell the time. That record was played constantly for at least the next 10 years and travelled half way round the world with us.
    Wonderful memories…

    Funny thing just happened: Knelt down in front of my record collection to get out my copy of Sergeant Peppers and have a listen, and for a nano-second I was looking for the search button.


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