Notes from Big Arts Fairy: Bjork on the school run

Welcome to this series of short notes from Big Arts Fairy as she tries to notice and incorporate the arts into her daily ‘mum life’ –  in any form from theatre date nights, to impromptu kitchen dancing, to a scrawled poem on a post-it, to taking 4 months to read a book (what an achievement!)


I’m loving having a DAB radio in my car now, it means I can listen to Radio 6!

*Although often I am made to turn it off in exchange for Middle Arts Fairy’s CD, featuring the annoyingly cheerful Steve and Trisha chortling about meerkats “have you ever been to the zoo?” says Steve “course you have!” says Trisha, with all the enthusiasm of a young puppy “no I haven’t!!!” says Middle from the back of the car, “yes you have,” I say…“let’s all sing about the zoo,” says Steve, ignoring us both.

Anyway, back to the radio. I’m pretty sure we’d compromised on Radio 2 and much to my delight our drive and our day started with Bjork “It’s Oh So Quiet”.

“I don’t like it, said Middle, it’s making me feel sad…”

“Is it?” I say, “you just wait…”

“Turn it off, please”

“No, keep listening…it makes you feel sad now, but you’ll feel different in a moment…”

And so peaceful until…

You fall in love
Zing boom
The sky up above
Zing boom
Is caving in
Wow bam!

I looked in the children’s mirror and could see a shocked look across Middle’s face. Little Arts Fairy had spat out her dummy and was gently head banging, grinning at her sister for a reaction.

I had goosebumps up my arms for the entire duration of that song. It had been ages since I’ve heard it and I’d forgotten how astonishingly gorgeous Bjork’s voice is and how utterly perfectly the vibrations of this track are. Can you remember the year…?


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