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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Top tunes: a heart pumper – or quiet time with a glass of wine

Gold Cup-winning amateur Sam Waley-Cohen's favourite songs

Sam Waley-Cohen: not much time to relax when the children are screaming and the telephone's ringing
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When I'm getting psyched for a race I listen to . . . Lose Yourself by Eminem

Sometimes you just need that bit of geeing up to get in the zone, get focused and get yourself up for it and there's no doubt Eminem gets the heart pumping before you get on the horse. This is the single from the soundtrack to his movie 8 Mile.

When I'm celebrating a winner I listen to . . . Happy by Pharrell Williams

This one can't help but make you smile. Whenever it comes on the kids dance out of the kitchen so it's an easy one to stick on and enjoy and think of the good things in life.

When I'm annoyed about a loser I listen to . . . Human by Rag'n'Bone Man

I do get annoyed. Racing teaches you about the ups and downs in life – I was always told horses were very character-building and sometimes you need something to reflect your mood. Rag'n'Bone Man doesn't take himself too seriously with this, the title track from his debut album, but it has a sort of darkness to it. 

When I'm stuck in traffic I listen to . . . Castle On The Hill by Ed Sheeran

What else are you gonna listen to in traffic? He's absolutely huge, isn't he? You need something to fill the time that doesn't make you think too hard and Ed Sheeran's very listenable, always fresh and entertaining. I don't listen to his lyrics and think that's great but you can idle away the time.

When I'm relaxing at home I listen to . . . La Vie En Rose by Edith Piaf

I've always liked listening to music but the hard thing is finding the time – whether it's because of the children screaming or the telephone's ringing, there's not much time to sit back and listen. On the occasional quiet moment I'll sit back with a glass of wine and relax a bit and I just like the sound of Edith Piaf's voice and the lyrics here. I suppose it's a real change of pace for me, a very different sound; you can get your feet and listen to something different and have a bit of adult time, I suppose.

Find out what some of our other Disc Jockeys are listening to:

Kanye, Kaleo or Julie Andrews: Lizzie Kelly has a song for every occasion

Bob Dylan, The Pogues and a good drum intro key to David Bass's soundtrack

'Springsteen is so talented - I think he's the John Francome of the music world'

Sometimes you just need that bit of geeing up to get in the zone, get focused and get yourself up for it
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