Much-missed Dolores O'Riordan top of the pops for Dougie Costello
Our series continues with the jumps-turned-Flat jockey on the decks
When I'm getting psyched for a race I listen to . . . Zombie, by the Cranberries
They're Irish like me and this is a song I particularly like, always gets me in the right frame of mind before racing. The singer Dolores O'Riordan had a unique voice, unmistakable, and it was awful to hear she'd died earlier this week. Next time I listen to the song it might feel a bit different, you know?
When I'm celebrating a winner I listen to . . . To Win Just Once, by the Saw Doctors
I've seen them in concert quite a few times and it's always a great night out. If I've had a winner the lyrics seem quite apt – 'To win just once against the odds / And once be smiled on by the Gods / To race with speed along the track / Break the tape and not look back' – and hopefully I'll get plenty of chances to listen to it this year!
When I'm annoyed about a loser I listen to . . . Fiction, by the XX
I like this band, all their music is quite mellow, quite relaxing, and when I'm not in a great mood it does the job of helping to pick me up. It's off their second album Coexist, it's an album I love listening to, and although I've put it down for when I'm annoyed about a loser I can listen to it any time I need to chill out about anything.
When I'm stuck in traffic I listen to . . . Weather With You, by Crowded House
When you're doing nothing but staring at the bumper of the car in front, time ticking away on the way to the races, you need something to get you going, something to give you a lift. This always does the trick, it's been around a long time, it's a feel-good song that everyone knows, and for some reason it just seems like the right thing to take my mind off any traffic problems.
When I'm relaxing at home I listen to . . . Ordinary Man, by Christy Moore
I like all of Christy's music and I could have picked plenty of songs, but this one came easily to mind. 'I'm an ordinary man, nothing special nothing grand / I've had to work for everything I own / I never asked for a lot, I was happy with what I got / Enough to keep my family and my home'. It might not be the most cheerful song he ever sang but I enjoy it.
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