Just looking at the title of this blog post, it’s actually difficult to believe — could it really be almost two years since Songs in the Key of Life began, ahem, life, on TXFM?
But it’s true, this Saturday, Songs in the Key of Life turns into a raging toddler.
Honestly, the time has flown. I looked back at my Instagram snaps from our salad days in 2014 recently and remembered well the mixture of emotions at the time: extreme sadness at the demise of Phantom 105.2, TX’s predecessor, and then also (well, at least once the job was offered to me) a sense of excitement with TXFM about what might be to come.
For me, Songs in the Key of Life is the perfect format. The chance to do a show that’s just an hour long, but featuring an in-depth conversation with one guest or band, gives you an opportunity to get under people’s skin, and find out what makes them tick.
The reaction from listeners to the show has also been stronger than to any show I’ve done previously, which has been really nice, and people occasionally even email to suggest possible guests for the show — which is awesome, and really handy. . . Last winter, Songs in the Key of Life even picked up an award — bronze in the Irish Radio Awards in the category of specialist music. (I could lie and say that doesn’t matter to me at all, but actually I was thrilled. Sorry for being uncool.)
Anyway, people often ask for a list of all the guests who have been on the show, so here’s one below for you to have a look at.
2016: Songs in the Key of Life, guest list
January 9th Matt Berninger, lead singer of The National (part one)
January 16th Matt Berninger, lead singer of The National (part two)
January 23th Harry Martin, co-head of Domino Records
January 30th East India Youth, Mercury Prize-nominated musician
February 6th Grainne Humphries, director of the Audi Dublin International Film Festival
February 13th musician Ken Griffin, formerly of Rollerskate Skinny (presented in my absence by John Caddell)
February 20th Irish band All Tvvins
February 27th actor and screenwriter Mark O’Halloran (Viva, Adam and Paul)
March 5th Des Bishop, comedian
March 12th Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend
March 19th Irish author and artist Fergal McCarthy
March 26th Aoife McElwain, food writer and arts event curator
April 2nd Maurice Seezer, musician and composer (forthcoming)
April 9th Matt Healy, lead vocalist with The 1975 (forthcoming)
After the jump, have a look at shows from 2015 and 2014