There's no question that some songs or artists have the rare ability to transport you back to a particular time of your life. Whether that be a moment of heartbreak with a loved one, a fantastic holiday with friends, your wedding or even a funeral, music has the power to evoke and bring back memories that can leave you completely lost in a day dream at your desk, at work or on a bus journey home - all reliving that specific moment in time. Joshua Radin, with his soft, mellow, acoustic tones does just that for me.
I remember a few years ago watching an episode of Scrubs, which guest starred Brendan Fraser, playing the role of Ben, who, it transpired had leukaemia. I too was battling the disease at the time of watching - and although this made viewing the scenes quite, no, very difficult, I was completely transfixed. Scrubs has always had the power to make the viewer laugh with hysterics and then instantly hold back the tears with the turn of a scene. Ben died of his leukaemia in this scene which, has since been regarded as the most sad scene throughout all episodes of the award winning US comedy TV show. The song at Ben's funeral was Joshua Radin's Winter.
Stringy picking guitar chords laced with beautiful lyrics made me completely adore this song and subsequently this artist. Listening to Winter today, six years post diagnosis, still takes me back to me lying on that hospital bed in Birmingham, laughing, crying but always enjoying the sound of Joshua Radin.
I managed to see Joshua play in Camden, London at the end of last year (2012) and his encore was Winter, which topped off what was already a very memorable gig.
Joshua Radin | Winter