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Miranda Sawyer explores the gloriously inextricable links between music and emotion through interviews with Irvine Welsh, Natasha Khan, Tom from Editors and Dr Philippa Perry.

Miranda Sawyer presents a new four part series on BBC 6Music on the gloriously inextricable links between music and emotion. Each show in 'Six Degrees Of.' is built around a connecting musical sentiment or theme - Separation, Calculation, Trepidation, Jubilation - and features an eclectic variety of songs as well as revealing discussions around the emotional refrain.

The well-informed 6Music listeners have sent in their suggestions of suitable tracks for each show: from Beck to Bach, from Lee Dorsey to Laura Marling. And Sawyer unpicks the theme through interviews with fascinating song-writers and cultural figures.

In Separation, Natasha Khan from Bat for Lashes discusses the exquisite agony of being apart from the one you love; writer Irvine Welsh describes how he merges and separates with his characters using music. Other contributors include Editors' frontman Tom Smith, psychologist and author Philippa Perry. Sawyer, a recent recipient of the Record of the Day award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Journalism, weaves her own observations in and around the connecting theme. And with the final track, she connects into the next show!

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Sun 14 Apr 2013 02:00

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Music Played

  • Joy Division

    Love Will Tear Us Apart

    • Virgin.
  • Tindersticks

    Trying To Find A Home

    • Beggars Banquet.
  • Primal Scream

    Don't Fight It, Feel It (feat. Denise Johnson) (feat. Denise Johnson)

    • Creation Records.
  • Slade

    Mama Weer All Crazee Now

    • The Greatest Hits Of 1972 (Various).
    • Premier.
  • Rod Stewart

    Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?

    • The Best Of Rod Stewart.
    • Warner Bros.
  • Julie London

    Cry Me A River

  • Bat for Lashes

    All Your Gold

    • Parlophone.
  • Pixies


    • Surfer Rosa.
    • 4AD.
    • 8.
  • Editors

    An End Has A Start

    • CD SINGLE.
    • Kitchenware.
  • Elbow

    Fugitive Motel

    • (CD Single).
    • V2.
  • Air

    Seven Stars

    • Virgin.
  • Amy Winehouse

    Back To Black

    • CD SINGLE.
    • Island.
  • Scott Walker

    If You Go Away

    • Not Given.
  • Blur

    No Distance Left To Run

    • 13.
    • FOOD.
    • 12.
  • LCD Soundsystem

    Time To Get Away

    • CD SINGLE.
    • DFA.
  • iamamiwhoami


    • CO OP.
  • Loudon Wainwright III

    I'm Alright

    • Not Given.
  • Laura Nyro

    And When I Die

    • Not Given.


  • Sun 7 Apr 2013 12:00
  • Sun 14 Apr 2013 02:00