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Balearic Breakfast | Episode 140 | Facing Yourself...

Updated: Aug 3, 2023

Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy broadcast the 140th episode of Balearic Breakfast on her Mixcloud and Twitch TV socials on August 1st 2023.


Introduction. – Sometimes, when I’m about to start working on a new article, I feel frightened. Sometimes I let myself go, but other times I ask myself questions: Is it ok to write this, will they understand, is it really something that comes out from the music Colleen played or from even something, anything, she said? I always doubt before I hit the keyboard, and then, only then, I drift away. In a sense, I face myself before doing anything for this blog because I would not want to interfere with Colleen’s work. Today was no exception. But, with Sinead O’Connor and Tony Bennett’s passing and with Colleen’s words (not to mention the ongoing support of the Balearic Breakfast Family), I felt, once again, that I may have hit a “spot”…

Jim Carrey once said, “Depression is your body saying: fuck you, I don’t want to be this character anymore. I don’t want to hold up this avatar that you created. And the world is too much for me”. These strong and true words deeply resonate within me when I think of both Sinnead's and Tony’s legacies. As it turns out, both of them, along with other artists, refused any compromise. They stayed true to their beliefs. And, of course, facing yourself, knowing who you are, why you do what you do, is essential if you want to share it with other people (this is why I never thought that Serge Gainsbourg was a provocateur…). Being True will cost you, a lot. On many levels. But this is the only way you will be able to keep your head on your shoulders and face adversity or face life. Of course, there will be breakdowns, of course, you will question your place or the reason why you suffer so much. But one day, even through your mistakes, you’ll be able to say, "I was searching, but I did not lie". And, on an artistic level, only those able to lose themselves in their true self are real creators.

Strangely enough, I was talking about that subject a few days ago with the great DJ Marcia Carr (listen to her interview with DJ Emma here if you need some inspiration) and we were both acknowledging the fact that there is no success without loss, and that younger generations should experience what commitment is. As Marcia wrote to me: “There is no enjoyment or pleasure without having gone through any kind of pain. Commitment equates to loyalty, passion, sincerity, dedication and love (care). All of these things you've done for those things you hold dear to you; a choice you made - I certainly relate and am living it with my years of service to the music industry.”

So, next time you feel something is not right in your life, take the time to face yourself and try to see if you can improve anything, anywhere, to find your true self. Oh, yes, it is also a form of commitment, but now, at least, you know its possible outcome…


About the show. – From the start, we are taken to another dimension. A dimension with an Electronic soul... Songs like "What your soul sings", "Fire on Babylon", "Violet" and even (yes, you are reading this right) "Let's face the music and dance" – with the second part of the show presenting a very engaging musical experience – are all about Facing Yourself, finding yourself and allowing yourself to be true for yourself and to others. Also, Colleen's quick presentation of both Sinnead's and Tony's lives, cleverly presented what it meant to be an artist...

I don't want to repeat myself but the requests were absolutely great and Colleen's selections, and the live mix she did, were prodigiously good.

Listen back to the 140th edition of Balearic Breakfast :


The Wow effect. – Without any doubt, Sinnead's songs are on the top of the list here but we must give absolute credit to Seal's song, "Violet" who really hits the nail on today's theme...

Don't worry, come closer. Don't cry. Ahh don't cry. Ahh don't cry. Ahh

Get moving or I'll kick your ass(background)

Ba-da ba-da ba ba-da, Ba-da ba da

Ooohh I watch you comb your hair in different light. You change the chair and seem to think that's alright. I understand, You need a change. When you make that change, Don't look to see I'm alright.

I also feel like sharing with you the megamix I crafted back in 2008, dedicated to JTHZ (Julius Thijssen & Hens Zimmerman) which contains a small sample of Armenta & Majik's "I Wanna Be With You" (JTHZ used tape to craft their edits, I just used Steinberg's Wavelab ^^).


Events. – Colleen will host "Balearic Breakfast" in August (and the blog will be kept up to date). She will also be featured in these events :

  • 10 August - Stallions at Houghton Festival (tickets)

  • 12 August - Love Dancin’ at We Out Here Festival (tickets)

  • 19 August - Listen Here at Stowaway Festival (tickets)

  • 22 August - Classic Album Sundays event online hosted by Colleen (more info here)

  • 27 August - Come As You Are, The Refuge, Manchester



Tonto's Expanding Head Band Cybernaut

Massive Attack (feat. Sinead O'Connor) What Your Soul Sings

Sinead O'Connor Fire on Babylon

Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart Visions of You (The Welsh Mix)

Seal Violet

Edwyn Collins You'll Never Know My Love (Ashley Beedle Edit)

Radio Slave ft Caged Baby Amnesia

Manfredas ft. Mecanica Pal Secam

Stratus Fireflies

Kraak & Smaak & Turbito My All

Armenta & Majik I Wanna Be With You (Part 2)

Bottin Balearico Manifesto

Take Three Tonite All Night

Talko Psyko Flash

Lindstrom Syreen

Kym Mazelle Love Me or Leave Me

Afro Celt Sound System ft Sinead O'Connor Release (Masters At Work Remix)

Tony Bennett Let's Face the Music and Dance

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