Music is something that has always been special to me. It has been there for me in tough times, helped me celebrate joyous occasions, and spoke to me when I thought no one else could hear me. Yes, I am a metal chick at heart, but shuffle my iPhone, and you’re as likely to get RuPaul or Culture Club as you are Black Sabbath or Iron Maiden. I’ve performed music (trumpet for 6 years) in school concerts and saw the power it has to move people. I never trust someone who says they don’t enjoy music!
It was extremely difficult to choose just 8 songs that remind me of Damian Lewis or a character he has played, since I have thousands of songs in my head and heart. I hope I did both the actor and the characters he has brought to life justice.
The Wizard – Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath is my all time favorite band. And, after S3 of Billions, we know it’s one of Bobby Axelrod’s as well. Not a day goes by that I don’t listen to Ozzy and the boys (my car radio in permanently set to Ozzy’s Boneyard on XM!!). It would be hard for me to pick 8 Sabbath songs, let alone just one! Axe being a true metal-head as a teen, would have listened to this song (and it’s amazing harmonica solo by Ozzy Osbourne) almost as much as I did! It may not be one of Sabbath’s most popular songs, but it should be. For those of you not into the “hard stuff”, give it a listen – you may be surprised!
The Trooper – Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden is another on my favorite heavy metal bands. This song is based on the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War. The opening line: “You’ll take my life, but I’ll take yours too” is 100% a Bobby Axelrod way of thinking! I love the mix of history and metal, which is something I know Axe appreciates as well. It is also a great song to run to, and since my island buddy and I both like to work out, this song is must!
I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face – My Fair Lady Soundtrack
Yes, this heavy metal goddess loves show tunes! I can sing the entire soundtrack of My Fair Lady, because I love the movie so much. I see myself as Eliza in many ways. I have chosen this song, because Damianista and I have a dream of Damian playing Professor Henry Higgins on Broadway one day, and we go to EVERY SINGLE PERFORMANCE!! I have linked a version not from the movie soundtrack, but a version done by Chris Botti (an amazing trumpet player I have had the pleasure of seeing live many times), and Dean Martin (you can never go wrong with a member of the Rat Pack!). I urge you to take a listen. It’s a magical version!
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking – Rolling Stones
OK, the Rolling Stones are iconic! There is no way I could not have a Stones tune on this list. I’ve seen Mick, Keith and the boys many times live – at stadiums, arenas, and smaller, more intimate venues. They never disappoint. This is my favorite Stones tune. It may not be the most well known, but it should be! Its connection to Damian? Well, Damian and his lovely wife Helen got a chance to see the Stones live in the UK this summer!
— Damian Lewis (@lewis_damian) June 20, 2018
No Remorse – Metallica
How could I not have a song that reminds me of Nick Brody? And how could this metal chick not have a Metallica tune on her list? This song is about how soldiers have to do what needs to be done with “no remorse, no repent”, and that was Brody’s mindset in S1 of Homeland. I know we are all happy Carrie changed his way of thinking!
It’s Good to Be King– Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
The death this past autumn of Tom Petty hit me pretty hard. As many of you know, I underwent chemo treatments last summer. I had to drive from my home in Long Island, NY to my treatment center, which was in Manhattan. The drive was at least 90 minutes each way. I would listen to the Tom Petty Radio station on my XM radio. It really helped my anxiety on the way there, and was calming on the way home (especially sitting in city traffic!!). I truly believe one of Damian’s best roles was Henry the VIII in Wolf Hall (it’s also the role that made be become aware of Mr. Lewis!) “It’s good to be King and have your own world, It helps to make friends, it’s good to meet girls” – if that doesn’t describe Henry, I don’t know what does!!
Also, when Gingersnap was giving us all here at FanFun our Wilbury status, she gave me Tom Petty, and that was pretty cool!!
Fortress Around Your Heart – Sting
Sting’s voice is so unique, and his lyrics are so meaningful. I loved him when he was a member of the Police, but I think he has done his best work as a solo artist. This song reminds me of Soames Forsyte. He wanted to lock away the women he loved, to the point of making them virtual prisoners. Damianista and I may be the only two people on the planet who feel sorry for Soames! Damn Irene!!
The song is just a beautiful, haunting tune, and the saxophone work by Branford Marsalis is amazing.
I Shall Believe – Sheryl Crow
I think Sheryl Crow is one of the best lyricists of her generation. Her songs range from heartbreaking, to fun, to quirky, to just plain cool. The lyrics to this song are so meaningful and so beautiful.
“Not everything is gonna be the way you think it ought to be”
Can’t we all, at some point in our lives, relate to that? This song reminds me of Charlie Crews. All he wanted was to prove his innocence, and in the process, have his partner, Dani, believe in him. Yes, this song is a bit of a love song, and I never believed Dani and Charlie should be romantically linked, but deep friendship is love, and that is the kind they had.
Castaway’s Favorite Track:
No surprises here: The Wizard by Black Sabbath!
The Bible – Old Testament
I’ll have a lot of time on my hands, and I’ve never read the Bible, so I’ll have the time. Also, I do believe my island-mate and I can have many a discussion/debate about its meaning!
Since I’m going to be on a desert island, I won’t need a blanket, but a pillow is a necessity! If I don’t get a good night’s sleep, I’m as ornery as a bear, and my island partner just wouldn’t appreciate that!
It won’t always be harmonious, and I’m sure there will be times I’m at my end of the island, and he’s at his, but who else would it be? Henry is too grumpy, Brody is still hooked on Carrie, Soames is too intense, and Charlie is fun, but I need to have someone who understands my passion for the market, music and all things NY!