Wednesday January 13, 2016

Peggy Baker's q playlist: "Music is dance that you can't see"

Peggy Baker reflects on the music that invigorates her, and her "Singing in the Rain" moments as a child.

Peggy Baker reflects on the music that invigorates her, and her "Singing in the Rain" moments as a child. (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)

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As part of our ongoing q playlist series, dance icon Peggy Baker joins guest host Gill Deacon to share the songs that mean the most to her — from the haunting to the uplifting, and throughout the milestones in her life and career.

Baker's show Phase Space pairs dancers with improvised music, an unusual combination.

WEB EXTRA | Watch or listen to Baker's song selections, in the order sampled on air. 

Blue Skies by Doris Day was the first song Baker tap danced to. This song brings to mind the Singing in the Rain moments she imagined for herself under spotlights on street corners as a kid.

 

In Paradisum by Michael Baker is a piece composed by Baker's late first husband, Michael Baker.

 

Gotta Serve Somebody by Bob Dylan causes Baker to reflect on growing up and coping with responsibilities. It came out at a time when she was moving to a new city.

 

The Valley by Jane Siberry is a deeply emotional song for Baker. The lyrics "I live in the hills, you live in the valleys" reminds her of her life with her late second husband, Ahmed Hassan. "We live[d] together and yet our experiences [were] so different," she said.

 

The Ridge by Sarah Neufeld. "Music is dance you can't see," says Baker. In her new work Phase Space, music follows movement — a break from the norm, as dancers normally follow the music.