None of them are professional singers, explains theatre-based artist Paintin, who set off in April on the unusual, musically inspired road trip around Europe with her partner, Stenhouse. For the past 15 months, that is precisely what the Bristol-based couple have been doing. With 22, miles on the clock of their motorhome its nickname is Wohnnie , they have so far racked up 33 countries and recorded more than love songs.
Their approach is delightfully unscripted. Image: Matchbox Rhein Neckar.
But what the songs lack in musical cohesion, they share in thematic unity. Be it new love, lost love, wished-for love, patriotic love: each song is a paean to love.
Image: Pelagia Karanikola. The initiative has thrown up a whole heap of surprises for the creative duo. Far fewer people choose to sing in English than they initially imagined, for instance about 5 per cent. Few express interest in Brexit, either. It has restored our faith in them and made us feel hopeful.
Paintin and Stenhouse also plan to tour an eight-hour radio show, based on the songs that they have recorded. The stations will play the compiled songs all day, every day, in perpetuity, explains Paintin. The only catch is that listeners need to be within metres or so of the radio transmitters to be able to tune in to the frequency.
Paintin and Stenhouse in Bristol, from where they set off on their trip. Image: Paul Blakemore.
These two British creatives hope the siting will encourage people to rethink how we share space and territory together across Europe. The negativity bias in the media is holding society back. So, instead, we depend on you. Dream Lover Bobby Darin. Sherry The 4 Seasons. Under the Boardwalk The Drifters. Never My Love The Association. Dawn Go Away The 4 Seasons. Try a Little Tenderness Otis Redding. Walk On By Dionne Warwick.
Johnny Angel Shelley Fabares. Beyond the Sea Bobby Darin. Rag Doll The 4 Seasons. Poetry in Motion Johnny Tillotson. Up on the Roof The Drifters. Be My Baby The Ronettes.
See You in September The Happenings. To Sir with Love Lulu. Cupid Sam Cooke. Carrie-Anne The Hollies. The End of the World Skeeter Davis. Wedding Bell Blues The 5th Dimension. Blue on Blue Bobby Vinton. Moon River Andy Williams. Angel of the Morning Merrilee Rush. Crying Roy Orbison. Next Door to an Angel Neil Sedaka. Are You Lonesome To-night? Elvis Presley.
Stand by Your Man Tammy Wynette.
Calendar Girl Neil Sedaka. Little Green Apples O. A Teenager in Love Dion and the Belmonts. Where the Boys Are Connie Francis. Chapel of Love The Dixie Cups.
Sealed with a Kiss Brian Hyland. Georgy Girl The Seekers.
At Last Etta James. Puppy Love Paul Anka. Surfer Girl The Beach Boys. Soldier Boy The Shirelles. Where or When Dion and the Belmonts. Unchained Melody The Righteous Brothers.
What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong. Abraham, Martin and John Dion.
Hooked on a Feeling B. Good Morning Starshine Oliver. Wichita Lineman Glen Campbell. The Birds and the Bees Jewel Akens. California Girls The Beach Boys. Elusive Butterfly Bob Lind. Spooky Classics IV. Honey Bobby Goldsboro. Popsicles and Icicles The Murmaids.
My Girl The Temptations. My Cherie Amour Stevie Wonder. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted Jimmy Ruffin. In the Name of Love The Supremes. Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes. My Guy Mary Wells. Baby Love The Supremes. Ooo Baby Baby The Miracles. I Need You America.
You Are the Woman Firefall. Sad Eyes Robert John. Dance with Me Orleans. Sister Golden Hair America. Rainy Night in Georgia Brook Benton. If Bread. Still the One Orleans.