Sunday, 19 January 2014

Podcaster, flight attendant and author Betty in the Sky

Renowned podcaster Betty Thesky has featured in USA Today, The New Yorker and even hosted her own BBC World Service documentary since hitting the air and the airwaves with her unique podcast. Betty is a flight attendant for a major US airline and recounts tales of her escapades in her addictive podcast Betty in the Sky with a Suitcase.

As Betty spends her life travelling the world and we don't want to jinx her with our usual rules of making our guests crash-land in a desert, we've allowed her to be isolated on a desert island as a special one-off backdrop to her song choices.

"I had to give this some thought,  I love so many different types of music," Betty says. "But I concentrated on the task at hand. A deserted island. For a luxury item I would want a snorkel and mask so I could really enjoy the water. I'm a big traveler and snorkelling feels like going to another country, another world... the country under the sea."

Betty's picks:

Baha Men - Lime In The Coconut

Betty says: "My first song is on the nose and is sort of a party song so I thought it would be appropriate... 'Lime In The Coconut'  by Baha Men (I sure hope there would be lots of coconuts!)"

Ben Harper - Beter Way

Betty says: "I thought I might want an anthem of sorts. Something righteous and upbeat to keep me going so I picked 'Better Way' by Ben Harper."

Cibo Matto - Sugar Water

Betty says: "I wanted songs that fit different moods and Sugar Water makes me feel sexy. I found this song on Buffy the Vampire Slayer when I was young and silly... but I still love it and I'm still silly."

Cat Power - Could We

Betty says: "This next one is upbeat and I can listen to it over and over again and it always makes me smile."

Ben Harper - Brown Eyed Blues

Betty says: "I picked two songs by Ben Harper. So maybe what I really want to take as a luxury item to a deserted island is Ben Harper."

Morcheeba - World Looking In

Betty says: "The next two songs were given to me on a mix CD by a guy I was really smitten with at the time. So the lyrics still warm my heart. We both had books being published at the time so 'the world looking in our window' was actually pretty accurate."

Jack Johnson - Supposed to Be

Betty says: "Supposed to Be is my last pick. It's calming and maybe sitting on a beautiful deserted island is actually... 'how it's supposed to be!'"