Margrét Erla Maack is an anchorwoman, entertainer and dance teacher. You can catch her on TV every day after the evening news; at Kamhúsið, teaching belly dancing and Beyoncé dancing; and at Húrra, cracking up the crowd with Improv Iceland, or belting ‘em out at the Hits & Tits karaoke nights (talk about a multitasker). We asked her to pick five music albums that have had some kind of impact on her and her life.
Glámur og Skrámur – Í sjöunda himni
A psychedelic children‘s album about two brothers who step inside a flying teacup, operated by a blue horse. They visit the countries of the rainbow and the album features brilliant music about dancing cows, a toothless king, and a dancing lady with uncountable legs. Highly recommended.
White Stripes – Elephant
I saw them play in NYC and afterwards accidentally dropped into the best karaoke party of my life. There I met people who pushed me further and changed my life completely. When I listen to this album I want to reach out to my younger self and guide her. If it hadn‘t it been for this album, I‘d be an English teacher now.
FM Belfast – How to Make Friends
This album reminds me of the brief, but good times in [bar] Karamba back in the day. Crowdsurfing, frozen drinks, game nights, crowded concerts and great events. Summer, friends, happiness. It‘s the perfect singalong album.
High Fidelity Original Soundtrack
This might count as cheating, but it‘s just too brilliant to not be included. The perfect make-out album, just make sure to skip “Let’s Get It On,” simply too cliché.
Beyoncé – Lemonade
I know it‘s a new album, but since I teach a dance class called Beyoncé-Diva Class, I am thankful for this album in more ways than one. First off, it‘s an empowering album if you‘ve ever been on any side of infidelity. It also stresses the fact that monogamy might be overrated and not for everyone. On a more personal and practical note: I was able to quit my day job and will spend my summer teaching Beyoncé moves in bachelorette parties. Bey: thank you once again for contributing to my happiness.
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