Manchester-born Tim Booth, 38, is lead singer with James, who release their Best Of album today and will tour the UK in April.
We have no way of assessing and understanding our own lives in a greater sense, so the day that changed my life was probably some seemingly uneventful day, on which I blew my nose and triggered off a quantum reaction that sent my world on a different spin. However, here is a list of esoteric incidents in chaotic order, that left a deep impression on my software.
Mother nearly miscarrying me left a sense of being unwanted and a fear of walking on sidewalk grills.
Being born and son being born.
The horror of boarding school. The need to please, to fit in.
Loneliness and dealing with bullies.
Having a near-death experience in hospital.
Living with an undiagnosed, inherited liver disease for 22 years.
My son nearly dying of croup at six months in Portugal and driving 120 miles through the night to the nearest hospital.
Discovering that dancing and singing take me closer to the spirit.
Discovering that spirit is alive and well, despite the attempts of organised religions to kill her.
Rupturing discs in my neck; illness has been a great teacher, but I wish he’d piss off now.
Working with inspiring people: Brian Eno, Angelo Badlementi, Gabrielle Roth.
Love affairs and break-ups.
A couple of incredibly vivid dreams that warned me about the self-destructive direction my life was taking. They were about the dire consequences of the tortured artist myth I was trying to live up to at the time.
Meeting, loving and proposing to my beloved.