Team Leader Specials passed away on December 18th After an illness from pancreatic cancer, he is 63 years old.
Since the “Too Much Young Too Young” singer’s death, the BBC has resurfaced old interviews and his various appearances to celebrate Hall’s life and work.
This morning, (Tuesday, December 27), a 2019 interview with host Mary Ann Hobbs was rebroadcast on the radio station as a tribute to the singer.
The interview features Hall discussing life and music with Hobbes while picking out some of his favorite songs.
Before the interview ended, Hobbs asked if Hall could tell the listeners about “the best of times” so they could “end on a really positive note”.
“I didn’t realize I was spending the first 50 years of my life in this bubble called depression,” the singer began. “People told me that, but I had no idea what I was doing.”
“Then 10 years ago, I had to get attention because of an incident and I found a doctor, and she was with me for 10 years and she took me out of this bubble and said, ‘I’ve got a disease, but we can handle it,'” he said.
“So for at least five years, I was incredibly cool and appreciated things on a different level, which I never imagined.”
“Like really simple things – like on the road here, I saw a folding bike and it made my day that you could fold a bike that big,” he recalls.
“It’s like origami. But only at this level and if I get one thing like this every day I’m so happy. So happy.”
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Hobbes replied: “I think joy is always something you feel most acutely in little things.”
Hall agreed, before adding: “People always say to me, ‘You got your first record, you were handed this, why don’t you smile? ‘” I don’t know why I didn’t smile but that folding bike made me smile and there you go. That’s me, I really think.”
“are you happy?” Hobbes asked, before Hall answered, “Yes, yes,” in the poignant interview.
Hall then chose a song called “Oh, Lori” by the Alessi Brothers.
Oddly enough, the track refers to a “bicycle”. Hall admitted that the track became a “ritual” for him to sing on the Santa Monica Pier when he visited Los Angeles.
“I’d walk in there and sing ‘Oh, Lori’ and again something very simple, but incredibly joyful.”
There is a selection of shows celebrating Hall’s life via the BBC Sounds app available now.