Desert Island Discs
I love blogging and I love music. Therefore it stands to reason that I love to blog about music. It is particularly nice when other people ask me to write about music, as did Kirsty at Imperfect Pages. Kirsty did a great meme based on the familiar Desert Island Discs theme and chose to tag me among others.
By her own admission, Kirsty took a long time to boil down her musical history to eight tunes. I know what she means. I have a bunch of favourite artists, and each of those artists has many songs in their canons of work. It would be impossible to pick eight songs to listen to knowing you wouldn’t listen to anything else ever. You may as well poke out my eardrums with a pointy stick. I always thought Tom Hanks should’ve done that in Castaway.
Anyway, my rationale for my final eight picks was this: choose my favourite artists, pick an album of theirs I can listen to the whole way through and from it, a track. It is no coincidence that some of these tracks are very long. If I’m going to be stuck on an island, I may as well prolong the pleasure I get, huh?
Change Your Mind by Neil Young and Crazy Horse. This is the thick end of fifteen minutes of pure genius. The entire album, Sleeps with Angels is a moody, atmospheric and distorted soundscape. It has Americana written right through it and you can almost taste the dust when you listen to it.
All I Need by Air. These two French guys can do no wrong in my book. The album, Moon Safari, is a perfect soundtrack if you need to relax or lose yourself. I’ve blogged before about the significance of this particular song, and for that reason alone I couldn’t leave it behind.
Once Around the World by It Bites. Remember them? You may recall Calling All the Heroes but they were much more ambitious than that piece of catchy pop would have you believe. Once Around the World is a fifteen minute epic again, but weaves a rich tapestry.
When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin. No desert island selection would be complete without some Zep. Easily my favourite band ever. The fourth album of course contains the classic Stairway to Heaven but I chose Levee… for its harder sound, harsher vocals and killer drum beat.
Butterfly by Jason Mraz. This album means a great deal to me, reminding me of times, people and places. I like this song because, simply put, it is a sexy song. It is about the desire between two people, a desire which doesn’t descend into obsession. It is full of physical sentiments. I like that.
So What by Miles Davis. Jazz is an acquired taste. It isn’t always immediate. It takes some listening to, to understand what is being heard. Sometimes though, it just pushes the right buttons and Kind of Blue is an album which did that for me. This track and the whole album exudes class.
Love Song for No One by John Mayer. Another artist whose music means so much more than just the notes on a CD. This is pretty much a perfect pop song. It’s a plea for the love of his life to make herself apparent, because the singer knows she’s out there. He just hasn’t met her yet. Very positive.
If I Can’t Change your Mind by Sugar. Bob Mould, the driving force behind this band and Hüsker Dü before it, created a rock masterpiece with the Copper Blue album. The songs are rough-edged and loud but perfectly crafted. This song just leaves me with a grin on my face. Sorted.
So those are my eight favourite songs from my eight favourite albums by my eight favourite artists. I get to choose a book and luxury item too apparently. My book would be one of the big American novels, probably either Bonfire of the Vanities or A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe.
My luxury? Am I allowed my lappy (and a solar charger)? No? I’ll make do with my sunglasses then…
All that is left is to tag some fellow castaways:
Fenngirl at My Mummy Wrote this for Me
Mrs. M at At Home with Mrs. M
Emma at Me and Fred
Matt at several places
Karen at If I Could Escape
Becky at Single Mummy
Jane at How I Like My Coffee
…and YOU if you want to leave a list of 8 choons in the comments below or blog about it and leave a link. Love to see your selections.