Just for a change, I thought I’d share my, and ask you for your, Desert Island Discs.
My Eight Records
- Richard Clayderman’s version of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U21Ts_FfRU4 because it reminds me of my oldest friend (who’s eight months younger than me, I hasten to add) Heike.
- Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable because Nat was my father’s favourite. My father died September 2001 and I think about him every day (it would have been his birthday this Saturday). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDN5rG3wLa4
- Pink Floyd is most featured on my Ipod and given that Dark Side of the Moon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRVN_T2v490) is one (forty-three-minute) track and Shine on you Crazy Diamond (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0sw2CgysWY) is seventeen minutes, I could cheat and have either of those but would probably go with Comfortably Numb (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUYzQaCCt2o) because it’s a life story in just under seven minutes
- I couldn’t have a top eight without choosing a Beatles track and my favourites are two of their least well-known, She’s Leaving Home (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lG3nXyI41M) and For No One (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6iAykoKLog), and I’d chose the latter.
- Like my writing (light and dark), I’m a rock and classics fan and love ELO which is sort of a bit of both, or at least somewhere in between. My two favourites of theirs, again not so well-known, are Letter from Spain (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntJw-lHS6mY) and Ticket to the Moon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LGwU-aStzI), so for this purpose, I’d choose the latter.
And finally, my top three, just because I love them:
- Adele’s theme to the Bond film Skyfall https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DeumyOzKqgI
- Radiohead’s Street Spirit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrTB-iiecqk
- Erik Satie’s Gnossienne no.1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLFVGwGQcB0
And which one would I save from the waves? A really hard choice especially from the final three but it would be number seven, Street Spirit, because I’ve heard it hundreds of times, but can never remember the intro before it starts so perhaps hearing it a few more hundred times would instil in somehow.
- I know I’m only allowed eight but if I could have a ninth, I’d have Coldplay’s Don’t Panic (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uxt-FnNy2I), again not going for such a well-known one.
- And to make up my top ten, seeing as I’ve gone over the eight anyway would be a harder choice still; AC/DC Back in Black? David Gray’s The Other Side? Genesis’ Mama? Moby Sunday? Led Zeppelin’s When the Levee Breaks? Satie’s Gymnopedies no 4? The Stranglers’ Strange Little Girl? Adele’s Someone Like You? No, I think I’d have to end the choice with Bob Marley’s Sun is Shining because it would be on my tropical island.
My top choice of book (it may surprise you)
And because this is a writing blog, which book would I choose to accompany the Bible and the Complete Works of Shakespeare? (both of which I wouldn’t mind having because I’ve never got to grips with either) I was originally going to pick Roald Dahl’s Complete Short Stories but I’d prefer the world’s most comprehensive colour encyclopaedia because, especially since becoming a writer, I want to know everything about everything and for a change, I’d have the time.
And my luxury?
Easy: an endless supply of paper and pens (with folders and a hole punch so I could title my stories and file them alphabetically!).
- What are your eight choices?
- Which book would you take?
- What would be your luxury?
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