I think I’ll start a new type of post on this blog – “Today’s Desert Island Disc”. They’ll be short because I just want to quickly point out a much-loved, much-returned-to record in my collection without providing a full review. I’ll link to it on Amazon.com (the way I try to with everything here) and I’ll say why I like it.
The notion of desert island discs has a long, proud history. For instance, Desert Island Discs is the world’s longest-running radio show. A BBC Radio 4 show,
[Desert Island Discs] was first broadcast on 29 January 1942 and is said by the Guinness Book of Records to be the longest-running music programme in the history of radio. Guests are invited to imagine themselves castaways on a desert island, and to choose eight pieces of music to take with them; discussion of their choices permits a review of their life. Aside from music, they are permitted one book, excluding the Bible or other religious work and the complete works of Shakespeare, which are already present on the island to force more original choices. They also choose one luxury which must be inanimate and of no survival value, though large supplies of champagne seem to be allowed. (Wikipedia)
I won’t follow the show’s rules here. If I did, my anticipated new ‘series’ of posts would be over too soon. I’ll just have to assume that I’ll have enough space on my desert island to have stacks and stacks of CDs (or an MP3 player with a really big battery).
To clarify, “Today’s Desert Island Discs” are records I would take with me on that day – there’s just no way that I could ever decide on a limited number of CDs that would become the only ones I’d take with me.
And my Top 10 from earlier is just that… “records I’ve loved the most over the course of my life.” Those aren’t necessarily my desert island discs. They’re just great records :)