Castaway's Junk

on Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Our friend, Cedarflame, has been forced to be a refugee of sorts when her apartment was water damaged. She had to move her stuff into another apartment and live elsewhere while they repaired her damaged apartment. In the post, she discusses a little about all the stuff that she has collected over the years.

I got to wondering about the things that we collect, do they help define us? Are they physical representations of our inner selves? Yes, squirrels can be come pensive and philosophical sometimes when the winter drags too %@#$ long.

Anyway, this brought to mind a BBC radio program called "Desert Island Discs". This radio program is still on but was first broadcast in 1942 and is recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the longest running musical program in the history of radio. The premise behind Desert Island Discs was to interview a famous guest and to have them imagine that they were about to be castaway and exiled on a desert island. They were told that they could bring 8 pieces of music (originally gramaphone records), one book (other than the bible and the complete works of Shakesphere which were already provided on the island) and one luxury item.

Some episodes of this program are now available as podcasts.

So what might your answer be. Let's play Desert Island Discs. 8 musical pieces or songs, one book and one luxury item. Perhaps we could modernise this to 8 CDs, that would still be desert island discs.

I have to give this one a thought myself and will give my answers in the next post.

21 comments:

the walking man said...

One luxury item... a yacht in working order.

One book...Moby Dick by Melville.

8 pieces of Music

Mozart

Beethoven

Bach

Hayden

any of the Duhns by Ravi Shankur

Led Zepplin Second album

Carney Leon Russel

Greatest Hits by Bowie just because it's pretty long with 17 songs on it.

evalinn said...

Intersting, I´ll have to think about this one!

Jo said...

One luxury item: The complete line of Evelyn and Crabtree.

One book: The complete works of Somerset Maugham.

8 pieces of music:

Mozart

Beethoven

Bach

Hayden (thanks, Mark)

Ahmed Jamal 1958 World Tour

The Rolling Stones "Let it Bleed"

The soundtrack from Breakfast at Tiffany's by Henry Mancini.

Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits.

mago said...

I have to think about this, but will answer.

secret agent woman said...

I can never generate lists of favorite music or book or whatever, I have to see them. BTW, your kin keep showing up in my posts.

squirrelmama said...

Not an easy one, LGS.

Not sure yet what book.
But some (not all) of the music:

The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Andrea Bocelli singing anything at all
Stevie Wonder, any album at all
Europa by Gato Barbieri

for starters...

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Mark,
A yacht? So practical. I think that was what Napolean asked for when they exiled him to Elba and how he escaped.

Interesting music choices; strong on classical but quite eclectic. I had to look up Leon Russel but he seems a good choice.

Why Moby Dick?

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

evalinn,
look forward to hear from my Swedish castaway.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Jo,
Did you know that some of Somerset Maugham's short stories were based in colonial Malaysia?

You seemed to have copied the first half of Mark's answers and the rest are equally eclectic.

And your luxury item was no surprise. Good choice on account of the harsh sun, salt and sand.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

mago,
Being a reader and a scholar, your choice of book will be particularly interesting but looking forward to all your answers.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

secret agent woman,
That's because squirrels rule!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

squirrelmama,
All great choices. Gato Barbieri was new to me but I looked him up and have to thank you for bringing him to my attention.

mago said...

It would be easier to have eight books and one LP ...

geewits said...

Luxury item: The biggest crate I could get full of Carmex lip balm

Book: The Count of Monte Cristo

Music:
My Jazz compilation CD featuring "Take 5" and "The Girl From Ipanema"

My 60's Frat Party CD featuring "Do You Love Me" and "Devil With Blue Dress On"

My Andrew Lloyd Weber compilation CD.

The Platters Greatest Hits

Vince Guaraldi Trio's "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me"

Sountrack from "The Wizard of Oz"

Black-Eyed Peas either "The E*N*D" or "Elephunk" (That's a tough one.)

This was fun!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Mago,
Rules are meant to be broken. Please go ahead and bring your 8 books and one music cd.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

geewits,
I like the way you chose your music. I think in a similar fashion. I like many of your choices too...Take 5, Charlie Brown, Black Eyed Peas etc. The Count of Monte Cristo is another excellent choice.

Molly said...

Will have to put my thinking cap on for this one! It was a fun read.....

mago said...

1) Some Gluck.
2) Some Händel.
3) A sampler with baroque lute music.
4) A sampler with renaissance lute music.
5) Led Zeppelin BBC sessions.
6) Stones, Let it bleed.
7) Behrendt, Die Welt ist Klang (here).
8) Something from Jan Garbarek, maybe together with the Hilliards.

Book: Boethius, consolamentum philosophiae.

Luxury item: The Zedler. Complete, please.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Molly,
You are already near a lot of sun and sand so it would be interesting to see what you choose.

Mago,
Interesting choices. I do enjoy lute music in small doses but I am sure you know a lot of lovely lute tunes. I had to look up the Zedler. 64 Volumes with 4 more supplementary volumes....... it will indeed take a long time to read it all. Good choices, my friend.

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