“Day Four: Seven Things That Cross Your Mind A Lot”
1. Any number of songs.
2. My love life (or lack thereof).
3. Money (or lack thereof).
4. Imagining myself as a world-famous writer and being interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.
5. The weather.
6. Imagining a life on the road.
7. “What day of the week is it?”
The longest-running radio programme of all time is Desert Island Discs, a BBC interview show where, between standard interviewing about the subject’s life and times, the host (currently Kirsty Young) asks the subject to choose eight records, one book (apart from Shakespeare and one religious text), and one luxury he would want if he were stranded on a desert island.
Many music fans around the world wonder what they would choose for their eight. It’s like taking your life’s soundtrack, its mixtape, its playlist, and then cutting it even further until only the most essential eight remain. Pretty difficult if you think about it too much. Do you take your Senior Prom Dance Song over your Road Trip to Georgia Song? Would you miss That Classical Piece more than you miss That Theme Song? Needless to say, you can tell a lot about a person by which eight he may finally settle upon.
For the next ten days, I shall post my current list of eight records, one book, and one luxury. I’ll quickly discuss what they mean to me, what makes me think they’re great, and maybe even what it would be like on a desert island.
DESERT ISLAND DISCS: Record One
“One Fine Day”
When I was young, my mom always had the oldies station on the car radio. I grew up loving the songs of the 50’s and 60’s, and this song has remained a firm favorite. On a good day, I consider it the greatest record of all time. The opening blitz of drum and piano, the shoo-be-doo-be-doo-be-doo-be-doo-wah-wah’s, the lead vocal singing those hopeful lyrics underscored by that piano ringing like church bells… wonderful.