Music is and can be a soundtrack to life and over the years to me it’s been just that. Happy songs Sad songs all come together to help me remember good times and difficult time in my life. Be it on record,CD, cassette tape or even live listening to music has been a great source of inspiration for me in one way or another. At this moment I’m listening to a recently acquired live album by Mike Oldfield funnily enough called Exposed.
Last weekend we visited a record fair in Witham and for only £20 I picked up 4 compact discs and 4 LPs these being Noel Gallagher and Steve Winwoods solo debuts,Mike Oldfields 1979 live album ‘Exposed’ also a Elton John 1970s live album, two Jean Michel Jarre discs a Alan Parsons project album and Robert Plants outing with Alison Krauss on CD.
On the radio the BBC have a long running music based programme called Desert Island Discs which features celebrities choosing their favourite tunes.As a lover of music and after hearing a recent broadcast featuring John McEnroe, I decided to list my own treasured classic tunes.
Desert Island Discs is a radio programme broadcast on BBC Radio 4. It was first broadcast on the BBC Forces Programme on 29 January 1942.Each week a guest, called a ‘castaway’ during the programme, is asked to choose eight recordings (usually, but not always, music), a book and a luxury item that they would take if they were to be cast away on a desert island, whilst discussing their lives and the reasons for their choices. It was devised and originally presented by Roy Plomley.
Since 2006, the programme has been presented by Kirsty Young.
More than 3,000 episodes have been recorded, with some guests having appeared more than once and some episodes featuring more than one guest.An example of a guest who falls into both categories is Bob Monkhouse, who appeared with his co-writer Denis Goodwin on 12th December 1955 and in his own right on 20th December 1998.
Guests are invited to imagine themselves cast way on a desert island, and choose eight recordings, originally gramophone records, to take with them; discussion of their choices permits a review of their life. Excerpts from their choices are played or, in the case of short pieces, the whole work. At the end of the programme they choose the one piece they regard most highly. Guests are also automatically given the Complete Works of Shakespeare and either the Bible or another appropriate religious or philosophical work. They are then prompted to select a third book to accompany them. Popular choices include Charles Dickens and Jane Austen. Actress Judi Dench, who suffers from macular degeneration, was permitted to take an audiobook in place of a printed manuscript.
Guests also choose one luxury, which must be inanimate and of no use in escaping the island or allowing communication from outside. Roy Plomley enforced these rules strictly. He did, however, grant a special dispensation to Princess Michael of Kent, who chose her pet cat.The rules are, however, less strictly enforced today; for instance, Lawley allowed John Cleese to take Michael Palin with him, on the condition that he was dead and stuffed. Examples of luxuries have included champagne and a piano, the latter of which is one of the most requested luxuries.
If I were to appear on the show I’d choose these fine tunes
1. The River Live 1973-1984-Bruce Springsteen
2. Sunflower-Paul Weller
3. Wind of Change-The Scorpions
4. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
5. Deja Vu – Roger Waters
6. Shine on you Crazy Diamond (Full version) – Pink Floyd
7. Tubular Bells Part 1 – Mike Oldfield
8. Baba O’Rielly – The Who
As for the book I’d take my copy of: Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd by and the luxury that’ll be a Solar Powered Digital Radio.