I’m reading, and enjoying, ‘The Road to Little Dribbling”, Bill Bryson’s latest book, it’s a sequel to 1996’s ‘Notes from a Small Island. I found myself Googling his name and there among the results was his participation in Desert Island Discs, a program that I used to listen to many years ago. Listening got me thinking, which seven titles would I choose were I ever put in that predicament. I could trawl through near 10,000 titles in my iTunes picking ‘possibles’ and then editing that list down to seven, that would take weeks, or I could just pick ’em off the top of my head; I chose the latter. And then I thought this would be an interesting post for the Spill, we have a group of dedicated listeners all with very clearly defined musical tastes, so the question is, were you to be confined to a desert island for the rest of your life, which seven titles would you take with you?
As a small bonus they let you also bring a book and one ‘luxury item’. I would choose ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson’ plus my iPod, headphones and a solar battery charger.
What would you take? Here’s my list.
1. Wagner – Tristan und Isolde – Prelude.
2. Mahler – 5th movement: Finale – Chorus: “Aufersteh’n”Symphony No. 2
3. Bob Marley – Ex0dus,
4. Tangled up in Blue Bob Dylan
5 Little Girl Blue – Nina Simone
6. West End Blues – Louis Armstrong
7. A day in the Life – Beatles.
Book – A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
Lux item: iPod,headphones, and solar battery charger.