Desert Island Discs

Okay, I know I’m a late comer to this, but boy am I enjoying Desert Island Discs.

For those of you who don’t know, it’s a radio program that has been running on the BBC since 1942. In each episode, a (famous) person chooses eight tracks that they would take with them to a desert island and explains why those songs are important to them.

Things I have learned while listening to DID:

– Ed Sheerhan is a very thoughtful person, although his songs are terrible.

– Bruce Springsteen has a beautiful laugh, and The Beatles’ early stuff is more important than I realised.

– Really old white guys like really old prog rock and metal, and that’s cool.

– I am not the only person who loves Bach’s cello suites.

– When you come from a family of musicians, all your favourite music is their music, and that’s sweet.

– It is impossible to listen to an episode of Desert Island Discs without thinking about which songs you would choose.

So what songs would you choose?

There are so many songs that have been important to me in some way or other over the years, whether because of a person or a place or an event, that I reckon would make my shortlist. Tool, of course, and Nine Inch Nails and Rage Against the Machine. But also Hawkmoon 269 by U2, Berlin Chair by You Am I, On the Road Again by Canned Heat, Tapestry by Carole King, and Fire and Rain by James Taylor.

And then there’s this little favourite, which explains how I felt last Friday, on a day that was so perfect I still can’t even write about it. Maybe soon.

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