Sunday, November 11, 2007

D. I. D.'s

One of the radio stations that we listen to is having a Desert Island Disc play-a-thon this long Veteran's Day weekend. Basically, they asked listeners to send in their lists of 3 cd's they could listen to for the rest of time if stranded on a desert island with a "kick-ass" (solar powered?) stereo system. This weekend the station is playing one song from each of the three cd's from the lists that they received, as well as announcing on air whose list it is. It's fun hearing what people consider their "top three" - much of it not on the station's regular rotation. I think I have yet to hear any [2 bands who shall remain nameless] both of which have been played so heavily that I wonder if payola is really quite dead. This has got me mulling over which three cd's would be my Desert Island Discs. Only three cd's! Until recently, I wasn't listening to cd's. Mostly the stereo has been tuned-in to NPR (the only way I get my news these days) and that station plays jazz and blues. Fine, but not something I can usually sing along to. Lately I have been in a funk with music, and really in general. But last week, I wanted to get some house work done, and needed some "theme music" in the background. Liz Phair. Or Fair Liz, as I like to call her. Oh! The joy of listening to and singing along with music has been restored to me! Yes, I would definitely have some Liz Phair with me. But which one? Whitechocolatespaceegg would have been my choice, but then I started listening more to the 2003 release simply titled "Liz Phair." Initially I wasn't crazy about this one - it seemed a little too "produced" and I like her earlier, rawer sound. But there's that opening track, Extraordinary. Ladies, if you are ever in a funk, play this song as loud as you can stand it and sing along with these words:

I am extraordinary, if you'd ever get to know me. I am extraordinary. I am just your ordinary, average, everyday, sane/psycho super-goddess.
OK, that settles it - "Liz Phair" it is. On to disc #2 then. When I was single and living in Chicago, my friend (who was later to become my sister-in-law! but that's another story) and I spent much of our spare time browsing the shelves at Dr. Wax on Clark Street. Back then it was a tiny, dark, cramped place. Then they moved in to a bigger brighter location, not nearly as edgy. Now I hear that it has closed. Too bad, it was a very cool place. Anyway, much of my record collection is populated with purchases from Dr. Wax. There I explored my burgeoning interest in Folk Music, 70's and 80's pop that I had missed out on, Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson - who were the only two "Country Music" performers that I could stand because I told myself that they were really outside the genre - and a developing musical genre out of my home state known as Grunge. Nirvana. Pearl Jam has it's place in history too, but for me Nirvana paved the road and the road is the same water-y blue as of the cover of "Nevermind." This is the disc you listen to when you are just so pissed that you are on a desert island that you want to smash some shit. And also to keep all the hungry wild animals away. But then you'll need to listen to something else lest you find yourself dwelling too much on Mr. Cobain. Which brings us to disc #3. Well, so far this hasn't been too hard, but now I ony get to pick one more! And it can't be depressing (sorry, Nirvana.) Here is where I'd have to turn my back to the pop/rock mood music and pick something inspiring. Bach. Classical music is timeless. "The Brandenburg Concertos" is a beautiful collection of six compositions penned by Johann Sebastian Bach in the 1700's. It is inspiring to think that these works are just as popular today as they were 3 centuries ago, and this would be just the ticket for getting me pumped to write S O S in the sand, or light my signal fire, or build my raft. This is the music that would make me want to forage for coconuts and learn how to spear fish. This is the soundtrack for survival. Ahhhhhh, Bach! So, what about you? Where do your musical tastes lie? What three discs would you want on your desert island? Edited to add: now with videos!

16 comments:

Sara said...

Ok, are you ready for it?

Meatloaf "Bat out of Hell" (the original)

The Lemonheads "Come on Feel the Lemonheads"

Alanis Morisette "Jagged Little Pill--Acoustic Version"

But I could never really choose only 3---maybe I could make 3 mix CD's

Sarcasta-Mom said...

Ermmmm, that's a tough one....

Possibly:

The soundtrack of Moulin Rouge (sp?)

The Broadway soundtrack of Les Miserables

A cd compilation of all my favorite Cake songs

Is that legal? A compilation cd of my own design?

These cd's make me sound like a mega dork, but I need stuff I can sing along to if they're the only things I'm ever going to be able to listen to again....

Kathryn said...

I love that you chose such a mix. Very cool.
I'm sorry, but I just can't narrow it down to 3 discs. I listen to every type of music and I just have WAY too many moods to fit into 3 little discs.

theflyingmum said...

Well, technically home mixed cd's are not allowed, but greatest hits and double disc sets are. There are many that I could probably swap out for these three - with the exception of the Bach maybe - I don't know much else Classical music-wise. And tomorrow I may think of something that suits my mood better, but it's still fun to try to narrow it down to just three...

Family Adventure said...

I'm with you on Nirvana. And Sara's choice of Alanis Morisette. And Pink. Oh, but Mozart would be a nice change. And maybe some disco for some retro fun?

This is too hard!

Heidi

Beck said...

I could never possibly choose. Ever. My taste in music changes too much and I get sick of things too quickly.

Alpha DogMa said...

Star Wars A New Hope soundtrack
Paul Simon's Concert in the Park, August 15, 1991
Something by the Blind Boys of Alabama
But ask me in 10 minutes and I'll have a different mood and a different selection.

Nowheymama said...

Wow. That's hard.

I'm enjoying your music-themed posts!

Jennifer said...

If I can cheat and just list artists rather than actual albums, it would be:

- Grateful Dead

- Counting Crows

and...

and...

Committing to one last one is so tough! Maybe Bob Dylan.

Victoria said...

I'm with Beck. Too hard. (Plus then I'd have to admit that I'm a hardcore Kenny Chesney fan and that would totally wreck the minimal blog-cred that I'm working these days...)

=)

allrileyedup said...

Dr Wax sound like a great place.

For the first two albums, I'd go with The Beatles Revolver and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. The third album would depend entirely on the week before I was to go to said island. At the moment, I'd probably go with Flood by TMBG since it's been on my mind.

beta mom said...

What a great post and a great idea!
hmmmm - it's so hard to choose, but I'd go with
Anything by Bruce Springsteen (pre 1990)
Jackopierce
and, hell yes, Meatloaf "Bat out of Hell!"

painted maypole said...

love all your reasonings behind these choices!

I can't hear liz phair without thinking of the very first song of hers that I heard... "F- and run"

theflyingmum said...

Painted Maypole: Yes, she did have her skanky days.

Mad Hatter said...

1. I love Liz Phair, even her skanky days--especially her skanky days.
2. I'll miss you while you're gone but personal time is good too.

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