Desert Island Discs: The Gauntlet Has Been Thrown
Got an e-mail today from Simeon, one of my five favorite non-DNA-sharing folks (and twice the music freak I am). And I’ve let him down. Back in March, I published my version of Desert Island Discs.
Not sure what I’m talking about? On BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs, celebrities select eight songs they’d want with them on a deserted island, those eight songs they couldn’t live without.
Being a right proper Brit, Simeon admonished me for not playing the game correctly. I hate disappointing Simeon. He demanded that I try again, and this time I’m to follow the rules. As he said, “If I could narrow mine down I'm sure you could.” I can’t back down from a challenge. Or disappoint Simeon for one more day.
I worked on the list all day (when I should have been writing sizzling newsletter copy on the new evaluation form or developing a communication campaign on the binder recycling program; damn, my job is exciting). And it was agonizing. Excruciating. Just plain wrong. How can I leave off Zevon or The B-52’s … Elvis Costello or Bowie … the Stones or Beck? A life without Sam Phillips or Oasis, “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road” or “Thirteen” is merely an existence, a post-apocalypic hell that only Philip K. Dick could dream up. But I persevered.
My Desert Island Discs. Simeon, I hope you’re proud of me.
- R.E.M.: “Turn You Inside-out”
- Jeff Buckley: “So Real”
- Al Green: “Love and Happiness”
- Nina Simone: “Feeling Good”
- The Replacements (featuring Peter Buck): “I Will Dare”
- Prince: “My Name Is Prince”
- Rufus Wainwright: “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk”
- Nanci Griffith: “Morning Song for Sally”
Now you have to do it. List your DIDs in my comment box … post them on your blog … or e-mail them to me.
And could someone please include “Radio Free Europe,” in case we’re stuck on the same island?
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