Inspired by an accidental (thank you iTunes randomizer) listen to The Cure’s Staring At The Sea album yesterday morning, I realized I’ve often thought about & talked about my “top 10” albums ever, but never have actually created a list.
I know so many of you hang on my every word, as is evidenced by the amount of comments I get on my blog (Anyone?…Bueller?…), and so I’m sure you’ve be anxiously awaiting the day when I’d actually come through with this list, instead of incessantly chattering on about it. Well, dear readers, the wait is over!
Now, I’ve decided, seeing that it’s near impossible to narrow down hundreds, nay, thousands of albums to “ten favorites”, to instead, make this my “Desert Island Discs” list. That is: we shall imagine that at some point in the future, were I to be stranded on a desert island, with only 10 CDs, and a solar-powered CD player (that has, obviously, no other way of transmitting or otherwise getting myself off the island, or giving me access to additional music. OBVIOUSLY.), that these would be the albums I would choose to listen to. Ad nauseum. Forever and ever, amen.
So, the major qualification to make it on to THIS list, then, is that if a particular album came on, I’d willingly listen to it, in its entirely, pretty much any time, and could listen to it repeatedly. Which means quality of each song on the album, plus the album as a whole - is key. Which also means, that there COULD be better songs out there – in fact, I know there ARE better songs than what I’ve chosen, as I have several favorite artists (Tori Amos for one BIG one, actually – darn it, woman! And REM for another. Sheesh. And yes, I do notice that only one female artist made it on this list, and for that, I am annoyed and apologetic, yet perhaps more annoyed that I couldn’t find another female musician in my collection where I’d say an emphatic “YES!” to every song on the album.) that didn’t make this list because of their consistent inability to create an album with a cohesive mood or quality throughout. My reasoning for this qualification is that when you only have 10 discs to listen to for the rest of your life, you can’t have an album that contains one or two songs you’d like to fast forward over (okay, yes, I realize I’m dating myself with this post – both in use of the word DISCS and phrase FAST FORWARD. But what can I do, I’m a child of the 70s. And 80s.).
These are in no particular order. That’s a challenge for another day (month, year, whatever).
So, with no further ado (and I often have quite a bit of ado), my 10 Desert Island Discs:
The Cure – Staring at the Sea (1986) - Good background music, no complaints.
The Pixies – Doolittle (1989) - For when I'm feeling a little riled up - say, I'm running out of coconuts.
Depeche Mode – Black Celebration (1986) - For my darker, moodier moments on the island.
Dave Matthews Band – Under the Table & Dreaming (1994) - because there's no way I could be on an island forever & not have Dave along for the ride.
Chopin - Nocturne #2 in E Flat, Prelude #4 in E Minor, Nocturne in C# Minor, Impromptu #4 in C# Minor - Need piano.
Sinead O’Connor – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (1990) - Got to have a strong woman along.
Peter Gabriel – So (1986) - Because there's nothing wrong with this album. And, In Your Eyes.
John Denver – John Denver’s Greatest Hits (1973) - The only thing missing is Annie's Song, but I've got to have John.
Simon & Garfunkel – Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits (1972) - Couldn't go the rest of my life without harmonic perfection.
Coldplay – Parachutes (2000) - Just goodness.
If you were stranded on a desert island with a CD player, no other electricity, and 10 disks, what would YOU choose?