Normally I write about baking, or traveling, or writing in this space. But as one of my favourite writers said, “If music be the food of love, play on.”
Duke Orsino (and William Shakespeare) had it right. Music inspires my writing. When I find an album I love, I listen to nothing else for months on end. My family loves that about me.
So I decided to write about my Desert Island Songs – the music that, if I was stuck on a desert island with an iPod that held only ten songs, I couldn’t live without.
Here’s my list. What’s on yours?
Ten (well, actually eleven) Desert Island Songs
1. “Nobody Does it Better”, Carly Simon – If I’m ever with you near a karaoke machine, I will want to sing this song. Don’t let me do it.
2. “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”, Neil Young – Any top ten list that doesn’t feature at least one song by Neil Young is incomplete.
3. “The Scientist”, Coldplay – It tells a story, and I love songs that tell a story.
4. “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic”, The Police – Best. Song. Ever.
5. “With or Without You”, U2 – Because I love melancholy songs performed by a singer with a great voice. See also #2 and #10.
6. “September”, Earth, Wind & Fire – Even people living on a desert island have to dance sometimes.
7. “My Best Friend’s Girl”, The Cars – This album got me through the worst summer job ever. I still don’t understand the lyrics, but I love this song.
8. “I Want You Back”, The Jackson 5 – And 8a is “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”, Jay-Z.
9. “Singin’ in the Rain”, Gene Kelly – I couldn’t have a desert island list without a song from a musical, could I?
10. “Racing Like a Pro”, The National – If it isn’t “Racing Like a Pro”, it would be “Start a War” or “Gospel”. Usually, desert island songs should be at least five years old, to make sure they stand the test of time. But I know I’ll be listening to this album (Boxer) for the rest of my life.