Monday, 23 May 2011

8 Songs, 1 Book & A Luxury

I am a huge Radio Four fan. I wake up to Today (serious morning news programme), I have always listened to The Archers (a very long running soap opera set in an English country village) and just love pottering around the house listening to its dulcet tones all day. I like getting whisked away to another world while listening to a play and being fascinated by a documentary on a subject that I never knew that I wanted to know about. Radio Four is a great British institution!

One of my favourite programmes is Desert Island Discs in which well-known people are interviewed about their lives whilst sharing the eight pieces of music that they would like to take to a desert island. They also get a choice of book (they already have the Complete Works of Shakespeare and a Bible or other religious text) and a luxury.

Picking your choices has been a popular dinner party game for years and I was delighted to hear that the BBC are now compiling a list of the nation's Desert Island Discs via their website and was quick to enter my selection. 

I thought I would my eight pieces of music with you. Perhaps it tells you lots about me and who I am or on the other hand it could suggest very little.

Take That - Shine
Ralph Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending
Gustav Holst - A Somerset Rhapsody
Randy Newman - You've Got A Friend In Me
Harold Darke - In The Bleak Midwinter
Harry Connick Junior - Just The Way You Look Tonight
Claude Debussy - Clair De Lune
Sonny Rollins - Alfie's Theme

Book - The Complete Dales Series by Gervase Phinn 
(If could have two I'd pick I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith 
- I find it very difficult to pick an absolute favourite)
Luxury - My Photograph Albums

My choices are a mixture of favourite and sentimental pieces of music but all remind me of special people and places. I suppose the most obscure choice is the Randy Newman track which is the theme tune from Toy Story, yet it is possibly the most meaningful song as it was Mr P's and my first dance at our wedding last year. We met while working in a toy shop and loved the words and sentiment of the song. It is very 'us'.

Both my book(s) and luxury are not particularly profound choices but they mean a lot to me. They would mentally take me back to family and friends, to the English countryside and to working in a school. I don't think I could tire of either.

As much as I love hearing the selections of celebrities, I also enjoy hearing about other people's choices and would like to pass this list-making activity onto the following people (eight people, like the eight pieces of music they need to pick) should they wish to accept the challenge and then pass it on:

I hope you have as much fun pondering your list and putting it together as I have. I can't wait to read your choices.


  1. This is great! I will start thinking! S x

  2. Many a time I have tried to come up with a list of the music I would take to a desert island, but I just can't narrow it down to a point where I'm happy with it. I'm in awe of your achievement in that regard!

  3. How fun! It will take me a day or two to think through this one... but I am up for the challenge!

  4. I'm thinking, I'm thinking.....

  5. Oh I like these things! Its always lovely to hear the reasons behind the songs, and I like so many of your choices. How lovely that you have the Toy Story theme as your own.

    Sorry its taken me a while to catch up with your recent posts- busy bee! I'll look forward to giving this a go. Thank you for the tag. xxx

  6. I love D.I.D and wish it were longer so that we could enjoy more of the chosen music. That said, I should like a spot where the interviewee was able to choose one piece of music or a recording he/she would like to see go down with the ship! Listening to Goldie Hawn this week I heard my all time choice for Davey Jones Locker... Imagine! The central sentiment is okay - a protest song against war, but oh dear, as if religion and faith have been the cause of all wars! It wasn't the at the root of the great wars of the 20th century, nor or the deaths of millions in communist China and the USSR. As an hustorian I find the lyrics facile. Oh, and we must forget the imagine "no possessions". Thanks John, but weren't you a multi-millionaire. No! Over the side with that disc!