I have been a stalwart fan Desert Island Discs for many years and have experienced great excitement as the BBC has just opened up much of the archive, which has been a joy to go through. On the 11th June there is to be a special programme featuring, amongst other things, lists submitted by the public!!! All fans will no doubt have spent hours dreaming of their eight records, book and luxury. Now we all have a chance to submit our music choices at least. I have always known my luxury, paints and paper, surprisingly, only Vera Lynn, Alma Coogan and recently Debbie Harry have chosen this particular combination.....I found that hard to believe so changed my wording in the search box to 'paints' many more came up including Barry Humphries and Trevor MacDonald but paints without paper??? Hopefully Kirsty would be kind and include a tablet or two even though not specifically requested. I would accept the Bible and Shakespeare my other book would be a 'Teach yourself Polish' it is a great regret of mine that all I can manage is 'hello', 'goodnight', etc and some nursery rhymes...so trapped alone with hours of nothing to do I should hopefully be able to get some of my father's language into my head!
But then the music.....a lifetime of song condensed into eight! At first thought almost an impossibility...eighty I could do but EIGHT!! Anyway, I set to with pad and pen and started to think, of people, events, times of my life, locations....much writing, much crossing out. I thought of a Strauss waltz for my granny, but I HATE Strauss waltzes and the thought of listening that would send me off the cliff..so decided against. The Lord of the Dance..again took me back to school as a small child and thinking of my brother singing Franchet Lee (he mispronounced Francis Lee, footballer) instead of 'dance said he'...but again would I want to listen to that over and over? For my mum:-Mairzy Doates (and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy) but I only have to think of the title and the song is in my head ALL DAY LONG...so that was out.. For my dad I thought of Ave Maria in Polish, but that would make me too too sad...
So, my method to choosing was as follows, happy dancing songs for days when I feel sad, soul soothing music for days when I need comforting and some that are particular to those that I love...
Here we go....
in no particular order...
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved by You James Taylor
Let There Be Love Nat King Cole
The Lark Ascending Vaughan Williams
Dance the Night Away The Mavericks
The First Time Ever I Saw your Face Christy Moore
Blame it on the Boogie The Jacksons
Polish Accordion Music by Uncle Henry
For today at least this is my list, I could add many more, but the memories created by these are wonderful and would hopefully see me through bad days.. Dance the Night Away....pushing back the table with my children and now my nieces, as they are the only ones who can dance with abandon. Accordion music takes me to family gatherings and standing on my dad's toes dance.... Christy Moore....travels around Ireland with Paul...
Over the last century music has given us a soundtrack to our lives, a song/piece will take us to a day, a person, an emotion. As I get older I can no longer listen to music radio as my soundtrack I wish to choose, not be forced upon.
Here is the link.....go on choose yours!