Monday, March 07, 2005

In a vague attempt to brighten up this blog...

As I am fed up to the nth degree I have decided to jazz up my blog by explaining my Desert Island Discs - the eight records that I would take to a desert island with me. This is based on a popular radio programme in the UK

Late In The Evening - Paul Simon. I think it's that chugga chugga introduction that takes me right back to my childhood. So much music is emotive of my childhood - all I remember as a child is listening to tapes in the car going places (where were we always going??) Consequently I know all the words to all the songs on Revolver, Rubber Bullet, Kraftwerk albums, Queen albums, Pipes of Peace, Tug of War (Paul McCartney) Carole King's Tapestry, Diamonds and Rust by Joan Baez etc etc... and Paul Simon. I actually prefer Paul Simon to Simon and Garfunkel, and this is really my absolute favourite.

Wonderwall - Oasis. Mike and I chose this song for the register signing part of our wedding, mainly because the words " and all the roads we have to walk are winding/and all the lights that lead us there are blinding/there are many things that I would like to say to you but I don't know how." And it kind of follows us around; last week it was our wedding anniversary, and suddenly as we were flicking through the music channels the video was on VH1, and then while we were away at the weekend, it was played out on a tannoy as we were out walking.

Unfinished Sympathy - Massive Attack. I could quite simply listen to this song all day long for the rest of my life. It's the words again - "I know that I've imagined love before/And how it could be with you" - it's about unrequited love, and dear reader I have been there, oh yes. And this song came into my awareness at about the time that I was having this experience (and about four years after it was released).

Little Star - Madonna. I played this at Alfie's baptism, because I think that it is the most wonderful song about being a parent - apparently it is about Lourdes - I listened to it all the way through my pregnancy, and I adore the line "God gave a present to me" - cos he did.

William It Was Really Nothing - the Smiths - Ooooooh those jangly guitars!!! I could dance round the room a la Mozzer for the rest of my days to this...

Where the Streets Have No Name - U2 - it was either this or One, which is a bit cliched (and also has some bitter sweet memories for me), anyway, I love the build up to this, moving into The Edge's guitar, just gorgeous

River - Joni Mitchell. No words.

Now the last one gets a bit hard - the above never really change (at least there's always one Smiths or U2, if not necessarily those ones), but the last one fluctuates depending upon my mood and the direction of the wind, quite frankly... anyway one of:
Groovejet - Spiller
Yes - McAlmont and Butler
or maybe
Crazy in Love - Beyonce (sometimes you need to jiggle!)
No Regrets - Robbie Williams
Friday's Child - Will Young
Diamonds and Rust - Joan Baez

They may have to do an extended programme when I get on it.

This has taken me nearly an hour to do!!!!


jess said...

Oh, I love the intro to Late in the Evening, too - such a fun song. I always associate James Taylor with car trips - we had a tape we always brought with us when we visited my grandparents.

beege said...

Our childhood roadtrips had the same soundtrack, Zoe. Except throw in a little early BeeGees and Bread for mine.

Laura said...

love your choices! I love Paul Simon and U2 and a few of the others. I could not be forced to choose my 8 CDs. I have too many, and love too diversely, I think. I would hurt to not have something. hehe

erinberry said...

You are so right - "Late in the Evening" is a wonderful song! And I definitely agree about Joni Mitchell's "River" as well.