Desert Island Discs Meme
I’m doing this thanks to Livi at her blog which you can find if you CLICK THIS THINGY-MA-BOBBY LINKAROO!
The deal is that you have to choose 8 pieces of music that you’d most like to have with you on a desert Island, a book and a single luxury item.
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I too, much like Livi, turned to my “25 most played on iTunes” for inspiration!
1) Everybody Knows – Leonard Cohen
This is ACTUALLY my top played song on iTunes. I heard it for the first time in my teens when I watched the film “Pump Up The Volume” for the first time in my teens… it’s an amazing cult teen movie! Fell in love with the song there and then.
2) Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers
This song has been my favourite song since I heard it for the first time when I was about 9 years old. My younger brother and I were at our friend James’ house who was a year older than me. We’d been playing with our toy cars (I was SUCH a tom boy, and still am I guess!!) and James went thorugh to his elder sisters bedroom who was a good few years older than him. He borrowed her vinyl record player and records and it was sat on his bed, with the records spread about on his bed and we were just going through them having a listen to them! When Unchained Melody came on, the boys were about to put it off when I MADE them keep it on til the end… and my love of that song begun… and it’s still the most beautiful song to me now 20 years later. This song isn’t however in my top 25 played songs on iTunes. However I had to reset my iTunes about 6 months to a year ago coz of errors.
3) White Horse – Taylor Swift
This is a new addition for me… it’s and it’s “horsed” right up my top played songs on my iTunes and is currently sitting at the number 5 position there! This is a smashing “girl loves boy, boy doesn’t realise what he’s got til it’s gone, girl realises once he’s gone she’s better off without the boy” type song!! If you’ve not heard it… go listen to it on the YouTube.
4) Runaway Train – Soul Asylum
I still remember the first time I heard this song too… My sons Dad was in Afghanistan, before I was pregnant, and we used a Lycos Chat room to chat to each other whilst he was out there. Of course I had to hang about there a lot, til he got online, as he couldn’t give strict times, and during our times in there hanging about waiting on each other (to go to a private chat room together) we’d chat to the regulars – and WE became regulars. I had some wicked times on the Lycos chat and met some cracking people online there, some of whom I still speak to nearly 8 years later now! One of those guys introduced me to this song when I was feeling a bit fed up with everything and sent it to me over MSN messenger… Just love this song and the words… they spoke to me, and still do.
5) If I Can Dream – Elvis Presley
One of my peace loving songs… I just can’t see why the world cannot be a more peaceful place. All this fighting… everything is fucked up. The lyrics of this song speak to me:
“There must be lights burning brighter somewhere
Got to be birds flying higher in a sky more blue
If I can dream of a better land
Where all my brothers walk hand in hand
Tell me why, oh why, oh why can’t my dream come true
There must be peace and understanding sometime
Strong winds of promise that will blow away
the doubt and fear
If I can dream of a warmer sun
Where hope keeps shining on everyone
Tell me why, oh why, oh why won’t that sun appear
We’re lost in a cloud
With too much rain
We’re trapped in a world
That’s troubled with pain
But as long as a man
Has the strength to dream
He can redeem his soul and fly
Deep in my heart there’s a tremblin’ question
Still I am sure that the answer, answer’s gonna come somehow
Out there in the dark, there’s a beckoning candle, yeah
And while I can think, while I can talk
While I can stand, while I can walk
While I can dream, please let my dream
Come true……right now”
It will always speak to me… It’s true for me. Whilst I am here breathing in the air on this beautiful Earth, I shall hope for my dream of a more peaceful world.
6) Don’t Speak – No Doubt
I was 15 and in my first serious relationship when this song came out. The boyfriend and I had our shares of ups and downs, but mainly his repeated use of strong drugs I could not tolerate. His bedroom was next door to mine and when I knew he was in there with his mates up to no good I’d turn my volume up full, point the speakers round to facing right against his bedroom wall and BLAST this song out – on repeat. It wouldn’t be long ’til he would give in to the song and open his bedroom window and knock on mine to find out the deal and for me to moan at him bout the situation. We stayed together for 6 years in the end, as he did eventually chose me over the drugs! I won! We lived together for the final 4 and a half years too. I still love this song… and the album it’s on – “Tragic Kingdom” being one of my favourite albums, and the first album I ever bought that wasn’t a compilation album.
7) Light My Fire – The Doors
I love The Doors. The boyfriend I mentioned in the previous song choice got me into The Doors – pauses for laughs – and I just love The Doors! I’ve also read a heck of a lot of Jim Morrison’s poetry back in the day thanks to the interweb and *shudders* – dial up connection and a printer and a TON of paper. I have many favourite Doors songs, however I just love this song, despite it being their most popular I guess. It’d be fitting for a desert island too! I can just imagine myself getting a wee fire going and dancing around the fire naked and singing… why not naked I say!? It’s bound to be hot on that desert island anyway – and no-one there to judge so fuck it! I’ll dance away… to this song, around the fire – naked.
8 ) I Miss You – blink-182
Yes this was the first blink song I liked, back when it was charting. However since starting that “on the way to being” my current boyfriend 4 years ago, I got into them properly as they are his favourite band – and now mine too! I LOVE BLINK! “Don’t waste your time on me, you’re already the voice inside my head…” are lyrics I just love and at the time could totally relate to. I adore Tom DeLonge’s voice… singing and speaking, however the one word I love the most of him is when he sings the word “treason” in this song… and for that reason alone, since I’d HAVE to have a blink-182* song in here – I Miss You is my choice!
* On a side note, for those of you who claim to LOVE this band and write it continuously with a capital B at the start of blink – you annoy me, as do those mega fans who say it as “blink one eight two” when every proper fan knows fine and well that it’s “blink one eighty two” that it’s said! Phew… finally wrote that SOMEWHERE and it kinda feels good! 😉
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The one book I would take with me would be Twilight by Stephanie Meyer… or If I could find some sort of compendium of the Twilight saga I’d have that of course! Those books… they’re just works of art to me! I’m just one of those girls that wants a guy to love her as intensely as Edward does Bella, so their story speaks to me.
My luxury item would have to be a laptop with internet connection – how else would I know what I could eat and how to build a shelter etc.! I’d need it for SURVIVAL, and I’d start up a desert island blog of course… charting my progress and all that jazz! 😉 I hope you’d follow it!? 😉
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Sorry I’m not gonna tag folk individually, as it just takes me FOREVER to dig through blogs finding others who haven’t done it yet… so if you’ve not, then crack on! It’s fun this one! I took tons of time doing the music ones, and thoroughly enjoyed doing so! I of course had to listen to all of the song choices I put on here too whilst writing about them…
Well if you do chose to do once of these – lemme know so I can go check it out too!