But for this exercise, here is my criteria for deserted island listening: Good melodies, good hooks, and songs I can sing along with. If I'm alone on this island, I'll be singing at the top of my lungs...and thinking I'm not too bad. These songs wouldn't necessarily be my favorites, just ones I could stomach for eternity.
But back to the present choices. Well I decided to change it up a bit. While I still don't know where the energy for powering the music would come from, I think we have moved from albums to CDs to iPods/iPhones, etc. How many people beside me actually buy albums anymore? Exactly.
So here's my idea. I'm going to narrow my choice down to an even dozen...songs. Not as easy as you might think. How do you choose one Beatles song, or Springsteen? I'm a freakin' Jersey girl for crying out loud. You can't, but I'll give it a shot.
In no particular order:
"Layla"...Original version. Love the acoustic, but the sweet guitar and piano solo...can't beat it. I could listen to Layla every day in my life and never tire of it.
"Mexico" James Taylor. Has all my requirements and JT is singing. He could sing the Bill of Rights and make me cry.
"Candy's Room" Springsteen. So hard to pick one from Bruce, but Max's drums and the lyrics...try this on:
"She says, Baby if you wanna be wild,
you got a lot to learn, close your eyes,
Let them melt, let them fire,let them burn"
Tension, heat and the drums...perfect.
"Glad" Traffic. The first song I played on the first CD player I ever bought. Nobody does the keys like Winwood and the sax...just a great instrumental.
"The Way You Look Tonight" Sinatra. A girl does not live on rock alone. Balance, baby. You've got to taste it all, and no one did it like the other Jersey boy. It's also perfect for a tropical isle...at least I'm assuming it's a tropical locale. It would really suck to be stuck on a cold island.
"Blue on Black" Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Need something a little bluesy. This fits the bill, great music, lyrics, and vocals.
"Blue on black, Tears on a river
Push on a shove, It don't mean much
Joker on jack, Match on a fire
Cold on ice, A dead man's touch"
"Ooh, Baby Baby" Smokey. Picking one from Smokey is like picking your favorite food...you can't. Gotta taste 'em all. But this is just so sweet.
"The Way I Feel" Robert Plant. From Now and Zen, sensuous, mysterious and Plant at a really good time in his career.
"The stranger is too perfect,
take my breath away"
And I love the lyrics.
"Southern Cross" Crosby,Stills & Nash. Also has an ocean theme, but not the reason I picked it. Beautiful lyrics, the harmonies are spot-on and I could sing it forever.
"Eight Days A Week" Beatles. I'm thinking after being alone for a while, I might need a song to pick me up. If I need to pick one Beatles tune, this has harmonies, a great hook and it makes me happy.
"Oh Holy Night" Jennifer Hudson. Since I will be spending a Christmas or twenty on this island, I need a little Christmas carol. This is my favorite. It makes me cry, which will be what I will be doing if I am spending twenty or so Christmas nights alone.
So as this little exercise began with a prompt from some musical friends, and because I'm the kind of girl who always dances with her date, let me choose one of their songs to come along on the journey. I am torn between two, but will go with the one with the heavier beat, better hook and the one which keeps my feet moving..."Caught in the Game."
As fun as this was, there are still too many artists and genres omitted. If I'm stuck on a deserted island, instead of an album, I think I'd rather have someone else along for the ride. Preferably someone with a guitar...who can sing.
Now all we need are some cocktails.