My forever music

January 27, 2012

…otherwise known as desert island disks!

I’ve been home sick since Tuesday.  We went to the grocery store in the afternoon, and when we left I was fine.  Half way through I was sick.  It came over me so fast, I couldn’t believe it.  Most of the time since I’ve been “couch sick” which is a few bits better than “sick in bed” in my view.  I think I am pretty close to well although I still feel a bit feverish at times.

Today I felt well enough to cruise a few of my favorite blogs and The Mexile had a wonderful post on Desert Island Disks.  I’ll let you read it for yourself but it inspired me to think about my favorite desert island music.  These are in no order, I love them all as some of them have already been my top music for many (many, many) years.

Salli Terri & Laurindo Almeida – Bachianas Brasileiras No 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos  This one is so beautiful it can bring me to tears.  My mother gave me this album when I was 14 I think – I played it over and over and bought the CD when records were obsolete.  You’ll understand once you hear it.


Tracy Nelson & Mother Earth – Down So Low – There’s another link to my mother here… she took me to the Fillmore West probably in 1968 0r 69 twice to see Tracy Nelson.  Once she opened for BB King and I think they had top billing the other time.  My mother’s favorite song of hers was “I Did My Part” but mine always was “Down So Low.” I have every album of hers and in my opinion this is the best recording even though it is very old.


Van Morrison – Queen of the Slipstream – I could have picked a lot of different Van Morrison songs, I just don’t get tired of him.  This is wonderful.


John Martyn – Cocaine – One of the first thing Paul and I noticed when we started dating is that we both had extensive John Martyn collections.  I love this rendition of the song Cocaine, but I could have easily shared Bless the Weather or May You Never.  I have listened to these songs thousands of times and just don’t tire of them.


Kiri te Kanawa – O mio babbino caro from the opera Gianni Schicchi by Puccini – I remember being introduced to her by a co-worker (hi Cara!) a long time ago.  We went together to hear her sing at the Seattle Opera and I’m not ashamed to say I was moved to tears.  Absolutely beautiful.


Nina Simone – Wild is the Wind – Nina was a master of expression.  This song absolutely kills me.


Rodrigo y Gabriella – Stairway to Heaven – I know I have written about this duo before, I love everything they do.


Bebo & Cigala – Lagrimas Negras – I love these two, already have played this music to death and am not tired of it one bit.


Ragani – Ganapati – I couldn’t find a video of this anywhere.  It’s a kirtan – or a call and response chant from India.  I can listen to this over and over… The song is progressive, the speed builds and builds and then returns to slow again.  It’s 12 minutes of inspiration.  This is a must have on a desert island, I don’t know how I missed it when I originally posted this! I removed the music file since it ate up so much bandwidth, you can Google it and buy from iTunes or Amazon I’m sure.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my favorite music, it has been fun gathering the perfect recordings of each one. What are your desert island disks? Maybe leave a comment and let me know!

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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in Mazatlán, México.

    1. That’s a really interesting list. After I’d done mine, I did wonder whether on a different day, I might have picked a slightly different selection. There’s a ton of other really great songs I love. But I decided I probably wouldn’t. I had picked my top eight. Keeping that desert island concept in mind does focus oneself…

    1. I saw Tracey Nelson and Mother Earth in 1969 in Philly at the Electric Factory. Got there early to get a great seat cause I thought she was gorgeous and had a geat voice.

      Had a stupid opening act we never heard of before. Some guy named Elton John who played with Dee Murray and Nigel Olsen. Tumbleweed Connection was just about to be released.

      What a show from both performers and I was about 25 feet from the stage. One of the best nights of my life.

      One of the other best nights was the 1st night I spent in Mexico after moving here permanently after 6 years of planning.

    1. Nice list

      Look for:
      Ray Brown & Laurindo Almeida – Moonlight Serenade (1981)

      I think you will like it 😉

    1. I, too, dig Nina Simone. You might enjoy Arthur Prysock.

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