…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!