I’ve been listening to a lot of old episodes of Desert Island Discs recently after stumbling across and enjoying Bob Harris’ episode from February 2014.
For those of you that don’t know, Desert Island Discs is a BBC Radio 4 programme in which a guest is invited by the presenter to choose the eight recordings (I think originally they were gramophone records) they would take with them to a desert island. The first episode was recorded by the creator Roy Plomley in 1942. Michael Parkinson took over in 1985 and Sue Lawley presented for 18 years from 1988. Kirsty Young is the current presenter.
Guests are also able to choose a book they would like to take with them and a luxury item. They are given the Bible (or another appropriate religious work) and the Complete Works of Shakespeare.
This got me thinking as to what my Desert Island Discs would be. I knew what both my luxury item and my book would be – but to choose just eight tracks was a little more difficult.
“Ordinary World by Duran Duran” and the “Theme from Jurassic Park” by John Williams – both these songs will always remind me of my wedding day. When my dad walked me down the aisle, the opening notes of Ordinary World were playing and Jurassic Park was playing whilst my current husband and I were signing the register. Even now over 10 years later, I am transported back to that day when I hear either of these songs.
“Seven Days to A Holiday” by Cliff Richard and the Shadows – taken from the film Summer Holiday, this is the song that is sung while they’re doing up the bus ready for the drive across Europe. It always gets me in the mood for my holiday.
“Take on Me” by A-ha – this is my favourite song from A-ha as it was the song that made me fall in love with their music.
“Grace Kelly” by Mika – very uplifting song and anyone who can rhyme hurtful with purple is a genius.
“Birdhouse in your Soul” by They Might Be Giants – completely bonkers! I have no idea what this song is actually about, but I just love it!
“Harmony” by The Corrs – very haunting Celtic sound. I especially love the drums in this.
“Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson – it’s got everything – great tune, great words – you can turn it up full blast and sing along to it, and when, 3 days later it’s still going round in your head, you don’t really care.
My luxury item would be a bottle of “Cinema” perfume by Yves St Laurent. I have loved this perfume ever since my friend Jan introduced me to it. I’m not very good at describing fragrances so, the YSL website describes the perfume as “A seductive fragrance that brings out the star in every woman. This sensual and luminous floral essence opens on the exuberant notes of Clementine from Corsica mixed with the sweetness of Almond Blossom. The middle notes radiate around the majestic bright and spicy Amaryllis, sustained by Jasmine Sambac. The very sensuous base notes combine the warmth of Bourbon Vanilla with Ambregris to totally delight the senses“. I’m not sure about that, but I really love it and it always makes me feel special when I wear it.
The book I would take to my desert island is “The L-Shaped Room” by Lynn Reid Banks. Written in 1960, it tells the story of Jane who is pregnant and unmarried when her father turns her out of her home. She moves into an l-shaped room at the top of a rather grotty house which she shares with Toby, a Jewish writer, John, a jazz player and her landlady. Even though it was written over 50 years ago, some of the themes in the book are still applicable today – loneliness, racism, illegitimacy and friendship. I have read this book several times over the years and I still enjoy it.
I hope you enjoyed this post. What would you choose for your Desert Island Discs – let me know in the comments.