It seems like almost every day I see a new post on Facebook or in a magazine with someone’s selections for “Top Ten” this and “Top Ten” that — quarterbacks, guitarists, vacation spots, female vocalists, fashion designers, double albums, car models, concert venues, vegan recipes, and on and on.
These Top Ten lists can be great fun, provocative, irritating, satisfying, or silly, but most of all, they get the conversation started. Pretty much all these categories involve highly subjective choices, based as much on emotion as empirical quality, so there’s plenty of room for disagreement.
For more than 60 years, BBC Radio has had a program called “Desert Island Discs.” Celebrities (some musicians, some not) are invited to list and discuss the eight records they would take with them to a desert island. Bruce Springsteen recently picked his eight, which are all songs that had a dramatic impact on his life and career. Others have selected tunes that reminded them of specific incidents or past relationships.
It’s certainly an intriguing idea, and a reader urged me to write a blog essay about the subject. If you were banished to some remote location for, say, a year, and you could take along only a limited number of songs, which ones would they be? What are the songs in your life that you simply don’t want to be without? Read More