What are your Desert Island Discs?

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Following the BBC's 76 year old formula: imagine that you were ship-wrecked, washed up alone on a desert island, and found that the only possessions with you were eight discs from your record collection, one book (not including The Bible or Shakespeare, which are already there on the island) and one luxury item of no practical use. Which eight records would you choose, and why? If a rogue wave then came and washed away all but one, which would you hope to keep? Which one book would you choose? What luxury item would console you most?

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Dorianne, you could always watch those so-called survival programs on tv (written with tongue firmly implanted in cheek).
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Lol Barb - I'm not sure I would want to get off the island, but I would definitely want that survival book on hand to show me how to build a shelter that doesn't leak, or forage for food that's not poisonous!  (My original choice was a book on building boats and rafts....but then I realized I should probably focus on basic survival first.) 

I might change my "luxury item" from my guitar to a VERY thick notebook (or a case of them) with a pen that never runs out. I can always sing if I need to make music, and maybe make percussion instruments from found items....but I might also need the means to "talk" or otherwise express myself with words!  Lest I go completely loony from living completely in my own head.  Plus what if a glass bottle rolled into shore and I didn't have a way to put a message in it?
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After spending so much time in hospitals and rehab facilities, I definitely don't want any more isolation!
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This is so instructive. The rest of you would like to get off the island, I'm kinda kinda looking forward to it!
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Hi freqflyer,

I like your idea of the solar powered cell phone.

I am at a lost to know what I would bring. I love my pop music and my Broadway musicals, so coming up with 8 would be tough. I will have to give this a bit more thought.
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Any companies make a really good solar cellphone? With that and having internet access, you can bring any music you want, any books, and keep up-to-date with news. Power runs down, just set it in the sun :)

Cd's discs: Andrea Bocelli and Sara Brightman.... Michael Bolton... George Michaels with Wham.... Saturday Night Fever by Bee Gees. That's pretty much it.

Book: Can I bring a set of Encyclopedias?

As for luxury item... a pair of good tennis shoes, as I bet the sand would be hot in summer.
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No, that's the thing GA - the Bible (or equivalent for persons from non Judaeo-Christian backgrounds) and the complete works of dear old Bill are supplied - you get one book extra. I don't know if that was the original premise or if it rapidly became clear that unless they gave them to everyone the book part was going to get a bit repetitive.

You can't have the baby grand but you probably could have an old VHS with Fame stuck in it.
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Can't decide right now about the books, but I'd have to have CDs. I can't afford any new musical instruments or the new formats which require charging and increasing my carbon footprint (of course there will be a fictional electrical source on this fictional island).

But I would want a baby grand, plus complete works of

1. Beethoven
2. Handel
3. Mozart
4. Tchaikovsky
5. Ara Topouzian's
7. Can-Can
8. Marlene Dietrich - love that sultry voice

And since I don't accept limitations, I'd also have:

9. Military music, such as that of the inspiring military tattoo I'm watching right now on PBS.


Can we add dancing videos? I'd take those of Riverdance and other step dancing masterpieces, and especially those of the NY City Ballet and ABT. If I'm going to be isolated, I must have ballet! Hawaiian dancing (frenetic and graceful) to help shake off all the weight I'd lose from sitting around doing nothing.

Can't even think about books, but Shakespeare's complete works would absolutely have to be one. (The BBC's formula needs to be changed! How could anyone survive such isolation w/o the inspiration of the brilliant Shakespeare?)
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(But I'd still choose the Rush album.)
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CM - I recommend starting with this album (a Canadian favourite):

youtube.com/watch?v=SAyVqlZ1h3w&list=PLSSwDKBSg-sWrbSWtyKaLQsjV_3D6RIH7
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