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This week I'm asking you questions!


So. Today, I'm going to invite you play along with a "thought exercise" Tom and I have been thinking about (off and on) since last summer. Oh, it's nothing hard or confusing. Just a bit of fun to rumble around with. Here goes . . . 

Let's pretend . . . you're headed to a desert island. On this island, there is a very fine, old school stereo system with a turntable . . . but no albums. (And there is no internet, so no ability to stream your favorite playlists.)  You have room for five albums in your "luggage." Which albums will you bring with you?

(You don't have to come up with a list of 5 here, but that's the ultimate goal. After several months of considering this question - and listening to several albums that are/have been in contention - we still don't have a final list of 5. . . I'm just interested in the albums you'd be considering.)

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As for me . . . well. As I mentioned above, Tom and I have been debating this very question for several months. We've suggested various albums to each other, played them, and rejected most of them. (With only space for 5, you really have to be choosy, y'know? You have LOVE every song on the album - not just one or two favorites. . . ) At the end of the day, we've only ended up with THREE "for sure" albums: Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Rolling Stones Some Girls, and Nirvana Nevermind. There are many, many others still in contention: The Beatles White Album (or maybe Abbey Road instead?), Carole King Tapestry, Doobie Brothers Minute by Minute, CSNY Déjà Vu (or maybe 4 Way Street instead?), The Eagles Hotel California, Bruce Springsteen Born to Run??? You can see the problem here . . . 

How about YOU? 
I'm eager to hear which albums you'd pack along!


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Oh man! This is indeed a challenge! I am with you on Rumours... that is an easy pick! But there are so.many.albums!

Hmmm, I wonder if I could make an album with some songs on it... you know, for those albums that only have a song or two that really make the cut! :)

My second and third easy picks would be James Taylor - Sweet Baby James, and John Mayer - Continuum.

The maybe list... hmmm, Simon And Garfunkel (or maybe just Simon... I love his Graceland album) or maybe some Wailin' Jennys ...

Tooo many choices!!


My first 2 thoughts were Abbey Road and Rumours. After that it gets trickier . . . I'd definitely want some Jimmy Buffett, probably some Gordon Lightfoot, and then maybe Paul Simon's Graceland or some showtunes like Hamilton or Les Miserables. Thinking about this is raising my anxiety and I'm so glad I don't have to actually choose!


I would consider Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, Alan Parsons Project Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon, and Led Zeppelin IV. (I would also get bigger luggage.)


Sleeping Beauty the Disney album-my sister and I played that over and over in the early 70s.
Bonnie Raitt, Nick of Time
Muddy Waters, The Anthology
Bon Iver, For Emma
Josh Groban, Bridge over Troubled Waters


My local radio station plays this game all the time and I have thought about it for years! That isn't to say the list wouldn't change over time.

1. John Coltrane Love Supreme
2. Rolling Stones Hot Rocks
3. Miles Davis Kind of Blue
4. Beethovens String Quartets (Grosse Fugue)
5. The Very Best of Grateful Dead

kim in oregon

Rumor and Sigh by Richard Thompson would definitely be on the list. As something from Joni Mitchell, maybe Blue? Maybe Court and Spark? And probably Abbey Road. Probably the first album from Crowded House. And maybe The Planets (Holst). But what a great question!


Oh boy, only five? John Prine-The Tree of Forgiveness, Judy Collins-The Best of Judy Collins, Neil Diamond-Taproot Manuscript, James Taylor-Sweet Baby James, and Bach violin concertos.


This is a tough one! Especially if I'm going to be on the island with someone else who probably doesn't share my taste in music. I'd say there'd have to be a Beatles album (though narrowing it down to which one would be very hard) and Billy Joel's Greatest Hits for sure. I like Carole's suggestion of Paul Simon's Graceland, and I think I'd need the soundtrack of a Broadway show (another difficult choice -- Fiddler on the Roof? The Music Man? Les Mis?). And one album would probably need to be something classical. Is it cheating to say the collected Beethoven symphonies?


Ooooh what a great question! Before I answer there is a very long running programme on BBC Radio 4 called Desert Island Discs (I think it started some time in the 40s) where a, usually famous, person is interviewed about their life and and why they have chosen the eight recordings that they would take if they were stranded on a desert island. The recordings are usually chosen for pivotal moments in their life. They are also allowed to choose one book and a luxury item.

So what would I be considering? Probably something by Tears for Fears, one of my favourite bands as a teenager, A Sting album, a couple of folk albums by artists we have seen playing at festivals over the years, an album by one of the bands that my children have introduced me too, Odesza or Imagine Dragons would be high on that list


Interesting. I'd want Journey's Greatest Hits, The Wicked Soundtrack, something by Garth Brooks, Meatloaf's Bat out of Hell and I'd have to think more on the other 1. Last year I went through all my CD's and donated all the ones I didn't want. I think I ended up with about 100 left that I bought a case to keep them in so I could get rid of all the cases. I haven't done that part yet but it felt good to clear them all out.


1. Dark Side of the Moon
2. Tapestry
3. Some Girls (yeah!!!!)
4. David Bowie Young Americans
5. Trisha Yearwood's Greatest Hits.
Clearly Doug is not part of this conversation except for #1 - never any question there. Fun Kym!


1. U2 - Zooropa
2.LCD Soundsystem - Sounds of Silver
3. U2 - Achtung Baby
4.Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel
5.Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

I love music (especially if it has a good beat and I can dance to it!) and there are so many individual songs that are associated with phases of my life…but choosing an entire album is a challenge! I have very eclectic taste in music and can easily give you one or two favorites from an artist. The only genre I typically do not enjoy is country western music. These are the albums that have stood the test of time for me.


Savatage - Streets
Kenny Chesney - No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Tal Bachman - Tal Bachman
Trans Siberian Orchestra - Beethoven's Last Night

There are my five. They are the ones that get cranked up when I driving with the roof open and the windows down!


So many great albums to choose from!
Carole King Tapestry
One of the Beach Boy albums I had a good collection
Beatles White Album
Show tune album West Side story
Roy Orbison album for my hubby


Oh boy! That is SOME question!! This is off the top of my head, but would definitely take scrutiny!

Rumours, for sure!
Twin Sons of Different Mothers - Dan Fogelberg & Tim Weisberg
Flirtin' With Disaster - Molly Hatchet
Hot August Nights - Neil Diamond
The Beatles - no clue which one at this point!


I'm pretty sure we'd have a Billy Joel ... Piano Man? Turnstiles? something newer? definitely Beatles, too- does a double album count as one? ;-)

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