Musical Mental Escapes
The time I first heard of "Desert Island Discs" they meant those Frisbee-shaped black discs, not the small, sleek silver ones of today. And it was WNEW-NY, back when it was the home of rock and roll in NYC.
Driving to work this morning, my mind wandered out of the "Oh God, how am I going to pay for the car repairs/vet bills/IRS, etc. personal hell of the past few months" and into a happier place. For a little while. And then I got to work where hell is less personal and more communal.
Top 20 songs that I can listen to repeatedly without getting irritated, and more importantly, usually make me happy to hear them (in no particular order):
- "Losing My Religion" REM
- "Hotel California" The Eagles
- "Thunder Road" Bruce Springsteen (of course, he's on here, I'm from Jersey for God's sake!)
- "Boys of Summer" Don Henley
- "Kashmir" Led Zepplin
- "Sweet Emotion" Aerosmith
- "Let It Be" The Beatles
- "Skylark" Ella Fitzgerald
- "Sloop John B" The Beach Boys
- "Incident on 57th Street" Bruce Springsteen
- "The Only Living Boy in New York" Simon & Garfunket (thank you "Garden State")
- "Goodbye to You" Michelle Branch
- "Holiday" Green Day
- "At This Point In My Life" Tracy Chapman
- "You Send Me" Sam Cooke
- "Sunday Bloody Sunday" U2
- "40" U2
- "With or Without You" U2
- "Kitty's Back" Bruce Springsteen
- "Tangled Up in Blue" Bob Dylan
This started out as a list of 10, but I view music as I do a cup of tea and a bit of chocolate at this time in the afternoon: it's both essential and quantity does not devalue the quality. Besides, with 500+ CDs and 4,000 mp3s, coming up with 10 was near impossible.
Even a cursory review of the list, it's possible to discern that most of it was probably played on WNEW-NY, back when it was WNEW-NY and not what corporate America did to one of America's premier radio stations.
I am officially old.