Write in the box your 5 pieces of music & why
5th: Streets of London, Ralph McTell: CLICK HERE
..because however bad things get, there are so many unfortunate people in this world and you have to be grateful for what you have, and then try and pay back some of that good fortune.
4th: The Prophet’s song, Queen: CLICK HERE
It’s wonderful to be asked to submit to Desert Island Discs because I’ve actually often thought about which original album (not a “best of..” compilation) I would take if I was to be marooned. It would have to be an album that I wouldn’t get bored of, and each time you play it, you hear something different, so it would be a toss-up between A Night at the Opera (Queen, 1975) and Aqualung (see my No. 2 choice).
Everyone is familiar with the rock opera of Bohemian Rhapsody but The Prophet’s song is actually far more theatrical and speaks of prophets not recognised in their own lands, cast as madmen and wandering in the wilderness. Sounds familiar?
3rd: Ode to Joy, Beethoven: CLICK HERE
I choose this, not because I am a Europhile (which I am), nor because Beethoven is my favourite composer (which he is) but because this is the music that plays when Alan Rickman opens the vaults of the Nakatomi Bank to steal what’s inside. His facial expressions are fantastic and he plays a brilliant villain; Bruce Willis just has to defeat him and his henchmen single-handed on Christmas Eve. Die Hard is one of the best shoot-‘em-up movies of all time ….and you thought I was erudite!
2nd: Wind Up, Jethro Tull: CLICK HERE https://youtu.be/TI0_oLQWXvQ
This is the last track of Aqualung (1971) and it is a fitting ending to a fantastic album. The whole album is about humankind’s failings at the individual level and at the macro level too. If you listen to Wind Up initially you might be offended but please take time to listen to the lyrics. It separates religion from God.
“When I asked this God a question, and by way of a reply, he said I’m not the kind you wind up on Sundays”. I think it sums up what Christianity ought to be about.
Aqualung would probably be the album I would take to a desert island, but after a week I would also probably be slitting my wrists because hearing about man’s inhumanity to man is so depressing!
1st: Piano man, Billy Joel: CLICK HERE https:
All my favourite songs are full of pathos, no matter that I consider myself a very positive and outward-looking person and this is probably my favourite individual song of all time. Piano man has some great jazz riffs and is wonderfully atmospheric. It speaks of unfulfilled ambition, camaraderie, a good night out but also profound loneliness, even when you are in a crowd of people.
Your book & why
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen.
I only read this very recently. A friend gave it to me after I told her that I’d manfully struggled through many ‘classics’ and couldn’t fathom why they deserved that status. No matter that the language was a little difficult initially, it was an easy read and Elizabeth Bennet really was the original feminist!
Your luxury item & why
I’m not sure this should be classed as a “luxury” item but if my feet are cold, I can’t get to sleep ..and then I’m crabby the next day. Hence a hot water bottle ain’t so much a luxury but more of a necessity in the Gaudoin household!