Without music, life would be a mistake.
– Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
What is a desert island song?
A desert island song is a special song. It makes me feel the sheer joy of living. It brings me to tears of joy or heartache within a minute of the start, sending goosebumps to my arms.
A desert island song infuses me with a feeling of power, energy and well-being. It transports me intensely and succinctly back to a time and place in my life that was moving, important or meaningful.
A desert island song makes me feel totally centred and existing in the moment; it gives me an overwhelming feeling that all is well.
Music has always been my refuge – it’s there when there’s nothing else. Through all the difficult times and crap that life can deal out, music has always been my sanctuary and strength.
The following songs are part of my life’s soundtrack. If I were given advance notice I were to be marooned on a desert island, this is the music I would bring with me:
Perfect Day – Lou Reed
The Ghost In You – Psychedelic Furs
Superstar – Carpenters
Golden Brown – The Stranglers
Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again – The Fortunes
True To Life – Roxy Music
Whistle Down The Wind – Nick Heyward
Reasons For Waiting – Jethro Tull
Don’t Leave Me This Way – Thelma Houston
Turn The Beat Around – Vicki Sue Robinson
Lovers In A Dangerous Time – Bruce Cockburn (I’ll accept the Barenaked Ladies version in a pinch)
This Time I Know It’s For Real – Donna Summer
Never Can Say Goodbye – Gloria Gaynor’s original and Jimmy Somerville’s cover
I Will Go With You (Con Te Partiro) – Donna Summer
Nightswimming – R.E.M.
Sukiyaki – Kyu Sakamoto
Adagio For Strings – Samuel Barber (comp.)
Only You – Virgin
Getting Away With It – Electronic
Under The Milky Way – The Church
Only The Lonely – The Motels
When Love Takes Over – David Guetta (feat. Kelly Rowland)
Strong – London Grammar
King’s Cross – Pet Shop Boys
Born This Way – Lady Gaga
Rescue Me – Fontella Bass
Downtown – Petula Clark
Heroes – Icehouse/Iva Davies
Crazy (Midnight Mix) – Icehouse
Ooh Aah… Just A Little Bit (Motiv 8 Extended Vocal Mix) – Gina G
I Wish We Were Leaving – Bright Light Bright Light
Rebel Rebel – David Bowie
Unison (Extended 12″ Dance Remix) – Celine Dion
I Want That Man (Almighty Definitive Mix, Radio Edit) – Debbie Harry