5 Songs for a Desert Island
This second post in this summer’s series of three was inspired by my sister’s blog post about her answer to a question put to her by a prospective client:
What 5 songs would you want to have with you if you were trapped on a desert island?
This of course got me to thinking about what mine would be. Here goes…
- We’ll Rise Again by the Rankin Family. My daughter and I sang this over and over again with the cd on repeat, on an occasion that marked the end of a bit of a rough patch in our relationship.
- Flashdance: What A Feeling by Irene Cara. I always want to turn the volume way up on this one and can’t not dance when I hear it.
- Good Vibrations by the Beach Boys. It was “our song” in the summer of 1967, the other half of “our” being smeone I still haven’t forgotten. (Don’t tell Peter.)
- Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen or k.d. lang. It send chills up my spine every time I hear it.
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow My favourite version is Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s. It evokes for me Judy Garland’s “Wizard of Oz” version, others that have been sung at a couple of important Lake-family occasions, and (oddly enough?) Kermit the Frog’s Rainbow Connection from The Muppet Movie which I loved hearing when my kids were little.
There’s no Beatles song on my list because I’d be hard-pressed to choose just one. If you’re a Beatles fan and haven’t come across Paul McCartney’s 2012 album, check it out. It’s great. Put it on for your friends and chances are they won’t even be able to identify who’s singing.
Now, please share your Desert Island Music Picks, won’t you?
Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.