Today call me stranded, as in “on a desert isle” but not really. I mean, I’m at home so you don’t have to worry about me. Unless it would scare you to know that I’ve spent the last half hour wondering whether or not the phrase is actually deserted island but people got lazy and dropped the ed and the and.
Is the point that we’re alone? Or are we in the Sahara? Even worse, is it an aisle instead of isle and I’ve mixed up the homonyms? That’s something else to Google. But not now.
No, right now I’m only pretending to be stranded in order to decide which ten songs I could listen to forever. If I were indeed stranded on a desert isle. Deserted island. Dessert aisle?
Anyway. I won’t bore you with long disclaimers about how much I adore music and how impossible this task is besides this: I do and it is.
So to simplify my goal, I first decided to select two options from each decade in which I’ve been alive. Next, I sobbed a bit when I realized I’ve been alive in five different decades. Then I collected myself and Googled how to upload YouTube videos to a WordPress blog.
I didn’t pick the “coolest” or the “best” tunes since the (sob) sixties. I simply selected songs that still move me. One way or another. Every time I hear them.
“God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys: This band provided the soundtrack to my childhood summers but I could play this song for every season all year long.
“For Emily Wherever I May Find Her” by Simon and Garfunkle: You probably haven’t heard this song but it’s pure poetry. Just listen to the lyrics and you’re welcome.
“She’s Got a Way” by Billy Joel: Cheesy? Perhaps. But this song put to words exactly what I hoped someone would someday feel for me.
“Mamma Mia” by ABBA: Their outfits alone warrant ridicule; but my Swedish sister and I danced to this song so many times we wore out the bedroom carpet and the memory makes me happy to this day.
“We Belong” by Pat Benatar: I harmonize with my sister like a rock star to this song. What?
“Red Hill Mining Town by U2: This is (by a landslide) my all-time favorite song from my all-time favorite band. Enough said.
“Ghost” by Indigo Girls: More poetry, this time from the Girls. And I admire them both. Hard.
“Lightening Crashes” by Live: I almost didn’t include this song because it was so overplayed. But the live version is special and I can’t forget how much I listened to this song and band in the nineties.
“Feeling This” by Blink 182: They’re another of my favorite bands and I’ve listened to this while running more than any other song. I figure I’ll need exercise on a desserted aisle. (Sorry.)
“Fix You” by Coldplay: Another song I run to and I dig the way it builds. This one gives me goose bumps every time I really listen.
2010 – Present:
“Waiting for the End” by Linkin Park: The rhythm to this song is my perfect running pace. Plus, I kind of know Brad Delson (even though he probably doesn’t remember me). Sigh.
“Someone Like You” by Adele: I feel like a cliché including her, but this song is lovely and haunting and my nephew plays it on the piano. So if I’m stuck on an island without family, I’m listening to this. Often.
And that’s my ten.
I realize a lot of these songs involve LOVE. Or maybe how much I wanted others to love me. But you don’t have to love my list. (As long as you still like me, of course.)
Instead, please share a song or two from your top ten. And feel free to tell me my list sucks. After all, I’m stranded on an island (or in a desert aisle), remember?
Just kidding. I’m at home. And eating cake. So don’t be sad.
(Addendum: Three days after I posted this, my sweet husband Bill pointed out in the comments – as Mr. Julie C. Gardner – that I have in fact been alive in six different decades and have listed twelve songs here. I don’t know what is worse: How old I am, how long it took him to finally read my post, or how poor my math skills are. You decide. And also, does anyone know a good tutor for Algebra? My kids are screwed.)