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paul secor

If You Were on the BBC Desert Island Discs Program

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I guess we've done similar things, but reading the BBC Desert Island Discs thread made me think that we could do it again. I've never heard the show (although one of the responses to the thread provides a link to archived programs: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/features/desert-island-discs/find-a-castaway).

The premise is to choose and discuss the eight records you’d take with you were you to be shipwrecked on a distant isle. And the choices seem to be limited to individual cuts, not entire albums.

I think it would interesting and perhaps even fun (we can all use some of that) to try it here.

I'd have to think a bit about my choices, but the thread is here, if anyone's interested.

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Again I ask - is there gonna be wi-fi on this island? Because if so, I'll just use the cloud and have it all.

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No, it's the island that Tom Hanks was on--just you, a soccer ball, and an ipod with 8 tracks on it.

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I would bring 8 iPods and a solar charger. :)

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So is Tom Hanks still on this island, or is he off it now?

Because if he's off, then hey, we'll just do that. And if he's still on, then maybe I look for another island, you know, keep on swimming, like Shine.

Besides, ipod, why would I go to a desert island with discontinued technology?

This island, maybe, especially if no haircuts are available.

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You would have an iPhone loaded with 8 tracks. You have the phone because, although the island cannot currently get cell service, you are hoping that one day it will.

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You would have an iPhone loaded with 8 tracks. You have the phone because, although the island cannot currently get cell service, you are hoping that one day it will.

That sounds like I might end up staying on the island longer than I had to, just to get my money out of the phone.

Which I guess leads to the question, how much did I pay for this phone, did I get it new, and has it been jailbroke yet? Because those are all factors.

Maybe the question now is this - if you were going to be stranded on a desert island, what eight portable devices would you take?

Make mine youTube!

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I would take an early Ellington track from the late '20s to remind me of my beginnings and then tracks from my recordings - to remind me what my life had been about. Seems to be mostly about me but dealing with the mentioned isolation, I will deal with myself.

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Off to the island I go...

1. Charlie Parker--KoKo (Savoy)

2. Art Tatum--In a Sentimental Mood (Solo Masterpieces)

3. Duke Ellington--Mount Harissa (Far East Suite)

4. Charles Mingus--Los Mariachis (Tijuana Moods)

5. Lester Young--Dickie's Dream

6. Jelly Roll Morton--Spanish Swat (Library of Congress)

7. Louis Armstrong--Tight Like That

8. John Coltrane--Spiritual (Live at the Village Vanguard)

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No, it's the island that Tom Hanks was on--just you, a soccer ball, and an ipod with 8 tracks on it.

As far as I remember in Hanks´case it´s been a volleyball called Wilson

.:-)

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1 Charlie Parker, "Warming Up a Riff" (Savoy)

2 Bud Powell, "Parisian Thoroughfare" (Blue Note)

3 Miles Davis Nonet, "Moon Dreams"

4 Woody Herman Second Herd, "Keeper of the Flame" (arr. Shorty Rogers)

5 Stan Kenton, "Stompin' at the Savoy" (1956 arr. Bill Holman)

6 Tadd Dameron, "Lady Bird" (with Fats Navarro, Wardell Gray and Allen Eager, Blue Note)

7 John Coltrane, "Exotica" (Roulette, 1960)

8 Lester Young, "These Foolish Things" (Aladdin, 1945)

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This is tough. Here's last night's list, in the order they occurred to me. Variety and complexity were two factors I considered. Tomorrow's list might be different.

King Oliver - Canal Street Blues
Charlie Parker - Embraceable You
Duke Ellington - Harlem
Howlin' Wolf - Commit a Crime
Steve Lacy - Shuffle Boil (from 5 x Monk, 5 x Lacy)
John Coltrane - Crescent
Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 (Furtwangler/Bayreuth)
Cecil Taylor - Conquistador

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Thought-provoking question, and a tough one.

Grant Green - Jean De Fleur (Idle Moments)

Gerry Mulligan - Rocker (Original Gerry Mulligan Tentet)

MJQ/Laurindo Almeida - One Note Samba (Collaboration)

Bud Powell - Dance of the Infidels (Bud Powell Vol. 1)

Art Blakey - Children of the Night (Mosaic)

Cannonball Adderley - Somethin’ Else (Somethin’ Else)

Fats Navarro - Casbah

King Pleasure/Annie Ross - Moody’s Mood For Love (Golden Days)

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