April 20, 2012
The classic desert island parlor game originated in the early 1800s in England as a direct result of the novel, "Robinson Crusoe."
(Actually, it should be called a deserted island, because that’s what it’ll be.)
“Desert Island Discs,” with over a thousand fascinating programs from their archives available, was a BBC Radio 4 program first broadcast in January 1942, which gave the parlor game some additional legs.
Originally devised and presented by Roy Plomley, each week a guest "castaway" is invited to imagine themselves cast away on a desert island, and to choose eight pieces of music to take with them.
(The technology will be provided at your destination — remember this is just a game.)
With the discs, the castaway can also bring one book and one luxury item, which presumably can't help them escape, like a piano — although, technically, you could float away on one.
It all leads to a discussion of their choices and why.
The first castaway was comedian Vic Oliver, and the most requested music over the first 60 years was "Ode to Joy," the last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
While ad giant Sir Martin Sorrell in 2011 chose, among others, "Chet Baker's version of "My Funny Valentine."
In Tom Stoppard's play "The Real Thing," his protagonist playwright Henry agonizes over his appearance on Desert Island Discs, worrying about whether he should admit to his admiration for pop music or pretend to favor more conventionally admired music.
A dilemma we all face.
So...you're the castaway.
Let’s hear your eight selections culminating in your most admired disc.
You can’t desert us now.