The Musical Album I’d Bring To A Desert Island

If stranded on a desert island, and could only bring one music album with you, which would it be? What is it about this music that never gets old for you?

That is an enormous question. I listen to so much music that I don’t know where to start. I suppose the first few ideas that pop up are Dar, Ani, and Broadway, but within that — one specific album? Yikes. That’s not really how I listen to music.

Well, Dar, I’d probably do Out There Live because it has “As Cool As I Am,” “If I Wrote You,” “February,” “Iowa,” “When I Was A Boy,” “The Babysitter’s Here,” and “The Christians and the Pagans” — of which were songs she sang she played the first time I ever saw her perform (plus “I Won’t Be Your Yoko Ono,” which I love, and “Spring Street” and “The Ocean,” which she sang at the MN Zoo). Also, “As Cool As I Am” is practically May Day in song-form, and I’ve been especially fond of “When I Was A Boy” since I sang it for Genderqueer Chicago’s open mic night last fall. I suppose this answer is a bit of a cop-out because it’s a live recording, not a real album (meaning that it’s kind of a “greatest hits” compilation); still, it’s a CD, so that should count for something.

Ani DiFranco. I love Ani. I saw her in concert once, at the Electric Factor in Philly, and it was amazing. Oh my god, she was so incredible. The only thing is, I don’t really have a favorite CD. Oh sure, I’ve got tons of favorite songs, but a single album? Not so much.

And that brings me to Broadway. I think it would almost have to be Broadway — the combination of poignant and energetic is unbeatable. Wicked, maybe — I do love Wicked (and “Defying Gravity” is amazing). Hair is kind of classic (for me, anyway). I think the safest bet, though would be Rent. “La Vie Boheme” and “Seasons of Love,” “I’ll Cover You” (both versions), “Take Me Or Leave Me” and “Will I?” — how can you go wrong?

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