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?
I was really tempted to use my research skills to find the “perfect” album but have instead decided to choose from an album I already own which will be difficult enough.
I think I’d first lean toward the recording I have of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony that also includes excerpts from the incidental music of Rosemonde. From the time I discovered it in high school, it has replay-ability for me. I can listen to it over and over (and have) without even realizing how many times it has repeated.
A memory that is often triggered by thinking about Schubert’s Unfinished happened one day when I was in high school. At the park in the town where I lived, in the days before massive sub-woofers were in every other vehicle, there was someone blasting heavy metal. It was a beautiful, peaceful, spring day until my Schubert accompanied reverie was disrupted. I was not pleased when the guy parked close enough to me to drown out my chosen soundtrack for the day. So, I cranked up my stereo loud enough that my surprisingly powerful speakers provided overwhelming competition and he chose to leave.
It’s not the last time classical music has battled with other vehicles blasting music. Ask my kids. They’re usually trying not to be seen in the backseat.
Not that I’m a classical music “snob.” I sill have ACDC and Def Leppard. They just don’t make the “one album only” cut.
Another option for the “only one album” would be Eagle’s Live. The eight track version also accompanied me through high school but there is a point at which I get tired of it. It’s a point far past the tolerance of most other people but there is that point for me, too, eventually.
As I thought about how to answer this question I realized once again how much I appreciate the many musical expressions available to me that I love. I’m very grateful that I do not have to choose just one album or just one genre of music.