Desert Island Discs (DID) is a BBC Radio 4 Programme where invited guests share the soundtrack of their lives. Specifically, eight music tracks, one book and a luxury item.
What would you take with you to a deserted island? Better yet, what did Damian choose?
Here’s his selections:
And now it’s time for Gingersnap’s DID Playlist:
As a child of the 80’s you can probably guess, and rightly so, that I have owned 8-tracks, LPs, cassettes and CDs prior to MP3 bursting onto the scene. My first 8-track was AC/DC. I had a Sony Walkman that played cassettes, which is the 80’s version of an iPod. And thanks to Columbia House’s BMG CD Club “12 for one” deal, I had a crap load of CDs in the 90’s. Music is life; music is love. Music and food are two of the very few things that can transcend culture, and I love that!
I have chosen my eight recordings, a book, a luxury item and one of Damian’s characters who I would take with me as a companion if I were to be cast away on a desert island, whilst discussing my life and the reasons for my choices. Pay attention to the reason I take each song to the island with me, as each represents an arrow in my quiver needed for the relationship with my companion. Bonus – some fun photo captions 😉
1) Cosmic Love – by Florence + the Machine
Florence Welch has one of the purest-sounding voices I’ve ever heard, almost ethereal. I love all her music and hey, she’s a fellow London born ginger! This song reminds me of Damian because when I discovered him as an actor, I was blown away by his talent. It was a cosmic clash of sorts.
“A falling star fell from your heart and landed in my eyes
I screamed aloud, as it tore through them, and now it’s left me blindThe stars, the moon, they have all been blown out
You left me in the dark
No dawn, no day, I’m always in this twilight
In the shadow of your heart”
2) Dreams – by Fleetwood Mac
Rumours is a staple album for any true vinyl LP collector in my opinion. I have memories of “borrowing” my sister’s copy and listening to it when she was away on a date or at a friend’s house. I was the pesky little sister, always sneaking into her things. My sister is several years older than me so I have a lot of 70’s musical influences thanks to her. I’m taking this song with me for familial nostalgia.
3) Fade Into You – by Mazzy Star
It was about 1994 when I first heard this rhythmic melody; I instantly fell in love with it. Moody and melodramatic, but perfect for a rainy day. Subdued and hypnotic, still perfect for a rainy day. I’m taking this song with me for calm and comfort, preferably when Damian’s character companion is drawing me a bath.
4) Fascination Street – by The Cure
It’s 1989 and I am under age at the clubs partying it up! Such fond memories of dancing into the wee hours of the morning. In Oklahoma it was difficult to find a club that played music I was in to, like Depeche Mode, The Cure, The Fixx, Clash, that whole London underground scene, or as they called it here in the U.S., the “British Invasion.” But SRO’s never let me down! (read about it in the 80’s section of the SRO link provided above). The Club DJ delivered us the New Wave/New Romantic tracks we craved. He even made me a copy of the songs he played. I was the SRO queen. I saw The Cure live at the Woodlands in Houston, Texas in the early 1990’s on my actual birthday and I still have the concert ticket stubs. I’m taking this song with me for the memory of glorious fun and lots of dancing. My Damian character companion and I plan to do a lot of dancing. And of course, Damian loves to dance!
5) Here Comes the Rain Again – The Eurythmics
Youthful couples often have that naive “our song” sentiment that is usually chosen because the words define the experiences they share together and the 8th grade me was no different. Too young to exchange class rings yet like the older kids, but we had the next best thing–I wore his football jacket and he “gave” me this song. It remains one of my favorite songs to this day but now every time I hear it, I think of Brody. I’m taking this song with me to remember young love.
“Here comes the rain again, raining in my head like a tragedy; tearing me apart like a new emotion. I want to breathe in the open wind. I want to kiss like lovers do. I want to dive into your OCEAN. Is it raining with you?”
6) Paradise – Coldplay
Skip ahead to 2011 and I’m still favoring British bands and unbeknownst to me, I’m only five years away from discovering a British actor named Damian Lewis. He stated that Coldplay albums are one of his guilty pleasures here and he also spoke of how the band used to play at a club near his home here. I’m taking this song with me for serendipitous reasons.
7) Trois Gymnopédies: No. 1 Lent et douloureux – Erik Satie
I imagine listening to this ambient tone as we cascade along the beach of the island we have to ourselves, smelling the native flowers, walking hand-in-hand, yet no spoken word is needed. Serene. Reflective. Life on a deserted island with a Damian character companion would be just that, serene. I’m taking this song with me for serenity.
Take a listen below:
8) Undisclosed Desires – Muse
Surprise, surprise! Another UK band I adore. I’ve seen Muse three times in concert. I’m taking this song with me because it’s sexy, sultry and divine–just like Damian. #TheResistance
“I won’t let you be denied. Soothing, I’ll make you feel pure. Trust me, you can be sure. I want to reconcile the violence in your heart. I want to recognize your beauty is not just a mask. I want to exorcise the demons from your past. I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart. You trick your lovers that you’re wicked and divine. You may be a sinner but your innocence is mine.”
With eight perfectly-fletched feather arrows, thy quiver is now full. See the pattern now? Indulge me. I’m stuck on a deserted island with a Damian Lewis character companion, something I’ve DREAMED of. Before this blog, I had not DISCLOSED MY DESIRES to others in public, but quickly became FASCINATED by him and the characters he portrays. This deserted island version of us shall have a COSMIC LOVE; he is someone I just want to FADE INTO as we live out our lives forever in this PARADISE. I imagine myself galloping on the sandy beach and swaying my arms in the air in sync with the rhythm of TROIS GYMNOPEDIES as the RAIN COMES DOWN AGAIN and he watches in wonder at the creature before him.
Here Comes the Rain Again
Harry Potter series
This book choice is very sentimental for me and my family. Before my daughter could read completely on her own, I read these books to her. Each night we would cuddle up either in her bed or mine and we discovered every word, every character, every moment together. In fact, we read three books before the first movie was ever released. We didn’t know what the characters sounded like or how they looked apart from an errant sketch or two, but I did my best voice impression based on the descriptions of how they ate, what they wore, where the came from, how they walked and any other tidbit J.K. Rowling peppered in. Our imaginations ran wild – I was a child again.
Fast forward to November 2001 when the first movie was released. We piled into the theater, as we have every Thanksgiving tradition from then on for subsequent HP movies, “seeing” each character come to life for the first time. From the movie trailer we knew what Harry looked like, but our lives were so busy back then with cheerleading, gymnastics, power tumbling, horses, honors courses and the like, we didn’t pay too much attention to the announcement other than the movie was out. Imagine our astonishment to recognize every character as they appear on the screen, one by one, before they even spoke. “There’s Hagrid!” “There’s Dumbledore!” “That’s Professor McGonagall” “Ewww, there’s Snape!” Who was yelling these words at the screen? Not my child, but me! My daughter whispers, “Mom, you got all the voices right, too!”
When my daughter became old enough to read the books on her own, she still asked me to read them aloud with her. Thanksgiving became something else for us those seven years. We implemented our own holiday tradition, how ever brief it may have been. When she moved to another state she saw Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them prior to coming home for Christmas visit. She told me the entire time she was in the movie theater that she had such guilt flood over her, saying to her friend, “This isn’t right. I need to be with my mom.”
Thank you J.K. Rowling, for giving us such unforgettable, wicked-cool characters that filled our home with wonder and amazement about the wizarding world. Speaking of HP characters, “That Dolores Umbridge is a real bitch.” Yes she is Bobby Axelrod, she sure is.
And now it is impossible for me not to think of Damian when I see/hear anything related to Harry Potter because of the Narcissa Malfoy connection. Manon and Gully must think they have the coolest mother ever!
Lush Bathbombs. I could paint my island’s ocean with a variety of vibrant hues from these homemade watercolors and I know my Damian Lewis character companion would swim in the color swirl of amazement with me. Moreover, Lush products are eco-friendly and organic so no harm would come to the vast array of sea urchins, crustaceans, fish or plant life. Not to mention I’d have my very own ginormous bathtub.
Damian Lewis Character Companion:
Charlie + Gingersnap = one. One + one = one.
Charlie just fits the island Life–fun, quirky, zen. Everything Zen! And who besides Charlie would carry a handy Spyderco knife to cut into all that fresh fruit to eat? The mangos, pineapple, passion fruit, dragon fruit, and papaya…my boy needs his daily fruit intake!