Since January 29, 1942, the BBC has broadcast a radio show called Desert Island Discs. On that program, a famous guest answers questions about his or her life and the prospect of living on a deserted island with only some music, three books, and a luxury item for company. Every few minutes, an excerpt from the guest's list of eight pieces of music is played. The idea is that each piece should touch on something personal that the interviewee is willing to share with the public, but I have no intention of presenting my own list in that way and can hardly expect anyone else to do so. And on that note...
Here's the format (unless you'd rather do something else ): List eight of your favorite pieces of music, along with the book and luxury item you would take with you to the desert island. As in the radio program, the complete works of Shakespeare and the King James Bible are available to you already. (Scant comfort to those who dislike both Shakespeare and the Bible, but at least they'll have some blunt objects with which to fend off hostile fauna and bring down coconuts from their trees.) If you'd like to go the Birgit Nilsson route and choose six of your own recordings, you'll get no objection from me. If you'd rather present multiple lists--a classical one and a list of popular songs, for example--that's fine, too.
As this is FSU, I might as well post links to the skater interviews. If you haven't listened to one before, I suggest clicking on "Download to keep", as "Listen now" has never worked for me.
Belita (Jepson-Turner), January 23, 1953 (audio unavailable)
John Curry, February 12, 1977
Robin Cousins, January 3, 1981