Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Desert Island Ditties


In search of ever more trivial areas of rumination, I've taken the ever-popular DID idea and given it a somewhat more literal spin. I've assumed (because in theoretical realms such as these I can assume anything I bloody well want to) that, due to hideous misfortune, I am cast away on a desert island. Because it's not really sporting to set no theoretical limits whatsoever to one's idle fantasies -- else one could wish onself off the desert island and into a luxury penthouse with an exhaustive musical library -- I've determined this time around to confine the music I'm miraculously stranded with to situation-appropriate pieces. Pieces, tracks, cuts, tunes -- not albums or collections. I've doubtless missed some obvious DI Ditties -- after all, it would be neurotic to spend more than, say, twelve or thirteen hours of feverish concentration on a project such as this -- but I've no doubt that a reader or two will be of momentous help with suggestions, as has proved so often the case in the past Other fairly obvious additions have been eliminated from consideration because I simply can't stand them. There's that mindless prejudice again. For your meditation, then, here they are:
  • Dick Dale and the DelTones, "Tidal Wave"
  • Beach Boys, "Surf's Up"
  • Platters, "Ebb Tide"
  • Antonio Carlos Jobim, "Wave"
  • Ravel, "Une Barque Sur L'Ocean" (Boulez)
  • Kinks, "Holiday Romance"
  • Jack Bruce, "Into the Storm"
  • Ventures, "Wipe Out"
  • Sinatra/Jobim, "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars"
  • Platters, "Harbor Lights"
  • Ella Fitzgerald, "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"
  • Lee Wiley, "How Deep is the Ocean?"
  • Van Dyke Parks, "Night in the Tropics"
  • Robert Wyatt, "Sea Song"
  • Ventures, "Wipe Out"
  • Frank Sinatra, "I Cover the Waterfront"
  • Platters, "Sleepy Lagoon"
  • Debussy, "La Mer" (Boulez)
  • Lee Wiley, "Like a Ship Without a Sail"
  • Robert Wyatt, "Shipbuilding"
  • Dick Dale and the DelTones, "Surf Beat"
  • Herbie Hancock, "Maiden Voyage"
  • Van Dyke Parks, "Sail Away"
  • Jack Bruce, "Golden Days"
  • Platters, "Red Sails in the Sunset"
  • Vaughan Williams, "A Sea Symphony" (Boult)