I love these silly questions: if you were stranded on an island and you could only bring one album, one movie, one book and one TV series, what would they be?
OK, let’s make some assumptions, you have an endless supply of electrical power; so you can listen to your album, watch your movie and TV series. Let’s assume you happen to have a solar power source, and all your devices work – but you don’t have an Internet or satellite connection – that would be too easy.
Let’s also assume that this island has enough food and fresh drinking water that you’ll be stuck there for let’s say 10 years. And let’s also say that you’re alone.
Phew, that was a lot of assumptions. That said, here are my choices:
I thought about this a lot. There are so many artists I love, so many albums I’d love to listen to over and over again. I think I’d want something hopeful but also something that is timeless. So I decided on the “Woodstock” soundtrack. What? I know, you expected The Beatles Revolver or Rubber Soul. Perhaps even Goats Head Soup by the Rolling Stones or The Who’s Tommy. Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. All great albums. All in my top 10. But for the variety, the different artists, the songs, and the joy – I’m going with Woodstock. Janis Joplin, The Who, Crosby, Still, Nash & Young, Sly and the Family Stone. Gotta love it.
This is probably the hardest category of all. What movie would I want to watch over and over and over again? It’s certainly NOT going to be Cast Away with Tom Hanks or any horror or science fiction that would freak me out at night. I thought about the Godfather – but I think I’ve played that too much already. I thought about my all time favorite movie – Patton – but even that would get old. Nope, my choice would be ‘Some Like It Hot’ starring Jack Lemon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. Funny. Timeless. And I never get sick of it.
I admit, I thought about “How to survive anything,” but decided that was too easy. I also checked off books I’ve read, loved, but never recommended to anyone. I decided I needed a book that makes me laugh every time I pick it up, a book that spoke to me personally, and a book that I’ve recommended to many people. So my choice: ‘A Walk In The Woods’ by Bill Bryson. It’s a travel journal about his adventures walking the Appalachian Trail. If you haven’t read it, please do. You’ll laugh a lot.
One TV series:
This was the easiest one for me. While there are many TV shows I love and I loved growing up, Seinfeld, The Cosby Show, All in the Family, MASH, and Cheers, I think I’d get sick of them eventually. But the show I can never get sick of is ‘I Love Lucy.’ I can watch re-runs of that show every day and laugh. I think its genius. And I would be happy with Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel forever.
So there you have it. Woodstock, Some Like It Hot, A Walk in the Woods and I Love Lucy.
What would you choose?