But there is another reason I like the podcast, and it is a very simple but enlightening one. I want to hear what songs the guests selected and why, and what book and luxury item they would want to take with them.
The songs usually chronicle some important time or event in the guest’s life, and if the song itself isn’t important, the artist was. Sometimes I love the selections; sometimes I wonder why in the world someone would listen to that piece of “music.” But I always enjoy hearing the stories that surround the song choices.
Since each “castaway” is already given the Bible and The Complete Works of Shakespeare to take with them, their book selections are often extremely varied and interesting. Many I have never heard of; a few of them I have read; and some I would like to read.
As for their luxury item, on occasion I can guess what it will be, but on others, it is a complete surprise and often not extravagant at all but just personally important.
Selecting eight songs that might represent important points in your life, a book, and a luxury requires quite a bit of thought and self-reflection, and I think it is a worthwhile endeavor. So here is my challenge to you (and to me). What eight songs would you select that either mark those pivotal events in your life or have special meaning to you. What would they be and why? And what would be your one book and one luxury item that you think would bring enjoyment or meaning to you as you spend out your years alone on the island. What would they be and why?
And finally, perhaps ask someone else to do the same and share. It might surprise you what you will learn about yourself and someone else. Enjoy.
(Would love to hear one or two of your selections here if you are so inclined to share.)