There is a classic episode of “The Office” in Season 2 where Jim leads a game called “Desert Island” in which he encourages his co-workers to think of the 5 albums, movies, etc they would bring with them if they were stranded on an island alone for the rest of their lives.
I think we should play that game! Over the next few weeks I will be giving you my personal top 5 in categories like Music, Movies, Video Games, etc that I would bring with me on an island, and will encourage you to do the same.
The rules are simple. You can only choose 5, and they don’t even have to be what would be considered “The Best” in a given category. It’s subjective because these are the 5 pieces of entertainment that will have to play over and over for the rest of your life. So choose wisely!
Here are the top 5 Albums (not top 5 artists or songs, but complete albums, and in no particular order) I would bring with me if I were stranded on a Desert Island (and somehow knew in advance I would be. Of course, If I knew in advance I would be stranded, wouldn’t I just do something to prevent that?):
1. James Taylor – “The Best of James Taylor”
Why: I feel like I shouldn’t even have to put a reason for this choice. It’s James freaking Taylor! If I have to be alone for the rest of my life, there is no collection of songs from any other artist that could daily lift my spirits like James Taylor’s greatest hits.
When I paint a face on a volleyball, name it, and make it my best friend, I will cradle it and listen to “How Sweet it is to be Loved by You” as my mind slowly unravels and I go insane. It will be glorious!
The Proof: [youtube http://youtu.be/hG4fdcApuK4]
2. John Coltrane “Blue Train”
Why: I like Jazz.
But seriously, John Coltrane is one of my favorite Jazz artists, and his album “Blue Train” is the first Jazz Album I ever bought. It’s what got me hooked on the genre in the first place, and has a special place in my heart. Not to mention the songs are like 15 minutes long each which comes in handy as I kill time eating coconuts.
The Proof: [youtube http://youtu.be/S1GrP6thz-k]
3. Foo Fighters – “Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace”
Why: The musical dynamics of this album and my absolute man crush on frontman Dave Grohl are what propelled this work of art onto my list.
This album has the classic “in your face” style of the Foo Fighters coupled with incredibly heartfelt and relaxed songs. I will most likely listen to the heavy hitting song “Pretender” as I lament the rest of my days on an island and go hunting for wild Boar.
The Proof: [youtube http://youtu.be/308KpFZ4cT8]
4. Lupe Fiasco- “L.A.S.E.R.S”
Why: Lupe is a favorite artist of mine period, and it just so happens that this is his favorite album of mine.
He writes incredibly thought-provoking and conscientious lyrics that will keep my brain and my feelings occupied for decades on this island. I always discover something new about myself or the world around me when I listen to his lyrics.
Not to mention, he will keep my intelligence up, and I will need every ounce of brain power as I try to figure out why the ghost of Jack Shepherd’s dad and a giant smoke monster are occupying the same land as me.
The Proof: [youtube http://youtu.be/Rmp6zIr5y4U]
5. The Lumineers – “The Lumineers”
Why: Very simply because once I put this album in my car, it usually plays on repeat about ten times. I love it that much.
The Proof: [youtube http://youtu.be/UJWk_KNbDHo]
Now it’s your turn! What are the 5 Albums on your Desert Island?