In an episode from the first season of the TV comedy Frasier, Niles tells Frasier of a party game that was a real hoot. If you were stranded on a desert island with one aria, one meal, and one bottle of wine, what would they be?
At the dinner table we tried to play “the game” but got hung up on the definitions. What exactly is a desert island? A literal desert that cannot support any life? A deserted island in a tropical paradise, teeming with life? Is there a remote chance of rescue? One would mean survival for at most a few days; the other – potentially indefinitely. It would change my choice of the desert island music (we’re skipping the food and wine part of the equation).
My youngest, rolling her eyes: “You guys are making this WAY more complicated than it needs to be.” She doesn’t get it. That’s the fun part – honing the definitions, defining the parameters.
Wikipedia: In the phrase “desert island,” the adjective “desert” connotes a “desolate and sparsely occupied or unoccupied” area and does not imply that the island was previously inhabited and later deserted. The term “desert island” therefore typically refers to an undiscovered island. Note that a desert island does not have to be a desert.
If we go with the literal desert scenario and I’m facing imminent death, my choice for music to usher me into the next world would be Kathleen Battle singing Laudate Dominum by Mozart. Feel free to share your choice of desert island music (does not need to be just an aria!)
Stay tuned for the Gilligan’s Island version.