Desert Island Discs (or why, sometimes, only music will do)

Ed Miliband was on Desert Island Discs this week, which prompted the usual deconstruction of his choices as either a) proof he’s boring, b) proof he’s “a normal person”, or c) proof he let advisors choose for him. What’s striking about the show is that for decades, it’s demonstrated that music can reveal something about a person that words alone never can. It’s interesting that you’re allowed one book on the island and eight records. I can’t see the programme working if the numbers were reversed. Even the very best of other people’s words don’t convey as much about an individual as music does.

So, apropos of Ed choosing his favourites, I thought I’d do mine. Continue reading