Yesterday when I was putting up new links to a few articles, including "RAW's desert island recordings," I noticed something that seemed odd. Here is the list again, which Eric Wagner obtained fairly late in Robert Anton Wilson's life, although I don't have a date:
1. Beethoven's 9th
2, Beethoven's 7th
3. Vivaldi: Four Seasons
4. Carmina Burana
5. Brandenburg Concertos
6. Goldberg Variations
7. Mozart's Piano Concerti
8. Beethoven's Piano Concerti
9. Joplin's rags on harpsichord
10. Iron Butterfly
What seems strange to me when I look at this list is that although RAW wrote about his interest in jazz more than once, no jazz recordings are listed. Did his interest in jazz wane, or did he not happen to think of jazz when Eric asked for the list?
I may as well attempt my own "desert island" list and invite commenters to post theirs. Of course, at any given point in my life, this list would be different, but it is representative of what I like:
1. Beethoven, seventh symphony.
2. Prokofiev, second piano concerto.
3. Shostakovich, fourth symphony.
4. Mozart, 24th piano concerto.
5. Out of Our Heads, the Rolling Stones.
6. Revolver, the Beatles.
7. Bringing It All Back Home, Bob Dylan.
8. New Miserable Experience, the Gin Blossoms.
9. Kind of Blue, Miles Davis.
10. The 1954 Los Angeles Concert, Duke Ellington.
If I hadn't run out of numbers, I'd add albums by Elvis Costello and Karrin Allyson. And I can't believe there's no Stravinsky in my list, or anything by a living classical composer. It's hard to summarize my interests in 10 items.