Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Easy Ed's Broadside

Exploring music without a map.

Since 2009, Ed has shared his thoughts on ND about music that touches him, and rambled hither and yon about what else is on his mind.

Desert Island Discs: A Fruitless Endeavor

Not sure what's stranger: mascara or an ironing board.  I'd have to include "Here Without You" by the Byrds, for both the music and the lyric.

I would pick songs that are uplifting and that I wouldn't get tired of (at least not quickly).  The List:

One of the J. S, Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites by M. Rostropovitch

Shenadoah by Tony Rice

Good Morning Starshine by the Original Broadway cast of HAIR

Georgia On My Mind by Ray Charles

Ode to a Butterfly by Nickel Creek

It's A Beautiful Morning by the Rascals

Nutcracker Suite (as much as permitted) by P. I. Tschaikowski

The Weight by the Band

I'd bring Finnegan's Wake by J. Joyce (it never ends)

I'd want a really good one person sailboat



A fruitless endeavor indeed! I can't imagine any 8 songs I'd want to listen to stranded with Gilligan and the Skipper or even Ginger and Mary Ann.  It reminds me of a road trip crossing Texas I took in a drive-away car in 1981.  You don't get radio reception so I bought Elton John's  "Greatest Hits" on cassette at a Stuckey's (don't laugh, you should have seen the selection).  I should have bought the pecan log. So I'll pass on the tunes.

Oh, and I'd take Donald Trump as my "luxury item" in the ultimate act of self-sacrifice. 

Book?  The Bible....only because I've never read it and I know Trump won't try and steal it. 

Fun and impossible. My list of songs would probably change daily but I bet Live Forever by Billy Joe Shaver would be on it most days.

These threads are fun but frustrating as it is difficult to pick just 8 songs so I found a way to (sort of) cheat.

For the book I would want to have my copy of the out-of-print WHO WROTE THE FIRST ROCK AND ROLL RECORD by Dawson and Propes simply because in reviewing the history of 50 different late-40's to mid-50's singles, it explains more about the development of rock and roll than any book I have ever read and is pure fun for this baby boomer.

For songs:

(1) Lightfoot's Early Morning Rain.  Classic definition of a folk song.  

(2) Tom Petty and Heartbreakers with special guest John Lee Hooker doing Boogie Chillen' on Live at Fillmore CD.  Mutual admiration society among TP, John Lee, and band with Heartbreakers showing why they were one of the best cover bands ever. This song has the best boogie groove I have ever heard.  Runner up for Petty includes sing-a-longs Wildflowers amd Learning to Fly (live Anthology).

(3) Rolling Stones concert version of Gimmie Shelter from Ya-Ya's live CD.  It is clear that the Stones were the bluesiest of the rock bands.  Midnight Rambler ain't bad either. 

(4) Van Morrison's Tupelo Honey, or live versions of either Caravan or Listen to the Lion.  This versatile musical genius put more soul into his songs that any musician I've heard.

(5) The chicago blues "national anthem" Got My Mojo Working by allstar tribute band (with Kim Wilson blowing harp) on Antone's 20th anniversary CD.  Runner up would be the other national anthem, Sweet Home Chicago, from the same performance.

(6) Tedeschi Trucks Band doing live version of Midnight in Harlem or TTB playing Don't Drift Away from Live at Fox.  Both songs have the TTB mix of Derek's slide, Susan's soulful voice, and maybe the best band out there.

(7) Otis Rush and Eric Clapton swapping licks on a long version of "All Your Love (I Miss Loving) on Otis Rush and Friends at Montreux.  Cooking band. Otis was one of Eric's mentors.

(8) Johnny B Goode by Chuck Berry.  First song I ever learned the words to and a song that defines Chuck's MAJOR contribution to rock and roll.

For favorite object, how about a large carrot cake.


Whoops, Gimme Shelter is from Let It Bleed studio album.

I, too, have been/was a fan and avid reader of those BBC and Pulse features, and I really miss Pulse, it was a top notch music mag.

Me? My desert island songs are ones that I first heard live, more or less, such as:

Tony Rice-Summer Wages, Ian Tyson-Someday Soon or Four Strong Winds, Joan Baez-Xmas in Washington, Chris Smither-Killing the Blues, Townes-Dublin Blues, Linda Thompson-Dimming of the Day, Richard Thompson-1952 Vincent, the Louvins-Satan is Real, Joni-the whole Blue album, David Murray-Amazing Grace, Lee Wiley-Someone to Watch Over Me.... now they exist only in my head.


Great songs Amos.  Tony Rice and Ian & Sylvia take me back to my folkie days and you can't beat Richard and Linda.  Recently I've discovered some newly-released live performances from The Thompson's during their heyday with a backing band that includes some of their Fairport Convention friends.  

Well...those are good songs...really good songs...

I posted it for a laugh because Ed named Vic Damone as uncool ... but he's actually pretty good with the Great American Songbook.

I laughed...and I agree with you...I think Ed just pulled Vic Damone out as an example of someone not everyone was going to like...but if you name anyone who is known, like say Slim Whitman, someone somewhere likes him, and is going to have them on their desert island list...

A couple of songs that just missed the cut, or maybe should have been included:

I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down.  Blues/torch singer Janiva Magness and Brit pub rocker Graham Parker have good versions but best is by New England soul blues master Darrell Nulisch.  Maybe the sexiest song I have ever heard though it is about a break up.

Stormy Monday, the classic T-Bone Walker gem.  Bobby Blue Bland has a deep soul version with superb guitar work by Wayne Bennett and Allmans at Fillmore East version is a good tribute. 

Turn On Your Lovelight by Bobby Blue Bland.  Many bands, including Grateful Dead, have covered.  Folks who hang around with Tedeschi Trucks and Govt. Mule like Bland's early-60's stuff a lot and have picked up this song for their concert jams.   

Heresy!  The first, best and sexiest version was recorded by Ann Peebles!

Ann's version was the first and she deserves wholehearted credit for bringing it to the masses.  The song is one of those classics that sounds great regardless of the singer. 

I like Nulisch version as it is much longer but that's just a personal preference. 

As long as neither of us lists Paul Young's version as their favorite we can agree to disagree!!

I forgot just how bad his soulless version of this classic tune was!

Agreed.  Really bad.  Undermines my argument that a really good song will sound great no matter who sings it. 

Waste of Pino Palladino on bass too...great player...I never heard this before...thanks I think, R. Mutt...

Now that everyone is here...first off, thanks for sharing your own DIDs. It’s the comments and exchange that’s always been my favorite thing on the site, although the participation has dwindled over the years ever since the migration from the old Ning platform. And I imagine people’s online habits have also changed, so discourse is no longer of much interest. We talk at each other, not to each other. 

For those of you who’ve might not have heard, my understanding is that the ND site is getting closer to launching a new design. It’s been crawling along in the development phase for what seems like years, so we’ll see when it actually happens. More than likely, the ability to leave comments is going to end. Active commenters are now down to all of you who responded to this post, and maybe another 5-10 people. Times are a-changin’  

So anyway, just in case I don’t get to say it, thanks to everyone who’s ever added their voice here. I might come up with a topic, but y’all make it bigger and better. Many of you follow my Facebook page, so in the future if you’d like to leave comments there, please feel free to use that platform. I post my stories there each Friday morning and pin it to the top of the page. 

Stay can only get better. Right?

To quote your original advice to FreshGrass: Don't fuck it up. They did. Slowly. So thanks in advance for keeping the light on as long as you did EasyEd.  Thanks Grant, Peter, Kyla....and all the contributors including those from the past that jumped ship or were pushed overboard.  And yes, I've said it before, and I'll say it again, perhaps for the last time. Keith Richards wrote "Hickory Wind".

Hickory Records release LPS 149.  


If he did he probably doesnt know it. 

Keith is aware he snorted his dad's cremains, so he remembers some things...

Wait...Didn't Gene Parsons write that?   

Well said.  I too miss the old forum where we could post comments about a new song or album that we had discovered.  The music discovery possibilities are like a well that we'll never find the bottom of but I trust long-time ND contributors and comments to help focus the search to the most rewarding avenues.

I think there still is a lot of future in serious discourse among music fans.

I'll definitely check out your Facebook. If anyone is aware of other roots music discussion sites I would be interested.


Perhaps longer works to max my minutes. Am I taking this task too literally?

"East West" Butterfield Blues Band

"Madame George" Van Morrison

"In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" Allman Brothers

"Marquee Moon" Television

"I Dream A Highway" Gillian Welch

"As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls" Pat Metheny

"The Lark Ascending" Sir Adrian Boult conducting The New Philharmonia, with Hugh Bean, violin.

"Amelia" Joni Mitchell




Don’t you already live in a desert island of sorts? Let me check my atlas. 

Yep, it's just me and 24 million of my closest friends.