& & by Alex Goukassian of Spokane & & & &

If I were to ever land on a desert isle, I would search for discs that are immortal because they are made by up-and-coming as well as legendary artists.

The first among these would be the 1984 recording of West Side Story with the maestro Leonard Bernstein himself conducting. With such superb songs as "Maria," "Tonight" and "Somewhere," it makes one long for a romantic rendezvous.

Another disc that I couldn't live without would be Verdi Arias Vol. 2 performed by the greatest soprano of all time, Maria Callas. Without the soft and forceful tones of her voice in Verdi's "Ave Maria" from Othello, I would find myself very depressed.

Add to this mix the toe tapping sounds of The Benny Goodman Story soundtrack with that swing classic "Sing, Sing, Sing," The Brian Setzer Orchestra with its astonishing album, The Dirty Boogie, and Pink Martini's eloquent first album, Sympathique, with it's riffs on various aspects of world music.

With these, I believe that I would have it made for a summer of relaxing in the sun with legendary music for all kinds of weather.

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