Welcome to my Desert Island Discs. I have opted for a different approach to many people; I have divided my life roughly into 8 and picked a track for each period.
Here is song number one of my Desert Island Discs:
American Pie by Don McLean.
In the early 70's, my Dad had 2 or possibly 3 cassettes in his car and played them on rotation. One album was Jim Croce but the staple diet was American Pie. I could easily have chosen Till Tomorrow or Vincent (the latter having one of the most perfect melodies ever in the line "But I could have told you Vincent, this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you" at 2 mins 19 secs), but I have selected the title track.
You certainly get plenty for your money here, eight and a half minutes about the story of the death of Buddy Holly. I makes me think of times in the car and of my Dad. He still loves this song and sings along readily. Never ever settle for the edited version, you need it all to appreciate the story and the quality of the melody. Not only does this song evoke multiple memories, it's a cracking tune!