The other day on the Ricky Gervais Show they were talking about desert island discs - the eight records you would take to a desert island. Karl Pilkington never got around to picking his eight, but it got me thinking about what mine would be. (In my case it would be albums and not individual songs).
I'm already way over ten, but nowadays I could just as easily fill up the list with Irish and old-time music. Since I'm trying to learn to play these (mostly) instrumental tunes, I tend to listen to this music as an aural aid with the end goal of being able to play it better, so YouTube and other field recordings of regular folks playing these tunes is often as helpful as anything else. Although my list would have to include the Ceili Bandits' Hangin' at the Crossroads, Rare Rags and String Band Blues by Adam Tanner and the Dirty Rag Mob, and perhaps even a music play-along recording like A Portland Play Along Selection, or maybe that classic Fuzzy Mountain String Band album I have yet to hear. And don't forget Angelina Carberry -- ought to have some strictly tenor banjo music there.
I've realized that narrowing it down to 8 is not something I can do. The end.