Holy tagged me with a blog meme. Like her, I’m not a bandwagon kind of gal, I’d much rather wax philosophical, technical, or just plain old rant… but this one looked like fun. Here’s how the soundtrack gig works:
1. Open your library. (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle and press play.
3. For every section, type the song that’s playing.
4. When you go to a new section, press the next button.
5. Don’t lie and try to pretend you’re cool.
6. When you’re finished, tag some other people to do it!
And without further ado, here’s the shuffled soundtrack of my life.
Starship, Set the Night to Music. It is so 80s, and so cheesy, wonderfully melodramatic. A major flashback song for me!
Sarah McLachlan, Fumbling Toward Ecstasy. Hmm, never thought of waking up as an ecstatic experience! “All the fear has left me now, I’m not frightened anymore… I won’t fear love.”
First Day at School
David Gray, Babylon. “Open up my heart to all that jealousy, that bitterness, that ridicule.” That about sums up my school experience!
Falling in Love
Sugarland, Enjoy the Ride. That’s always been my philosophy about love – it’s not a destination nor a formula romance. This one works.
James Taylor, Baby Buffalo. This song has nothing to do with fighting, but I enjoy the mood and, always, Taylor’s acoustic guitar.
Peter Paul and Mary, Puff the Magic Dragon. This is a nontraditional breakup song about growing up and growing apart. I never did think of it as a drug anthem, but enjoyed it at face value.
Norah Jones, I’ve Got to See You Again. This is, ironically, the story of a stripper and a lap dance. I was not a big prom queen type.
U2, Love Rescue Me. In many ways, love did rescue me. I had to completely change my life. I could no longer be a completely self-centered spoiled brat, and instead had to learn to occasionally put others first.
Sting, Ghost Story. This is a great mental breakdown song! “What could I do but run and run and run? Afraid to love, afraid to fail, a mast without a sail.” I’ve been there, usually at 3 am with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s.
Andres Segovia, Partita for Solo Violin #3 in E Major. While I love Andres Segovia’s classical guitar work and can listen to it for hours, it’s not my choice for driving. I need something more energetic for the road, with energy and pep – I usually choose arena rock.
Nickel Creek, Doubting Thomas. Nickel Creek can’t qualify as flashback music on any level, unless this song actually described a flashback – and it doesn’t. Can they even drink legally yet? Have they reached puberty? But their lyrics are quite poetic and their musicianship stellar.
Getting Back Together
Emmylou Harris, Strong Hand (For June). Stumbling Into Grace is a spectacular album. Get it and immerse yourself in it. “And l will see them. Someday they’ll walk again together. l believe, l believe.” Rereading the lyrics to this song, and the reunion it describes, made me cry.
Whitesnake, Here I Go Again. Too funny! Not exactly marriage-minded music. In this vein, I could play J. Geils Band’s Love Stinks at the reception too.
Birth of Child
Alan Jackson, Nobody Said it Would Be Easy. No, nobody said childbirth would be easy, nor parenting, but I never knew it would be so gut-wrenchingly, soul-suckingly, mind-shatteringly tough either!
Fleetwood Mac, Silver Springs. “I follow you down ’till the sound of my voice will haunt you.” I just need shining armor and a big ol’ enchanted sword, and it works!
Allison Krauss, Forget About It. “Forget about it, when forever’s over, I won’t remember how much I loved you anymore.” Ouch!
Peter Gabriel, In Your Eyes. Definitely one of the most beautiful songs ever, but not a funeral song. It celebrates the life and soul in a lover’s eyes. We played James Taylor’s Fire and Rain at my dad’s funeral. It was very perfect, and to this day it reduces me to tears whenever I hear it.
Nanci Griffith, This Heart. “This heart knows when love comes. And when it goes.” Enough said.