Harri3t says she can’t resist a musical meme. Well, I can’t either. So here is my version of the “If Your Life Was A Movie, What Would Your Soundtrack Be?” meme.
For the unitiated, here are the rules:1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle.
3. Press play.
4. For every question, type the song that’s playing.
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button.
6. Don’t lie and try to pretend you’re cool.
Since I had my iPod going at my desk at Company O. today, I gave it a whirl.
Opening Credits: Introduction by Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit. It’s not much of a track, just the introduction of the band at the beginning of a live disk to a bit of random grooving. The idea of an introduction during the opening credits has a certain documentaryquality though.
First Day At School: RV by Faith No More. This song speaks to the darkness of no hope that comes from knowing at an early age that you and your kids will be in the trailer park for decades… all to a simple child-like melody that could be a nursery rhyme. It seems both appropriate and highly ironic as a first day of school song.
Falling In Love: Now’s The Time by Art Blakey. I can’t say that I know the words to this song, or if it even has words, but the upbeat sentiment of the title speaks volumes about the nature of young love.
Breaking Up: Oh Bury Me Not by Johnny Cash. Equating breaking up with burial seems highly appropriate.
Prom: Now We’re Even by Michael Penn. As a mid-tempo rocker, I don’t know what it has to do with a prom… though the song has a certain air of finality and ends this particular CD. Memories of my senior prom represent part of a closing of a chapter of my life that started on a brighter note, but ended in a certain amount of misunderstanding and ambivalence.
Life’s OK: Sex Is Not The Enemy by Garbage. Ok, maybe I could bang my head and thrash about to this, just to remember that life really is OK. It’s not a shiny, happy song. Or maybe it’s just a reminder of all those dreadfully single years in my 20’s when I did need to be reminded that sex was not an enemy to be feared or conquered.
Mental Breakdown: Us and Them by Pink Floyd. The next track on the CD (Brain Damage/Eclipse) would be a much better breakdown song I think, but this will do. Sometimes what the world puts pressures on you… and you crack. That is the next song. This is the prelude, the reason, for that meltdown to happen.
Driving: Drown In My Own Tears by Ray Charles. As Bleeding Gums Murphy said on the Simpsons: “The Blues ain’t about feeling bad. It’s about making other people feel worse!” Blues is a good music for driving. Play on, Brother Ray!
Flashback: Sleepyhouse by Blind Melon. With the sitar-like guitars and dreamy vocals, this has some kind of flashback written all over it.
Getting Back Together: Lord Have Mercy by Raging Slab. This seems ominous somehow for a getting back together song. It speaks not ofpeace or rediscovered joy, but rather anxiety and rough seas ahead. I’mnot sure I’d want to get back together much to this song.
Wedding: Casino Boogie by The Rolling Stones. The wedding reception rocks out with classic Stones!!!
Birth of Child: All Blues by Miles Davis. Progression, growth, change. The simmering pot. Late nights and diaper changes. The power of unconditional love.
Final Battle: Departure Bay by Diana Krall. “I just get home and then I leave again It’s long ago and far away Now we’re skimming stones andExchanging rings And scattering and sailing from departure bay”
Death Scene: I Got You (At The End Of The Century) by Wilco. The song is about looking back through life before a once in a life time relationship. A fitting end.
Funeral: Country Girl by B.B. King. The wake rocks out with some joyous blues by B.B. King.
End Credits: Walking Higher by Heather Nova. This is an unsettling ending. Again, the verse seems anxious, only to resolve itself with a soaring, harmonious chorus. This is not Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison.This suggests ambiguity, no clear answers. Perhaps Walking Higher is anoblique reference to some kind of move toward a higher plain of being.