My Soundtrack

I’ve always wanted a Soundtrack to my Life. Emaw, KC Sponge, and Chimpotle posted theirs ages ago. I intended to do this a long time ago, but never got around to it. So, here are the rules:

  1. Open your music library (iTunes, iPod, etc.) – I used my ipod that I had with me at work – a choice of 811 songs from my almost 10,000-song library
  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 your cool…!

Opening credits:
Seeing Things – Zero 7

Waking up:
Train Wreck – Elliot Yamin
Yes, the American Idol 3rd-place finisher

First day of school:
All Alone (On Eilean Shona) – 1 Giant Leap
For more about 1 Giant Leap, check out this post

Falling in love:
Apologize – One Republic with Timbaland
Great recent song. It’s pretty amazing that these guys are the most popular band on MySpace without having released an album.

First Song:
Dream About Flying – Alexi Murdoch
Very Nick-Drake-esque – this is typical music for me. Sad bastards. If this is my first song, that would explain why I listen to the music that I do.

Fight Song:
When the World Ends – Dave Matthews
The version that came up was from the extra 5-song live CD included on Dave’s solo album. Just so you know. Not exactly a violent fighting song, but hey…I’m a pacifist.

Breaking Up:
Ghost World – Aimee Mann
Anything by Aimee Mann would be a good break-up song.

Don’t Panic – Coldplay
I love Coldplay, but my prom was lame.

Long Distance Call – David Gray
“This Year’s Love” is a better song.

Mental Breakdown:
Little of Your Time – Maroon 5
While I feel like Songs About Jane was a better album, the new one is still pretty good.

Gone Daddy Gone – Gnarls Barkley
Yes, I realize it was a remake. Gnarls Barkley is awesome all the same.

My Stupid Mouth – John Mayer
Pretty funny. I used to be (and still am to some extent) the guy in the lyrics, always saying stuff that I didn’t think through or consider the ramifications of entirely. I’ve made a conscious effort to NOT be that guy, but he sneaks in every once in a while.

Getting back together:
Full of Grace – Sarah McLachlan
A beautiful song. Her concert was fantastic.

Slow Like Honey – Fiona Apple
A decent selection. Our wedding was a great day. It was longer than some weddings, but not as long as others (clocking in at just under an hour). I wouldn’t change a thing.

Birth of child:
Lifesize – A Fine Frenzy
A Fine Frenzy is singer/songwriter Alison Sudol and I only recently started listening to her, but I really like her album a lot. This is an interesting selection, especially considering that Jake and Kelly just had a baby, my niece. I wonder what they thought when she came out…did she become life-size at that moment? I imagine that it’s hard to prepare yourself for exactly what will come when you bring a whole life-size person into the world.

Death Scene:
Know Your Onion! – The Shins
I, like many others I’m sure, got into The Shins after I heard their two tracks on the Garden State Soundtrack. “Know Your Onion!” is another one of their more popular songs from Oh, Inverted World, released shortly after “New Slang” which is a song that I prefer. Still the song is about someone who is confident in their choices they’ve made and I hope I can always feel that way.

Funeral Song:
Troubled Mind – Mozez
I got into Mozez thanks to my friend Kevin and played his album So Still over and over and over again. This is a quite apropos song for a funeral I think.

End Credits:
Sullivan Street – Counting Crows
Counting Crows was one of the first bands that put me into the music that I prefer now. I started listening to them right when they hit the radio waves and I haven’t stopped since. Sullivan Street probably isn’t one of my favorites (“A Long December” and “Rainin’ in Baltimore” and “Up All Night” are preferred fare), but still, I could see credits rolling over Adam Duritz’s piano and voice.

In Summary…

An interesting soundtrack. Perfectly appropriate in some parts, but not in glaringly intentional ways. I doubt that if I were to create a deliberate soundtrack to my life with these parts in mind that any of them would even make the list, but it was fun to pick them randomly and see how best to justify their position.

WITFV27: Life

I know.

It sounds corny. It’s a corny thing to be thankful for. But this evening, I’m very thankful for it.

Tonight, we went to see RENT. I’ve been looking forward to this movie since I first saw the trailer, but as it approached the release date, I became more and more skeptical. Would a film be able to capture the incredible lyrics and music of the late Jonathan Larson?

Alli and I first saw the musical in 1998 (or was it ’97?) in Des Moines at the Civic Center. The musical was touring and we had seen lots of advertisements for it in our small Iowa town where we were attending college. We had a couple of friends who had seen it and highly recommended it, so I got us tickets and we went to “the theater”.

I was so taken by the story and the musical that I went out and bought the soundtrack. Alli got sick of me listening to it over and over again.

It’s weird. I can’t figure out what it is that makes me identify with this story so much. I’ve never been a starving artist like the characters in the movie and I’ve never been diagnosed, nor have I known anyone who was diagnosed with HIV. But this story rings true to me because the characters in it are real and they are dealing with real issues and real life. RENT captures the early ’90s extremely well (as I remember them) even though the musical did not reach the stage until 1996.

What makes this story resonate so much is that the main characters create a family that is non-traditional, but functions as a support group and I think that everyone looks for something like that in their life. I’m fortunate enough to have that familial support in my life. Not only that, but I’m so thankful to have a life as blessed as mine is.

RENT is about finding life and love amidst the chaos of life and love. It’s about struggling to find the one thing that makes everything worthwhile through it all. That thing may be different for others, but for me, it’s love. And I am truly thankful for that.