Sunday, October 12, 2008

First go round

Right, so where to begin? Sometimes you have to go to very edge to see how high you've come. Hopefully when you get there the overwhelming urge to throw yourself off will be overcome by the desire to see how it all plays out.

Current playlist accompanying my thoughts on it all this go round
  • I Don't Wanna Know - Fleetwood Mac
  • Rainbow Song - The Wagonwheels
  • Sit Down I Think I Love You - Buffalo Springfield
  • There She Goes - Chris Isaak
  • My Friends - David Franklin
  • Rusty Old American Dream
  • Good Day Everyday - drivin 'n cryin'
  • Everybody Cares, Everybody Understands - Elliott Smith
  • Over My Head - The Fray
  • Collide - Howie Day
  • Upside Down - Jack Johnson
  • If It Kills Me - Jason Mraz
  • Just Gimme Some Truth - John Lennon
  • Picture Book - The Kinks
  • Suddenly I See - K.T. Tunstall
  • Hanging By a Moment - Lifehouse
  • Why Can't I? - Liz Phair
  • I Wanted to Tell You - Matthew Sweet
  • Cast No Shadow - Oasis

Music fills the background. I've often wanted to have a soundtrack to go along with my life, but the impracticalities of doing it are too many. The iPod has certainly made it more of an option, but really, the thought of sitting down and putting all that music in, well, actually, it sounds kind of enticing, but that's not what it's about. The problem is even after only the teenage years your soundtrack would be so voluminous that you'd lose some of those songs that were kind of pivotal, but not really vital, and even those songs deserve to be heard every now and again.

From the list above, I'm trying to see if there's a running theme there, but I can't see one. I'm sure I could if I thought about it long enough, but who has time for that when there's Crackbook status' to update, crackheads to email, new threads to post (that's right, you're being excluded sometimes), and profile photos to change. I guess the most obvious thing that hops out at me is, well, no, I was going to say music from the 90s, but Fleetwood Mac, Buffalo Springfield, John Lennon, and the Kinks throw that out the window. Dammit, I'm going to have to rethink this playlist thing.

If you were given the choice from the Powers That Be to compile a soundtrack for your life would you be able to do it? Could you narrow down the music that matters most to you from birth to present? You can have a double CD, that's a lot of songs you can fit on there, unless your tastes tend to run toward the Allman Bros., the Dead or John Coltrane. Would you be able to whittle and cut and scratch out and omit and resubmit these little pieces of notes and words and meaning and emotion and EVERYTHING to create a picture of you so that when you're gone some kid will pick up your soundtrack see your picture on the cover, flip it over to look at the songs and have a pretty good idea of who you were? It's a BIG task, especially since most of us are not even halfway through our lives yet.

Could you compile a soundtrack for a loved one? One that could really capture them? Whether it's someone you're going to spend the rest of your life with, or just someone you're currently obsessing over, do you think you could put together 14 songs that sum that person up? I challenge you to do it. Now we're not just talking a mix-tape here. This is a bit deeper than that, admittedly, not much deeper, but a bit. You've got to pick out songs that will be able to show complete strangers who your loved one was. I suppose there could be different volumes, two siblings might put together two very different soundtracks for a parent depending on the relationship. A spouse might put something together that s/he thinks creates the perfect image in sound and voice and a secret crush might create a completely different image. Is one better than the other? I don't know, and I don't think it matters (not that any of this does), but there's a challenge in this and that's to take yourself out of it and put that loved one as the focus. There might be songs that you don't particularly care for, but they somehow fit with your loved one, you've got to put aside your tastes and focus on the image you're trying to create.

So, you've got your challenge. Are you up for it? Do you even care about it? If you do send me the playlist and let me see if I can get the image of your loved on in my head. I won't tell if it doesn't look anything like them, but I bet a lot of you could do a really great job.

So, keep going back to edge, but don't forget seeing how it all plays out is worth sticking around for.


Laurie said...

I thought that my friends song was Eddie Money, or it sounds just like him. I love Matthew Sweet! What happened to him? And what is the origin of the name Bub?

Laurie said...

Sorry,cuz, it was too early in the morning, that song I'm thinking of is My Friends, My Friends by Eddie Money. They've been playing it alot lately on DaveFM.

Laurie said...

Sorry to clutter up your comments cuz, but I will work on my list, it's just hard for this ADD mind to bring it all together, that's why I never answered the one where dane said i could be his seamstress question!

Laurie said...

Ok, here goes it. All of these songs either say something about me and my life or remind me of someone or something in my past...This is a true retrospective of my life...a wide variety of genres.

The Smiths Ask
Ozzy Osbourne You're No Different
Flying High Again
The Doors Touch Me
Scorpions Still Loving You

Whitesnake Here I Go Again
Still of the Night
Robert Palmer Addicted to Love
Concrete Blonde Joey
Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall Shine on you Crazy Diamond
Police Every Breath You Take
Gary Wright Our Love is Alive
REM Everybody Hurts
Sara McLachlan Posession
Stone Temple Pilots Sour Girl
Ramones I Wanna Be Sedated
Pink Floyd Comfortably Numb
John Lennon Cold Turkey
Garbage I'm Only Happy When it Rains
Jimi Hendrix Manic Depression
Nirvana Lithium
Porno for Pyros Pets
Coolio Gangsta's Paradise
Widespread Panic Little Lilly
Rich Mullins Awesome God
Cliff Richard Shine Jesus Shine
Keith Urban You're Not My God
Petra Lord I Lift Your Name on High
Oasis Wonderwall
REM Bang and Blame
Cliff Richard Devil Woman
Peter Gabriel Digging in the Dirt

mo said...

This is going to be a random stream of consciousness as I think back to my earliest "I love this song" moment and go forward...
Da Do Run Run Run - Shawn Cassidy; La Freak - Chic; Beth - Kiss; Thriller - Michael Jackson; I Love Rock n Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; Like A Virgin - Mahdonna; Party Likes It's 1999 - Prince; Every Duran Duran song recorded; Welcome To The Jungle - Guns n Roses; Joey - Concrete Blonde; Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana; Cult of Personality - Living Colour; Somebody Bring Me Some Water - Melissa Etheridge; Strawberry Wine - Deanna Carter; The Thunder Rolls - Garth Brooks; To Be With You - Mr. Big; EveryThing About You - Ugly Kid Joe; The Southern Cross - Crosby, Stills and Nash; Superman - Five for Fighting; Any and Everything by Pink; You're Beautiful - James Blunt; When You Were Young - The Killers...
Like I said, that is what comes to mind today as I look back. Of course, I believe if I were to answer this question again tomorrow the answers would be totally different - depends on the day and my mood I think as to what I would remember as meaningful.

Laurie said...

I like your taste Mo, Btw my cousin, Pat Alger co wrote Thunder Rolls, with Garth! And Garth is awesome in concert!

Bub said...

My Friends is a song by Atlanta singer-songwriter David Franklin. He was the bassist for an Atlanta band called Hollyfaith. They had some regional success in the early 90s.

Bub said...


Anna started calling me Bubba shortly after we started dating b/c my dad had a pickup truck that I would sometimes drive. It stuck and morphed into Bub. There you go.

Thanks for checking out my site and responding so quickly. Your list is very interesting and very eclectic and that shows that you've got good sense!

Bub said...

My goodness, what a mix for yourself. By the way, I love love love your Dali quotation. Nothing but the truth in that one. Excellent job. Thanks for reading and responding!

Angela said...

I'm working on mine :)

Angela said...

ok, I posted the songs for my love on my blog--sorry, It won't let me cut and paste.