Monday, December 18, 2006

if your life were a soundtrack, what would the music be? here's how it works:
1. open your library (iTunes, winamp, media player, iPod)
2. put it on shuffle
3. press play
4. for every question, type the song that's playing
5. new question-- press the next button
6. don't lie and try to pretend you're cool

opening credits: “Faithfull” Pearl Jam (this makes profound sense...if you're my therapist, that is)

waking up: "Hallelujah" Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (This is a great waking up song, it starts in morning and really sets you up...for a depressing, dramatic film! Let's hear a line from Nick: "I'd been staring out the window most of the morning/I'd watched the rain claw at the glass/And a vicious wind blew hard and fast/I should have taken it as a warning/As a warning...")

first day at school:"My Baby Loves Me" Martina McBride (I'm still trying to figure this one out)

falling in love: “Exchange" Massive Attack (this is nice. slow and steady, kinda' hot really...)

breaking up: “Psycho Joe” Blues Traveler (let's not ignore the subtitle for this song--"Psycho Joe (goes to the electric chair)"--nothing says "break up" like corporeal punishment...now am I Psycho Joe or do I have a tendancy toward dating psycho Joes (current boyfriend excluded of course)? Hmm....

prom: “If It’s Wrong” Friends of Lizzy ("drunk people all around"...hmmm...that's not what I remember, but metaphorically it fits the experience)

life's okay: “Hot Fun in the Summertime” The Manhattan Transfer (what says "life's okay" better than the Manhattan Transfer? I'd like explain how this ditty got into my library, but it would sound made-up. Anyway, it fits, and I think prepares you nicely for the breakdown with Nirvana.)

mental breakdown: “Drain You” Nirvana (I'm not sure there is a Nirvana song that doesn't fit nicely with a good mental breakdown and this one is especially nice with a raging instrumental in the middle during which I see myself thrashing about a room throwing furniture and screaming)

driving: “I Try” Macy Gray (no longer thrashing...now driving with the wind in my hair, driving down the winding pacific coast...)

flashback: “I’m Sorry” Sean Watkins (how poetic)

getting back together:“Dirty Lil’ Secret” Queensryche (hmm...)

wedding: “Goin’ Blind” Dinosaur Jr. (that about covers it)

birth of child: “Just When I Need You Most” Randy Vanwarmer (ouch...teary ouch..."...you left me/Just when I needed you most...")

final battle: “Don’t” Jewel (I can feel the angst already)

death scene: “Tupelo Honey” Cassandra Wilson (this is a bitter sweet death scene)

funeral song: “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” Nirvana (well this wraps it up nicely.)

end credits: “Down” Pearl Jam (curious that my life story is framed by Pearl Jam, but this is a good song for end credits. Overcoming adversity. Rising above. What a better way to end than "The names can be changed... but the place is still the same")

After “Down” ended “Edit the Sad Parts” Modest Mouse came on…so maybe that gives me license to edit this, especially since most of it is so sad.

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Blogger ~shann said...

Ok, so I did this at work with my iTunes library which I have to say is quite eclectic and it shows! But pretty funny…

opening credits: “I had too much to dream” The Electric Prunes (from the engagement party entertainment soundtracks…a very trippy song. Some of the chorus lyrics: "I had to much to dream last night/ too much to dream/ I'm not ready to face the light/ I have too much to dream") I prefer to think of this one metaphorically ;o)

waking up: "Durga Puja" DJ Cheb I Sabbah. Clearly I am not a person who likes to be roused by crashing noises, but prefers chanting, thunderstorm sounds, crickets, roaring lions, instrumentals, etc. On the metaphoric level, it is interesting that my "waking up" (many ways of waking up) song is a puja to a demon-fighting Hindi warrior Goddess who rides a lion or a tiger. Did you know that there is a 4 day Durga Puja celebration that is the biggest annual festival in Bengal and other parts of Easter India?

first day at school: "Listen to my Heart" Indigo Girls Akkk – two lines really speak to my childhood: "I can tell that you've probably been crying forever."
"If I stay here just a little bit longer won't you listen to my heart?" ;o(

falling in love: "Perfect World" Indigo Girls. Something interesting here about how it's one perfect world when we look the other way…in the song it's escapist. Lyrics "We are swimming/ We are floating/ And in this moment we are beholden to what it costs to what it takes/ Can we learn to live another way?"

breaking up: "Come Back & Find Me" Chorus lyrics: "So throw me a rope to hold me in place/ Show me a clock for counting my days down/ Z' everythings easier when you're beside me/ come back and find me cuz I feel alone"

hmmm….quite a statement that one, eh?

prom: "Comment Ca Va" Zap Mama. How are you – funny question considering prom was an event I skipped…

life's okay: “Everywhere” Bran Van 3000 Chorus lyrics: "And everywhere you came and left/ you came in the name of love/ and left a wake of happiness and tenderness/ and sweet conflict" What a lovely life's okay song!!

mental breakdown: “You Send Me” Sam Cooke teeheehee, what does this say about how I perceive what drives me to mental breakdown? hahaha

driving: “Listener Supported” Michael Franti & Spearhead. Oh yeah, rebel ridin' on the road blaring my politically-leftist-connected-community-can-kick-ass heart out ;o) Lyrics: "Disregard the mainstream, media distorted/ Woo Woo/ We come Listener supported"

flashback: “Samba De Mon Coeur Que Bat” Coralie Clement. Interesting title when translated – Dance of my heart which beats – very very curious!

getting back together: “Hurts Like the Devil” Cris Williamson The lyrics don't match my sentiment, but I think about the Catherine yo-yo when this title comes up!!

wedding: “He Called Me Baby” Patsy Cline – a sad song about leaving and how there's no one to call me baby baby all night long – boohiss.

birth of child: "Shoop" Salt N Pepper. Do ya think this is where Alyssa gets all that rhythm and booty dancin' from?

final battle: “Sodom, South Georgia” Iron & Wine – ok, have to say was concerned that my final battle has the word Sodom as in Sodom & Gamorah in it (don't even know if I spelled Gamorah correctly). YIKES! But do love Iron & Wine. The song is about burying "papa" "Papa died Sunday/ And I understood/ All dead white boys say, "God is good"/ White tongues hang out, "God is good"

death scene: “Morning has Broken” Cat Stevens. Nice to know Cat Stevens is my death scene song, and what a lovely sentiment to cross over by….

funeral song: “C'est Si Bon” Eartha Kitt. Translation: It is good. YES, it is good, it has been good and it will be good on the other side too!

end credits: “I Love You For Sentimental Reasons” Sam Cooke. What more can I say here?

~shann

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Krissa said...

Well, I am only doing this because all the really cool kids are doing it and I want to be cool. Unfortunetly, I don't think I stand a chance at being cool considering my music list. There is alot...something for every occassion and much I haven't even listened to. I am scared.

opening credits: "come on Barbie, Let's go Party" I told you I was scared! Lyrics: "I'm a barbie girl, in the barbie world/Life in plastic, it's fantastic!/you can brush my hair, undress me everywhere" What kind of messed up game is this! This is just truly not okay!
...and stop laughing!

waking up: "Let me make sweet love to you" Michelle Ndegeocello. Things are picking up! Unless of course you listen to the song and realize it is someone in the throws of painfully unrequited passion aching to please a philandering lover. I prefer to heed only the title and make a story of my own about sweet lovin'.

first day at school: "slip sliding away" paul simon Lyrics:"Were workin our jobs, collect our pay/Believe were gliding down the highway, when in fact were slip
sliding away" ...nope, no delusion here. I knew it was hopeless. But it is all better now.


falling in love: "its in his kiss" Vonda Shepard. A little change of pronoun and I'm pretty damn happy!
Pucker up!

breaking up: "Chantilly Lace" The Big Bopper. Lyrics:"A wiggle in her walk/a giggle in her talk/ makes the world go 'round" The Last Tempation of Krissa. Gots to keep my priorities...or else!

prom: "summer of love" Jefferson Airplane Lyrics:"The Summer Of Love was something special/We were so young and so free" Well, I certainly hope that worked out for someone but it ain't got nothing to do with me.

life's okay: "I'm a dentist" Steve Martin (Little Shop of Horrors) Lyrics:"Like shootin' puppies with a B B gun/I'd poison guppies, and when I was done/I'd find a pussycat and bash in its head" ...these are few of my favorite things that make life okay.

mental breakdown: "tattoo" Storm Florez Lyrics:"empty pill box where you lie...legs dangling...smoking guns...did it hurt you when you went to sleep...we weren't bad we tried so hard......" Okay, can't argue that.

driving: "Take you there" G. Love and the Special Sauce. It's a song about driving out of the city to get out of the madness and into the country. Sign me up!

flashback: "dead puppies" from Dr. Demento. Lryics: "they don't come/when you call/ they don't chase/ scquirrels at all/ My puppy died/ late last fall/ he's still rotting/ in the hall/mom said puppy's days are through/she is going to throw him in the stew" Ahhh, childhood memories. Precious.

getting back together: "we are together" Indigo Girls That was so right on it was kind of creepy. Lyrics:"We are together/ finally/ and the dog caught up with the rabbit/ and is laughing histerically."

wedding: "Blue Moon" Chris Isaac. lyrics: "there suddenly appeared before me/ The only one my arms will hold/I heard somebody whisper please adore me/And when I looked to the Moon it turned to gold"...Well, Shan hates gold but she loves me and that is all that really matters!

birth of child: "War" Edwin Starr. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing! Considering my children were turning 13 when I got them...this is quite appropriate.

final battle: "secret love" kd lang "At last my heart's an open door/And my secret love's no secret anymore".. It's a battle to keep love alive and free to fly. Can you dig it? I knew that you could.

death scene: "Daniel" Elton John "Do you still feel the pain of the scars that won't heal/Your eyes have died but you see more than I/Daniel you're a star in the face of the sky"....sad because of the truth it holds.

funeral song: "St. Judy's Comet" Paul Simon "Won't you lay your body down/Won't you close your weary eye's/Ain't nothing flashing hut the fireflies.../I long to see St.Judy's Comet/Sparkle in your eyes" mmmm...back to the brilliance of the Cosmos. Krissa like.


end credits: "Rainy Days and Mondays" The Carpenters. Lyrics: "Talking to myself and feeling old/Walking around some kind of lonely clown" ...That pretty much sums it up. Couldn't have said it better myself.

3:09 PM  

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