IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE, WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE?
So, here's how it works:
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...
Perhaps ironically, I chose to use my "David's Pop Faves" playlist rather than my "Writing Music" playlist (which consists almost entirely of movie music) because it's a lot easier to talk about music with lyrics and because you, my readers, are more likely to know the pop songs than the obscure soundtracks.
Opening Credits: "Girl" from Rubber Soul by The Beatles
"Is there anybody going to listen to my story?"
Waking Up: "Welcome to the Machine" from Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
"Where have you been? It's all right, we know where you've been. You've been in the pipeline, filling in time..." Obviously when the movie opens I am in college.
First Day At School: "Oil Gusher" from Music of Raymond Scott: Reckless Nights & Turkish Twilights by Raymond Scott
Instrumental. Frenetic. Bizarre. Yep.
Falling In Love: "Fortunate Son" from Chronicle, Vol. 1 by Creedence Clearwater Revival
"Some folks are born made to wave the flag, ooh, they're red, white and blue... It ain't me, it ain't me." My college girlfriends tended to be much more conservative than me...
Breaking Up: "Cheeseburger In Paradise" from Songs You Know By Heart by Jimmy Buffett
"Tried to mend my carnivorous habits, made it nearly seventy days... but at night I'd had these wonderful dreams, some kind of sensuous treat." Did I mention that my college girlfriends were much more conservative than me?
Prom: "Flight Of The Passing Fancy" from Hot by Squirrel Nut Zippers
"Your momma never told you how you were 'sposed to treat a girl. Your poppa never told you and now you're all alone out in the world."
I didn't go to my prom...
Life is Good: "I'm In Love" from Stands For Decibels by The dB's
#81 of the top 100 happiest songs of alltime.
Mental Breakdown: "Bullet The Blue Sky" from Joshua Tree by U2
"In the locust wind comes a rattle and hum / Jacob wrestled the angel and the angel was overcome / Plant a demon seed, you raise a flower of fire / See them burning crosses, see the flames, higher and higher." Oh yeah.
Driving: "Leaving Las Vegas" from Tuesday Night Music Club by Sheryl Crow
Obviously iTunes is telepathic.
Flashback: "Diamond Dogs" from Changesbowie by David Bowie
Um, then again, maybe it isn't. This ain't no flashback from no time in my life, baby.
Getting Back Together: "Life Less Ordinary" from KINK Live 8 by Carbon Leaf
"By the way, I do know why you stayed away... I will keep tongue-tied next time." Yeah, right.
Wedding: "Walking In Your Footsteps" from Message In A Box by The Police
"Hey mighty brontosaurus / Dont you have a lesson for us / You thought your rule would always last / There were no lessons in your past."
Um. Not sure what to make of that one. Our actual wedding song was "Let The River Run" by Carly Simon, from the Working Girl soundtrack.
Paying the Dues: "Hou ! Mamma Mia" from Le Grand Deballage by Les Negresses Vertes
A great tune for one of those montage scenes...
The Night Before The War: "Cash Down Never Never" from Daring Adventures by Richard Thompson
"Nothing's so hard as living on the easy plan." Obviously this is a price war.
Final Battle: "One World (Not Three)" from Message In A Box by The Police
"One world is enough for all of us." Hmm. With a soundtrack like this, the final battle must be filmed in slow-mo. Given that it's an economic struggle, perhaps this is another montage scene in which the plucky downtrodden hero defeats his creditors.
Moment of Triumph: "Face A La Mer (Remix)" from Le Grand Deballage by Les Negresses Vertes
The hero and the heroine kiss while the camera swirls around them...
Death Scene: "The Voyage" from The Ghosts That Haunt Me by Crash Test Dummies
"We won't spend the rest of our lives together"
Oh, how sad.
Funeral Song: "Ohio" from Crosby, Stills & Nash (Box Set) by Crosby, Stills & Nash
"Tin soldiers and Nixon coming, we're finally on our own. This summer I hear the drumming, four dead in Ohio." Even though the hero dies, the struggle goes on.
End Credits: "Don't Stand So Close To Me" from Message In A Box by The Police
This would be one of those movies where the end credits song is a big pop hit that has nothing to do with the rest of the movie...