Thursday, 11 January 2007

My Life in Music: the Meme

Inspired by brown, here's the soundtrack to my life as a movie... but first, 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

Opening Credits: "Family Affair (Remix)" by Mary J. Blige feat Jadakiss, Fabolous
Ah, an upbeat start to the day.

Waking Up: "Cindy Tells Me" by Brian Eno, from Here Come the Warm Jets

First Day At School: "Here Comes the Sun" by Nina Simone
The opening is the delicate tinkle of the piano - and then Simone wraps her voice around Harrison's great tune. Have to say I prefer the Beatles' original. But so far there's a nice progression to the musical choices...

Falling In Love: "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holliday
... which promptly ends here. Good Lord. "Strange Fruit" is a great, great song (hell, I watched a whole documentary about it), but lynching tunes are not romantic ones.

Fight song: "Concrete and Clay" by Jurassic 5
Apparently my idea of fighting is an old school battle. Or maybe a break-off. "A gangbanger from the streets taught me how to break / In South Central L.A., ay yo, can you relate"

Breaking Up: "Danger (Been So Long)" by Mystikal feat. Nivea
Heh, an appropriate title finally. I have to say, I'm so tired of thug-love songs, all tough-guy-rapper and then girly chorus (Ja Rule, I'm looking at you), but this song still sounds fresh.

Prom: "Cocaine Blues" by Hank Williams III, from Risin' Outlaw
I really like all 3 generations of Hank Williamses. Even Bocephus. But yeah, my prom wasn't anywhere near as exciting as the tales in this tune. But happier.

Life's OK: "Goodbye (live)" by Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris
This is only a "life's OK" tune in the most bitterly ironic of senses, since it's all about regret. But it's a beautiful song. (If you click on the link, it goes to a video of Earle and Harris singing this in concert. And Daniel Lanois in it.)

Mental breakdown: "What Would I Do (Live at the Living Room)" by Norah Jones
"Don't deceive me / Please don't leave me / What would I do / Without you / To see me through". Despondency and dependency, my modes of madness.

Driving: "Wild Horses" by the Sundays
Mmm. Horsepower. One of my favourite takes on the Stones classic.

Flashback: "Banquet (Phones Disco Edit)" by Bloc Party
Back to the 70s with that disco sound!

Getting Back Together: "Who Will Save Your Soul?" by Jewel
Yes, I have Jewel songs on my iTunes.

Wedding: "Go Your Own Way" by the Decemberists and Death Cab For Cutie
A cover of the Fleetwood Mac tune. An awesome performance (and 'twas awesome live, by all accounts). But a terrible, terrible song title for a wedding.

Birth of Child: "Devil With a Blue Dress On / Good Golly Miss Molly" by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
And the inappropriate song choices get worse! Either that or I better start renting the Omen and Rosemary's Baby.

Final Battle: "Sock it to 'em Soul Brother" by Bill Moss
Not bad. Ah the Capsoul sound. Apparently my final battle involves some sort of social activism. And in the style of a blaxploitation flick. Cool.

Death Scene: "Shattered Dreams" by Johnny Hates Jazz
Wow, bitter words for a death song. And the 80s retro part of my collection sneaks in. This song always reminds me of the place I bought my Johnny Hates Jazz cassette back when I was in primary school - the record store at the basement of Peninsula Plaza. I think it was a Supreme Records, but I'm not sure. I also bought such instant classics (he uses the word sarcastically, he hastens to add) as the debut Martika album. And possibly one of those "cover version" cassettes that they used to sell - does anyone remember them? Compilations of the latest songs, sung by some anonymous singer (or so they claimed), so all the songs were listed in the following way: "Soldier of Love - Made Popular By Donny Osmond".

Funeral Song:"Janie's Got a Gun", by Aerosmith, from Pump
Man - this sounds like a baadasssss song for a funeral.

End Credits: "Entertain", by Sleater-Kinney, from the Woods
Nice - some aggro to end. But I conclude that iTunes predicts weird, weird things in store for me. Or has a wicked sense of irony.



It's my life
It's now or never
I ain't gonna live forever ...


So drama, your life, haha!


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