Saturday, October 21, 2006

My Life's Movie Soundtrack

When my friend Rich decides to do a meme, it's usually a good one. He didn't disappoint this time--enjoy...

My life's movie soundtrack!

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...

Opening Credits:
"Same," Snow Patrol.
This is appropriate since I was born in a nastyass blizzard in northern Wisconsin. I'm not sure if this is the one that buried my mom and dad's house (poor Mom--this is what she moved to from Honduras), but allegedly it was a bad one. (Oh, and yes, there is a northern Wisconsin, and it is even more prone to nastyass blizzards than southern Wisconsin.) Anyway, the opening lyrics are, "Maybe somewhere else/ Will not be half as cold as me...."

And here's the second verse: "Hold me in your freezing arms before we have to go/ Bent a little but it's not because I know the truth/ The windsheild of your little car is frosted through the glass/ The clear heart of air appears as we shiver on the seats"

Poor baby Tracy....

Waking Up:
"Taking Over Me," Evanescence.
I'm not sure what a song about obsessive love has to do with being a baby, but perhaps I was a clingy child....

First Day At School:
”Wellington's Victory, Op. 91, "Victory Finale," Beethoven (Baby Einstein version).
I wonder whether Maggie's music on my iPod should count for this exercise. Oh, well, it says not to cheat, and Baby Einstein music is appropriate for childhood. Now if it turns up later, say when I get married....

Falling In Love:
"Voodoo Games," Daughter Darling.
As long as this is not supposed to be with Jose, this is probably fine, because a) it's a dark, depressing, melodramatic song (Your voodoo games/ I cannot take/ Insanity, control and hate/ I want you to/ Just let me be), and b) I was a bit of a drama queen when I was young.

Fight Song:
"Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" The Lion King Musical Soundtrack.
Why such a weenie fight song? Because I am a pacifist and don't like violence, that's why.

Breaking Up:
"Even Flow," Pearl Jam.
What breaking up has to do with a homeless, illiterate, and slightly crazy man, I have no idea. Unless my iPod is trying to describe one of my exes in an attempt to tell me I am better off without him. (Not that this is an issue, iPod. But thanks for the reinforcement.)

Prom:
"Vittoria!" Verdi (triumphal march from "Aida") OperaBabes.
Of COURSE the most embarrassing elements from my collection would come flying out. Anyway, why was prom triumphant? Because my nerdy band-and-drama-geek self actually had a date? Maybe that's it....

Life Is Good:
"Killer (Orbit Remix)," Seal.
Despite the misleading title, "Killer" is actually quite the happy song, and the bouncy Orbit Remix makes it even happier. It's all about overcoming negative events and living our lives "they way we want to be." This is because Seal is an even bigger pacifist hippie than I am.

Mental Breakdown:
"Represent, Cuba," Orishas feat. Heather Headley.
OK, this is all wrong. This one is just about dancing to Cuban music. Maybe my mental breakdowns are all centered around Jose (the world's only Cuban boy with zero rhythm).

Driving:
”Wow," Snow Patrol.
Umpteen bajillion songs on my iPod, and it keeps coming back to Snow Patrol. It is about hitting the road ("Don't be scared of anything at all/ Everything we have is all we need"), so it works, sort of.

Flashback:
"Love's Divine (Deepsky Remix)," Seal.
What? I broke up with a homeless, illiterate, slightly crazy man, and now you're telling me that in a flashback, Love's Divine?! Now you're just messing with me, iPod, and I don't like it. Not one bit. I'm half-tempted to trade you in for a flashy new 80 GB model with a video screen, that's how much I am NOT enjoying your sense of humor....

Getting Back Together:
"You Live On in My Heart," Ennio Morricone (from the soundtrack to Cinema Paradiso), OperaBabes.
OK, so my life so far is in a Snow Patrol, Seal, and OperaBabes rut. Since Jose and I never broke up and got back together, I can only assume it's the homeless, illiterate, and slightly crazy man I dated who lives on in my heart.

Wedding:
"Benediction and Dream," Lila Downs (opening song from the soundtrack to Frida).
This totally works! There, honey, even iPod says we're meant to be, despite the homeless man in my heart. I'm so glad we didn't get Nirvana's "Dumb" or something like that.

Paying The Dues:
"Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)," Sting.
Well, I've never stolen a car, and I've never had an affair with a married man, but perhaps my iPod is being metaphorical. Although given Jose's tragic lack of rhythm, perhaps these lyrics are appropriate: "Please take me dancing tonight/ I've been all on my own/ You promised one day we could/ S'what you said on the phone." Because never going dancing is the price you pay for marrying the world's only Cuban boy without rhythm.

The Night Before The War:
"Tourniquet," by Evanescence.
Seems appropriate, considering there's a war.

Final Battle:
"Mahna Mahna," Cake.
Yes, it's THAT Mahna Mahna, the one you saw on the Muppet Show in days of yore. I'm not sure what this means, unless I'm destined to get into a scat war with a muppet, but it's pretty darn funny.

Moment of Triumph:
"Love's Divine"
(again, but the real version, not the remix), Seal. Looks like I get the best of the muppet.

Death Scene:
"Weep No More, Sad Fountains," Sting with Edin Karamazov on the lute.
You know, this is horribly appropriate for a death scene. Well played, iPod.

Funeral Song:
"Cry Me a River," Justin Timberlake.
BWAH-HAHAHAHAHAHA! This is so TOTALLY going to be my funeral song! And I want the pallbearers to stop and vogue every time JT goes, "HIM!" in that awesome falsetto. I am so loving this! iPod, you are a genius. "OH! The damage is done, so I guess I be leaving...."

End Credits:
"The Taming of Smeagol," London Philharmonic.
Despite the slightly offensive title (not sure what I have to do with a bug-eyed hairless man who eats raw fish, iPod), the song does have a nice elegiac quality to it. I left shuffle on, and iPod ended with the acoustic version of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," by Tears for Fears and then inexplicably stopped shuffling. So I'm thinking my end credits are long enough for two songs, and this song is a good one for al fin.

OK, your turn. Have fun!

4 comments:

Cathy in AK said...

Too fun, Tracy! I need to try this. And condolences on your rhythmically challenged hubby. Mine is Scottish and German, so I feel your pain ; )

The Queen-a Athena said...

This is SO COOL, and I'm stealing it, right now!

Jen said...

At this point, I'm thanking God I don't have an MP3 to shuffle. I'd be doing the Dido--Crossfade--Arvo Part--Diana Krall mix. Scary. Add all the other weird stuff I listen to and......
Hey have you checked out my blog lately? I'm a PUBLISHED author. Yayyyyyy.
I'm on a couple of blogs so come and visit when you get time.

Tracy Montoya said...

Wow, i didn't realize I never commented on these comments. Sorry, y'all! Cathy and Chris, I'd love to see what your shuffling music programs came up with! And Jen, I congratulated you on your blog, but CONGRATULATIONS again!

(Actually, that deserves a few more exclamation points. )

!!!!!!!

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