Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Soundtrack of My Life (mirrored from Facebook)

Found this one interesting, although most of the post-25 threads have
been silly. I got to thinking about it as there were moments in my life
that have been scored by music, but not really albums, but one specific
song at one specific moment that clarified things. Made it memorable,
so that when I hear x or y song, I immediately recall that point. Ah...
the daffodils in peaceful retrospection... oh wait, that's Wordsworth.
Anyway... albums or songs that helped me through the rough and not so
rough times. Chronologically, with long-winded explanations. :)

Notice how, BTW, that quite a few of these songs tie myself with
sporting events. There's something to be said for the breathing and the
rhythm of a song when physically exerting yourself.

1. Monkees, "Door into Summer," from
Pisces, Aquarius...etc
I remember this song from the TV show (1986 reruns) that really helped
me on my bowling games back then... I even broke 100 once. :) I still
use an 8 pound ball.

2. Bush, "You've Got the Touch," from Transformers OST
while singing that song, I could run like lightning, at Edwards every
Monday running the length of the bus driveway... well, until my legs
gave out and cramped or something.

Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits got me through tough times, during Middle School, when I wished I had my books and my poetry to protect me.

4. Peter Paul and Mary, Lifelines. I bought it at Turtle's Music on the night of my high school graduation after we ate at Shoney's. That, along with Such is Love carried
me through that summer which was depressing and life-changing, that
summer before going off to college. The later, especially "Wild Places" helped during my Freshman year, when I was hiding from myself.

5. Hanson Middle of Nowhere. 1997. Ah.. I walked up to
Walmart and purchased the cassette of it, and nearly wore it out on my
walkman. I hope the college didn't mind me singing (loudly) through my
earphones. I felt like I was a part of something, a part of a new and
wonderful sound. A return to pop melodies and positive messages. Away
from Nirvana and Pearl Jam and towards the pop end of the spectrum.
Unfortunately, Hanson wasn't popular in College circles, and I have a
feeling I wasn't the only one in the "Hanson closet" so to speak.

6. And during the days of my graduate school days, when I was coming
home from Macon in disbelief on how bad kids are these days, I put in
Billy Gilman's
One Voice and sang all the way home. There is need in this world for positive
messages, ones that very few grown people can actually make. We are too
cynical. There were a few bright spots in the days when I was so
depressed. Music helped.

7. Along that same time, I really got into the music of Engima, and the third album
Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi, the song "The Child in Us," as well as some others, was very powerful
to me. "You were the rain, you were the sun / But I needed both, cause
I needed you." Okay, it sounds cheesy, but I
love that song.

8. When I was teaching at Hell, I mean, Conyers Middle, and I couldn't
stand the ruckus of the children (or the other teachers or
administration), I'd put in James Taylor's
October Road. "Baby Buffalo" is a song you can just breathe with. That album is as good as any HBP medication to relax heart rate.

9. For Christmas, a few years back, I got Linda and Robin Williams,
The First Christmas Gift,
which the title track changed the way I felt about working in Retail
during the Holiday season. The best Christmas album ever, full of

10. I'm gonna cheat on this one... songs I can put on repeat for hours at a time: Billy Gilman's "I Am/Shades of Life" Heartsongs, Tepid's remix of the Fisherman's Wharf music from Final Fantasy VIII, the old version, at , Declan Galbraith's rendition of "The Living Years" from Ego You.

11. Okay, out of chronological order, cause renumbering them would be a pain, I remember at Band Camp, listening to Crosby, Stills, and Nash's Daylight Again and feeling completely at ease with myself. I hear that album, and I think of those times.

And I'm sure there are others, but those are the ones, if I had to make a Soundtrack for my life, that I would put on there.

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