Aug 12, 2006

friday fun: full soundtrack

Okay... I'm posting this on Saturday.

Anyway - I've been doing a lot of thinking about the last couple years of my life and what songs might best represent it if a soundtrack were to be developed. I'm still working on mine and hope to post it soon as a reponse to this entry. Needless to say, I'd love to hear yours and perhaps a short reason why.

Here are a few guidelines:

1) Shoot for at least 6 songs with a maximum of 12.

2) Consider all aspects of your life over the past year or two, from the quirky side to the deep side.

3) Have fun and feel free to break either of the first two guidelines.

Speaking of which... the best soundtrack of all time for me is either Footloose or Top Gun.

Either way, Kenny Loggings wins... and that's the way it's supposed to be.


kaitie t. said...

my itunes library (of over 900 songs) is my continually changing soundtrack to my past, present, and future! narrowing it down to 12 songs might take a lot of work!

Tony Myles said...

No doubt! Just think of it this way... what songs have most stayed with you as they've gone through you? Like when it came around in your shuffle you thought, "Yes! I've been looking forward to hearing this song today!"

Dakotaranger said...

"It is well with my Soul" because helped with healing after dad was killed.

"Take this job and shove it" made some unbearable job doable

Much young to feel this 'man made lake' old (the Wesleyan Edit) Just because I feel like I'm ninty

It's just what I do when I can't get no loving, by trick pony. Because of my lack of prowess with women

Take it easy. Because I have to many days feeling like I'm in Winslow Arizona, wait was that a girl in a flat bed Ford.

Gun Love by ZZ top. It may not mean what I think it does, but I love my Peacemaker.

When I get where I'm going. While it is a country song it talks about loss and getting Home.

Danubis The Concise said...

I had a similar soundtrack for a miserable job I had a number of years ago, but it was "5 O'Clock World".

"Collide" by Howie Day is my wife's an my song, so that one has to go in there.

Whenever we get in a fight, I think of the song "Scars" by Papa Roach.

"Babylon" by David Grey is poignant, as is "Man of La Mancha" from the musical of the same name. For years I identified strongly with the noble and delusional knight from a bygone era.

Those are the biggies.

kaitie t. said...

well I accomplished it...900 some down to 13 songs...
I decided to blog about it...

Kaitie T.

DJG said...

currently I would say

My Jesus- Todd Agnew
Praise you in this Storm- Casting Crowns
Night Moves- Bog Seger
You've Got a Friend- James Taylor

and all of those songs that talk about being a little crazy and a little confused....

Tony Myles said...

In chronological order based on stuff in life:

"Superman" by Five For Fighting: Perhaps it's my pariality to the man of steel, but I really dig this concept that it's harder to always be at your best in a world that seems to demand it. This song illustrates how I felt during a time when the magnifying glass seems right upon me, burning little pinholes into my soul.

"Blessed Be Your Name" by Matt Redman: I've sung this song during many times of joy and heartache over the past couple of years, reminding me of Job's powerful perspective that no matter what is happening in life I can find God in it.

"Voice Of Truth" by Casting Crowns: The idea that the Holy Spirit is speaking truth in our lives every day of who we really are brings me to humble awe. The lyrics in this song caught me off guard when I heard it... and they still do.

"In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel: Some songs just take you back, and this one is definitely no exception. I put this on a CD that I played on my wedding anniversary last year and felt like all those old fuzzies were still there. Then again, they always are. I love my bride.

"Parting Words" by Michael Giacchino: This is an instrumental movement from the soundtrack of ABC's Lost. This slowly building song reflects the repetition of life I've found myself in. It seems like the same melody keeps playing for us, and yet it becomes deeper with each passing moment as the hope of rescue become more intense.

"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2: There comes a time when you feel like you've tried everything and yet you have somehow come up empty. Most people assume this to be true of life outside of God and then suddenly you find Jesus (and everything is allegedly peach after that). For me, I feel like I've looked for God and listened for his whisper in all the usual places... and still something eludes me.

"Here Is Our King" by David Crowder: The season of spring eventually comes, showing how all throughout the winter there has been life beneath the surface. We forget this in winter, assuming all things are dead. Then suddenly... something green buds.

"Joy" by Wes King: This is the old kid's song, "I've got the joy, joy, joy, down in my heart." Only it's funked up with some cool guitar and clapping in this version. None of this matters, though, because the real reason it's on my list is that it was the first song my whole family sang in the van together at the top of our lungs. There is something redemptively healing about hearing dry souls find fresh water in singing collective praise.

"Stars" by Switchfoot: Again, cool guitar riffs aside, I like the idea that self-examination doesn't lead to any other conclusion sometimes other than life is chaotic and tries to pass for sane. Yet there are simple things like stars that God has left for us to remind us life is so much bigger than us. When we stare into the heavens as they declare his glory, we begin to lose the layers of masks we wear and actually start to feel like ourselves again.

Larry said...

I found your Blog through a link the "Actions and Feelings" thread on Layla's.

Soundtrack for life... It's very hard to trim this to 12 songs. I have about 14,000 on my computer, and the last playlist I did for some friends of personal favorites ran about three and a half hours.

Still, there are some lifetime standouts.

"Come, Let Us Reason Together," by Ken Medema. I first heard this in 1972, when I was trying to find a way out of the rules that seemed to be crowding in on me. Turns out that the rules were actually in me, but the song still encourages me.

"Classical Gas," by Mason Williams. First heard in 1968 and a creative comfort ever since.

"Pilot of the Airwaves," by Charlie Dore. First heard in around 1980, when a friend put it on a cassette to me and said being a DJ would be a natural for me. This was because I often played music for friends when we visited. Well, he was right. Now I am an on-line DJ. Thank you, Roman. Sadly, he's no longer here but I'll be seeing him again eventually. This has become the theme song of my on-line broadcasts.

"Hold Me Jesus," by Rich Mullins. this is new to me, a suggestion from a friend, and it has become a part of my life.

"Desperado," by the Eagles. First heard as the background music for a video done in 1979 by a local church. This fits a lot of my life.

"Dona Nobis Pacem," by Ralph Vaughan Williams. A glorious vocal performance by a local choir introduced me to this, and it has been part of my soundtrack since then. About 1976. I did a kind of peace concert with this and Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" last year. Also listened to the Requiem one night on Eagle Rock as the moon rose over Santa Monica.

Ah, this could go on forever. Thanks for bringing it up.

Tony Myles said...

I like how you combined "Hold Me Jesus" and "Desperado" in the same mix. Very cool.

Larry said...

Some follow-up on this...

I meet with some friends on-line every Saturday and play music. Partly because of this post I set up a kind of lifetime playlist. About 40 songs, running 3.5 hours, with comments added on the fly. It was an interesting, fun and provocative evening. Music is powerful. Tonight we're taking a ride along the Silk Road.

Tony Myles said...

That's so cool, Larry! Thanks for sharing the "groove."