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The soundtrack of my life?

March 4th, 2007 (12:49 pm)

current music: All of the below

Here's a bit of memeage which I did some time ago and have only got around to writing up now. From calliope85, at her more usual blogging residence.

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
Jim Moray: 'Early One Morning'
That makes sense in terms of song title, though am I the abandoned maiden or the cruel seducer in this story, or do I just hear the song outside like the narrator? What sort of story is this going to be?

Waking Up
Dar Williams: 'Empire'
Well, it sounds as if I am, or am in the shadow of, a gung-ho character brimming with self-confidence supporting the implementation of the worldwide goals of a prevailing regime by military expansion. Questioning is not encouraged as it shows a lack of self-confidence. Do as you are told and Worship the Son, who is distinguished from Christ in the song. We know who she's talking about.

First day at school
Fairport Convention: 'The Battle'
Sounds about right for school, though - frenetic and full of fights.

Falling in love
Bob Dylan: 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right'
Someone comes along who overcomes my caution (natural, or learned from the experience in the song where I offered a woman my heart but she took my soul...) or my neocon-warrior programming ("never did too much talking anyway") and I jump into a love affair. I suspect that she's a practical member of the alternative singer-songwriter scene. But will it last?

Fight song
Dar Williams: 'O Canada Girls'
Evidently the grass is greener on the other side of the (border) fence, as I'm tempted away by open country, big mountains and the mystery of the Canada girls in their sweaters with their "longer sleeves" hiding secrets. Or am I on a mission to bring back "our boys fleeing Vietnam?" Or am I just lusting after the daughters of American draft-evaders?

Breaking up
Queen: 'I'm Going Slightly Mad'
Evidently the contradictions in my nature are too much and one of us breaks it off - but it's the wrong thing to do.

Queen: 'A Kind of Magic'
Two Queen songs in one go. Never experienced a prom but something evidently goes right...

Life is good
Dar Williams: 'The Beauty of the Rain'
...even if I'm feeling rather wistful about life and reflective about love.

Mental breakdown
Dar Williams: 'When Sal's Burned Down'
So, my mind is a legendary music venue and everyone has opinions about why it was destroyed. Perhaps my discovery of Other Points of View is interfering with my conditioning...

Show of Hands: 'The Bet'
...but life is all about risk-taking and I take a journey where come across some forgotten treasure, or secret, or clue, that encourages me to follow some long-shots - but is the game bigger than I realise?

Kate Rusby: 'Playing of Ball'
Time to downscale my activities and concentrate on what I know. My girl is waiting for me despite my reckless and inexplicable behaviour.

Getting Back Together
Kate Rusby: 'Let Me Be'
Unfortunately one of us sees reconciliation as giving into social conditioning and Wants To Be Alone; but we eventually realise we've been missing what we were really looking for in life and...

The Wedding
The Orchestra of St Martin in the Fields, conducted by Neville Marriner: 'Water Music Suite 2: Alla hornpipe'
..we go to London and have an eighteenth-century wedding on the Thames, on a barge, orchestra in attendance. Or maybe I just subject my bride to endless replays of the old Anglia Television start-up sequence.

Paying the Dues
Clannad: 'Second Nature'
I'm not sure where this fits in at all, other than present general aspirations about moving on...

Night Before the War
Blue Moon Band: 'Oh Aa Hev Seen the Roses Blaw/Rusty Gully'
Events are catching up with us though, and a Northumbrian piper and a few backing instruments are calling me away. One of the musicians is my old class teacher from when I was twelve... I know which side I'm on now and it's not the government's. 'Rusty Gully''s a busy tune so preparations are hurried and ramshackle. Perhaps all the kids from the first day at school have been called up and there's no time for basic training.

Final Battle
Richard Thompson: 'I Live in Trafalgar Square'
Well, we know the location of the battle scene anyway. Perhaps there's an anti-war protest and the authorities have decided to use it as cover for a final clampdown on dissent before all the survivors are flown off to fight in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran or wherever our rulers think the source of the Axis of Evil is now. They are not prepared for our anarchic secret weapon of a folk-rock legend singing music hall, and victory is ours.

Moment of Triumph
The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andre Previn: 'Cockaigne (In London Town)'
The orchestra are back and commandeer the music of Elgar, so often an imperial warhorse, to express the undying pluralism of London and its triumph over totalitarian centralism. But just while I'm wondering whether Henry Mancini lifted some of Elgar's 'Cockaigne' to form the basis of 'Moon River'...

Death Scene
Eliza Carthy: 'Russia'
A veteran Cold Warrior on the government side decides that I have to pay the price for my defection, which in his addled brain can only be explained by the supposition that I'm in the pay of the Soviets! A gunshot fires and I'm thrown into a downward spiral to a soundtrack of techno-influenced folk fiddling...

Funeral Song
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: 'Symphony no. 4 in F Minor. I: Allegro'
If I'm the one who's dead, then I get to attend my own funeral in some capacity or other. There are worse things to be buried to than a Vaughan Williams allegro. This is suitably dramatic, though it suggests storm clouds overhead. Maybe there's going to be a sequel?

End Credits
Clannad: 'Coinleach Glas An Fhomair'
Exit being ethereal and Irish. Probably my singer-songwriter spouse.


Posted by: Naraht (emily_shore)
Posted at: March 4th, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)

Dear me, that looks like a lot of work! I'm not sure if I have the persistence to do this, but I do have a term-by-term soundtrack of my life at Oxford on iTunes somewhere...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 4th, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)

The term-by-term soundtrack is ambitious!

This was a lot of work - the piece of paper sat on my desk for five weeks before I wrote it up, and listening to enough of the music to write the story took up most of two hours. Still, if it entertains a few people, that's important.

Posted by: philmophlegm (philmophlegm)
Posted at: March 5th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)


(Had to reboot into 32 bit Windows because iTunes doesn't work in 64-bit...)

Opening Credits
David Bowie: Jean Genie
Ooh, very Life on Mars. Makes you want to dive into a brown Cortina, drive fast down alleyways and shout "You're nicked sunshine!"

Waking Up
Dire Straits: Heavy Fuel (live)
Would be a perfect waking up song for some people. Me, I don't exactly do "six hamburgers, scotch all night, nicotine for breakfast, just to put me right".

First day at school
Kirsty MacColl: Here Comes That Man Again
Not really appropriate with small children around being as it is in fact a song about ahem 'adult' internet activities.

Falling in love
Bruce Hornsby: Fortunate Son
It's quite slow, but I'm not sure it's exactly romantic. It's definitely a happy song though.

Fight song
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Mr Banker
Not the fightiest Lynyrd Skynyrd song. Something like Saturday Night Special would have been better.

Breaking up
Oasis: Don't Look Back in Anger
I suppose that works as a breaking up song. I'm not a huge Oasis fan, and don't actually own any of their albums, but I've always thought this was one of their better songs.

The Clash: London's Burning (not the more famous London Calling)
'Prom'? This is an American meme isn't it? We didn't have 'proms' when I was a kid, we had school discos. Mind you, I'm not old enough that they were playing The Clash.

Life is good
Franz Ferdinand: Do You Want To
"I love your friends, they're all so arty". Do I know anyone with arty friends? I knew a girl at Magdalen who became an artist and married someone from The Divine Comedy.

Mental breakdown
The Beach Boys: The Sloop John B
Mental breakdown: "I feel so broke up". Spookily close.

Rolf Harris: Bad Moon Rising
All the 'Best Driving Album in the World Ever volume 58' type compilations I own, and iTunes summons up a bit of Rolf for my driving song. Oh well.

Sky: The Ride of the Valkyries
Prog / Classic fusion does Wagner.
It might not be a flashback, but they must have been tripping when they thought of that one.

Getting Back Together
The Fratellis: Ole Black 'n' Blue Eyes
If there are "black 'n' blue eyes" involved, then maybe you shouldn't get back together. You have to be strong and report this. Domestic violence is a serious issue.

The Wedding
Fleetwood Mac: Night Watch
If I could have had any band to play at our wedding reception, it would have been Fleetwood Mac. In the end we had "The Con Brio Trio".

Paying the Dues
Eels: Mental
I suppose that prompts me to say something like "You don't have to be mad to work here...but it helps". Doesn't apply to my remarkably sane workplace though.

Night Before the War
Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Fanfare for the Common Man
That probably fits. It's quite a dramatic piece. It's about common men (who generally die a lot in war). And with the right hi-fi, you can play it REALLY LOUD!

Final Battle
Ben Folds Five: Regrets
I imagine a lot of generals must have had regrets before, during and after the final battle.

Moment of Triumph
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Gimmie Back My Bullets
Now if you've just won the battle, it is not the done thing to go and ask all the men you've killed for your bullets back.

Death Scene
Bruce Hornsby: Song F
I can't describe this piece, so unless you are also a Hornsby fan, you'll have to take my word for it. This is a slow piano instrumental that works really well as death scene music.

Funeral Song
Fleetwood Mac: Go Your Own Way
Ironic in a sense. Appropriate perhaps for someone having an unusual funeral.

End Credits
Mike & The Mechanics: Everybody Gets a Second Chance
Obviously leaving things open for the sequel...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: March 5th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)

I don't know most of these, but the titles provide some lol-able juxtapositions .