If you’ve been paying attention over the past year+ you know that I’m big into music. Witness these posts as a few examples:
- R.I.P. R.E.M.
- Cube Tunes Celebrates…Oh, Nevermind.
- What Makes Me Tic?
- WDMW – Palladia
- WDMW – Pandorify…wait, what?
Lately I’ve been thinking about death.
Wait…did he just say death?
Partially, it’s due to watching too much Dexter (side note, you’ve gotta love his sister Deb. I mean any chick who can pull off saying, “Holy filet of fuck”, is ok in my book. But, I digress). Also, it comes from having to pull out my Will for some miscellaneous paper work that I needed to do recently.
Anyway, it got me thinking. Many people, including me, say they want their life to be celebrated when they die. I can only hope my family and friends will want to celebrate my life vs. cheer my moving on.
In addition to music, I also like movies (Here are a few movie related posts to peruse if you’ve got some spare time). One thing you’ve no doubt noticed with movies is that they all have a soundtrack. Some are just plain awesome and some suck horrible. Regardless, every movie has a foundation of music associated with it.
And, this got me thinking:
My life needs a soundtrack gosh dang it.
And, that brings me to this week’s What Distracts Me Wednesday (WDMW)…the building of The Soundtrack of My Life.
Typically soundtracks have a dozen or so tunes. Not mine. That would be too limiting for my
middle-aged dude in suburbia fabulous life. Nope mine is gonna be big and bad. And, just like in life, it’ll be all about me. Like I’ve said many-a-time…music is like art, you may like it, you may hate it, but I don’t care and neither should you. Like what you like, that’s cool by me.
So, for my soundtrack I decided I would start with the year I was born and go year-by-year up to the present. I would find 2-3 songs in each year that were on the Top 100, but not necessarily the top song. I’d look for ones that meant something to me, or had some profound impact on me at that particular time of my life, or were just…appropriate. And, with each year that passes that I’m still enjoying this trip called life I’d add 2-3 more songs.
Then, when that unfortunate, but inevitable time comes, there’d be a party. A party with awesome food, great beer, wine and whiskey, and a bunch of kick ass friends and family all gathered around listening to some awesome tunes.
So for the past few months I’ve been taking it a year at a time creating this soundtrack. It’s got everything from Elvis, The Beatles and The Stones to Rush, Queen and Stevie Wonder just to name a few of many.
When this is all done, there will be all kinds of music from Rock to Jazz to Rap to Country.
Yeah, this is kinda morbid, but it’s also super fun to go back through all the years of your life and see what the popular songs were. And, while there will be no Karma Chameleon by the Culture Club, you can bet there will be some classically appropriate songs like: The Long and Winding Road by The Beatles and Stairway to Heaven by Zeppelin. There will also be some comical songs like: Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd and maybe, just maybe Highway to Hell by AC/DC and Runnin’ With the Devil by Halen.
Hey, if you don’t have a sense of humor what do you have?
So, if you’ve got some spare time on your hands, if you have a tad bit of a morbid bone in your body, and you’re into music, I highly recommend creating your very own Soundtrack of Your Life.
P.S. Turns out it’s a pretty good set of tunes so I can listen to the playlist at any time as well.
P.P.S. I can only hope that this soundtrack is a multi-volume, double album, super long retrospective.