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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Life Soundtrack

Here are a smattering of songs that, if you are to know me (my stalkers, you know who you are and I would appreciate you not looking in my window), this might be a good place to start. Of course, the meaning is entirely personal. Just listening to the songs won't really help, so I've included a brief statement as to why these particular ditties mean what they do to me. We somehow expect that when others listen to our super-personal songs the true meaning will just somehow jump out to the listener. You expect for them to say, "oh, wow, so you were raped by your uncle while this song played? I'm so sorry. I feel I totally understand you now." Instead you get, "what the hell are Tommy James and the Shondells doing on this mix?" (This list is a little different from the cntmfn vrsn.)

Thirty-Five Thousand Feet of Despair (stereo remix)
The Flaming Lips
Waitin' for a Superman Maxi-Single

Easily the saddest song in all of time. The chorus, "Why is it so high? Why is it so much?" really touches a nerve. Often the world is too much to take, be it good or bad, it is seriously just too much to take all at once. Also good from the Flaming Lips: Feeling Yourself Disintegrate, and What Is The LIght?, both from The Soft Bulletin.

You Were Right
Built To Spill
Keep It Like A Secret

There was about a month pretty recently when I could not get several BTS songs out of my head. I'm serious; every waking and dreaming moment of that month had this or Carry The Zero going.

Led Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti (disc 1)

I will be the first to admit that I am not as sharp as I once was. Up until a few years ago it was not uncommon for my brain to feel like it was on fire, or at least heating up. I honestly would feel hotter sometimes (but my average body temp is like 97, so maybe I was just feeling normal). Anyhoo, this here song, as well as O 42na (Carmina Burana), would blow on that fire.
Since I've Been Loving You
Led Zeppelin
BBC Sessions Disc 2
Live version is so much better than the album release.

The Beatles
The Beatles-Anthology 3

Stripped down to just the six vocal tracks. Simply breathtaking.

Air on the G String (2nd movement from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D)
Johann Sebastian Bach


A Day In The Life
The Beatles
Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

When I was a kid I would get headaches a lot and one time I had a headache for several days straight . Couldn't sleep at all. During that time I listened to my dad's vinyl and SPLHCB was in high rotation. This song was like the 35k FoD of my youth.

Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
The Man Who

Teaching high school was cool, but it was also very lonely. I didn't have any friends close by. Was just pretty blue in general. On one particularly bad day I was at school, had finished grading papers and in my walk to my car it just started raining right on me, like my very own personal rain cloud. Then this song played on WKNC.

Missing the War
Ben Folds Five
Whatever & Ever Amen

I've never felt understood by the girls I have dated. I'm easy to stereotype, I guess, and those schemas seem to work for them (the girls) so they just kind of stick with them and don't really delve all that far. My first adult-style relationship the girl really just wanted to settle down, but I felt this stir-crazy kind of wanderlust that kept calling after me. "The shaking voice that tells him go, still thinks he might. He knows he won't."


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