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Saturday, December 09, 2006 

Motion picture soundtrack

I've been (surprise, surprise) busy, but all of my papers for the semester are now done, although I've still got a little work to do. Not to mention Stylus and Ontarion stuff. So for now, a musical-type survey, if they ever decided to make a movie of my life...

(yoinked from here)

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! That's not cool!

Opening Credits: "Box Elder" - Pavement
I could see that working. Although "It was the way that you smiled / Made me know at once / That I had to get the fuck out of this town" is a bit negative.

Waking Up: "Home" - King Cobb Steelie
Ooh, I quite like that. I kind of like how random songs suggest how the scene might be shot. There are definitely mornings I've had where this song would make sense.

First Day of School: "She's the One" - Beta Band
Uh... pity this one wasn't saved for a couple of the later slots. Beautiful song, but kind of random for first day of school. I guess "grabbing at straws so the holes don't slow me down / Coming up next, the lizard in the text" make a certain kind of Dada sense.

Falling in Love: "The Magician" - Clinic
I'm picturing that opening clarion clarinet as being the first moment I see her. And I guess starting the song with "Back with the living, no you're back on your feet" kind of fits. Still, apparently the love story is going to be weird.

Fight Song: "Don't Get Your Back Up" - Sarah Harmer
Hahahahahahahahaha perfect.

Breaking Up: "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" - Death Cab For Cutie
And I guess we break up on Opposite Day? Or I really regret it?

Prom: "I Gotta Know" - Teenage Fanclub
God, I feel old. Haven't thought about prom in quite a while. This would make a good slow dance, though. Totally anachronistic, but cool.

Life: "Sarah Alice" - the Boats
What did this category mean, again? I haven't listened to much of this album since I reviewed it, but this is nice and mellow and would work for some sort of life montage. Assuming I have a happy, peaceful life. Which I'd like.

Mental Breakdown: "This Is Our Sound" - Ladytron
"I can't seem to take you anywhere" - no kidding. Suitably menacing and aloof.

Flashback: "Tired and Beholden" - Paul Duncan
This works very nicely - dreamy and flowing, with vaguely past-evoking lyrics.

Getting Back Together: "King of Nails" - Sparklehorse
I guess we get back together pretty passionately. Can't see how else this would work - "sleep in the fire / with snakes I have sired / to sink or to shine / the nails are all mine" - so we'll have to rely on the sheer fuzzy drive of the thing.

Wedding: "My Sharona" - the Knack
Hahahahahahahahaha if not for the jailbait connotations of this song I'd say it means I'm having a good night. As it is, this is a little creepy.

Birth of a Child: "Stand By My Man" - the Research
Not a cover:

"Okay, put your knuckles on the table
and I'll play dead again
Someday I'll cage that sparrow
And brave the supermarket
I keep bumping into things
I can't pay for all those apples
I need to tell someone what happeened
I keep falling down the stairs
Will you help me with my makeup?
Will you be here when I wake up?
I hope there's nothing they can do to put me back together
For as long as I can stand
I'm gonna stand by my man
For as long as I can sing
I'm gonna love him with everything"

I have no idea how you'd fit a kid being born in here. Great, terrifying song, but not really suited.

Final Battle: "Tombstone Blues" - Bob Dylan
HELLS yes. Whoever I'm fighting, I'm gonna kick their ass. The sun is not yellow, it's chicken!

Death Scene: "Round" - Sunny Day Real Estate
Apparently I'm going to die badly.

Funeral Song: "The House Wins" - Ok Go
I'm really not that much of a pessimist. Still, this is kind of an awesome "choice" for a funeral. "You don't have to be alone to be lonely, you might as well give in / You don't have to be sick to be dying, you might as well give in." Morbid!

End Credits: "Sine Wave" - Mogwai
Ooh, cinematic! This might be my favourite random selection.

I think that's my favourite song by The Research, though indeed an incredibly wrong choice in that context. What did you make of their album by the way? (assuming you've had a chance to listen of course)

Well, I had a decent selection of stuff beforehand, including many of the highlights. But I really like it - if it was in stores around here I think I'd buy it.

This looks kinda fun, but I don't think it would work very well for me. My computer playlist consists primarily of Weird Al songs from the early 90s, and does not actually represent what I usually listen to....

That would make it kind of difficult, admittedly...

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