If your life was a movie — and really, shouldn’t it be?? — what would the soundtrack be? Sorry, no original music allowed, even if you’re BFFs with John Williams, Danny Elfman AND Randy Newman.
Here’s how it works:
1. Open your music library on iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, or whatever
1. Shuffle it
3. For every ‘scene’ below, type the title and the artist in the order the songs come up
1. If you’re old and don’t have your tunes online, close your eyes and pull out 16 CDs, albums, cassettes, 8-tracks or 78s.
2. Actually shuffle them. Be careful, though — they’re antiques.
3. Type in the first title and artist for each scene below
4. Whichever way you do it, no cheating!
Falling in Love:
Getting Back Together:
Birth of a Child:
Here’s the soundtrack of my life …
Waking up: Something Bad — from Wicked
Falling in Love: Let’s Get Mesolithic — by Eddie From Ohio
Fight Song: Make Someone Happy — by Jimmy Durante
Breaking Up: Superstar — by Sonic Youth
Prom: Mony Mony — by Tommy James and the Shondells
Life: Where Have All The Cowboys Gone — by Paula Cole
Mental Breakdown: I’m Not That Girl — from Wicked
Driving: Hand Jive — from Grease
Flash Back: Best Shot — by Pat Benatar
Getting Back Together: Words of Love — by Buddy Holly
Wedding: As We Stumble Along — from The Drowsy Chaperone
Birth of a Child: Schadenfreude — from Avenue Q
Final Battle: Our House — by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Death Scene: Loose Lips — by Kimya Dawson
Funeral Song: Whip It — by Devo
End Credits: Don’t Ask Me Why — by Billy Joel
Most of them are perfect. Some made me laugh out loud. For instance, picture doing the Hand Jive while driving. Oh wait. I think I’ve done that … no, nevermind. I’m thinking of when I go to the dentist.
And for those of you who are not Eddie From Ohio fans, “Let’s Get Mesolithic” is a sort of love song, in that drag-your-mate-by-the-hair kinda way.
Benatar as my flashback song? Perfect, as she was the mini-soundtrack of my life for every event I attended in college. And, by ‘event’ I mean anything other than classes. Always after dark. Usually in a large crowd. Often with my fraternity brothers.
I’ve already left instructions for my survivors to play “Whip It” at my funeral. Try to detect it. It’s not too late. To whip it. Whip it good. Devo definitely puts the fun in funeral!
And Jimmy Durante? I don’t care who you are, that’s just funny.
What’s the soundtrack of your life?