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Soundtrack of Life Meme

Swiped from espirk

Here's how it works:

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.

Before we start, I should warn everyone that I'm a soundtrack junkie. I own more soundtracks than any other kind of music. Unfortunately, just how many soundtracks I own will become painfully apparent during the course of this exercise…

Opening Credits: "Hysteria" by Muse

At first, this seemed like a bad choice for an opening credits song, but after listening to the lyrics carefully I think it might work. For example:

I want it now. I want it now. Give me your heart and your soul.

This could easily be used as the premise of a movie. Okay, maybe a movie with a serial stalker, but a premise all the same. *g*

Birth: "The Flying Sequence" from Superman: The Movie

Uh, did I mention that I own a helluva lot of soundtracks? *g* Well, on a purely symbolic level, I think "The Flying Sequence" works because being born is a bit like flying. Suddenly you're ripped out of this nice cozy womb and expected to take flight. I'm speaking figuratively, of course. I mean, even baby birds aren't expected to fly as soon as they hatch, right? Anywaaaay, as the Superman soundtrack is my favourite soundtrack in the whole history of soundtracks (and the world), it seems a fitting metaphor for life. To me. Crazy kooky me.

First day at school: "Ben Kenobi's Death/Tie Fighter Attack" from Star Wars

Surprise, surprise. Another soundtrack. You might not think this would work for the first day of school, but I was painfully painfully shy. I probably hated school until at least grade 3 or 4. I think I spent half of kindergarten hiding under the teacher's desk. School was the death of all that was good in my tiny little world. And, uh, going to school is a bit like entering a battle, especially if you've ever been picked on or bullied. And, hey, let's not forget the paranoia and persecution complex.

Uh…what were we talking about again?

Falling in Love: "The Story Continues" from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Oh, crap. Can't I lie? Just this once? Okay, fine. I can bullsh*t with the best of them. I think that "The Story Continues" represents falling in love because it represents a stage in our lives in which another chapter opens and the story (e.g. life) progresses to another stage. The same reasoning applies if you're cruelly rejected or break up. Life goes on. It continues.

And how cool is it that my English degree is good for something? *g*

Fight Song: "Tia Dalma" from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Oh, come on. You've got to be kidding me! Aaaaarrrrggghhh! This isn't fair! However, I'm the Queen of B.S., so here goes. The "Tia Dalma" theme works as a fight song because "Tia Dalma" ends up urging Jack's crew to continue the fight and rescue Jack from Davy Jones's locker. And anyone who has seen At World's End will know that Tia Dalma ends up kicking some serious butt.

Breaking Up: "Aston Montenegro" from Casino Royale

Well…this particular track doesn't scream "breaking up" to me. However, the movie itself focuses a lot on love and the wonderful emotional baggage that can go with it. While Bond doesn't really break up with the girl, he does have his share of heartbreak. And I'll leave it at that to avoid giving away any major spoilers for anyone who hasn't seen Casino Royale.

Prom: "Mr. Roboto" by Styx

Eighties music makes me think of high school, possibly due to the number of teen movies that were released in this decade. There's also the fact that eighties music has made something of a comeback -- in retro terms, anyway. My own high school prom took place in the nineties, but I'm a child of the eighties and have a preference for that decade of music. That's probably why songs like "Mr. Roboto" are on my MP3 player.

Life: "Tam Lin" by Mediaeval Baebes

The Tam Lin story is essentially about a man who falls from his horse while hunting and is captured by the queen of the fairies. If I understand the song correctly, the man is a prisoner for seven years, which goes to prove that life can be a bitch:

And at the end of seven years
We pay a tiend to hell
I am sae fair and fu'of flesh
I'm feared it be myself

Pretty heavy stuff, eh?

Mental Breakdown: "The Battle of Yavin" from Star Wars

Yes, I'm a total freak, okay? I'm also at a loss as to how "The Battle of Yavin" track relates to a mental breakdown, though I almost feel like having one, so, hey, maybe that would work. *g*

Driving: "Harry Sees Dragons" from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Uh…Harry flies a broomstick when he's facing off against the dragon, but I can't really see any other connection to driving. I wouldn't exactly describe this as a great driving song, unless you're really focused on the road and don't want to be distracted by pesky things like lyrics.

Flashback: "Bootstrap's Bootstraps" from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

The title would work well for a flashback considering that Bootstrap's bootstraps are a past event in the PotC chronology. However, the music itself sounds more swashbuckley than flashbacky. I'm not exactly sure why the composer gave it this title, as I don't think it really had anything to do with Bootstrap Bill.

Wedding: "Starlight" by Muse

Another Muse song. Go figure. Well, at least it's not a soundtrack track. And I think that certain lyrics work for a wedding song, though probably not the song as a whole. The lyrics in question:

Hold you in my arms. I just wanted to hold you in my arms.


I'll never let you go if you promise not to fade away. Never fade away. Our hopes and expectations. Black holes and revelations.

Okay, maybe the "black holes and revelations" bit isn't entirely optimistic, though it kind of reflects my own bleak outlook on marriage.

Birth of Child: "Love Theme" from Superman

The "Love Theme" from Superman is about the love that's growing between Superman and Lois, but I suppose it could extend to the love of a child…Maybe. Obviously Superman and Lois couldn't have children, though, so…Uh…Well, if you take Superman and Lois out of the equation and just focus on the music itself…No, that doesn't really work either.

Final Battle: "African Rundown" from Casino Royale

Ironically, this is the first track on the Casino Royale soundtrack. However, it's the music that's played during that awesome chase through the construction site and the embassy: possibly the best Bond chase ever. Uh, anyway, I think this piece of music is stirring and dramatic enough to be used for a final battle scene.

Death Scene: "The Impossible Planet" from Doctor Who

I think this piece would actually work for a death scene because it was played when one character was convinced she was going to die. The music itself is mournful but beautiful, which suited the scene in question perfectly. Despite the fact that said character thought she was going to die, she couldn't help being awed by her surroundings.

Funeral: "Surrender" by k.d. Lang (from Tomorrow Never Dies)

Of course the one time I want an instrumental piece, my MP3 player conspires against me. Well, once again, I'd say that the song in question doesn't work. The song itself seems to be about seduction more than anything else.

Ending Credits: "Calypso" from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Yeah, I'd say that my MP3 player is definitely conspiring against me! This is the third Pirates of the Caribbean track that has come up, which probably isn't surprising considering that I have all three soundtracks on my player. Well…if nothing else, my player is betraying the fact that I'm a total geek. But most of you had probably figured that out already. *g* Okay, "Calypso" a very powerful piece of music and represents a fairly pivotal moment in the film. However, it's not really the stuff that ending credits are made of.

After having to suffer through that, I doubt anyone else will want to participate in this exercise. However, if you're still interested (despite the geek fest you just endured) then feel free to copy out this meme and play along. Your results can't be any worse than mine! *g*
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