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15 October 2006 @ 06:57 am
Soundtrack of your life meme  

IF YOUR LIFE WAS A MOVIE, WHAT WOULD THE SOUNDTRACK BE?

Gaacked (is that how it's supposed to be spelled? interesting…) from gerisullivan and a host of others.

So, 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 and try to pretend you’re cool…

Since I read this as I was getting ready to go to work, I decided to note and start with the first song the iPod came up with when I got in the car and to continue at work. The one difference between what I did and the rules is that I didn’t press the “next” button—I simply let everything play through and then captured the listing the next morning with a smart list. I don’t know how “cutely” and/or engagingly the songs aligned with the “movie segments,” but I do think the iPod came up with a very interesting bunch of transitions, so here goes the listing:

Opening Credits: “Hey Bo Diddley > Hide Away [Studio Jam]” – Jerry Garcia – Outtakes, Jams & Alternates [All Good Things: Jerry Garcia Studio Sessions]

Waking Up: “Floating Bridge” – Eric Clapton – Another Ticket

First Day At School: “Blues For Jimmy” – James P. Johnson – The Original James P. Johnson 1942–1945: Piano Solos

Falling In Love: “Canned Heat Blues” – Tommy Johnson – First Time I Met the Blues [When The Sun Goes Down: The Secret History Of Rock & Roll]

Breaking Up: “Winter Sun” – Breakfast Special – Bonus Disc—The Real Music Box: 25 Years of Rounder Records

Prom: “God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind)” – Randy Newman – Sail Away

Life is Good: “Dancin’ In The Streets” – Grateful Dead – Terrapin Station [Beyond Description (1973–1989)]

Mental Breakdown: “Okin Omo Ni (The King Of The Children)” – I.K. Dairo – The Rough Guide to the Music of Nigeria & Ghana—Juju. Afrobeat, Fuji; living the Highlife

Driving: “Shiloh” – Emerson & Waldron – The Rough Guide to Bluegrass—lightning string music from the Appalachians

Flashback: “I See You” – Alitsut – Festival of Light

Getting Back Together: “Mississippi Moon” – Jerry Garcia – Garcia (Compliments) [All Good Things: Jerry Garcia Studio Sessions]

Wedding: “Sweet And Low-Down > Blue, Blue, Blue > Embraceable You” – New York Philharmonic; Zubin Mehta, Director – Manhattan (Music from the Woody Allen Film)

Paying the Dues: “Bye Bye Blackbird” – Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends

The Night Before The War: “Behind Blue Eyes” – The Who – Who’s Next [Deluxe Edition]

Final Battle: “Bugle Call Banjo” – Bluegrass Travelers – Fonotone Records: Disc 1—Jug In The Shade

Moment of Triumph: “Redneck Friend” – Jackson Browne – For Everyman

Death Scene: “Herr Holkin” – Garmarna – Vedergällningen (Vengeance)

Funeral Song: “Keep Rolling By” – Grateful Dead – Birth Of The Dead (Disc 2: The Live Sides) [The Golden Road (1965–1973)]

End Credits: “Concerto in A major, Op.2 No.2,” Thomas Chilcot; – Paul Nicholson; The Parley of Instruments Baroque Orchestra – English 18th-century Keyboard Concertos [Hyperion—The English Orpheus, Volume 22]


The iPod shuffle was really on a roll, IMHO, so I’ll report that the rest of the night went like this:

“Disco Et Fais Do-Do” – Bruce Daigrepont – The Rough Guide to Cajun & Zydeco
“Paths Of Victory” – The Broadside Singers with David Cohen and Pete Seeger – The Best of Broadside 1962–1988
“The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” – Louis Prima and Keely Smith with Sam Butera and the Witnesses – The Captiol Recordings: Louis Prima • Keely Smith • Sam Butera
“Falling Rain” – Willie Love & His Three Aces, featuring Little Milton & Elmore James – Trumpet Masters, Vol.1: Lonesome World Blues—Mississippi Barrelhouse Piano
“Got To Get A Little More” – Bob Coltman – Fonotone Records: Disc 5—Wild Mountain Ramble
“Naweye Toro” – Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate – In The Heart Of The Moon
“Visions Of Johanna [Alternate Take]” – Bob Dylan – No Direction Home: The Soundtrack [The Bootleg Series Vol. 7]
“Solitude” – Charlie Byrd – The Best of the Concord Years
“Hold To God’s Unchanging Hand” – Irma Thomas – Louisiana Spice (City Disc): 25 Years of Louisiana Music on Rounder Records
“Blueberry Hill” – Louis Armstrong – All-Time Greatest Hits [Louis Armstrong]
“You Brought A New Kind Of Love” – Benny Goodman – V Disc Recordings [Disc 4]
“Eye in the sky” – Noa – Noa now
“Hold On” – Eric Clapton – August
“Lover’s Cross” – Melanie – Beautiful People: The Greatest Hits of Melanie
“Fumblin’ With The Blues” – Tom Waits – The Heart Of Saturday Night
“Falling Down Blues” – Robert Wilkins – Masters Of Memphis Blues
“Makht Oyf [Open Up]” – The Klezmatics – Rise Up! Shteyt Oyf!
“99 Year Blues” – Jim Kweskin – Jim Kweskin’s America
“Doin’ That Rag” – Grateful Dead – Fillmore West The Complete Recordings • 1969 March 2
“World Full Of People” – Henry Townsend – Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: Piano Blues
“Bia” – Cesaria Evora – The Rough Guide Unwired—Acoustic Music from Around the World
“Just Like A Woman” – Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde
“Cross Road Blues” – Robert Johnson – Complete Recordings
“Django” – Charlie Byrd – The Best of the Concord Years
“Rock And Roll Creation” – Spinal Tap – This Is Spinal Tap
“Coming Home” – Delaney & Bonnie & Friends – On Tour With Eric Clapton
“Den Bortkomne Sauen (The Lost Sheep)” – Annbjørg Lien – Felefeber—Norwegian Fiddle Fantasia
“Ale Ile [for Egungun]” – Two Rhythms of the Dundun Ensemble from Atchoukpa – Yoruba Drums From Benin, West Africa [Smithsonian/Folkways • The World’s Musical Traditions 8]
“If She Were You” – Steve Goodman – Anthology: No Big Surprise
“Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer)” – Antonio Carlos Jobim – Antonio Carlos Jobim: The Man From Ipanema
“All Creation” – Danko/Fjeld/Andersen – Ridin’ On The Blinds
“Thelonious” – Thelonious Monk – Complete Riverside Recordings
“Early Morning Blues” – Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee with Lightnin’ Hopkins & Big Joe Williams – Absolutely The Best
“My Lord of Oxenfords Maske” – The Baltimore Consort – Dorian: The First Decade
“Somewhere Out There” – Lucy Kaplansky – Ten Year Night
“Janey’s Song” – Elizabeth Hummel – The Cauldron
“Coffee’s Cold” – Abigail Washburn – Song of the Traveling Daughter
“Gloria patri, qui creavit nos” – Redbird • The Parley of Instruments – Awake My Lyre—Domestic Music by John Blow (1649–1708) [Hyperion—The English Orpheus, Volume 20]
“My Lord of Oxenford’s Maske [Dances for Broken Consort from The First Booke of Consort Lessons (1599) Thomas Morley]” – David Munrow; The Morley Consort – Two Renaissance Dance Bands
“Partite sopra l’aria della romanesca: Nona parte” – Scott Ross – Frescobaldi: Toccatas
“Baby All Night Long” – Blue Ridge Mountain Entertainers – Good For What Ails You: Music Of The Medicine Shows 1926–1937
“Albert’s Shuffle [2002 Remix w/o Horns]” – Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Steve Stills – Super Session
“El amor brujo: Danza del juego de amor” – Los Angeles Guitar Quartet – Best of L.A.G.Q., The
“Jackie-ing” – Thelonious Monk – Complete Riverside Recordings
“Marie” – Leon Redbone – On The Track
“Monk’s Mood” – Thelonious Monk – Complete Riverside Recordings
“I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You)” – Thelonious Monk – Standards
“Holiday [Live]” – The Kinks – Everybody’s In Showbiz, Everybody’s A Star
“O Grande Amour” – Antonio Carlos Jobim – Antonio Carlos Jobim: The Man From Ipanema
“Psalm 121” – Alain Chekroun & Taoufik Bestandji – Hidden Gate: Jewish Music Around The World
“You And I” – Queen – A Day At The Races
“China Boy” – The Benny Goodman Trio – After You’ve Gone—The Original Benny Goodman Trio And Quartet Sessions, Vol. 1
“County Jail Blues” – Eric Clapton – (no reason to cry)
“The Hustler” – Eric Andersen – ’bout changes ’n’ things take 2
“Midnight Moonlight” – Jerry Garcia Band – Merriweather Post Pavilion—September 1 & 2, 1989
“Lonely At The Top” – Randy Newman – Sail Away
“They Love Each Other” – Jerry Garcia Band – Merriweather Post Pavilion—September 1 & 2, 1989
“In Real Life” – Steve Goodman – Anthology: No Big Surprise
“Blue Harvest Blues” – Mississippi John Hurt – Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 OKeh Recordings
“Blues In 9/4” – George Shearing – Best Of George Shearing, Volume Two (1960–69)
“Mishaela” – Noa – Live
“Scandalize My Name” – Josh White – Josh White—The Elektra Years
“Summer Song [Kitchen Tapes]” – Fanny – First Time In A Long Time (The Reprise Recordings)
“Tartine De Merde” – Randy Newman – Guilty: 30 Years Of Randy Newman—Disc 4: Film Music
“Indian War Whoop” – The Holy Modal Rounders – Live in 1965
“Everybody’s Talkin’ At Me” – Stephen Stills – Stephen Stills Live
“You’ll Never Know” – Keely Smith with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra – The Captiol Recordings: Louis Prima • Keely Smith • Sam Butera
“Ufari Chargah” – Ari Babakhanov & Ensemble – Shashmaqam—The Tradition Of Bukhara, Uzbekistan
“Song of Marriage {in Quechua-Inca}” – young girl in Huancavalica – Mountain Music Of Peru, Vol.1
“Worried Man Blues” – The Carter Family – Walk Right In [When The Sun Goes Down: The Secret History Of Rock & Roll]
“Little Criminals” – Randy Newman – Little Criminals
“Time Passes Slowly” – Judy Collins – Whales & Nightingales
“Do You Believe” – Melanie – Ballroom Streets
“Jam III” – Derek and the Dominos – Layla Sessions: The Jams [The Layla Sessions—20th Anniversary Edition]
“Symphony No.81 in G major,” Franz Joseph Haydn – Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra; Adam Fischer, conductor – Haydn—Symphonies Nos. 70–81 [The Esterházy Recordings, Volume 5]
“Solo in E major: 1.Adagio; 2.Allegro ma non cantando,” Thomas Arne; – Locatelli Trio – English 18th-century Violin Sonatas [Hyperion—The English Orpheus, Volume 13]
“Adam And Eve In The Garden” – Bogus Ben Covington – Good For What Ails You: Music Of The Medicine Shows 1926–1937
“Far Nile, Nokh Nile” – Kapelye – Levine and His Flying Machine
“Love Needs A Heart” – Jackson Browne – Running On Empty
“Sunshine” – Low – I Could Live In Hope
“Kagda Ya Pyann” – Theodore Bikel – Songs of Russia Old & Songs of a Russian Gypsy • New
“Southern Sympathizer” – Elizabeth Hummel – American Stories
“Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie” – The Temperance Seven – Parlophone Recordings Vol.2 (1962–1965), The
“The Wreck Of The Athens Queen” – Stan Rogers – Fogarty’s Cove

 
 
 
Geri Sullivangerisullivan on October 15th, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
Y'know, I was just thinking about that Great River Road Trip a few days ago, and this mix reminds me of just how interesting it would be musically.

Several of your soundtrack results were such a fit: "Life is good -- Dancin' in the Streets"! Lots of blues. I don't know the tune, but "I See You" for a flashback brings a grin, as does "Bugle Call Banjo" for the final battle. There's a lovely little twist there. That, or a new career for banjos, the bagpipes of the 21st century.
Matthew B. Tepper: Caricature sillyasimovberlioz on October 15th, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
Ah, David Munrow. So there is a nonzero intersection between our music collections.

I just got my iPod a few days ago, and have been busy filling it up. So far classical and comedy, so I'm hoping to see a fun iPod-related meme sometime before the heat-death of the universe that is not dependent on "songs."
taqubear on April 10th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
Hmmm for some reason only half the post can be seen. I tried reloading but still same.

lucepiaf on April 12th, 2011 09:20 am (UTC)
I am doing research for my university thesis, thanks for your great points, now I am acting on a sudden impulse.

bootihore on November 1st, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
Just want to say what a great blog you got here!