You: The Soundtrack

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  1. Zaz Jedi Knight

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    Here's a story from the Nat'l Post (Canada):

    You: the Soundtrack

    The author of "This is Your Brain on Music" postulates that there are six songs that define everyone, his being:

    Joy: "Twist and Shout" The Beatles
    Friendship: "Lean on Me" Bill Withers
    Knowledge: "Never Mind the Bollocks" by the Sex Pistols
    Comfort: "Fix You" Coldplay
    Love: "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" Van Morrison & Sinead O'Connor
    Religion: "Unetaneh Tokef"

    I thought his categories a bit restricted, and think some should be added:

    Joy:
    Friendship:
    Knowledge:
    Comfort:
    Love:
    Religion:
    The Blues:
    Courage:
    Laughter:
    Defiance:
    Death:
    Music That Makes You Dance:
    Your Father's Music:
    Your Mother's Music:

    Any others?

    Anyway, here's mine:

    Joy: "I Could Have Danced All Night" R & H
    Friendship: "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" The Hollies
    Knowledge: "The Parting Glass" The Clancy Brothers
    Comfort: "Hungry Heart" by Bruce Springsteen
    Love: "The Lover's Waltz" Jay Upton
    Religion: "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes
    The Blues: "16 Tons"
    Courage: "The Northwest Passage" Stan Rogers
    Laughter: "Lord, Mr. Ford" by Jerry Reed
    Defiance: "Men of Harlech"
    Death: "The Parting Glass" The Clancy Brothers
    Music That Makes You Dance: "Gary Owen"
    Your Father's Music: Celtic
    Your Mother's Music: Gospel





  2. JediTrilobite Jedi Master

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    Huh, this is really hard to narrow down, so I have several multiples.

    Joy: Control, Mute Math / Stay (Wasting Time), Dave Matthews Band
    Friendship: Sci-Fi Kid, Blitzen Trapper / Kids, Goodtimes Goodtimes
    Knowledge: Everybody Knows, Ryan Adams / Question Everything
    Comfort: Typical Situation, Dave Matthews Band / Toy Soldiers, Carbon Leaf
    Love: Fly Me To the Moon, Frank Sinatra / This Is Us, Mark Knofler & Emmylou Harris
    Religion: Save Me, Dave Matthews
    The Blues: Re: Stacks, Bon Iver / Colors, Amos Lee / What You Want, John Butler Trio
    Courage: End Theme, Zero 7 / Up to Me, Seven Nations
    Laughter: Pleasant Valley Sunday, The Monkees
    Defiance: Hard Sun, Eddie Vedder / Rumors, Josh Ritter
    Death: Three Hours, Nick Drake / Edge of the ocean, Ivy
    Music That Makes You Dance: When In Rome, Nickel Creek / Dance Tonight, Paul McCartney
    Your Father's Music: For What It's Worth, Buffelo Springfield
    Your Mother's Music: Carousel, Iron & Wine
  3. Zaz Jedi Knight

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    I know about the multiple choices...I could do another, almost completely different one.
  4. JediTrilobite Jedi Master

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    Hell, this isn't over, that's just what I came up with on my iPod at the moment. When I have my full music library at my disposal, I'll have a couple other variations. There are some songs there that are pretty consistant, but there are some other categories that would shift a lot.

    Plus, I'd add in a couple other categories - Travel, for one.
  5. Zaz Jedi Knight

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    Travel? In what way?
  6. JediTrilobite Jedi Master

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    Well, it's a powerful notion - moving, transitions, etc. I have an entire playlist of 'travel' music, which ranges from the superfiscial (title) to something more evocotive.
  7. Zaz Jedi Knight

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    The Blues:
    Comfort:
    Courage:
    Death:
    Defiance:
    Fear:
    Friendship:
    Grief:
    Joy:
    Knowledge:
    Laughter:
    Love:
    Religion:
    Travel:
    Music That Makes You Dance:
    Your Father's Music:
    Your Mother's Music:

    Okay, I added travel, Fear & Grief.
  8. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    I could fill out that list today, off the top of my head, and then come back and, off the top of my head, fill it out tomorrow and not a single song would be the same, I bet.
  9. Zaz Jedi Knight

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  10. Zaz Jedi Knight

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    Travel: "I've Been Everywhere"
    Fear: I admit this stumped me.
    Grief: "Johnny, I Hardly Knew You"
  11. Vortigern99 Manager Emeritus

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    The Blues: Janis Joplin - Ball & Chain (not just because it's 12-bar blues, but b/c it's perfect for when I'm feelin' low)
    Comfort: Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's or Abbey Road
    Courage: John Williams - Star Wars soundtrack (esp. Main Theme and Force Theme)
    Death: Black Sabbath - Hand of Doom
    Defiance: Metallica - Master of Puppets
    Fear: Black Sabbath - Paranoid
    Friendship: Blind Melon - For My Friends
    Grief: Budgie - Parents
    Joy: Sublime - Doin' Time, What I Got or I Smoked Two Joints
    Knowledge: Frank Zappa - Trouble Eevery Day
    Laughter: Menken & Ashman - Little Shop of Horrors (movie soundtrack)
    Love: Budgie - You Know I'll Always Love You
    Religion: Jesus Christ Superstar - Original 1968 Recording
    Travel: Pink Floyd - Animals (album)
    Music That Makes You Dance: Janes Addiction - Stop and Ain't No Right
    Your Father's Music: Buddy Holly
    Your Mother's Music: Lyle Lovett
  12. Goddess-Jaina-Redick Jedi Knight

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    This was really hard!!

    The Blues: Into the Flood, Deepfield
    Comfort: Some Day, Shinedown
    Courage: Our Lives, The Calling
    Death: Run, Snow Patrol
    Defiance: I ******* Hate You, Godsmack
    Fear: Creep, Radiohead
    Friendship: Raise Hell, (Hed) PE
    Grief: Everybody Hurts, REM
    Joy: Foolin', Def Leppard
    Knowledge: Crazy, Gnarls Barclay
    Laughter: Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones
    Love: The One, Gary Allan
    Religion: Counting Blue Cars, Dishwalla
    Travel: Settle for a Slow Down, Dierks Bentley
    Music That Makes You Dance: Renegade, Styx
    Your Father's Music: A Long December, Counting Crows
    Your Mother's Music: One Hot Mama, Trace Adkins


    Yes I have a bizarre taste in music. :p
  13. Zaz Jedi Knight

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    Not bizarre; interesting.
  14. Darth-Lando Jedi Grand Master

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    The Blues: The Thrill is Gone - B.B. King
    Comfort: A Warm Place - Nine Inch Nails
    Courage: Holding Out For A Hero - Bonnie Tyler
    Death: Silent Scorn - Megadeth
    Defiance: Just Like You Imagined - Nine Inch Nails
    Fear: Hello Zepp - Charlie Clouser
    Friendship: Under Pressure - Queen & Bowie
    Grief: Epiphany - Staind
    Joy: Feel So Good - Chuck Mangione
    Knowledge: Baba Yetu - Christopher Tin
    Laughter: Ralph Wiggum - Bloodhound Gang
    Love: Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
    Religion: Hide And Seek - Imogen Heap
    Travel: Pretty Vegas - INXS
    Music That Makes You Dance: Da Funk - Daft Punk
    Your Father's Music: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer - George Thorogood
    Your Mother's Music: Birthday - The Beatles

    This was very hard to narrow down on some of the categories. Took me over an hour but I did it!
  15. ShiriKeiCelisoe Jedi Knight

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    Wow... Um... I will have to do when when I have more time. I already have multiple songs for some running through my head. [face_tired]
  16. Raven Administrator Emeritus

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    I decided to go with the six of the original book. Three (Love, Joy, Friendship) were extremely easy to decide. Three (Religion, Comfort, Knowledge) were a lot harder.


    Love: ?Sweet Child O' Mine? Guns and Roses
    My favorite song about love, bar none, no questions asked. It starts out so peacefully. The opening chords are some of the best any song ever written and are instantly recognizable. The imagery is of summer skies, warm safe places, comforting and beautiful things. But in the second half of the song, things turn darker. The original riff is replaced by a much more complicated arrangement, and the line that keeps repeating is ?Where do we go now?? It's left unresolved. It's left neither hopeless nor hopeful. It's up to the listener to decide where things go from there. On the one hand, there's something that's really sad about the simple and uncomplicated love of the start of the song changing; on the hand, that's life. People grow and change, and the challenge in any relationship is trying to accept their changes. Maybe things have changed too much with the child of the song ? but maybe not. And the question ?how can we go forward?? is still being asked.

    Religion: ?Bittersweet Symphony? by The Verve
    Religion isn't much a part of my life. My own views on the nature of the universe are essentially that God is irrelevant. What religion does for most people is creates a way for them to see the world, to understand their place in the world. The main chorus of this song effectively describes how I see the world, a bittersweet symphony. That's the core of what I believe, and this song does an excellent job articulating it.

    Knowledge: ?Land of Confusion? by Genesis
    Dreaming dreams, hearing screams, reading news, seeing fires. This song is about a man looking around and seeing his world for what it is. He sees a dark, dark side of it, but his response isn't hopelessness, it's to make it a place worth living in. The images of the past section, driving him to the resolution ?I won't be coming home tonight / my generation will make it right? is my favorite part. Knowledge is more than facts and figures, it's awareness of the situation, awareness of what's going on. And knowledge is useless without practical reaction to the knowledge.

    Friendship: ?Thief? by Our Lady Peace
    This song was written for a child dying of brain cancer. Like how it's impossible for me not to smile while listening to my Joy song, I tear up whenever I listen to Thief. It's the only song in the world that's ever done that to me, ever. The refrain runs ?I can't see the thief that lives inside of your head / but I can be some courage at the side of your bed / and I don't know what's happening and I can't pretend / but I can be your / be your.? The song is one where the singer can't offer any hope. He doesn't even pretend to offer hope. All he can offer is to be there until the end. On the one hand, it's an incredibly sad song, about watching a person slowly die and being powerless to do anything about it. On the other, he's going to be there until the end, and there's something about that that takes the edge of the pain in the song.

    Comfort: ?Against the Wind? by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band
    This is, at the end of the day, a really comforting song for me. No particular specific reason. Things come together in this song to just be comforting. The music perfectly matches the story being told, the story being told is one that talks about growing old gracefully but not forgetting what it's like to be young, the sound of Bob Seger's voice is perfect all the way through. Like the previous songs I've named off, there's a definite bittersweet element; I've somewhat surprised myself by my song selection that way.

    Joy: ?All Fired Up? Pat Benatar
    I cannot listen to this song without smiling. It's physically impossible for me. The guitar is really simple, the drums are really simple, Pat Benatar's voice is amazing as always, and it's a really fast song that's pure optimism, hope, confidence that things are going to get better. It'
  17. Zaz Jedi Knight

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  19. Zaz Jedi Knight

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    It was the only one I could find, okay? Sheesh.
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