The Soundtrack

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” -Victor Hugo

Imagine you are starring in you own sitcom (sitcom, not reality show), what would be on your show’s soundtrack? Sure, a lot of us carry music around with us all day, but imagine if it played nonstop – and not necessarily your favorite choice of song. I spent a couple of days thinking about this question and came up with what I think is a pretty good playlist.

So here my regular workday, in song form. The links go to YouTube videos, listen/watch at your own risk (in other words, don’t blame me if you are scandalized by the content).

Waking Up
I like to feel a little epic in the morning – like I’m a real bad ass. I’d probably pick something like “The Kiss” from Last of the Mohicans or “I Fink You Freeky” by Die Antwoord. Two different kinds of epic, yes, but it gets the job done. Sort of a bring-it-on-world kind of thing. I usually think I’m much more amazing than I really am; like I would actually still be alive at the end of a horror movie and not the girl that gets killed first when she is stupidly separated from the main group or explores a house in the dark.

Morning Commute
“Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane. Okay, pretty stereotypical, but still a great choice. I’m a huge fan of a classic road song. Since my grubby little hands wrapped around my first driver’s license, I have loved to be in my car. My fifteen-to-twenty minute commute every morning is one of my favorite times of day. I love driving, singing, watching, listening – being a part of everything, but still just an observer. So awesome.

Working, Part I
When I arrive at work in the morning I raring to go and optimistic.* This is the time for big plans and big dreams, so I think I’ll go with “Good Life” by OneRepublic. Anything is possible at the beginning of a workday (especially after pumping myself up with epic music and road songs), so I’d like the music to match that feeling, even if it isn’t always realistic. At 9:00am I am my best-work-self.

“Come Go With Me” by the Del Vikings. A coworker once jokingly referred to me as the guidance counselor of the office. That image is probably true – I naively think a reasonable argument will always win; I like for everyone to work together in a ‘60s free-love kind of happiness; I would probably keep a jar of candy on my desk if I could keep from eating it all myself. At lunch, I feel refreshed and slightly optimistic. I get a second wind.

Working, Part II
Without a doubt the second part of the workday gets “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Metallica. “For whom the bell tolls/Time marches on” – who hasn’t felt that way during the 2pm slump?

Afternoon Commute
By the time I am headed home in the evening, I’m thrilled to be back in my car again. The music needs to be upbeat, but maybe with a slight edge. “Inside Out” by Eve 6 fits the bill. Fun to sing, but without the bubbly lyrics. This one also has the added bonus of having been one of my favorites when it was first released. It was overplayed and I never bothered to download it from Napster buy the cd, so it quickly fell out of favor. I rediscovered it a couple of years ago though and was surprised to know all of the words.

I’m not typically a very deep person, so let’s go for something obvious here: “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Lyrics like “Alabama, Arkansas/I do love my Ma and Pa/Not the way that I do love you” are perfect for me. I love being home where the only crazy person I have to deal with is me. I’ve never been attached to a place, just people: “Home, let me come home/Home is wherever I’m with you.”

Wow. No one would buy that soundtrack.

*As Maury would say, “The lie detector test determined . . . that’s a lie.” I’m rarely optimistic.


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