Ok, here's one of few annoying things about the internet. Unless you are really paying attention, it is hard to remember where exactly you were in cyberspace when you saw that thing that you were going to try to remember to share with other people. I'm trying to retrace my steps...
Oh wait! I found it! Thanks browser history. Mary Anne Radmacher. There we go. I have a collection of her quotations on little calling cards and I was double-checking something for a whiny blog post which I might just not post.
In any event, she was talking about her thoughts on a soundtrack for her life. Do you ever wonder what the songs would be? If there were a movie for your life or something? Sometimes, there are certain moments when I think, "such-and-such a song would be a perfect soundtrack for this moment." Well, she was specifically trying to exercise some more and had come up with a list of five songs that totaled up to 20 minutes of brisk walking, but were also kind of life-soundtrack in nature.
Her five were: Wide Open Spaces, This Kiss, 100 Years, We Built This City, Unwritten.
Now, I have to confess, that I am definitely a child of the 80s and disco when it comes to music, which you'll see soon enough. And I also have to confess that I don't really pay attention to lyrics when I listen to music so that even though I am picking these songs as my walking life soundtrack, they might be telling you something that I wasn't intending to say.
Recently I got an iPod nano with similar goals in mind (that, and the promise of taking video of the adorable girl). I need to do a little editing - I just loaded a whole bunch of playlists - the theory is that the songs will be mostly on the livelier end of things so that when I am walking from place to place I will actually get a little exercise in. I've just kept it on shuffle for now and as I was walking across the Square, first came "Life of Riley" by the Lightning Seeds and then "Rich Girl" by Gwen Stefani. And I thought, "oh, here is my life soundtrack for walking!" It didn't quite hold out on the length of my walk.
I'll stick with the two that the iPod randomly brought me first (not so random since I loaded them myself) and add "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" Cake, "Into the Groove" Madonna, "Tell Me When" Human League, "Bizarre Love Triangle" New Order, "Funhouse" Pink (I'm sorry. "This used to be a funhouse but now it's filled with evil clowns"? I love that line), "Too Many People" Pet Shop Boys, "Hey Soul Sister" Train... and hope you don't judge me too harshly for my taste or counting ability. Golly, it's hard to stop. Now you can see how I end up making 5 mix CDs when only one is requested. Also Fairground" Simply Red, "Movin' On Up" M People, "Makes Me Wonder" Maroon 5, "Breakin' Up" Rilo Kiley, "Better Luck" Scissor Sisters, "Holiday in my Head" Smashmouth, "You Don't Have to Believe Me" Eric Hutchinson,
What are your five (or ten)? Not just for your life, but for your walking (biking/dancing/running/active) life.