Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Life Soundtrack

A few days ago, when I was discussing my novel (it sounds so pretentious to say it, but I don't have any other way to say it) with my sister, we were talking about soundtracks, and how each character has their own theme song, like "Linus and Lucy" by Vince Guaraldi . Naturally, as it goes with Tracey and me, the discussion turned to ourselves. What are our themes? Tracey told me that one of hers was "Green Onions" by Booker T. and the MGs. Strangely enough for me, I could not think of one song that could be called my theme song.

I voiced my concerns to my sister, and she offered up the following rules for finding/choosing your own theme song:
1. You can't search for your song; it has to find you.
2. The rhythm must accentuate your personal rhythm-- how you walk, move, etc.
3. If there are lyrics, lyrics must be applicable to your situation in life (you pick a song without lyrics if your situation constantly changes).
4. You must like the song.

With that in mind, I drafted my own personal soundtrack (Click on the link to have a listen):
1. I Love You, Lord
2. I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever
3. How Great Is Our God
4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Theme
5. Born To Fly
6. Part of That World
7. The Middle
8. Everything I Do, I Do It For You
9. Christmas Time Is Here
10. Dancing Queen

Think about it. What songs define your life? Let me know!



stacy o. said...

Defying Gravity from Wicked. That's my theme song. Gotta consider my soundtrack. That's a tough one.

Josie Thames said...

Think about the music that marks the defining moments in your life. For instance, "Everything I Do" is the song Richie and I danced to for the first time at our reception.

Kim Eckhardt said...

Quite an ecclectic mix of music there, Josie. :) And, I do agree that music marks defining moments and not so defining moments in life.

Josie Thames said...

"Eclectic" is such a diplomatic word, Kim! It's true that I do like a wide span of music. In fact, Richie has a joke that if it comes on the radio, it's my favorite song. With the notable exceptions of LeAnn Rimes and Shania Twain. But I'm always in search of new music, which is why I love Pandora.com so much.

Each of those songs marks a different point and attitude in my life. When I hear them, I am instantly transported to that place.