If your life were a movie, what would the soundtrack look like?
Have you ever thought that there are some moments in life that call for a soundtrack? Perhaps it’s from the sheer number of chick flicks I’ve seen over the holiday break (and there were a lot), but I would like to be able to flip a switch and have the right song play at the awesome, awkward, funny, sad, happy, and “kinda a big deal” moments in life. Here’s a sample of songs I would definitely include in my soundtrack.
“Beating My Heart” – Jon McLaughlin
Every movie needs a trailer. And every trailer needs an epic-sounding-almost-too-sweet song to accompany the stars who are headlining the movie. This one does the job.
“The Creep” – The Lonely Island, ft. Nicki Minaj and John Waters
Ahh! So scary.
I’m not gonna lie. I can be a total creeper. Solely for entertainment purposes, I like to hover behind friends and just stay there and whisper. I’m not as out of control as the lyrics in this song here, and I tend to choose victims based how familiar they already to me. However, it’s not as funny when I’m the one getting creeped on. Karma’s a b-word.
“Climbing Walls” – Strange Talk
The catchy beat of this song makes me think of summer, when everything looks like an Instgram shot. And, music videos often influence how I associate the song to my own life. This video in particular features lots of neon outfits, kinda like what I tend to reach for when getting dressed right before meeting up with friends to go to the beach and to take turns running into the cold water and screeching like twelve-year-olds.
“You Are A Tourist” – Death Cab for Cutie
Ohhh, that bittersweet phase when you’re preparing to make a big move, away from the city you grew up in so you can plant new roots somewhere you’ve never even been to. Death Cab may not have literally meant moving away in this song, but have you ever gotten that antsy feeling that you just need to go to live in a new place and do some exploring? I sometimes forget how big the world is.
“Do The Panic” – Phantom Planet
This was my theme song whenever I had a big project or test in high school and college. I was that nerdy kid who began prepping for the SATs in middle school and had that type-A personality of overachievers who needed to take a chill pill. Wait, who am I kidding? I’m still that kid who’s a little on the anal retentive side.
“Tongue Tied” – Grouplove
This song makes me think of the last day of school, especially the collective shout a few seconds into it, and all my classmates flood out from the classrooms and go out and party the summer away. Well, “Tongue Tied” reminds me what could have been playing at those high school parties while I stayed at home and added new words to my vocabulary lists.
“Heart Skipped A Beat” – The xx
“Please don’t say we’re done when I’m not finished. I could give so much more.” Ouch. Those are some depressing lyrics. Break-up songs from the dumpee’s perspective are rarely happy tunes, and this one from The xx is no exception.
“Pacific Theme” – Broken Social Scene
This song is purely instrumental, making it perfect for a scene of driving along a California beach, which hasn’t exactly happened to me yet. But it will one day, and this will be playing and I would also have a pair of awesome sunglasses on.
“We Are Young” – Fun. ft. Janelle Monae
I think the feeling of invincibility starts around the teenage years when you think you have it all figured out, and that conviction lasts into your twenties. At least, that’s the case for me. Youth can make people make foolhardy decisions and as if you can do anything in the world without consequence. This song makes me think of the myth of Icarus, especially the line about burning brighter than the sun.
“Shy That Way” – Tristan Prettyman, ft. Jason Mraz
This song is as sweet and cute as it is awkward and slightly creepy. I think these lyrics sum the sentiment of this song: “And if you were more daring maybe you’d stop staring. And come over and talk to me.” At the same time, it reminds of Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, when Fanny Price runs away from her crush because she just couldn’t handle his staring. Because staring is creepy. Even if it is accompanied by the best of intentions.
What songs would you feature if your life were a movie?