Music in the movies colours the emotional experience of the movie itself, as it does our lives. We all have relied on a song to help us through heartbreak, falling in love and new discoveries. There is a song for every moment, mood and feeling we have ever experienced. This game is inspired by a recent TEDx Manitoba talk I attended. Ted Geddert came on stage with his son and talked about the devastating day his other son and his father died. How music healed his family. His idea worth spreading was to “Take risks, and find a soundtrack to get you through” So, it got me thinking. What is the soundtrack of my life? If I were to tell a story of today, a moment in time or of my life as a child – what would those songs be to describe me to you in a way that I don’t have to speak?
So, will you play a different kind of ‘getting to know you’ game with me? Let’s call it My Life Through Song.
What would be the soundtrack to the movie of your life up to this moment? Or maybe there is a particular moment in time that deserves to be played out in a soundtrack. Perhaps your life is a comedy, a drama, a war epic; it doesn’t matter what lens you view your life through – what matters, is that you have a damned good song to go with it.
The drill is as follows:
- Copy these instructions, including the categories below and paste them in your post.
- List the title of the song and the artist after each category and embed the music video (if there isn’t a music video for it then find a video of the song with lyrics – if there still isn’t one, then a link to the song in any form will do – we wanna hear the song!).
- Tag your post with My Life Through Song
- Pingback this blog post so I can see all your song choices – I wanna hear the story of your life! (Click here for pingback instructions. And, if you don’t use WordPress then leave a comment with the url to your blog post)
- This part is optional – you can describe why you chose this song in a short paragraph OR you can just let the song speak for itself and leave it to the imagination of your audience.
Here are the 6 categories of songs:
- The Getting to Know You Song: This song starts off your movie. It is the song that introduces you to your audience; maybe as a child or as an adult pondering life. Where the movie of your life starts is up to you.
- The Love Song: You know this one. You fell in love, maybe with a person, a place or an animal. Love is love and this song makes you feel it!
- The Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy Song: You are joy personified. Everything is as it should be and all is beautiful with the world. If spontaneous dancing and singing were to happen as you walked down the street, it would be this moment.
- The Rock Bottom Song: Um, happiness can only last so long right? We’ve all been there, that moment where, shit, just when you think you can’t get any lower, you do. Is the whole world against you?
- The Poignant Song: This is a time of reflection in your movie. You’ve hit rock bottom. Well now, take a walk in that light rain, look up at the sky and reflect…this is the moment that your life changes.
- The Rocky Balboa Song: You’ve made it through your darkest hour! Will power kicks in so pick yourself up and dust off the past! This is the song you turn up the volume on. YEAH! Fist pump the shit out of that air – you deserve it!
- The Let the Credits Roll Song: Though life keeps on going a movie does eventually come to an end and with it, the concluding song. At this moment we are content, we are at peace or maybe we’re still struggling but we’ve accepted it. Either way, we are ready to welcome life and all the challenges that come with it. The end.
Here’s the soundtrack to my life – so far.
The Getting to Know You Song:
Same Mistakes – The Echo Friendly
The Love Song:
But Not Tonight – Depeche Mode
The Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy Song:
Paul Simon – Russian Futurists
The Rock Bottom Song:
What’s Up – 4 Non Blondes
The Poignant Song:
Weighty Ghost – Wintersleep
The Rocky Balboa Song:
The Final Countdown – Europe
The Let the Credits Roll Song:
Living in Colour – Frightened Rabbit
Okay, your turn to play!
The beautiful thing about this game is it never has to end. You can play it any time for any moment and I might come back and play it again down the road.
(I do have an ulterior motive here: I love discovering new music and figured this would be a fun way to do so.)