life soundtrack

After seeing the prompt over and over through the years, I posted this to my blog back in August.  I thought I'd share it on its own page too since music is so beautifully defining. (Songs in no particular order.)

What songs would be on the soundtrack of my life?

The Clapping Song / Little Rubber Doll - Various, including mi mama
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"My mama told me if I was goody that she would buy me a rubber dolly.  My aunty told her I kissed a soldier, now she won't buy me a rubber dolly."

The Pale - Elizabeth In Rags

"Do you remember when the world was young and it was so in love with you?"

Hole - Violet

"And the sky was made of amethyst, and all the stars were just like little fish.  You should learn when to go."

Hum - Songs of Farewell and Departure

"She weaves a trail of petals through the embryonic ice, her hair was warm to the touch and flowers twice as nice.  And if he stands on the moon he can barely catch her eyes, always open to the sky.  And so we land only to find we never left the ground.  Please leave the walls and the floors exactly as you found.  A love song to everyone I know.  Arms wide open, here we go."

Lucinda Williams - Are You Alight?

"Are you alright?  You flew away like a little bird.  Are you alright?  Is there anything I can do?  Are you alright?  'Cause I need to hear from you.  Are you alright?"

Ani DiFranco - Joyful Girl

"I do it for the joy it brings because I'm a joyful girl.  Because the world owes me nothing and we owe each other the world.  I do it because it's the least I can do.  I do it because I learned it from you, and I do it just because I want to, because I want to..."

Beth Hart - LA Song

"I can't be sure where it begins or if the good life lies within..."

Joan Osborne - Let's Just Get Naked

"And I know you like the back of my hand with a stamp that says I paid to get in.  And yes I am your television show, and you're the nicest place I've ever been."

Natalie Merchant - My Skin

"Well is it dark enough. Can you see me?  Do you want me? Can you reach me? Oh, I'm leaving. You'd better shut your mouth and hold your breath. If you kiss me now, you'll catch your death."

Cory Morrow - Beat of Your Heart

"I hear that you're doing unwell.  From your smile I could never tell.  You open up the door and the world pours in, all of its problems, solutions and sins...  Take it while it comes ‘cause it don't last long, hesitate and the moment's gone.  Run in the rain and howl at the moon.  Fall in love way too soon.  Take my hand as the music starts and we'll dance to the beat of your heart. ... Seems you been looking for a place to hide.  There's nothing but love around you that might shine... You stand in a crowd when you wanna be alone, you're your own contradiction but you're not alone."

Train - Drops of Jupiter

"She acts like summer and walks like rain, reminds me that there's time to change.  Since the return from her stay on the moon, she listens like spring and she talks like June...  Tell me did the wind sweep you off your feet?  Did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day?"

Jimmy Eats World - The Middle

"Hey, don't write yourself off yet.  It's only in your head you feel left out or looked down on.  Just try your best, try everything you can, and don't you worry what they tell themselves when you're away.  It just takes some time, little girl, you're in the middle of the ride.  Everything (everything) will be just fine, everything (everything) will be alright (alright)."

B.o.b. - Airplanes

"Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars?  I could really use a wish right now..."

Zac Brown Band - Free

"We'll drive until the city lights dissolve into a country sky, just me and you.  Lay underneath the harvest moon, do all the things that lovers do, just me and you.  Just as free, free as we'll ever be..."

Jewel - My Hands

"If I could tell the world just one thing, it would be that we're all OK, and not to worry 'cause worry is wasteful and useless in times like these.  I won't be made useless.  I won't be idle with despair.  I will gather myself around my faith for light does the darkness most fear.  ... I am never broken.  In the end, only kindness matters."

Pat Green - What I'm For

"I'm for wildflowers in the window... And leavin' grudges in the dust... I'm counting all my blessings when the wolf is at my door."

Sugarland - Love

"Is it the face of a child?  Is it the thrill of danger?  Is it the kidness we see in the eyes of a stranger?  Is is more than faith, is is more than hope, is is waiting for us at the end of our rope?   I say it's love.  I say it's love.   Is it the one you call home?  Is it the Holy Land?  Is is standing right here holding your hand?  Is it just like the movies, is it rice and white lace, is it the feeling I get when I wake to your face?  Is it the first summer storm?  Is it the colors of fall?  Is it having so little and yet having it all?  Is it one in a million, is it a change to belong, is it standing right here singing this song?   Is it a veil or a cross?  Is it the poet's gift?  Is it the face that has launched over thousands of ships?   Is it making you laugh, is it letting you cry, is it where we believe that we go when we die?  Is it how you were made?  Is it your mother's ghost?  Is it the wish that I'm wishing for you life for your life for your life the most?  I say it's love."

Jack Johnson - With My Own Two Hands

"I can make peace on earth with my own two hands.  I can clean up the earth with my own two hands.  I can reach out to you with my own two hands, with my own, with my own two hands.  I'm going to make it a brighter place."

Krishna Das - Baba Hanuman

Rebecca Roudman - Instrumental
Didgeridoo, Cello, and Drumming

Andrey Vinogradov - Instrumental
Hurdy Gurdy

And, beautiful music that Ryan has created.  I have some on my computer, but not in video form.  A blend of guitar, mbira, and recorder.


Edit, forgot an important one! :)

Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Toward Ecstasy

"And if I shed a tear I won’t cage it.  I won’t fear love.  And if I feel a rage I won’t deny it.  I won’t fear love, I won’t fear love."