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The Soundtrack of My Life . . . ?

Posted: November 17, 2007 in life, music, Random
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life.jpgI found this interesting little exercise in the comments of Knotter’s blog and thought I would give it a go.  As all of you who know me at all know, I am a hopeless music addict.  Between Jenn and I we have over 500 some albums.  Right now there are 327 albums listed in my iTunes library, but I know for a fact there are tons of cd’s left that I have yet to rip to my computer.  I think if we’re being honest, just about all of us have some kind of soundtrack to our lives – we have songs that run through our heads at different moments in life – so I guess this is just an attempt at randomly picking that soundtrack from the music I have currently on my computer.  As you’ll see, some of the songs are a bit of a stretch to make fit, while others fit eerily well.  I hope you have fun reading through it.  Feel free to let me know what you think of the soundtrack of my life, and let me know what your results are when you do it yourself.

Here it is, The soundtrack of my life. * As decided by my iTunes. * The Rules:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that’s playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button

Opening Credits:
20 Years of Snow – Regina Spektor > For those of you not familiar with Ms. Spektor’s music this is a beautiful little piano tune that gives you the impression of standing outside on a sunny day with the snow falling softly on your face as you’re overwhelmed by the beauty of a winter scene in the forest.  Okay, so I’m giving you my impression of it; it’s all I have.  A very good opening intro.

Waking Up:
Last View – Frodus > Okay, so I wasn’t planning on Frodus making it into my life soundtrack, but I own the disc so what can I do.  They are a late 90’s punk/hardcore band.  Needless to say this a rather shocking way to wake up in my life, but I guess it would get me pumped up and moving pretty quickly which I do need sometimes because I’m far from a morning person.

First Day of School:
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Blues Traveler > It’s an upbeat bluesy guitar and harmonica dominated instrumental.  I must be the cocky new kid with a leather jacket and tatoos with aviator shades.

Falling In Love:
Sometimes Wanna Die – Joy Drop > What a great song to get!  I don’t think there are many guys who could deny that when they first fall for a girl they feel like “they sometimes wanna die”.  It’s just such an overwhelming feeling that you’re not sure if you’re going to make it.

Fight Song:
Ode to Chin – Switchfoot > Well another hit out of the park!  Given the song isn’t necessarily about hitting a guy in the mouth, but just the title “Ode to Chin” makes it a perfect tune for duking it out.

Breaking Up:
Brand New Beau – Amanda Marshall > Make it three in a row!  A break up song all about finding a new love because the old one ran off on you.  Can’t say it’s the story of my life, but for a generic life soundtrack it’s a pretty great fit.

Prom:
That Song – Big Wreck > “I always get nostalgic when I hear that song”, is the first line.  Maybe not the perfect dance tune, but a good tune from my highschool days that’s about a song that reminds him of his good old days.  Decent fit.

Life:
Woman – Maroon 5 > This has been one of my favourite songs of late, so I wouldn’t turn it down as a song to live with.  It’s a pretty mellow tune that gives me the impression of chilling in front of a fireplace on a leather sofa or confidently walking down a darkened, rain covered, mainstreet by only the lights of the neon signs as you go to meet your girlfriend at the club.  It’s got that smooth vibe to it.  I guess it fits to some extent as for much of my life to this point (just about half of it: ages 12-22) where I spent the majority of my time trying to figure out women.  Not that I have it case now, but I’m pretty comfortable with my situation.

Mental Breakdown:
Sweetness – Jimmy Eat World > I guess this is a good song for a mental breakdown if that breakdown is going into some kind of manic state.  It’s pretty upbeat and driving.  It’s maybe the worst fit of any of the songs so far because I know for sure that if I have a psychotic break at some point it will be into depression just based on the nature of personality.  I have no excuse for this tune.

Driving:
Beauty Through The Eyes of a Predator – Demon Hunter > Who doesn’t love driving to some tune you can completely rock out to?  All Demon Hunter tunes are great for hopping in the car and driving ’til your wheels fall off to.  I guess the line “You brought this verdict on yourself” comes shortly after the speeding ticket.  It even has a kind of siren sound in the background at one point.

Flashback:
My Life – Plus One > Ya, so this is kind of embarassing, but rules are rules.  Yes, I own the Plus One cd (think Christian Backstreet Boys).  I guess though, despite the band, the song is a good song for a flashback as it’s called “My Life”.  At least “Soul Tatoo” didn’t come up.

Getting Back Together:
Early Mornin’ Rain – Gordon Lightfoot > Another good fit, this is actually working out eerily well.  The song is kind of an introspective guitar balad, like all of Lightfoot’s tunes.  This one is about a guy on a plane missing his lady and wishing they were back together again.  I’ve been there before a few times so I like the fit.

Wedding:
You – Switchfoot > It’s a good song for your wife to be to walk down the aisle to.  I think it may even have been the wedding song in “A Walk to Remember” . . . yes I’ve seen the movie a few times, laugh if you want.

Birth of Child:
These are the Special Times – Celine Dion > Okay, so you can look at it two ways: 1. I have broad and healthy musical tastes.  2. I have to turn in my man card right now.  I prefer to think of it in terms of number 1.  So what if I have like 8 Celine Dion cd’s, she’s really talented, so deal with it.  I guess that with my son on the way “these are the special times” is a pretty good fit too because it will be a pretty special time.  So what if it’s supposed to be a Christmas song, it’s almost Christmas.

Final Battle:
The Innocence Spilled – As I Lay Dying > What a GREAT tune for the final battle!  Pure agression in musical form!  I love this band and this tune is just a fight scene painted in music notes.  I can see myself in the final duel to this tune easily.

Death Scene:
Foolish Games – Jewel > Wow, am I a drama queen or what.  I get to die to this heart wrenching piano ballad as we all look introspectively at my life.  So what if it was on the Batman Forever soundtrack back in the day, it doesn’t have to ruin the song completely.

Funeral Song:
Ants Marching – Dave Matthews Band > So the song is a little cheerier than I would have hoped for.  I guess the song being about the silliness of modern life fits though.  It was a good life and I want people to remember my life with happiness.  At least it’s not some Klingon funeral dirge.

Ending Credits:
When You’re Gone – Bryan Adams > Okay, so I’m really hoping that the end of my life isn’t marked by a Bryan Adams/Mel C. duet.  It’s not a terrible song, but if this is the credit roll song for my life, people are not going to be sticking around to see the out takes.

 Well, this was a lot of fun to do.  If you want a copy of my life soundtrack just let me know and maybe I’ll mail you a copy of the disc.

I’m Trippin’

Posted: October 19, 2007 in church
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roadtrip.jpgForgive me for the pathetic late 90’s slang, but I thought it would at least get your attention.  I’m going to be heading out on a youth retreat this weekend to West Bank Bible Camp with the kids from our youth group.  It’s going to be a fairly intense spiritual retreat with a focus on social justice; helping the poor and oppressed amongst us and abroad.  The curriculum we are going through is called “The Justice Mission“.  It should be a fun time for the kids to get closer to God and learn his heart for the poor and oppressed.  It is also going to be an exhausting weekend for me as I speak 5 times in 36 hours, lead music, lead games, and try to sleep and eat somewhere too.  So sorry if I don’t reply to your comments for the next couple days, but I’ll be back on sunday.

crazyman-01.jpgI realize that I’ve always been a little weird, and that I quite often see the world just a little differently, but am I really as hopelessly deluded as some people would lead me to believe?  Am I really as crazy as that Shining guy over there?  I’m set to become a parent here in about five weeks and I’m not worried about it.  It’s not that I’m not excited about it, I am absolutely overjoyed about it, but it doesn’t scare me.  It doesn’t worry me.  I don’t lose sleep about it.  I don’t spend time mulling it over endlessly wondering, “Whatever shall I do?”  I just don’t think it’s the completely life shattering event that so many people think I should think it is.

 Being a parent will absolutely be a big part of my life, but it’s not going to become my life.  The Ben that currently exists will not cease to be.  I will still love watching football on Sunday afternoons.  I will still try to win that elusive second title in my fantasy football league.  I will still enjoy golfing.  I will still love spending time with my wife, family and friends.  I will still play video games.  I will still enjoy the same music and read Douglas Coupland novels.  I will not cease to exist as I am, and neither will Jenn.  We will just have a great addition to our lives that will make them that much better, not bring them to a crashing halt.  Having a child is not the end of my life, it’s just a great addition to it.  I guess I’m just tired of the people who keep telling me to enjoy my life as it is because it will never be like this again.  I can accept that and that’s fine with me, but I refuse to let one new aspect of my life bring the rest of my life to a tragic end.  Am I really that screwed up here?

I remember when I got married, so many friend and well meaning onlookers tried to tell me that my life would never be the same.  I wouldn’t be able to make my own decisions anymore, I wouldn’t be able to watch football all sunday afternoon anymore, I wouldn’t be able to golf anymore, and that basically “I” would cease to be.  Well, four years into I’m proud to say that those misguided people were dead wrong.  I am still who I am and Jenn has no desire to change that, that’s why she married “me”.  She’s still who she is and that’s why I married “her”.  I think we are both better people because of our relationship but neither of us ceased to be because of the others involvement in our life.  We were important additions to eachother’s life but we did not take over eachother’s life.

I guess I see becoming a parent as being very similar.  It is definitely a change in life, but it doesn’t mean that who I am has to cease to be.  I am who I am and I don’t see it changing (other than growing better) anytime soon.  I look forward to being a dad, but I don’t plan on ceasing to be Ben because of it.