Friday, March 16, 2007

Even if things get heavy, we'll all float on

Different periods of my life have had different theme songs.

When I was in high school, my theme song was "Nobody's Girl" by Bonnie Raitt. I was a serial dater but never opened myself up to whatever poor guy I happened to be dating at that point. Dating was a one-way process to me: I basically had to be as cool and mysterious as possible, until I was certain that the guy was head-over-heels in love/whipped over me. Then my job was done, and I moved on to the next guy. It was all very Dorothy Parker of me. Not very mature, I know. But hey, I was 15. Cut me some slack.

When I was in college, my theme was "Good Intentions" by Toad the Wet Sprocket. So many mornings I would wake up and shake my head, "I can't understand what I did last night." And, while dating a toxic person for more than a year, the lines "I'm not afraid things won't get better/But it feels like this has gone on forever" reverberated in my head.

Now that I've aged like a good cheese, I've mellowed as well. I'd say that, for the past few years, my theme song has been "Float On" by Modest Mouse. It is what it is, in a matter-of-fact, marching-through-life kind of way. Shit happens, but we just keep going. I smile every time I hear it.

What are your theme songs?

14 Comments:

Anonymous NSAH said...

The Knights of Prosperity's theme song is Tom Sawyer.

I miss that show.

9:15 PM, March 16, 2007  
Blogger Blonde Justice said...

I had a crazy breakup in college, and I remember Shawn Colvin's Nothin on Me being a bit of a theme song for me.

So don't you try to save me
With your advice
Or turn me into somebody else
Cuz I'm not crazy and you're not nice
Baby keep it to yourself

I'm not gonna cry
And I'm wavin goodbye
And I know this time
You got nothin on me


The first year of law school I was into BNL's Pinch Me. Every time I wanted to quit (which was a lot, I think) I always thought:

I could leave but I'll just stay
All my stuff's here anyway.

Yeah, I'm a music-theme-song-person.

10:36 PM, March 16, 2007  
Blogger Neel Mehta said...

"Kung Fu Fighting," of course.

6:43 AM, March 17, 2007  
Anonymous KathyR said...

I am so perpetually infected with Ear Worms, that I couldn't have a theme song if I wanted one.

Today's inexplicable Ear Worm: Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love."

Help me.

12:20 PM, March 17, 2007  
Anonymous *Justine* said...

Oh God. I don't know what mine is, really. Sometimes I worry it's Steely Dan's "Reeling in the Years."

4:33 PM, March 17, 2007  
Blogger liz said...

High School and college: a song the title of which I won't say here, but it's by Soft Cell and it's not Tainted Love.

6:32 PM, March 17, 2007  
Blogger threeboysindc said...

Great blog!

Me, my parenting song is Warren Zevon's "I'll sleep when I'm Dead." Ok, and sometimes "I wanna be sedated" by the Ramones. But that's just on the hard days.

7:36 PM, March 17, 2007  
Blogger niobe said...

Lost Cause. Beck. And not for the reason you probably think.

8:32 PM, March 17, 2007  
Blogger Jenevieve said...

Hmm... My theme songs seem to change daily. My marriage theme song is "Only Alive" by Jars of Clay:
"I'm a fair-weather friend
i'm a colorless view
but I'm willing to make a deal;
if you think you can make
some faith here inside
I'll drive off and marry you..."

I have about a million more, actually, and most of them are Cake songs. For those days when vet school seems ridiculous:
"Well I have passed the test
just like all the rest
who never really understood
the reasons why they took it
in the first place."

And, since pregnancy has made my arms/legs maddeningly restless at night,
"When you sleep,
where do your fingers go?
What do your fingers know?
What do your fingers show?"

8:24 AM, March 19, 2007  
Blogger ccw said...

Mine changes frequently. Cureently it is "Storm in a Teacup" by RHCP.

9:39 AM, March 19, 2007  
Blogger Adria said...

Mine is Let's Get it Started. I'm still trying to figure out how to do that.

3:35 PM, March 19, 2007  
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11:38 AM, March 20, 2007  
Anonymous Lex said...

In no particular order:

"Your Sister Can't Twist," Elton John, 'round about the time I first started seriously noticing girls.

"More Than a Feeling," Boston, fall of my HS junior year. Yeah, I know, but that first album went well with the dope, and damn, Brad Delp could sing. (Made his recent suicide that much sadder.)

Lots o' Warren Zevon in college, particularly "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead," "Lawyers, Guns & Money" and "Mohammed's Radio."

Actually, I had a ton of songs in college, being a deejay and all. Won't list 'em all here, except for "Peace Love & Understanding" (EC version, not Nick Lowe's original).

Late 20s/early 30s: Pretty much the entire GNR "Appetite for Destruction" CD, but especially "Paradise City."

From Use Your Illusion II: the "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" cover (the piano solo kinda harkened bck to Elton John's "Burn Down the Mission" for me -- early teens) and, of course, "You Could Be Mine," which might be the Greatest. Hard. Rock. Song. Evah. That lasted me from about age 31 to 38.

Lately? Bootlegs of old Solomon Burke recordings. Man got a voice, he do.

10:42 PM, March 21, 2007  
Blogger Seeking Solace said...

Right now, it's a tie between Taking the Long Way and Everybody Knows by the Dixie Chicks. I have been going through a lot of shit lately.

10:54 AM, March 23, 2007  

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