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Jo in Melbourne is doing 43 things including…

create the soundtrack to my life

4 cheers


Jo has written 3 entries about this goal

I thought I had posted this already...

This is my current working list for the soundtrack (that I wrote out in September).

Ca Plane Pour Moi – Plastic Bertrand (theme song)
New York, New York – Frank Sinatra
Marabout – Serge Gainsbourg
Chiquitita – Abba (or Sinead O’Connor)
I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll – Joan Jett
Hurts So Good – John Cougar Mellencamp
What About Me? – Moving Pictures
Dirty Creature – Split Enz
My Own Way – Duran Duran
Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again? – The Angels
You Make My Dreams – Hall & Oates
Gloria – U2
Livin’ La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin
Somethin’s Comin’ – West Side Story soundtrack
Crush on You – The Jets
Male Stripper – Man 2 Man
Freakshow on the Dancefloor – Re-Flex
Got My Mojo Workin’ – Elvis Presley
That Makes It – Jayne Mansfield
Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell
Psychocandy – The Jesus & Mary Chain
Please, please, please, let me get what I want – The Smiths
Can Your Pussy Do the Dog? – The Cramps
Are You The One I’ve Been Waiting For? – Nick Cave or Jimmy Little
Touch Me – The Doors (or People are Strange)
Stripped – Depeche Mode
Boom Boom – Crashland
It’s DeLovely – Sarah Vaughan
Dr Feelgood – Aretha Franklin
Krsna – DAAS
Wildflower – The Cult
That’s No Way to Say Goodbye – Leonard Cohen
Get Up Offa That Thing – James Brown
You Got Me Runnin’ – Etta James
I Got Life – Hair Soundtrack
Fire – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Closer – Nine Inch Nails
The Beautiful People – Marilyn Manson
Hoop-De-Doo! – Perry Como
Kiss of Fire – Georgia Gibbs
Kiss – Prince
Somebody to Love – Queen
Hard to Explain – The Strokes
So the Circus is Back in Town – The Cato Salsa Experience
No-One Knows – Queens of the Stone Age
Blue Orchid – White Stripes
Walking on Sunshine – The
Songbird – Eva Cassidy
Those Were The Days – Mary Hopkin
Opportunity – Pete Murray
Frustration – Soft Cell
Mr Cellophane – Chicago soundtrack
Senses Working Overtime – XTC
I Cain’t Say No – Gloria Graham (Oklahoma! soundtrack)
Mother Bloody Fucking Asshole – Martha Wainwright
Hallelujah – Rufus Wainwright (or KD Lang)
Feelin’ Good – Nina Simone

Those were the days my friend...

I am actually smack bang in the middle of the brainstorming of this project. This always the most fun part for me. But I make a huge mess. I am pulling out photos and old album covers to scan them. Thoughts and ideas are flowing out all over the place, all over each other. I am ordering them and pasting things around in One Note. Listening to the songs and singing and dancing along with them. A good, silly way to spend the last day of my holidays.

So, a very fun and nostalgic day. But I have been thinking, even as I have concieved this project for myself, that as much as I enjoy a good soak in the past, I need to do more to make these years exciting and memorable. These last few (10-15) years have a lot less interesting stories than the beginning. I need to do something exciting. I need to take more risks and make friends with more miscreants and troublemakers again? What happened to all of my eccentric friends? Also, I need to be more of a troublemaker and risk-taker! I’ve been living too quietly, too timidly, too much in my head. I’ve been trying to live a good, interesting life, but I need to do much more, do better.

So anyway, maybe a nostalgia binge is OK, as it gives you perspective. Hopefully I can make this a good project.

My list of soundtrack songs is certainly going to be over 50. I was thinking it would have been good to have 43 songs. But I am already at 49. And I am being quite ruthless. But I have all of these stories associated with the songs. For the moment, if they are especially significant they are going in. I can edit later maybe.

And yes, likely one of them will be Those Were The Days. This song makes me cry sometimes!

Ca Plane Pour Moi

Because I have been scrobbling and making compilations for my Dad and cleaning up my mp3 collection, I have been thinking a lot about music these holidays.

Back in about 1998 I had a Soundtrack to my Life section of my website. I think I had about 100 songs listed. Today I have been thinking about it again and I thought about what songs I would put on a double album – a maximum of 50 songs. Preferably less – more like 40 songs. And I started writing them out and adding notes about their significance in my life. Which made me want to put hyperlinks and personal photos and album and artist photo scans and lyric clippings.

So I thought I might do that – make a soundtrack / autobiographical scrapbook.

I’ll try to start posting some tomorrow or this weekend. I’ll try to list them all out and expand on Ca Plane Pour Moi – I decided long ago this would be the main / title track.

Jo has gotten 4 cheers on this goal.


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