Life’s Background Music, Part 2

We’re back with Paul Gillespie: The Soundtrack, part two (for the first six songs click here).  These were hard thought songs – it’s not as easy as you might think it is to figure out what songs would sit on the list of songs that play behind your life.  It took me a long time to figure out what I needed to put on there; I went through my playlists, Pandora, Amazon and a host of other places just to expand my portfolio of songs to pick from.

The first six are here – the last six are below.  Enjoy – I sure did.


Track 7:  Playing With The Boys (Kenny Loggins)

“I’m moving in slow motion
Feels so good
It’s a strange anticipation
Knock, knock, knocking on wood…”

You knew I couldn’t NOT have a “Top Gun” reference in my playlist, right?  And while the “Danger Zone” in the opening sequence (when F-14 Tomcats are rocketing off the carrier deck) is a close second anyone who knows me and who remembers the movie will know exactly why Kenny Loggins’ “Playing With The Boys” is the track that made the cut.  Two words: “beach volleyball”.  Remember the scene when Maverick and Goose are playing Iceman and Slider on the sand volleyball court?  That is EXACTLY what I look like when I’m playing.  Or not.  But the point is that song is a great beach volleyball song and thus it makes the cut.

Track 8:  Iris (Goo Goo Dolls)

“And you can’t fight the tears that ain’t coming
Or the moment of truth in your lies
When everything feels like the movies
Yeah you bleed just to know you’re alive…”

Melancholy.  That’s pretty much 93.7% of the songs by the Goo Goo Dolls, actually, and since every moment of my life isn’t always happy there’s got to be some “on the downside” music on the disc, right?   You’ll hear this entering the scene when the hero (that, incidentally, would be me) is having a bad day and things just aren’t going right.  Not the “I remember when this was better…” kind of not right – more the “just flush the day; it’s a loss” kind of not right.  The “City of Angels” kind of not right.   You need a good band to play those moments because, well, they happen, and it’s hard to beat the Goo Goo Dolls for that kind of song.

Track 9:  As If (Sara Evans)

“Cause I’m actin’ as if this blue sky’s
Never gonna rain down on me
I’m tellin’ myself this true love’s
Never gonna leave me lonely…”

This is my “screw reality” song.  This is the song that plays in the background of my life when the bills are piling up, things aren’t going the way they’re supposed to and life generally sucks.  This is the song that says “you’ve got something good going – just hold on to that and pretend the rest is good to go”.  And – oddly enough – that’s usually how it all ends up.  Imagine that.

Track 10:  Baby Got Back (Sir Mix-A-Lot)

“Yeah baby, when it comes to females
Cosmo ain’t got nothin’ to do with my selection
Only if she’s 5’3″…”

This song plays when it’s time to get stupid.  Whether that’s hanging at Neighbors with Jon & Cynthia, talking trash around the shuffleboard table (which I suck at playing, incidentally) or walking the streets of downtown Denver with Mohit & David after a bitch session at the Tilted Kilt when this song plays it’s time to break out my (completely non-existent) karaoke voice.  “Baby Got Back” is the only song I’ll sing in front of others (Rock Band doesn’t count because I only vaguely recall picking up the mic, so we’ll say it never happened).  So if Pauly’s got a mic and the beat comes on you will get to witness a spectacle that’s pure entertainment (for you): a white boy from Missouri doing a cover of Sir Mix-A-Lot.  Is he better than Vanilla Ice?  Sure, but that’s a pretty low bar.  Is he more entertaining than the average bear?  Without a doubt – which is why you’ll find this on my soundtrack.

Besides – curves rock.  Just sayin’.

Track 11:  Unity (Shinedown)

“They say it’s never too late
To stop being afraid
And there is no one else here
So why should I wait?”

This is a new one that you wouldn’t have found a year ago on my playlist, mostly because I’d never heard of it.  A friend turned me on to Shinedown a few months ago and I immediately latched onto this song because I swear it was speaking directly to me.

Ever been too afraid to do something?  Maybe it’s quit a job.  Maybe it’s leave a relationship.  Maybe it’s follow a dream.  Whatever it is, have you ever not done it simply because you were afraid of something?  But then you decided one day to just do it and found out the big scary “what if” that was complicating your decision wasn’t worth the trouble it caused you?  Now you know when you’ll hear Unity playing in my background.  When those moments in the life of Pauly (not to be confused with “The Life of Pi“, incidentally) happen you’ll get a dose of Shinedown coming from the speakers.

Track 12:  Remember The Name (Fort Minor)

“This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name…”

Because that’s how it works.  I don’t aim for people to remember my name – I’m content being behind the scenes – but for whatever reason people seem to like what I do and who I am.  That’s awesome.  After all it’s my life and I get to live it the way I want to…but the more people that come along for the ride the merrier, right?

And there you have it – my life’s background music. Now, if you happen to know which song is playing at this moment bonus points for you.

Other honorable mentions that almost made the list:

  • Wait It Out” (Imogen Heap) – another Chuck reference song that is awesome for those times when you just need to realize waiting is harder than not.
  • Kryptonite” (3 Doors Down) – because even people who are “good at life” have a weakness and need to be reassured.
  • The aforementioned “Danger Zone” (Kenny Loggins) – because Top Gun, sexy aircraft and missiles; what else do we need?
  • Alabama” (Cross Canadian Ragweed) – for one specific lyric reference about dedication: “Are you coming back soon?  /  By the Harvest moon  /  If I have to walk every mile on my knees.
  • Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” (Cage The Elephant) – does this really need any explanation?

So now it’s your turn – which song or songs would you have on a CD of your life and why?

(post image courtesy of SFGYC)

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