Life’s Background Music

Yup – back on my music post kick.

But instead of going lyrical (like in this post), figuring out what a music-run world would be like (this post) or singing about my favorite things (this post – still one of my all-time favorites) I’m going to ponder what the background music to my life would be.  Since most soundtracks seem to have about a dozen tracks to them I’ll limit mine to that many as well.  I like to be an over-achiever in most endeavors, but for your sake I’ll just stick to 12.

These are in no particular order; some days I might go through three different songs and another time it might be the same two songs on shuffle for a month at a time.

So get ready and plug in your headphones – here we go:  Paul Gillespie: The Soundtrack.


Track 1:  Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me (Keith Urban)

“And the sun is shinin’
This road keeps windin’
Through the prettiest country
From Georgia to Tennessee…”

No story of my life – musical or otherwise – would be complete without this song.  Listen to those lyrics and tell me that doesn’t describe me.  I love my life – ups, downs and in betweens.  Are there things I need to change?  Sure.  Are there things I want to change?  Absolutely.  Is it always a great time?  Nope.  But is my life good?  HELL YEAH.

The good, the bad and the ugly: my life rocks.


Track 2: Galway Girl (The Elders; originally by Steve Earle)

“And I ask you, friend, what’s a fella to do
‘Cause her hair was black and her eyes were blue
So I took her hand and I gave her a twirl
And I lost my heart to a Galway girl…”

If you’ve ever heard this song and don’t immediately smile you need to check and make sure you have both a heart and taste in music.  I can’t speak for any other version aside from The Elders, but this is a great song.  It’s about love discovered and love lost…but love discovered is the point.  Sometimes you run across things in your life that make you happy just thinking about them…even if you don’t have them any more.  Don’t get me wrong – Galway girls are very attractive, but you’ll hear the Elders singing this when my life hits that point of recollection/reminiscence about something awesome that’s still solidly happy in my memory if nowhere else.


Track 3: Victorious (Chicago)

“Give me your heart
The touch of your hand
The sound of your voice
And I will be victorious…”

I fell in love with this song back when I was in high school.  I remember sitting against the windows on the bus on the way back from a debate tournament (Neosho, I think), head on the window and Walkman in my hand rewinding to (around) the start of this track (for those of you who never had tape players – you missed out on pure hell) and playing it continuously.  This is a song about how sometimes all you need is someone to be there.  When I’m in one of those places I don’t feel like I can get myself out of I just look around for the person who’s there to help…and you can hear Chicago coming on in the background.


Track 4: Signs (Bloc Party)

“It was so like you to visit me
To let me know you were okay
It was so like you to visit me
You always worried about someone else…”

The first time I heard this song (and only time outside my playlists) was in Season 2, episode 16 of the TV show “Chuck” (Chuck vs. the Lethal Weapon).   And true to my comment above that I’m not tying lyrics to the soundtrack of my life I didn’t pick this song for the words.  I didn’t pick it for the band, either – I’m not a fan of Bloc Party outside this particular song.

Instead I picked it for the fact it’s playing in the background of one of my favorite clips from my favorite TV show (click here for just the clip with the song).  The song is playing in the background while Chuck and Sarah are talking and the last thing he says to her during that clip is “Oh, and just so you know – I am going to get this thing out of my head one day; I will.  And when I do I’m going to live the life that I want with the girl that I love because I’m not going to let this thing rob me of that; I won’t.

If you’re not a fan of Chuck you won’t understand those words, and even watching the clip won’t answer everything but if you’re a dedicated Chuck watcher you’ll completely understand why I go all reflective every time I hear this song.  It’s awesome.


Track 5:  Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns ‘n Roses)

“Now and then when I see her face
She takes me away to that special place
And if I stare too long, I’d probably break down and cry…”

This is the song that’s playing in the background when the bittersweet memories that take me back pop up.  When I think about the only time I ever beat my (late) professional pool player friend/roommate Sweet Child O’ Mine starts in the background.  When I think about the times I’ve left one job/person/place for another GnR turns on.  This song plays in my mind when I think about Chuck – the best TV show ever…now cancelled.  This is one of those great songs that reminds you life isn’t always bad…or life isn’t always roses (pun intended), depending on what mood you need.  Hence – included.


Track 6: Out Last Night (Kenny Chesney)

“Well the fact that I’m still breathing
Means that I must have survived
And that I lived to go out with my friends again tonight…”

Sometimes that describes my mornings (like, say, last Sunday after a night hanging out at the Farmhouse).  But whether I’m playing beach volleyball until all hours of the morning, hanging at Coaches playing bingo, kicking back at the Fox ‘n Hound or whatever other fun thing I’m doing the point is I’m having fun.  Going out with friends is one of my favorite things to do – mostly because I have awesome friends.

And, as an aside, if you’re familiar with the full lyrics for the song the middle stanza is something I love to do.  I’ve never been Brad Pitt’s brother but I have been other people.  Stepping into someone else’s persona is not just fun but a challenge – you have to build a story and react to things on the fly.  I love it.  Not as much as I love being me, but sometimes you need to mix it up a bit.


That’s the first half of the soundtrack to my life.  Rather than tie you up for longer here I’m going to stop here and put the second half of the collection up in a separate post tomorrow – same place.  But you have homework – what would your songtrack play like and why?  Think about that…


(Thanks to Connie for bringing this appropriate e-card to my attention…and thanks to SomeECards.com for being so awesome and providing this image)

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