My Life: The Soundtrack

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Mix Tape.”

Put together a a musical playlist of songs that describe your life, including what you hope your future entails. 

I did a similar post to this a few years ago on Livejournal called the soundtrack to your life. Since very little has changed I shall just recreate the list with maybe on or two modifications.

Your Life: The Soundtrack

Opening credits: You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had- Muddy Waters

Waking up: Feelin’ Good- Nina Simone

Average day: The Preacher- Horace Silver

First date:  Lonely Woman- Ornette Coleman

Falling in love: The Very Thought of You- Al Bowlly with the Lew Stone Orchestra

Love scene:  A Remark You Made- Weather Report

Fight scene:  Hit the Road Jack- Ray Charles

Breaking up: Pennies from Heaven- Bing Crosby

Getting back together: Lover Come Back to Me- Lance Ellington

Secret love: Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?- Bing Crosby

Life’s okay: The Sun has Got his Hat on- Ambrose and his Orchestra

Mental breakdown: Where y’all at?- Wynton Marsallis

Driving: Milestones- Miles Davis

Learning a lesson: The Clouds will Soon Roll by- Ambrose and his orchestra

Deep thought: Starless and Bible Black: Stan Tracey

Flashback: Everything Happens to Me- Joe Harriott

Partying: Opus One- Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra

Happy dance: Born Again (and the religion is the blues)- Billy Jenkins

Regretting: Lush Life- Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane

Long night alone: Round Midnight- Thelonius Monk

Death scene: Goodbye Pork Pie Hat- Charles Mingus

Closing credits: Bad Penny Blues- Humphrey Lyttelton

There are a few substitutions; First Date was originally a wonderful version of Cocktails for Two by Tenor Sax Giant Coleman Hawkins, but as it is now I feel the dischorded beauty of Lonely Women suits that awkwardness of the first date. It’s romantic yet has sense of unease about it. Fight Scene was originally Howlin’ Wolf’s Evil is Going On, but I think despite the cliché, Hit the Road Jack sums it up better. Breaking Up was originally Everything Thing Happens to Me, but I felt it now seems a bit too self pity filled and the melancholy but optimistic Pennies from Heaven is a better philosophy. Flashback was originally Lush Life, Regretting was Pennies from Heaven. I think the new assignments work better.  

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