10 Songs for a Soundtrack

I’m finding a lot of good prompts on Tumblr lately. This one is pretty easy because 99% of the time, I have a song stuck in my head (right now, it’s that annoying new Taylor Swift song).

Which 10 songs would be on the soundtrack of your life?

1. All the Things She Said – t.A.T.u

2. Still Alive – the Portal theme song

3. Rabbit Heart – Florence + the Machine

4. My Hero – Foo Fighters

5. Here is No Why – Smashing Pumpkins

6. Crucifere – Eths

7. What Now – Rihanna

8. Breathless – Spyro Gyra

9. Brave – Nichole Nordeman

10. First World Anarchist – The Dollyrots

A lot of these are about confusion, which is probably about 75% of my life, and others are about turning points, which are not a large part of life but are still significant enough to be represented on a soundtrack. There are definitely way more songs that I haven’t included here, but these are the first 10 that jumped into my head.

Barefoot and Pregnant!

I own the entire discography of only two artists: Evanescence and the Dollyrots, the latter of which I’m going to talk about in this post. They’ve been one of my favorite bands since 2006, when I discovered them on Pandora. However, their music is not what anyone would consider good: the lyrics are pretty juvenile (similar to bands like Bowling for Soup), and the sound is akin to 1990s riot grrrl or alt rock (Bikini Kill, Veruca Salt). The albums all have a similar sound and under 45 minutes long. If they’re really that bad, why do I bother listening? Because the music is light and happy and never fails to make me smile. Its rock-and-roll sound doesn’t get depressive or angry (well, maybe a little angry, but never to the point where they’re talking about suicide or homicide).

Anyway, I finally got their new album, Barefoot and Pregnant, and it’s basically classic Dollyrots: earnest and sweet love songs (e.g., “Puppy Dog Eyes,” “Nightlight,” and “Homecoming”) and pseudo-punk “rebellion” songs (e.g., “First World Anarchist” and “Worstie”). Even the album art is in their signature style: cutesy and innocent at first glance, yet when you look at it more closely… not so much. Like any Dollyrots album, it made me smile and laugh at some of the more funny songs, so definitely a worthwhile buy and a way to make the daily commute more entertaining. If the Dollyrots do make a sixth album, I will certainly get it; however, the lead singer recently had a baby (hence the name of the album), so I don’t know how long it’ll be before another album comes out. But I’ll wait patiently till then. 🙂

Your 15 Minutes

 “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” -Andy Warhol

It’s true. It’s happening every day. People who are essentially “nobodies” are getting their 15 minutes through going “viral” on YouTube (I hate that phrase), starring in reality TV shows, and even getting the elusive Freshly Pressed status on this site. We live in a time when everyone is “special” and everyone is “unique.”

The problem with fame is that it’s addicting. You get used to having people’s attention, and you begin to crave it. You do desperate things to stay in the spotlight, and they don’t work because people’s attention spans are short and they move on to the next big thing right away.

Even as writers, who are often stereotyped as recluses, we want our “15 minutes.” Who doesn’t daydream about being as famous as J.K. Rowling or Stephen King? I know I’ve thought about it before, but in the end, I don’t think being famous would make me happy or turn me into a better person. It would be nice to be recognized for your efforts and your achievements, but it is the achievement in and of itself that should bring joy. Not the fame.

“I’m not trying to be famous / Not my style ’cause it makes me sick!” -The Dollyrots, “F-U Famous”