Music to My Ears
Husky Harlequin Guest Post
Music is a universal language. We find it in our cars, on our phones, at weddings, and in our movies. Music stitches together the everyday junctions as well and the defining moments of our lives. In 2006, I got an idea. What if I made a soundtrack for myself, one that expressed who I am, my life up to that point? I shared this inspiration with my family and close friends and we came away with a simple challenge: make a personal soundtrack and share it with others. The only rule was it had to fit on a single CD. I’m dating myself, I know. With excitement, I retreated to my laptop. The project proved to be tricky taking several iterations to get right. I mixed nostalgia with grunge, grace with hope. I even found my anthem. What I produced was timeless—at least for me—a snapshot of who I am. In the end, I gave and received many personal soundtracks. I was surprised how much I learned about my friends and family through their selections. Some took a chronological approach while others, like myself, took a holistic approach. Some even enjoyed putting liner notes together to enhance the experience. Here is Volume One of my Soundtrack. I’d love to hear yours.
- Interstate Love Song – Stone Temple Pilots
- Free to Decide – The Cranberries
- Elderly Woman Behind a Counter in a Small Town – Pearl Jam
- Ramble On – Led Zeppelin
- These Are Days – 10,000 Maniacs
- Nightswimming – R.E.M.
- Guitar – Cake
- Dance with Angels – Lisa Loeb
- The World Has Turned and Left Me Here – Weezer
- #41 – Dave Matthews Band
- Stoned – Dido
- Fell on Black Days – Soundgarden
- Life Uncommon – Jewel
- She Said – Collective Soul
- Wildflowers – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
- A Long December – Counting Crows
- This Time of Year – Better than Ezra
- In My Life – The Beatles
In Time’s Alibi or The Quantum of Jazz Between the Sun and the Grave, Andrew and his grandfather, David, have bonded over music. It is the one thing they can talk about when nothing else makes sense. Andrew is remembering his grandfather and decides to write his story. David’s history blends with Andrew’s in the same way our own lives blossom in the presence of our loved ones. As a tribute to David, Andrew constructs and shares his own Soundtrack. You can find it listed as chapter titles in the book. Check it out. Take a read. Take a listen.