Saturday, March 1, 2008

A mix for the big appointment

So, I have this morbid ongoing project that I like to think about at odd moments, for reasons at which I can only guess, and which I won't go into right now. The project: selecting songs that would properly eulogize me if I were to meet an untimely end. In no particular order, here's what I've got so far:

  • Wave of Mutilation - The Pixies. This is the first song that I knew would make the cut.

  • American Tune - Paul Simon. Very grounding and humbling. There's not a shred of ostentation or pretension in this song.

  • The Darkest One - The Tragically Hip. Hard to explain, exactly, but for me, this song has the character of a love song that one could sing to oneself during moments of despair.

  • Membership - The Tragically Hip. Like most Hip songs, I have no idea what this is about, but it feels like a theme song for me. Something about a river.

  • O Canada Girls - Dar Williams. "I'm so sick of forgetting myself to remember who I am; and you say, 'Yeah, but why so cold, and so Canadian?'"

  • Finlandia - Indigo Girls. The acapella version of this is beautiful.

  • Hasn't Hit Me Yet - Blue Rodeo. The last time I went on antidepressants, I remember driving to the pharmacy to pick up my prescription, listening to this song. I wasn't very familiar with it yet, but I knew it fit the moment perfectly. Still makes me cry sometimes.

  • Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits. Makes me think of my friend Byron, for some reason. I never discussed the song with him, but I think he would have gotten it.

  • If It Be Your Will - Leonard Cohen. A prayer, a dirge, a love song all wrapped up in one neat package.

  • Watershed - The Indigo Girls. I don't think I heard them play this song in concert until the 13th or 14th time I saw them perform. It was a long time to wait.

  • Lord, I Have Made You A Place In My Heart - Cry Cry Cry. The only convincing gospel song I have ever heard.

  • Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life - Monty Python. Good to end on an up note, I think...

  • Secret - Meryn Cadell. ...or not.


  • Slightly less morbid line of inquiry: if there were a movie made about my life, who would provide the soundtrack? Right now, I think The Tragically Hip. They write beautiful songs that are almost impossible to understand; sort of the REM of the north. Readers of this blog (both of you)... who would you choose?

    1 comment:

    Emily said...

    :)
    I love your mixes... and this is a great list!!