The dangers of aural pleasure
I defy most people to listen to “Rhythm of the Night” by DeBarge and not find themselves singing along with it by the end of the tune. If you don’t, then you either have no soul or you’re the kind of person that instead sings along to “All Night Long” by Lionel Richie.
Generally on my morning walk/commute I listen to whatever I’ve just ripped or downloaded, but yesterday Serge suggested that I add a certain song by DeBarge (not RotN) to my morning listen and I would “walk into work like I’d just won an Oscar”. He was right of course… that is until I sat down and realized that I was at work. Still, I have found that the right music can get one into an excellent state of being for the day, while other choices can take one completely out of reality for a while.
I should recognize the power of a good personal soundtrack. There’s an old episode of Bewitched where Endora casts the spell, The Corsican Brothers were hexed by a spell which will work on cousins just as well. From here on out without further ado, what Serena feels, Samantha will too! [which is apparently on YouTube in two parts] There’s a point where Serena’s dancing to some music, and Samantha is at the grocery store and feels the supernaturally uncontrollable urge to shake her ensorcelled booty as well.
While I have never had moments out and about where I totally break it down, so to speak, there are sometimes when what I’m listening to definitely has an immediate effect. Most notable is that the do the Naomi Campbell walk portion of “Get Me Bodied” always seems to come on when I’m walking to my spot on the metro platform (nearly every work commuter has a spot) and let’s face it: you’ve got a finite length of floor, lined on both sides with lights, that is essentially divided up into two halves lengthwise — it’s a runway. I don’t follow ANTM or any similar show, but I’m sure I don’t have to do so to know that my runway skills are pretty tight. I have not been known to turn, however. Or at least not that I’ll ever admit.
So the biggest danger for me is not being run down by a car while wearing my headphones, but instead just actin’ a fool in public. Of course I’m usually so in the zone that I don’t notice & don’t care.
So what’s on your personal soundtrack? I don’t mean those random iPod memes, but what songs do you put together on a playlist or can automatically select that are really your songs? I’ve had a bunch of them over time, but I’ve never put them all together. I think it might be time to start.
On a completely random side-note, I’ve removed the BlogRush widget from my sidebar/pages. I honestly can’t see or understand exactly what it’s meant to do for me, but I invite comment from any “successful” BlogRush users, or really anyone that can explain what those syndication credits are supposed to be!
Regarding Blog Rush, I removed mine a long time ago; I didn’t see any traffic coming from it through Google Analytics, it was ugly and oh, it was ugly.
Same for MyBlogLog.
Two words: use-less.
Ad-Sense will probably be the next to go, as I’ve earned an entire 38 cents this month.
One song that would be on my personal soundtrack is Christopher Lawrence’s “Primer” from the “Unhooked Sessions” and Clubbed To Death (Kurayamino Mix) from the Matrix Soundtrack. They’re like “The Theme From Shaft” but for nerds. Geeks. Whatever.
@Bill: Absolutely, even geeks need “bad ass” music. I admit to including “Battle Without Honor or Humanity” by Tomoyasu Hotei from Kill Bill Vol. 1 in a mix from time to time when I knew I wanted to project a do not fuck with me attitude.
@brian – I cannot BELIEVE that I forgot that song. Great pick! And yes, that is the perfect attitude to reflect that song. Or vice versa.
Personal soundtrack…hehe. Do you remember the movie “I’m Gonna Get You Sucka!” with the dude who had his own theme music played by a band that followed him around. Ha! Anyway…I’ll have to ponder a while to come up with a longer list…but off the top of my head I can name a couple:
The Remedy (I Won’t Worry) – Jason Mraz
Smooth – Santana feat. Rob Thomas
No Daddy – Teairra Mari
Nothin To Lose – Josh Gracin
Philadelphia Freedom – Elton John
Express Yourself – Madonna
I know all but two of those but love Jason Mraz. I usually listen to his album along with a John Mayer anytime I take a trip on Amtrak. Rolling scenery really seems to pair well with those guys.
I really think that may be the next cultural evolution of personal music players. They’re already creating jackets that can control your player. Next will be jackets that have speakers in them to play your own personal theme songs as you go about your daily business.