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December 2021



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evile overbear

You want it, you take it, you pay the price.

but first, a meme

via curgoth, the self-abuse version of the Life Soundtrack Meme:

So, here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...

Opening Credits:
Tracy Chapman - Goodbye
okay, couldn't have done better than that if I had cheated.

For you
It's all in a day
One day in a life
It's all in the one word
The one word is goodbye

Waking Up:
Pat Benetar - One Love
Well, at least it's perky.

One say every heart will beat
Strong against the night.
Let it be done right now.

First Day At School:
Devo - Whip It
Yep. iTunes is having one of its snarky days.

Step on a crack.
Break your momma's back!

Falling In Love:
David Bowie & Massive Attack - Nature Boy
Oh, now that's just mean. Also, I ask you, which time?

The greatest gift you'll ever know
Is just to love
And be loved in return.

Fight Song:
Michelle Shocked - When I Grow Up
The only Michelle Shocked song I have in here. What's wrong with me? This is one of those grim jump-cut fight scenes where it feels like a strobe lit dance floor, apparently, and you can't tell who's doin what to whom until the lights go up and you can see which bodies hit the floor.

My life is apparently an art film. Or Kill Bill.

When I grow up I wanna be an old woman.
When I grow up I wanna be an old woman.
An old, old, old old old old, an old old woman....

Breaking Up:
Jethro Tull - Love Story
Hell yes.

Going back in the morning time to see if my love has come around yet....
Going back in the morning time to see if my love has come around yet....
I know what I'm going to find
That she is wasting time.

Peter Mulvey - The Whole of the Moon
I didn't go to my prom. I spent it in my friend Paula's basement, watching D.O.A. and The African Queen. Leeches! Why did it have to be leeches! Oh, wait, that's a different movie.

I saw the present.
You saw the whole of the moon.
I was drowning.
Fire filled the sky.
I was confounded by every truth.
You saw through the lie.
I saw this green dirty valley.
You saw Brigadoon.

Life is Good:
Marianne Faithfull - It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

You must leave now, take what you need, you think will last
But whatever you wish to keep you'd better grab it fast.

Mental Breakdown:
Tom Waits - I Wish I Was in New Orleans
Sad enough, it's true. The sax part in this song is like walking down rainy streets after the bars close.

I'll drink you under the table--
(incoherent drunken mumbling)
...red beans and rice
And wear the dress I like so well...

Bonnie Raitts - Give it Up or Let Me Go
Bouncy country road, apparently.

When I told you pretty baby such a long time ago
If I found you with another I'd walk right out your door....

Joan Osborne - Help Me
I notice this is sticking close to the softer side of my music collection. Not that it's soft, really, but I notice we haven't hit any of the Gravity Kills yet.

You got to help me baby
I can't do it all by myself.
You don't help me daddy gotta find somebody else.

Apparently, the next step in the Hollywood progression isn't such a great idea, from a relationship standpoint.

Getting Back Together:
Steeleye Span - You Will Burn
I SWEAR I did not do that on purpose.

One night as you sleep in your goosefeather bed
We will be kneeling at your bedside
We'll pray for your soul like the good Lord said
Let all be forgiven, let none be denied.

Yeah, historically I have a troubled relationship with organized religion.

The Offspring - Why Don't You Get A Job?
Hey, being married to a starving artist isn't all blood and roses.

I won't pay, I won't pay, no way
Nah nah why don't get a job?

[I'm adding a couple here, because I can, and I feel like the narrative is rushing the end.]

Paying the Dues:
Roxette - Come Back Before You Leave
Yes. I like Roxette. I grew up in the 1980's. Suck it up.

So many years and so many nights,
I still can recall oh the way that you move when you dance,
do you want to dance?
We've had our habits and attitudes,
you make me remember the power when everything's right,
please stay the night.

The Night Before The War:
Maurice Ravel - Chansons Madecasses: Nahandove
I would get sopranos as my last sound on Earth.

Final Battle:
The Lords of Acid - Stoned on Love Again
Okay, THAT'S a fight scene. In a disco. Imagine the first scene in The Hunger, only with machetes.


Everywhere we go we need to score!
I'm stoned on love again!

Moment of Triumph:

Vienna Teng - Daughter
well, that was odd. I suspect it should have been one farther down.

Don't you know
You're so beautiful
On the edge of summer
Years from now
I'll cry to remember
How very close you were.
Knowing this will I reach for you.

Death Scene:
(The first thing that came up was a sound bite from 12 Monkeys. "How can I save you? It's already happened.")
And then--
The St. Petersburg Ska-Jazz Review covering "Policy of Truth."

With phat horns.

Okay, I can die to this.)

If you had something to hide
You should have hidden it, shouldn't you?

Funeral Song:
Fiona Apple - Get Him Back
Hee. Even my music player is ib love with irony.

One man, he'd disappoint me
He'd give me the gouge and he take my glee
Now every other man I see
Remind me of the
One man who disappointed me

Wait 'til I get him back
He won't have a back to scratch
Yeah, keep turning that chin
And you will see my face
As I figure how to kill what I cannot catch

End Credits:
Suzanne Vega - Straight Lines
Oh, god I hope not. That's like the documentary of your life ending with a still photo, two dates, and the word "Overdose."

Those soft golden lights in the morning
Are now on her wooden floor
The wind has swept them through the apartment.
She won't need them anymore.


I think you got one of those directors who has mostly done music videos before making your film. It would explain the fight scenes, anyway.
I'm pretty sure of it.

See what I mean about The Hunger? With machetes?

And would that not be cool?
Umm .. this meme makes a lot of assumptions. Like that everyone *has* a library. An electronic music library. My music library is a bunch of CDs, most of them in another room.

I will not be consumer-guilted into stuffing a plug in my ear and going deaf for Apple.
*g* I use speakers.

When you've moved back and forth across country more than twice, having your CDs burned to your hard drive means you can take your music with you.

No consumer guilt involved. Also, I can listen to whatever I want whenever I wish to.

Sheer practicality.
Speakers! Yes. Not only is it good for us peripatetic types on airplanes, but our car has an input plug, so plug in the iPod and tunes play on the car speakers. So good for driving between Las Vegas and Los Angeles (have done it twice in the last month). You can even arrange Road Trip playlists.

Not to mention that I had to collect and burn 2 hours of music for the Hugo Awards ceremony. If I had just showed up with CDs, the tech crew would have laughed at me. Instead they loved my CD with MP3s and printed playlist. (Disclaimer: LAconIV had a blank ASCAP/BMI license, so we were licensed to play these tunes in a public venue.)

Words that LJ spellcheck do not know: iPod, playlist/s
As a side note, the fight song works well if you image two heroes, badly outnumbered, cornered, about to fall, when the reinforcements arrive to save the day at the line:

We're gonna have a hundred and twenty babies
A hundred and five-ten-fifteen-twenty babies
that's what I said, a hundred and twenty babies!

Or they could be backed up agains a crate, open the crate, and it has a lot of BOMBS in it. Come to mama.

Seriously, it could work.
I think it works great. I mean, there's that implication also of SHIT, Don'T WANNA DIE!
ooh, another cover of "The Whole of the Moon" that I do not yet own. I must go searching later.

And, apropos of nothing, a total ECNALUBMA moment. I have seen various people using that icon for two years now, and it never once occurred to me that they were trying to get out. I always thought the guy on the right was banging on an invisible barrier between him and the guy on the left.
Well, I'm off to form an alliance with some lizard men, kick some serious skeleton ass (hmm, not sure if that's technically possible, but you know what I mean) and seek out some gold pieces... but I must try this meme later
It was a great time waster, I must say.

Very cool

I had fun doing this meme!

Weirdly, you got the wedding song: The Offspring - Why Don't You Get A Job? I got, for my wedding song, "Get a Haircut (and Get a Real Job) by George Thoroughgood. Why is Mr. Shuffle so worried about writers getting more traditional employment?

OK, that was a blast! Some are good --

Opening Credits: Wild, Wild Life Talking Heads
Driving: Theme from The Wild, Wild West TV Show
Flashback: Reeling' in the Years, Steely Dan
The Night Before The War: Tusk, Fleetwood Mac & USC Trojan Marching Band
Death Scene: Odysseys and The Sirens, Cusco
Funeral Song: Forgiveness, Raphael, Hearts of Space
End Credits: Wasted Time, The Eagles

Some make no sense at all, but would be perfect in another category:

Getting Back Together: Existential Blues, Tom "T-Bone" Stankus, perfect for Mental Breakdown
Falling In Love: Glass, Concrete, and Stone, David Byrne, perfect for Paying the Dues
Moment of Triumph: Tangled up in Blue, Bob Dylan, so nice for Breaking Up

An others? Stupid Things We Say, George Carlin; Gotta Have Heart, Damn Yankees; Walking in Memphis, Marc Cohen; don't go anywhere. Thanks for the fun.