Soundtrack Of My Life

Have you ever had a moment in time where you absolutely must listen to a song? And not only do you have to listen to said song but you must listen to it over and over and over again until you can hear it playing in your head? Well I just had another one of those moments. I can’t really predict when it will happen or what kind of song will inspire this in me. Sometimes it is a rock song. Other times it is a favorite oldies song that for some reason is resonating particularly strong with me at the moment. A lot of the time I feel like my mood drives the song choice which makes sense to me. Sad people gravitate to music that validates their mood in some way. Either that or the music is supposed to be a vaccine for whatever is ailing them. Angry people want something that helps convey at outward expression of their rage and might even help exorcise the demon(s). Happy people….well happy people listen to a lot of weird shit sometimes. I guess when you are happy anything goes which can make for a very eclectic playlist. Part of the charm of an eclectic playlist is the diversity of music though. I know that in my music collection I have everything from classical to oldies to rock to irish folk to pop to house music. The areas of music that have the least representation in what I own are rap and country but even then I do have a few examples of each.

The song of the day for this particular repeat session was Die Trying by Art of Dying. This song was featured on itunes as a free single to promote the band a while ago. Since rock as a broad genre of music is one of my favorites (and thus most of what comprises my collection of music) I downloaded the song. I do believe I listened to this song 10 times just on the way home from work and while I was attempting to do dishes. I hate doing dishes. A good soundtrack helps make the tedium bareable.

If you were creating the soundtrack for your own life what would you choose? Would the songs on it represent the culmination of your experiences? Would the songs represent key moments in your life that define who you are? Would the song collection just be whatever was the coolest shit you could think of to throw together? I have pondered these questions often. I think I like the idea of songs that represent periods of time in my life. The collection would have to be a two disc set though so I could fit all of my fav songs on there.

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And Then I Took An Arrow In The Knee

I just got my copy of the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim original soundtrack, complete with composer Jeremy Soule’s signature, today in the mail! What can I say – I’m a very big nerd and so had a nerdgasm when I saw the package sitting in my mailbox.

For those of you who don’t know, Skyrim is a role-playing game from Bethesda Studios. The player is thrust into a mythical nordic landscape and has to take on everything from bandits to dragons while trying to save the world from the evil dragon Alduin. The world creation in this game is one of the best I’ve ever seen. The ambiance of the forests, mountains and streams is absolutely incredible. You actually feel like you are outside in Skyrim as you wander the wilds completing quests and advancing your character.

The hilarious video below deals with a meme that came out of the Skyrim game in which the city guards lament how they can no longer adventure because they took an arrow in the knee. CAUTION: this video contains explicit language!