Because nothing says "blogatorial creativity" like a stolen meme, I've taken this one from Amy--thanks, Amy!--and had the chance to do some random listening.
Wanna play? Here are the rules... let me know if you join in the colossal funtime.
1. put your music player on shuffle
2. press forward with each question
3. use the song title as the answer to the question - EVEN if it doesn't make any sense whatsoever - NO CHEATING!*
*Yeah, I cheated on a couple of them, but mostly just because the first songs that came up were instrumentals and not really suitable for the subject. Where actual skip-a-song cheating occurred, I noted the fact.
HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
"I Will (No Man's Land)" by Radiohead. "I will lay me down in a bunker underground/ I won't let this happen to my children." Startlingly apropos, and also one of the most depressing Radiohead songs out there, which is really saying something.
WHAT'S YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE?
"5:15 The Angels Have Gone" by David Bowie. "Train overdue, angels have gone/ No ticket/ I'm jumping tracks/ I'm changing trains." Chronic restlessness and purposeless dissatisfaction? No, that doesn't ring any bells...
WHAT DOES YOUR FAMILY THINK OF YOU?
"Long Way Home" by Tom Waits. "I put food on the table and a roof overhead/ But I'd trade it all tomorrow for the highway instead." Well, gosh. I hope they don't think I'm thinking that. I mean, I might think it sometimes, but I don't mean it. Or at least I only mean it temporarily.
WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
"Expectations" by Belle and Sebastian. Yes, I do so like Belle and Sebastian. They rock. So shut up. "Your obsessions get you known throughout the school for being strange." Hmmm. Doesn't sound familiar either...
WHAT DO STRANGERS THINK OF YOU?
"Radio Song" by R.E.M. "When I got to the house and I called you out/ I could tell that you had been crying, crying." Does that have anything to do with the knuckleheads who yell "Smile, sweetie!" at me when I mope past them on the street?
WHAT DO YOUR EXES THINK OF YOU?
"Down to This" by Soul Coughing. It starts out "No no no no no no no no no no," which is terribly funny and probably exactly what my exes think of me. Ha ha! I'm the one that got away and brought happiness to their lives thereby!
HOW IS YOUR LOVE LIFE?
"Where Is My Love?" by Cat Power. "Where is my love?/ Safe and warm/ So close to me/ In my arms/ Finally." Hells yeah! (This is a lovely and romantic song, BTW. And it has a not-too-hard piano riff which might be kind of fun to figure out in my copious spare time.)
HOW WILL YOUR LOVE LIFE BE IN THE FUTURE?
"Don't Ask Me Why I Drink" by Mojo Nixon. "Don't ask me why I drink/ The reason's worse than you think." Oh goody! Jim and I can grow old and bitter and alcoholic together. Sounds like fun.
WILL YOU GET MARRIED?
"They Never Got You" by Spoon. OK, it's probably a little late for warnings, but they certainly don't seem to think marriage is a good idea for me: "Cover the path to the heart/ And don't let those footholds start/ And don't let no one in/ 'Cause they never got you and you never got them."
WILL YOU HAVE KIDS?
Once again, a tad late for forecasting, but... "Christmas in July" by Sufjan Stevens. "If I miss my chance, I didn't even try/ I'm not one to regret Christmas in July." Huh. Well, honestly, I didn't want kids and had no intention of ever having them, and then I somehow ended up with these two awesome little nutcase crazy-makers. So I guess this is righter-on than it sounds.
ARE YOU GOOD AT SCHOOL?
"How Soon Is Now?" by The Smiths. Well, it doesn't really say anything about how I did in school academically (either terribly, considering my Untapped Potential my parents/teachers were always on about, or pretty damn well, considering my abysmal attendance rate and total lack of interest in the subject). But it's spot-on about how I did socially in school, i.e., Not Well. "You shut your mouth! How can you say/ I go about things the wrong way/ I am human and I need to be loved/ Just like everybody else does."
WILL YOU BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE?
OK, I admit that the first song that came up was "Necrophobic" by Slayer ("Ripping apart, severing flesh, tearing eyes, gouging limb from LIIIIIMMMMMMB") and so I'm cheating on this one. Either that or I'm totally fooling myself. (Though if I could shred a guitar solo even 10% as well as Jeff Hanneman does on this track I would truly have found success in life.) How about "It Won't Happen Twice" by M. Ward instead? "And disaster has riddled my body with holes/ But it won't happen twice, my friend." That's either encouraging or depressing as hell.
WHAT SONGS SHOULD THEY PLAY ON YOUR BIRTHDAY?
"Have a Drink on Me" by AC/DC. I have no problem with this one. I might have a problem paying for all the drinks, though.
WHAT SONG SHOULD THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve. No argument here either; that's pretty freakin' perfect.
THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR LIFE
"U-Mass" by the Pixies. "Redneckers they get us pissed." No quarrel there. "It's educational! It's educational! It's educational! It's educational! It's educational!" All righty then!
YOU AND YOUR BEST FRIEND ARE . . .
"Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games" by Of Montreal. "Let's have bizarre celebrations/ Let's forget who forget what forget where." I'm not really sure how this applies, but maybe the general silliness of the song could be applied to the general silliness of my friend-type relationships.
"Disco Infiltrator" by LCD Soundsystem, which is one of those songs that makes you make involuntary dancing-type movements and may even cause spontaneous grooving. And it's one of the songs in steady rotation on my "going for a walk" playlist, which makes it a happy song because going for a walk makes me happy. And it also contains the oddly comforting sentiment "Bear in mind, we all fall behind from time to time."
"Pie Jesu" by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and shut up, it's from Requiem which is a lovely album and not at all showtunesy so shut up. And it's "pee-yay" not "pie" as in "apple." And it's a gorgeous song where Sarah Brightman's voice does that wonderful shivery thing and I quite like it and yeah, it's pretty sad too. Even if it is in Latin and she could really be singing about Jesus pie for all I know.
"Harrowdown Hill" by Thom Yorke. Another cheery missive full of hope and personal strength! "I can't take the pressure/ No one cares if you live or die/ They just want me gone." Totally feeling you, Thom. Want to go console each other somewhere with a bottle of Cointreau?
"Sex Love & Money" by Mos Def. Yay, that sounds like a great day right there.
"Squeeze Me Macaroni" by Mr. Bungle, which is a beautifully obscene song about sex and food linked in a crazy hyperspeed staccato tandem. "I wanna lock Betty Crocker in the kitchen/ Knock her upper during supper/ Clutter up her butter gutter/ Hostess Ding Dong wrapped an egg roll around my wong/ While Dolly Madison proceeded to ping my pong," and that's about the only part I can even quote here. Freakin' brilliant. And Kerri Vinyard and I memorized it in high school and used to shriek it, gleefully, at the top of our lungs while driving around in my mom's minivan during school hours. (Sorry, Mom.) Not sure what it has to do with "for me," except that maybe it's a reminder that when things are sucky, bitter and crappy, all you need is a good friend to go joyriding with and a loud ridiculous song to sing. Or, y'know, to "give it a little Flavor Flav, back from the grave."
WHAT DOES NEXT YEAR HAVE IN STORE FOR ME?
"Ever Fallen in Love" by Pete Yorn. Why yes; yes, I do own the Shrek 2 soundtrack. You wanna make something of it? (We bought it because it was, at the time, the only way to get Tom Waits' "Little Drop of Poison." But it turned out to have several other swell songs on it, so hey, bonus.) The only relevance this song seems to have to future-ness is a little disheartening: "I can't see much of a future/ Unless we find out who's to blame." Hmm. I say we blame it all on me and then we can sally forth with confidence!
WHAT DO I SAY WHEN LIFE GETS HARD?
"Southside" by Common. "Know when to use a bible and when to use a rifle." Well, I never use either, but I can identify with the general sentiment.
WHAT SONG WILL I DANCE TO AT MY WEDDING?
Once again, late out of the starting gate for this one. But hey, what we actually danced to was "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?" The Van Morrison and the Chieftains version. Also, if I remember correctly, "Give It Away" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which was rather livelier. iTunes, though, thinks I should ought to have danced to "Muddy River" by Laurie Anderson, which, if you've ever heard it, you will know is pretty damn near impossible.
WHAT DO YOU WANT AS A CAREER?
"Amazon" by M.I.A. Well, I've never actually considered it before, but now that it's come up, I actually can't think of a much better job than being a bare-breasted warrior woman, especially if it means I get to hang out with Xena.
YOUR FAVORITE SAYING?
"Mr. Mastodon Farm" by Cake. Maybe not my favoritest favorite saying, but the phrase "Birds fall from the window ledge above mine" does in fact get tossed around at my house more often than you might think. No, I have no idea why.
THE SONG THAT YOU WILL PUT AS YOUR SUBJECT?
Like Amy, I totally cheated on this one. "Little Drummer Boy" (Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra) was just nonsensical, and "Opinion" by Nirvana a little too obvious. "Nothing to Do with Me" (Stereolab) strikes that perfect balance of pithy and wildly inaccurate. And it has the immortal line "You're not a doctor, you're a wanker." So there we go...