Saturday, 10 June 2017

The Soundtrack of My Life

A couple weeks ago I spotted this post on What Olivia Did, which turns out to have been inspired by Lauren of Novella Afterglow. I was instantly inspired to do the same, although I hesitated because—let's face it!—I'm not as cool and passionate about music as these two ladies are. I've only been to three concerts in my whole life, I don't buy vinyls—heck, I don't even own a turntable—and I could barely play a musical instrument—except for piano, which slowly fades from my memories. But when, in my excitement, I tweeted about her post, Lauren encouraged me to write my own version—you better believe I went straight to it. Now, looking back at what I wrote, it surprises me how beautifully it manages to sum up my life—and how a lot of my favourite songs and artists aren't listed. Without further ado, take a walk with me down memory lane, won't you?

THE FIRST ALBUM I BOUGHT: Mandy Moore

As is probably the case with most people with siblings: almost everything I own is basically my sister's too and vice versa. So I'm not sure if this is the first album my sister or I bought—or if it's even the first—but the memory of it goes as far back as the fourth grade, so it's got to at least be one of the firsts, right? There are still songs on this album that reminds me of a crush from back then—cringe, I know.

THE LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIP ALBUM: Today Is a Beautiful Day

Although this may not be how to interpret the question, I really like how Liv answered it. Firu and I have immensely different tastes in music, so I always find it hard to make a soundtrack for our relationship. However, there was a time one summer when he introduced me to Supercell and practically got me hooked on several songs from this album—eventually driving him up the wall with my obsession. I won't even pretend I have the whole album on my iTunes, but I still listen to plenty of songs from it and will always be reminded of, well, their music videos (LOL).

THE SONG THAT MAKES ME WANT TO DANCE: Carried Away

Not only due to the beat of the song, but also thanks to its incredibly creative music video, Passion Pit never fails to make me move to the tunes of this one. I find it ironic and funny that the lyrics—and the video's storyline—seems to depict a dysfunctional and borderline unhappy couple, but the tune is really fun and cheerful.

THE SONG THAT MAKES ME HAPPY: No More Lovesongs

Doesn't matter what mood I'm in, this adorable breakup song by Lacrosse will always make me smile. The lyrics seem like the singer is angry, but the tune is far too bouncy for me to feel sad or pissed.

MY FIRST/SWEATIEST GIG: Fall Out Boy

Yeah, I'm not cool enough to go to a lot of concerts—three in total, so far. It just so happens that, by far, my first gig was my sweatiest, so it was an awesome plunge into the concert life. It was September 2007. I couldn't believe that Patrick and Pete and Andy and Joe were right there in front of me. There were moments where I could hardly breathe—I'm pretty sure I got sucked into an intense mosh whirlpool in the middle due to Pete's guitar pick being thrown in.

THE SONG I WISH I'D WRITTEN: The Third Temptation of Paris

Greek mythology is an old love of mine, so to have that in a song is simply a stroke of genius. When I first heard this song, introduced by a best friend, it definitely felt like I was transported to Troy and saw the whole incident unravel. I love how the song tells the story rather well, using emotions to depict the situation, like the words came from Homer himself—although they might have, I haven't actually read Homer. To think that this track comes from Alesana, with their usually hard-on-the-ear music, is simply brilliant.

THE SONG THAT REMINDS ME OF MY TEENS: Call and Return

There was a phase in my middle school when this used to be the soundtrack of my best friend's life, basically. I can't help but to remember the energetic way she sang this song back then whenever I listen to it and the story behind what this song meant to her. It often brings me back memories of those sunlit days when we laughed, we hurt, we cried and we fought, oblivious to the fact that those days wouldn't last forever.

MUST-SING KARAOKE SONGS: I'm Not Okay + Mr. Brightside

Karaoke is different in the west from it is here—we have the Japanese private room version, so often sing more than one song to a group of people we actually know. It basically means we can sing without the fear of being expected to "perform" and sing our utmost heart out. For me and my friends, it's often a tool for emotional outlet—hence these song choices.

THE BEST GIG I'VE BEEN TO: Lucy Rose

It was March 2013 in Cologne. Being the first gig that I decided to watch on my own—although later on Saku-chan tagged along—it stayed in my mind for months afterwards. It's the only concert I've ever been to that is so small and intimate. The gig was opened by Peter and Kerry—which I later on learnt to love—and Peter proceeded to stand next to me for the rest of the gig. I even got to buy a poster off Lucy, shook hands with her and got her autograph—during which when I told her my name she said, "Wicked name!" and I basically flew to heaven.

THE SONG THAT REMINDS ME OF HOME: Yumeji

It's kind of ironic how a song that seems to speak about change reminds me of where I come from. You might have heard this song from the anime Hanasaku Iroha—and may then understand why I choose this song. Personally, it reminds me of my decision to come back home to Indonesia—leaving Firu in Germany—every time I give it a listen. It's bittersweet and very mature in a lot of ways, which is what home feels like to me now.

MY LEAST FAVOURITE SONG: Don't Let Me Down

I actually have too many songs that I hate and my opinions on them often change with time. At the moment, though, this one is at the very top of the list...and I hope to God I won't change my mind about this one. Ever. (Ironically, the song seriously lets me down....)

THE ARTIST I LISTEN TO WHEN I'M ON MY OWN: Regina Spektor

If I were being honest, Regina Spektor is at the top ten list of artists I'd listen to all the time. Sadly, not many of my friends share this sentiment—including Firu, who practically hates her songs with a passion—so I usually have to refrain from playing her tracks when I have company. To be fair, she is definitely not everyone's cup of tea—but I'm an avid tea lover, so...

MY ULTIMATE DESERT-ISLAND DISC: Heroes & Thieves

One of my all-time favourite musicians has to be Vanessa Carlton. She is a true genius when it comes to songwriting and her songs fit into all phases of my life. This one in particular is an album that would best suit all my moods. There literally isn't a single song on this whole disc that I wouldn't listen to at any given time. If I were to be stuck listening to just one album for the rest of my life, this would be my best option.

THE SONG I WANT PLAYED AT MY FUNERAL: Wish You Well

This one's rather emotional for me—aren't they all?—because the first few times I heard it, it brought me to tears almost instantly. This track by Katie Herzig reminds me so much of my late Mom, for some reason. I realise that it may not have been meant for someone who passed away, but I feel like it's such a beautiful notion with which to send someone off. I wish someone would think this way of me at some point of my life.

Being an over emotionally-attached human being, it's hard listing these songs and not remember every single memory that lies within. Songs that I used to sing with my friends, songs that I used to listen to when I was lonely, songs that drive Firu absolutely nuts and songs that I will keep chiming in to from now on. Maybe one day I will read this again and change a few answers. But, for now, this is what my life looks like. What about yours? Please let me know if you're doing this too!

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