A couple weeks ago, I was talking to Annie Zaleski at the Riverfront Times in St Louis (my hometown arts and culture weekly, since gobbled up in the Village Voice/New Times/Google/NewsCorp/Citibank mergers) and we were having a lovely conversation about the new soundtrack for my upcoming film, KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON (the soundtrack came out a week ago on Barsuk Records, the movie has its theatrical premiere a week from tomorrow at the IFC Center in NYC).
Towards the end of the interview, Annie - who had seen the film and knew that it contained the music of bands that were important to Kurt rather than his own music - threw down the guantlet, as she explains in this blog post:
In a similar fashion, I asked Schnack what songs would be on the soundtrack to his life. He had this to say:
"My mom and dad ran a summer camp, in Grafton, Illinois. So there would have to be a camp song in there. There’s one we sang all the time when we were done for the night, called ‘I Love the Flowers.’ It might even have Christian overtones, an old traditional folky song. There’s a line in it that ends with, “All these wonderful things,” cause that’s how the song ends."
There was a long pause after that, and Schnack laughed and said he had to call me back with more song ideas. A few hours later, I received a list of the following songs in my inbox -- all representing (ostensibly) the different periods in Schnack's life.
[ed note: You'll note that "I Love the Flowers" contains the lyric that gives this blog its name.]
It was actually lots of fun to do (I could probably have added at least 6 more songs - as exists in About A Son) and so (with inspiration from my pal Ryan), I've decided to challenge a few of my favorite film bloggers to come up with their own lists, the soundtracks to their own lives.
Here are the rules:
1.) It must reflect music from each part of your life, including childhood, awkward pre-teen years, all the way up to your current existence
2.) It should be music that is not just your favorite songs, but also things that make sense thematically
3.) It cannot be your own music
4.) Challenge at least 2 other bloggers to do the same.
Now, in case you didn't click on the link, here is my list (Annie has YouTube links for selected songs on her blog):
1. Traditional Camp Song, "I LOVE THE FLOWERS" (a.k.a. Boom De-A-Da)
2. Harry Chapin, "CATS IN THE CRADLE"
3. Journey, "OPEN ARMS"
4. Talking Heads, "ROAD TO NOWHERE"
5. Violent Femmes, "GOOD FEELING"
6. Pixies, "MONKEY GONE TO HEAVEN"
7. Superchunk, "THE QUESTION IS HOW FAST"
8. The Lemonheads, "MY DRUG BUDDY"
9. Liz Phair/Muzzle, "FUCK AND RUN"
10. R.E.M., "NIGHTSWIMMING"
11. Jawbreaker, "I LOVE YOU SO MUCH IT'S KILLING US BOTH"
12, Wilco, "NOTHING'SEVERGONNASTANDINMYWAY(AGAIN)"
13. Joni Mitchell, "FREE MAN IN PARIS"
14. Ike and Tina Turner, "RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH"