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The Soundtrack of My Life – The 10s


As promised four years ago, am adding the 2010s to this series.

My local colleague Arlee Bird from Tossing It Out broached a meme a few years back that certainly intrigued:

The Soundtrack of My Life

As Arlee put it, “A few weeks ago a piece was posted by Jessica, the Modern Day Drifter, on her  Country Girl blog about The Soundtrack To Your Life.  She proposed the following”:

What would be the soundtrack to your life? What songs would be included that can sum up past events as well as things in the present?

Made an impression. So, I decided to follow suit with one of my own. Copying the idea, I know. But then again, I have no shame. 😉 So I will accept the Modern Day Drifter’s challenge from awhile back, care of Arlee and with thanks, and see where it takes me. The high points for sure, but many will be skipped. With one caveat. I’ll break it into decades. Adding on with “the Tens.” The Time Out of Mind 2010s.

Label: Philly Int. ‎– KZ 33148
Format: LP, Single
Released: 1975
Genre: R & B
Charted: #15 (Hot 100), #4 (Soul)

While it would seem strange to kick off the decade with one of the best soul numbers of the ’70s, I assure you it’s not. Prophetic for its turbulent period and ours now at our tail-end. As reflected in the Bad Luck coined in Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes hit. One of the finest that epitomized the group’s famed singer, Teddy Pendergrass and his voice and delivery. It came immediately to mind upon his early death in 2010.

Label: Capitol ‎– 509996 84601 2 9
Format: CD, Single
Released: 2010
Genre: Pop
Charted: #1 (Hot 100)

The world as we know it is now fully aware this senior citizen is a teenager at heart. Or maybe it is one of necessity, or osmosis, due to fathering a daughter. Who knows? Either way, Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream, which harkens back to so many past tunes of teen love, caught me in its familiar rhythmic hook…and I almost forgot what its lyrics implied:

Let’s go all the way tonight
No regrets, just love
We can dance until we die
You and I, we’ll be young forever

Label: Sub Pop – no record catalog  #
Format: CD, Album
Released: 2008
Genre: Indie Rock
Charted: single (#22, Danish chart)

Once again, am always late with anything new in music, to the consternation of my growing children. And I only came to the group Band of Horses and their overly needy single, No One’s Gonna Love You, by way of a CBS Sunday Morning music spot; and of course, its appearance in the 2009 film, Zombieland. Maybe, I’m the overly needy one, here. Guess I should be used it by now…almost.

Label: Verve – 314 522 438-2
Format: CD, Album
Released: 1994
Genre: Jazz
Charted: album cut

In this soundtrack series of mine, have made it clear some of the artists and songs are directly due to my falling for my bride of > three decades. Michael Franks, for one. Discovering the Dutch jazz singer Laura Fygi as the ’00s rolled over, and her covers of his songs, it’s déjà vu all over again. Flipping Lady Wants to Know passionately to a women’s perspective with her sultry delivery that only drew me back to my wife.

Label: ZTT ‎–
Format: CD, Album
Released: 1985
Genre: Synthpop
Charted: album cut

Even as the year changed, easy to see where this all comes back to. Yes, an innate curiosity instilled since childhood by my mother and family. Yet, that only accounts for a fraction, and the rest tied to that one emotion which binds it all. No wonder, the English avant-garde synth-pop group formed in the ’80s captures the affectionate allure with their rhythmical instrumental of Love.

Label: None (self-released)
Format: File, ALAC
Released: 2010
Genre: Pop
Charted: not even

Jeremy Messersmith, the South Carolina-born/Pacific Northwest musician, certainly intrigued many with his unique take music and song. None more so than his self-promoted video for the Star Wars-themed “Tatooine”, which naturally went viral. Hence, Messersmith received national press in several publications and ultimately got my attention.

Label: Lakeshore ‎– LKS342322
Format: Vinyl, CD
Released: 2011
Genre: Electronic
Charted: Album cut

By September 2011, found myself in St. Louis, MO, of all places. To attend the annual convention of creators and devotees of mystery and detective fiction, known as Bouchercon, since fave author Robert Crais was a guest of honor. Based on more than few there who’d just seen the film Drive (2011), floated over to a local theater to see what was the fuss about. Turned out the soundtrack matched furor — see Under Your Spell by Desire.

Label: Warner Bros
Format: CD, album cut
Released: 2003
Genre: Tri-hop
Charted: #nope

Closing out 2011 with a daughter heading into the last of her elementary school year and her brother in high school, makes one look back and take account of it all. How the hell did I get here? Marveling at how it took place, me a parent and lucky their mother would still have me. Seems only appropriate that Morcheeba’s Wonders Never Cease1 would accompany the last streams of the year, and previewing what’s ahead.

Label: Eleven ‎– unknown catalog #
Format: CD, Single
Released: 2011
Genre: Pop
Charted: #1 (US)

About as close to something current as I’m capable these days. Gotye’s Someone That I Used to Know, featuring Kimbra bringing a needed female perspective and sampling Luiz Bonfá’s instrumental “Seville”, had me playing it loud to the consternation of many in my household. “Dad! Not again!”, could be heard. Just makes me want to bring out something from five decades ago, if I’m not being relative.

Label: Columbia ‎– 4-44928
Format: 45, Single
Released: 1969
Genre: Pop
Charted: #118 (US)

And this would be it — It’s a Beautiful Day’s White Bird2. Even though it wasn’t a success when it debuted the year when I entered high school, there is something distinctly timeless and ethereal about the single. When I recall it or the period, one of those tunes that justifies a replay on whatever is handy. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 😉

Label: Fantasy Studios ‎– 07822-15203-2
Format: 45, Single
Released: 1981
Genre: Rock
Charted: #9 (US) vinyl, #1 download

So when my daughter completed elementary school, had to spool up Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’. Not only for being appropriate for students finding inspiration but wanting to rub it in since this had been a semi-official song for the school both of my kids attended. They having dropped it during my daughter’s term because some parents thought, “A smell of wine and cheap perfume”, was inappropriate. Ha!

Label: Multiwaves ‎– unknown
Format: CD, download
Released: 2011 (re-release)
Genre: Pop
Charted: #unknown

Once again, channeling my inner teenager, and even my daughter had much to wonder about her old man and what he’d listen to. No matter, I thought the song and music video playful enough to download, and catching the look on mija’s face, so worth the effort. 🙂

Label: Columbia ‎– 88765 42713 2
Format: CD, Download
Released: 2012
Genre: Soundtrack
Charted: #8 US

As a long-time James Bond fan, little doubt I’d miss the next entry in the franchise when it came out towards the end of 2012. Or judge its theme song with any less care than the others over the decades. Even though I’ve grown more critical of Daniel Craig’s third entry in the years since3, Adele’s theme song suffered no such comparable slide and still ranked among the best in this sub-genre. So, it so got replayed…a lot.

Label: Columbia‎ – 88691 92040 2
Format: CD
Released: 2011
Genre: Pop
Charted: #1 US

And by merely mentioning the gifted English singer-songwriter from the north London district of Tottenham, now among the Brits who call L.A. home on occasion, Adele clearly bewitched my listening habits something fierce during the decade. So much so, I’d call up a number of her tunes in the car as I traveled with my kids4. Set Fire to the Rain didn’t need much of an excuse, come to think of it.

Label: Polydor ‎– no catalog #
Format: File, Single, AAC
Released: 2013
Genre: Pop
Charted: #3 (US)

Yeah, yet another song added to my listening collection, even if the ye ol’ iPod was now semi-retired, because of a movie. Said care of the soundtrack to Baz Luhrman’s 2013 cinematic rendition on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, with Lana Del Rey leading the amorous ballad with a dreamy delivery.

Label: Sony – 88883736302
Format: CD
Released: 2013
Genre: Soundtrack
Charted: album cut

Should be no surprise, for me or fellow blogger Ruth Maramis over at Flixchatter, to have found Ramin Djawadi’s rousing soundtrack to Guillermo del Toro’s surprising Pacific Rim movie a blast. So much so, bought the CD and gave it regular play for the remainder of 2013. It’s keen electronically Classical and Rock mix a perfect instrumental accompaniment to this sci-fi actioner, which my kids also enjoyed.

Label: Reprise Records ‎– RS 6277
Format: Vinyl
Released: 1967
Genre: Pop
Charted: none (TV special)

Closed out the year re-appreciating the still under-valued work of Nancy Sinatra. Here lending her understated take of the Lee Hazlewood tune her own father covered a year later (which would be needle-dropped in a number of later films). A career, much like the place we call home, sold far too short by a number of people more interested in glitz and popularity, than in substance and being in touch.

Label: Warner Bros. ‎– 9 W1-25605
Format: Vinyl
Released: 1987
Genre: Rock, Latin
Charted: #1 (US)

Even though it was released back in the late-’80s, the La Bamba film and song are periodically resurrected by shuffling through my library. Whether by way of Ritchie Valens’ hit or Los Lobos’ cover, as written about later in the decade, it runs close to my heritage and is never from far from my heart to this day.

Label: Zoë Records ‎– 01143-1145-1
Format: CD, Vinyl
Released: 2012
Genre: Folk Rock
Charted: album cut

As I’d eventually write about,…

“My children will undoubtedly tell you, it’s a rare thing for a contemporary song to gather their old man in.” This one by Canadian Kathleen Edwards did.

Label: Universal Records ‎– B0018295-02
Format: CD
Released: 2013
Genre: Soundtrack
Charted: album cut

If it appears that any new music comes into my orbit via movies, you’d be correct. And in this case, it was via the 2013 British psychological thriller directed by Danny Boyle I finally got around to a whole year later. Yes, I’m late for just about everything at this point in life. So? Anyway, by 2014’s end Here It Comes at the very least introduced me to the truly wonderful British singer and songwriter Emeli Sandé.

Label: Interscope ‎– 0602537741786
Format: CD, Download Single
Released: 2013
Genre: Electro House
Charted: #18 (US)

Having reached an age where listening to the latest and greatest is the least of my concerns, I only give a hoot about what I like. Now, without the need to justify it to anyone, including my wife and kids, even though I love them quite dearly. So, the eye-rolls that come in my household are now a badge of honor5, especially when they caught me playing Zedd’s and Hayley Williams’ Stay the Night.

Label: Fox Music – no catalog #
Format: CD
Released: 2014
Genre: Soundtrack
Charted: album cut

Took a while to realize I took it upon myself to pass along a number of things to my children. Thus is the trial of every parent I know. Some more important than others…teaching them air guitar not among them, sadly. But love of movies (whether live-action or animation), music, and where half of their heritage lay is. So The Book of Life was one film that hit all three, and its theme song, Live Life, characterized them well.

Label: Tappan Zee – JC 35365
Format: Vinyl
Released: 1978
Genre: Jazz Fusion
Charted: album cut

To be candid the year 1978, when my mother died and Jazz Fusion filled my ears, is never far off. Even as time distances it, the two things retain a phantom presence lurking in the background. Every so often, surfacing consciousness to let me know they’re still there. Perhaps, why I picked up Wilbert Longmire’s almost forgotten LP, Sunny Side Up, in 2015 and began re-playing Starflight on a semi-regular basis.

Label: EMI – CDC 5 55089 2
Format: CD
Released: 1995
Genre: Electronic, Jazz
Charted: album cut

Okay, ten-plus years too late for this song cover for Classical Gas, but the fact is it did make my playlist, as noted here. Come on, give the old guy a break.

Label: Walt Disney Records ‎– no catalog #
Format: File, Single
Released: 2016
Genre: Pop, soundtrack
Charted: #63 (U.S.)

Can’t say I happily gave Disney even more of my money, even though I did enjoy Zootopia. And the Colombian singer, Shakira, and her infectious Try Everything theme song, was a fine by-product of screening the former. I can just imagine She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed rolling her lovely eyes reading this, but “I’ll give it an 85 — it’s got a good beat and you can dance to it…

Label: Enterprise & Co ‎– EC 101
Format: Vinyl
Released: 1979
Genre: Pop
Charted: who the hell knows

Freely admit that I had never, ever heard of the brothers Donnie & Joe Emerson from the Pacific Northwest till 2016. Let alone their Dreamin’ Wild LP, or even their weirdly mesmerizing Baby track that culminated side one. Wonder if I’d qualify for a prize being 37 years late to this?

Label: Interscope ‎– no catalog #
Format: CD, Vinyl
Released: 2016
Genre: Synth Pop
Charted: album cut

When I finally look back, one of my most cherished memories at this stage will be when I took my daughter to San Diego State in the Fall of 2016 for a music concert. The senior high schooler and her senior citizen dad enjoying the synth pop group The 1975. There’d be a few more to come, but this was pretty darn special. And she’d get their vinyl LP and play it on the turntable I gave her. This Must Be My Dream so fitting a title.

Label: Fueled by Ramen ‎– 553138-1
Format: CD, Vinyl
Released: 2016
Genre: Pop
Charted: #11 (U.S.)

And the reason Death of a Bachelor by Panic at the Disco made it on to a playlist also by way of my daughter, as noted here.

Label: Mothica – no catalog #
Format: File
Released: 2017
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Charted: totally unknown

Out of It one of the rare few songs I caught as it hit the airwaves…wait, do people actually listen to the radio anymore? Come to think about it, how the hell did I get hold of this? Maybe via satellite radio, or perhaps that internet tube thing. My Shazam app? Who the hell knows nowadays.

Label: MCA Records – MCA-51082
Format: CD
Released: 1980
Genre: Jazz Rock
Charted: low

Having taken my bride to a “Dan” concert the year before, Steely Dan a favorite of ours, wrote an appreciation of the group at the start of 2017’s summer. Time Out of Mind seemed so appropriate at the time legendary Jazz-Rock tandem of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen were splitting in the early ’80s. Back touring this decade, it all would mean something different when Walter died that September.

Label: Fox Music – no catalog #
Format: CD, Single
Released: 2018
Genre: Soundtrack
Charted: unknown

Back to that Bond, James Bond perspective of mine, it’s always just below the surface (I know, please, don’t hate me). Anyway, it made me easily recognize its theme song form and presentation in Deadpool 2. It’s a natural observation by franchise followers and having Celine Dion6 belt out Ashes in this early summer superhero flick was a surprising blast (yeah, an “eleven”). And seemed long overdue, Spider-man.

Label: Capitol Records – SMAS 2653
Format: Vinyl
Released: 1967
Genre: Pop
Charted: album cut

As documented the same year I turned the age, shouldn’t surprise When I’m Sixty-Four holds a special place in this Beatlemaniac’s heart.

Label: Columbia Records – 19075981971
Format: Vinyl
Released: 2019
Genre: Soundtrack
Charted: album cut

Old songs from my youth will close the decade in this reflective series, as you’d surmise. Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood film also cast back to the ’60s and its soundtrack, which of course I’d pick up on. Zeroing in on Jose Feliciano’s soulful cover of The Mamas and Papas classic, California Dreamin’, in a quiet character sequence that’s ultimately mournful for those of us who’d seen that time end on a tragedy.

Label: Apple Records – SO-383
Format: Vinyl
Released: 1969
Genre: Pop
Charted: album cut

As might be expected, the song that would cap this decade’s soundtrack would be all-important. It’d express what these ten years came down to, especially given my age at this point, and musically acknowledge what accompanied it. And as this was the fiftieth anniversary year of The Beatles final album7, the choice was an obvious one for me. Side Two’s Medley perfectly registered in eight short songs what truly had brought it all to a close for the group and in many a fan’s mind. Especially moi‘s.

para-Decorative-elements-divider3Many thanks to you all for joining me with this music memoir8.

Soundtrack of My Life series

  1. Cable’s Discovery Channel would also use the same tune to promote upcoming shows during this period. 
  2. 2015’s Focus film, with Will Smith and Margot Robbie as con man/woman, would also needle-drop the tune into their soundtrack. 
  3. The Bond villain’s purposeful capture reeks of the Joker’s scheme in The Dark Knight (2008); and if you doubt why I say this, take a look at the Honest Trailer that legitimately nailed how overrated this was. 
  4. Rumor Has It that hers and mine may have attended the same elementary school; mine you, not at the same time. 
  5. Can’t say that, honestly, without thinking of Kevin Spacey as Det. Sgt. Jack Vincennes in L.A. Confidential and thinking the actor has sullied that idiom for me, forever. 
  6. The songstress would have been a natural to deliver a Bond theme song, surely, but never did or was asked. This proved she would have been great at it, at least when given the right material. 
  7. And I don’t want to hear any Let It Be buts. 
  8. If I’m still around when the 2020s finish and still blogging, I’ll be more than happy to add the decade to this series. 

8 Responses to “The Soundtrack of My Life – The 10s”

  1. ruth

    Ooooh you have such a great taste in music, Michael!! LOVE Ramin Djawadi, and the Pac Rim one is one of my faves. I also love many of the female singers here… Adele, Lana Del Rey, Emelie Sande (my dream singer to do the soundtrack for my movie, Hearts Want!)… and of course we both love Bond music!

    Oh I like Jeremy Messersmith too, his songs are so catchy! Happy New Year, my friend!

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  2. Arlee Bird

    I missed this post when it first appeared, but it remained in my email notifications to find today as I’m trying to clean up my huge backlog of unread emails.

    This was epic and included some of my favorites. The It’s a Beautiful Day album remains one of my favorites to this day. “White Bird” is a great song that just an hours or so I was looking at as I was contemplating my upcoming Battle of the Bands posts. Someday I plan to use this song as it has been covered by others.

    In my garage I have a stack of 8-track cartridges that I see every time I go out in my garage which is daily. At the top of that stack is the album by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood which has the songs “Jackson” and “Some Velvet Morning”. Nancy did some wonderful music and it’s good to see something by her on your list.

    I first heard Shakira around 1997 on a local L.A. Spanish radio station. I especially like her first albums which I own on CD. She is a great talent and, boy, can she dance!

    Thanks for the mention. Never too late for a “Soundtrack of My Life” post. I enjoyed reading yours.

    And I too am a senior citizen whose mind still thinks I’m a teenager though my body doesn’t always agree.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    • le0pard13

      Welcome back, Lee. So glad to hear your thoughts once again in this series you inspired with your writing and a love of music. And your comment is true to that spirit. I thank you very kindly for all of this. Hope you and yours stay safe and well, my friend. 🙂



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