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Question #48112 posted on 10/24/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Disclaimer: I know that similar questions have been asked in the distant (ish) past. But. If your life up until this point were to be made into a movie, what would the soundtrack be like? What song would you use for the opening credits? For the epic fight scene? For the sappy romantic montage? Etc.


A: Dear Dorothy,

I don't know about the rest...but I have long figured that if the movie begins with me waking up in the morning, getting ready for my day, and driving off to conquer whatever, it must happen to "The Spirit of Radio" by Rush.

A: Dear Dorothy,

I've been on a movie soundtrack binge lately, so I can appreciate what a soundtrack is and stuff. I was thinking - wouldn't it be weird to have a soundtrack that was a composite of OTHER movie soundtracks? Anyway. For all my unrequited love scenes I would have Satie's Gnossienne No. 1 (recently used in The Painted Veil, which I recommend). I think I'd also have "The Sounds of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel for all my walking alone in the fall leaves scenes (also used in The Graduate and Rushmore). For the opening credits, I'd have Sinatra's "Glad to be Unhappy" (from the marvelous album In the Wee Small Hours). For an epic fight scene I'd have the fight song from the anime Bleach (yeah, it's overplayed/cheesy in the anime, but it makes me want to fight? "Number One" by Hazel Fernandes). For the dance scene in which I participate apathetically, "Quilty's Caper" from the soundtrack of the 1962 version of Lolita (composed by that Riddle guy). For the end where I shut my eyes and do nothing, probably strung out on codeine and having finished a large novel, I'd have Radiohead's "How to Disappear Completely." Yep.

A: Dear Dorothy,

Hmm, lets see here:

Opening montage, say birth to around five years = "Shout". I remembered being told that this was the #1 hit song when I was born, so I figured it would be fitting. I'd go with the Isley Brothers version though. While I am no where near that old, for some reason that is the one I heard in my head. I knew the Tears for Fears version well enough, it just didn't occur to me. (Since I was a 10 pound baby, so my mother might think that the "They gave you life/And in return you gave them hell" line was accurate enough.)

For years six to eight I was madly in love with the girl down the street and I was sure we were destined to wed, so I'll go with George Strait's "Check Yes or No".

Consequently when my family and I moved out of the state when I was nine I was shattered. Hmmm… how about "Don’t You Forget" by Era.

Middle school is most memorable due to all of my oddball friends, I'll never forget Sam and Jared pantomiming "Cows with Guns".

High school was marked by constantly running from one practice to another; Drama, voice, Scholastic Bowl, nearly every varsity sport offered, you name it, I was in it (I missed Baseball and Basketball…). So I'd say Khachaturian's "Saber Dance" fits the feeling rather well.

After graduating, I worked in a factory churning out french fries. I spent most of the year on the graveyard shift, so the song "Shiftwork" resonates somewhat.

"Come Thou Fount" was a recurring theme for my mission, it was an easy choice.

My Freshman year here at BYU must have been very white. I think you could be sum it up by a medley of George Jones' "White Lightning", Weird Al's "White and Nerdy", and the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army". (I'll let you figure out what exactly that means about my year.)

For the romance song, I'd go with "Your Guardian Angel".

I don't think I have had any fights that were long enough to warrant any music, so let's see... How about a break up song to follow the romantic one: Blue October's "Hate Me" (warning: explicit, sorry).

To bring it up to today, I'd go with Travis Tritt's "It's a Great Day to Be Alive".

For the credits, gotta go with Orff's "O Fortuna" from Carmina Burana (warning: sub-par translation, sorry).

He who knows contentment is rich;
He who perseveres is a man of purpose;
He who does not lose his station will endure;
He who lives out his days has had a long life.(XXXIII,5-8)