This week’s Twisted Mixtape theme is “if my life had a soundtrack.” Well, it turns out my life does have a soundtrack, as long as you take a stroll with me through my YouTube channel. I hope it’s not too self-indulgent to feature some of my own videos that I set to beloved rock songs.
1. “Ripple” by the Grateful Dead
A few months ago, I completed my challenge to do 101 things in 1001 days, and I am still feeling the effects of these things rippling through my life. This video shows all 101 of them, in a mix of short videos and one-second photos. To quote another Dead song, “What a long, strange trip it’s been.”
2. “Hotel Yorba” by the White Stripes
I love this quick paced, joyous song, so I paired it with the hundreds of photos I took in June to document a month of my life, one of the tasks of 101 things in 1001 days. (Read about the challenge: A Month in the Life)
3. “Watching the Wheels” by John Lennon
I chose this one for its lyrics when I turned round and round, speeding down a hill, in my first and only zorbing ride. (Read about the challenge: Zorbing: A Gigantic Hamster Ball and the Meaning of Life)
4. “Marrakesh Express” by Crosby, Stills and Nash
This classic rock song is embedded so deep in my psyche that for all I know it’s one of the reasons I decided to go to Morocco in the first place. (Related post: Fried Chicken on the Marrakesh Express)
5. “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles
I featured this song recently in a short video slideshow when I had a sunflower bloom in my basement in the dead of winter. It was such an uplifting experience to see that gorgeous flower, and this song always lifts me up too! (Read about the challenge: New life amid the polar vortex)
Bonus. “Kokomo” by the Beach Boys
It’s a stretch to say this song is one of my favorites, but it does cheer up a room in an instant. I chose it for my video on juggling behind a bar because it came from the movie Cocktail (with juggling bartenders), and How I Met Your Mother featured it that way too. (Read about the challenge: Bar Juggling Scene)
- Related post: 50 Greatest Rock Songs (Is your favorite on here?)
- By the way, a recent NPR feature: A Life Story in 6 Songs
- Check out some more great songs at Twisted Mixtape.