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Our Personal Soundtrack

Gabrielle Sharkey-Oldfield

Our Personal Soundtrack
Monday, November 02, 2015

Every time I see someone with headphones on, I wonder what they have playing.  What has this person chosen to have as their personal soundtrack today?


I love movies with great music.  Now, please understand me, I am not really a fan of musicals, just great music.  I sincerely believe that I would be WAY more productive (and totally fierce) if only the right music would, at the critical moment, bust in and be part of my every day.  


When I'm running it takes every ounce of my being to not stop and just walk.  I have found, though, that the right playlist makes all the difference.  I like a solid beat, a fast tempo, and a ridiculous amount of bass.  The music infuses me with an energy and feeling of strength and stamina that I seem to miss out on otherwise.  (Cue OneRepublic's "Love Runs Out") What would I do if my iPod went kaput?  I don't even want to think about it.


Now when I was a kid, there were not a whole lot of choices for carrying your own soundtrack with you.  Trust me, it was impossible to maintain any hope of being cool while dragging along a Discman (Google it) portable CD player that played a CD that only had one song that you liked.  Your choices were to listen to that one song a million times (which is why people my age still have lyrics from songs in the 80's stuck in their heads) or you could carry your whole CD library with you.  


Another choice was the sweet Walkman (again, just Google it) that played your mixtape, up until the time it ate your tape.  Then you would spend the next 30 minutes trying to rethread it, all the time knowing that the wavy bent portions of the tape, from this point on, would only produce a sound that was more like a person singing underwater than anything else.


The current options for carrying around thousands of digital music choices is a thing of beauty!


I love being able to pick my personal soundtrack for each day, whether it is for exercise, cleaning, or running errands.  I also love trying to imagine what everyone else has playing and how it motivates them.  I bet I would be surprised more often than not.


“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights, I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.” 
― Hunter S. Thompson