Ride Like the Wind and Don’t Stop! (Liner Notes)

A crowdsourced playlist with songs shared by David, Caoimhe*, Wendy, Daniel, Irina, Stella, Leslie, two Rods, and three Jos
with commentary from Simon and (your name here).


Please note: Sunday Assembly Melbourne is an inclusive community based on and inspired by The Sunday Assembly started in London in 2013, but is unaffiliated with The Sunday Assembly and all other assemblies around the world.

Content Warning: some references to domestic violence and suicide, as well as a bit of good-natured blasphemy and light swearing.

*Don’t know how to pronounce Caoimhe,  but want to learn..? Check out this video for a tutorial on how to pronounce Irish names.


This is an experiment in mindfulness, creativity, and inclusion – crowdsourced wonder in the form of a playlist.

We put a call out on social media recently for songs people are loving at the moment, and we got a happy bunch of responses back – we have arranged these eclectic songs into an order that could loosely be considered a story. It’s a story about the course of a (not always) romantic relationship. Whether they stay together is open to your interpretation.

Here is the playlist:

Spotify
YouTube

And here are several ways you could engage with this playlist, as well as the lyrics and thoughts below…

not at all (no one’s twisting your arm)
just listen to the songs you like
just read about those songs you like
listen to the whole playlist
listen through, then read, skim, scan, glance at, analyse, peruse, pore over, decipher this blog post
listen from start to finish while reading along

Any of the above is totally fine – you could skim through this blog post first (since – tbh – this ended up quite long…), then you could go back and read in more detail later, for instance.

Feel free to skip the rest of this preamble and go straight for the music, too.

However, if you’d like more of an explanation, read on…


The the crux of this experiment is this:

Whoever we are, and whatever our genres, moods, or cultures, we can find connection and meaning together. Or at least give it a red hot go. Whether we like this or that particular lyric/melody/sentiment/whatever, we can mindfully make space for whatever feelings or thoughts come up in ourselves as we listen or read. We can accept each song in the kind and open manner with which it was shared.

The lyrics are included below, but know they are edited for contemplation, rather than for karaoke. As such, repetitive lines are often edited out. The title of each song links to the full lyrics, and some lyrics are linked to annotations on Genius. Also, we’ve mixed up the formatting a bit, as a simple way to draw attention to differences between and within songs.

After the lyrics for each song, there is space for notes and stray thoughts about that particular song. After the all of lyrics below, there is a list of some themes and symbols that recur throughout these songs, as well as some questions to ponder on.

Some of the interpretations might be a bit of a stretch, but it may be interesting to specifically consider these songs in the context of this playlist. No one subscribes to all of the ideas listed or hinted as stray thoughts or elsewhere, but this is a forum to be open and challenge our assumptions and reflexes.

Also, the notes are not a commentary on the people who shared them – we can like a song because it’s catchy or classic, and happily give no thought to the lyrics, and that’s fine. This blog post is for people who care to read the lyrics – no judgement.

If you find this thought-provoking, make sure to leave a comment to share your unique perspective and share the wonder. We will update this post with interesting comments, facts, insights, etc. that people share. (And we’ll give those people a shout out, of course!)

If you find this isn’t to your taste, that’s okay. All of these words and thoughts and music are offered here, but it’s up to you what you do with them. Read, listen, both, neither, whatever…


Anyway, are you ready..??

Drop your expectations.
Dance while you’ve got the funk.
Assume any cheering from live audiences is specifically for you.

DJ – drop the beat! (Or the Bulgarian folk music…)

Let’s do this…

 


Kaval Sviri

a Bulgarian folk song
shared by David

“The kaval is playing, mother,
up, down, mother, up, down, mother.
The kaval is playing, mother,
up, down, mother, below the village.

I will go, mother, to see it,
to see it, mother, to hear it.

If it’s a guy from our village
I’ll love him from dawn till dusk,
If it’s a stranger
I’ll love him all my life.”

notes

A kaval is a type of flute, but you probably guessed that from the picture above.
Laga Gaga used this song in a short video posted to Instagram advertising her deeply personal documentary ‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’.
Orchestras now have blind auditions so they can find the best musicians and reduce bias.

stray thoughts

unfamiliar flautists
are obviously more appealing

a tale as old as time

pied piper

the precociousness of it

In My Arms

by Mylo

“In my arms, baby yeah…” [over and over, then…]
“Baby in my…” [for a bit..]
[…then back to…]
“In my arms, baby yeah…”

notes

This song samples two songs that make an appearance later – the words from Waiting for a Star to Fall by Boy Meets Girl, and the melody from the Kim Carnes version of Bette Davis Eyes.

stray thoughts

that perfect moment
getting closer or
slipping away

grasping for it

coming up for air
or out of a dream
or out of shock

I can’t hear you over the music…

 

Ride Like the Wind

by Christopher Cross
shared by Caoimhe

It is the night
My body’s weak
I’m on the run
No time to sleep
I’ve got to ride
Ride like the wind
To be free again

And I’ve got such a long way to go
To make it to the border of Mexico
So I’ll ride like the wind
Ride like the wind

I was born the son of a lawless man
Always spoke my mind with a gun in my hand
Lived nine lives
Gunned down ten
Gonna ride like the wind

Accused and tried and told to hang
I was nowhere in sight when the church bells rang
Never was the kind to do as I was told
Gonna ride like the wind before I get old

notes

This guy collaborated with Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac on the song Never Stop Believing. That song was initially painfully 80s in my ears, but it’s grown on me a bit. And – yes – Never Stop Believing does sound like a cheap knock off of Don’t Stop Believing…
Also, Chris Cross – Do you get it..?!? Many lols. (His surname is actually Geppert.)

stray thoughts

an outlaw
single-minded

catlike
silently going
with roaring in your ears

a pillar of salt

fleeing from someone
or fleeing to them as a refuge..?

this drive in me is elemental
like wind
or fire

but wind doesn’t get tired

 

Shallow

Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga
from A Star is Born
offered to you by Jo W & Wendy
Jackson
Tell me somethin’, girl
Are you happy in this modern world?
Or do you need more?
Is there somethin’ else you’re searchin’ for?

I’m fallin’
In all the good times
I find myself longing for change
And in the bad times, I fear myself

Ally
Tell me something, boy
Aren’t you tired tryin’ to fill that void?
Or do you need more?
Ain’t it hard keepin’ it so hardcore?

I’m falling
In all the good times
I find myself longing for change
And, in the bad times, I fear myself

I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in
I’ll never meet the ground
Crash through the surface where they can’t hurt us
We’re far from the shallow now

Both
In the shallow …
We’re far from the shallow now

I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in
I’ll never meet the ground
Crash through the surface
Where they can’t hurt us
We’re far from the shallow now

In the shallow …
We’re far from the shallow now

notes

The 2018 film is the fifth time A Star is Born has been remade – the original was made in 1937, and a Bollywood version was made in 2013.
Here is a video comparing the four Western versions of the film.

stray thoughts

unplugged

distrusting yourself

direct
unflinching
and unexpected
eye contact

falling in love, falling back into old habits

it can be hard to sit
with the good times, too

easy to overreach
and lose your balance

falling down but never meeting the ground
while struggling up through the water to gasp for air

these feelings are so strong
they will never change

this is so deep, you guys

#deep

Waiting for a Star to Fall

Boy Meets Girl
shared by Daniel

I hear your name whispered on the wind
It’s a sound that makes me cry
I hear a song blow again and again
Through my mind and I don’t know why
I wish I didn’t feel so strong about you
Like happiness and love revolve around you

Trying to catch your heart
Is like trying to catch a star
So many people love you, baby
That must be what you are

Waiting for a star to fall
And carry your heart into my arms
That’s where you belong
In my arms
Baby, yeah

I’ve learned to feel what I cannot see
But with you, I lose that vision
I don’t know how to dream your dream
So I’m all caught up in the superstition
I want to reach out and pull you to me
Who says I should let a wild one go free

Waiting for a star to fall
And carry your heart into my arms
That’s where you belong
In my arms
Baby, yeah

notes

Words from this song are sampled in the song In My Arms by Mylo above.
This is arguably an example of a Dejected Unknown Piner, which you can find in this Field Guide to Nice Guys.

stray thoughts

waiting for stars
like watching a pot

I don’t know how to dream your dream

I love you because you’re wild
so I must keep you in a box
and jealously guard you

if my life revolves around you
what happens when you leave

but that could never happen
because you’re perfect
and we’re perfect
together

the superstition of
the One

what ever happened to saxophone solos..?

 

Bette Davis Eyes

by Jackie DeShannon

Her hair is Harlow gold, her lips sweet surprise
Her hands are never cold, she’s got Bette Davis eyes
She’ll turn the music on you, you won’t have to think twice
She’s pure as New York snow, she got Bette Davis eyes

And she’ll tease you, she’ll unease you
All the better just to please you
She’s precocious, and she knows just
What it takes to make a crow blush
She got Greta Garbo’s standoff sighs, she’s got Bette Davis eyes

She’ll let you take her home, it works her appetite
She’ll lay you on the throne, she got Bette Davis eyes

She’ll take a tumble on you, roll you like you were dice
Until you come out blue, she’s got Bette Davis eyes

She’ll expose you, when she snows you
Hope you’re pleased with the crumbs she throws you
She’s ferocious and she knows just
What it takes to make a crow blush
All the boys think she’s a spy, she’s got Bette Davis eyes

notes

“In this original incarnation, the track is performed in an ‘R&B lite’ arrangement…” (Wikipedia)
I only just discovered this original version of this while putting this playlist together – the stark contrast in the moods of the two versions is surprising. The original is so upbeat, and SO INCREDIBLY 70s.

stray thoughts

it’s like
a playful late night set
at a swing bar

being honest with the audience
about your relationship

the good and vicious

framing it as a joke
harmless fun

all the ingredients
were there

 

I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today

sung by Jordan Gelber with Ann Harada
from Avenue Q
shared by Irina
Brian
I’m not wearing underwear today
No, I’m not wearing underwear today
Not that you probably care
Much about my underwear
Still, nonetheless, I gotta say
That I’m not wearing underwear today
Christmas Eve
Get a job!
Brian
Thank you… honey..

notes

This song will seem trivial out of context, but it serves it’s purpose within the arc of the musical perfectly:

Background story: Brian was recently laid off from his job at a catering company, but has always dreamed of being a “big comedian on late night TV.” Meanwhile, the best job his Japanese girlfriend (who is legit called Christmas Eve for some reason) has been able to get – despite having earned two masters degrees in social work – was a job in a Korean deli, and that job didn’t work out. Nevertheless, Brian has decided to put himself out there in a small way, moving a little bit closer to his comedian dreams by emceeing at a local bar in the evenings.

Avenue Q is best described as R Rated Sesame Street. It was written by Bobby Lopez and Jeff Marx.
Expect to be offended (at least a little) and don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Bobby Lopez also co-wrote the music to Frozen and the Book of Mormon.
This is the shortest song in the playlist, but easily has the most notes. lol

stray thoughts

do you really gotta say that..?
I bet you could not

make a little bet on yourself

be there to support
or heckle

day jobs
evening hobbies

Jealous Guy

by Donny Hathaway
(originally by John Lennon)
shared by Rod W

I was dreaming of the past
And my heart was beating fast

I began to lose control
I began to lose control

I didn’t mean to hurt you
And I’m sorry I made you cry
I didn’t want to hurt you
No I didn’t
I’m just a jealous guy

I was feeling insecure
You might not want me anymore
I was shivering inside
I was shivering inside

I don’t want nobody – looking at you
I’m just a jealous kind of fella
I’m just a jealous guy

notes

Rod also suggested Donny Hathaway’s cover of You’ve Got a Friend (originally by Carole King) – how’s that for contrasting emotions!

stray thoughts

words
deeds
consequences

I can’t help it

would you want someone who
treats you that way?

or doesn’t want you anymore?

you wouldn’t like me
when I’m angry

looking back wistfully
despairing at the present

things changed
between us
I wish they hadn’t

men can be
so emotional

Bette Davis Eyes

a cover by Kim Carnes (original by Jackie DeShannon)

Her hair is Harlow gold, her lips sweet surprise
Her hands are never cold, she’s got Bette Davis eyes
She’ll turn the music on you, you won’t have to think twice
She’s pure as New York snow, she got Bette Davis eyes

And she’ll tease you, she’ll unease you
All the better just to please you
She’s precocious, and she knows just
What it takes to make a pro blush
She got Greta Garbo’s standoff sighs, she’s got Bette Davis eyes

She’ll let you take her home, it works her appetite
She’ll lay you on the throne, she got Bette Davis eyes

She’ll take a tumble on you, roll you like you were dice
Until you come out blue, she’s got Bette Davis eyes

She’ll expose you, when she snows you
Hope you’re pleased with the crumbs she throws you
She’s ferocious and she knows just
What it takes to make a pro blush
All the boys think she’s a spy, she’s got Bette Davis eyes

notes

“[I]t was not until 1981, when Kim Carnes recorded her version of the song in a radically different synthesiser-based arrangement, that ‘Bette Davis Eyes’ became a commercial success.”(Wikipedia)
The tune from this version is sampled in the song In My Arms above.
Bette Davis, then 73 years old, wrote letters to Carnes, Weiss, and DeShannon to thank all three of them for making her “a part of modern times,” and said her grandson now looked up to her. After their Grammy wins, Davis sent them roses as well.” (Wikipedia)

stray thoughts

you know what they say
cold hands, warm heart

all the ingredients
were there at the start

the good and ferocious

like a cat

what what’s going on behind those eyes?
in that brain of yours?

five steps ahead of you

try to express
my inner feelings

is this slander?
where’s the other side
to this story?

The Sound of Silence

Disturbed
(originally by Simon & Garfunkel)
shared by Jo B

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again

Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by
The flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening

People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools”, said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words, like silent raindrops, fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made

And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming

And the sign said:

“THE WORDS OF THE PROPHETS ARE
WRITTEN ON THE SUBWAY WALLS
AND TENEMENT HALLS
AND WHISPERED IN THE SOUND OF SILENCE.”

notes

The “neon god/sign” here is basically expressing the same sentiment as Brian from Monty Python. (This is your language warning for that link – I’m not sure who will be reading this. There’s also some good-natured blasphemy, but that’s a given…)|

stray thoughts

darkness was stunned,
and unsure of what to say

writing on the wall
graffiti for the ages

wisdom
from unexpected sources

drop your expectations

awakened
from the dream
now what..?

friend request from darkness
confirm..?

Fire

by Peking Duk feat. Sarah Aarons
shared by Stella

If that’s the way it’s gonna be
Leave your shiny yellow key on the doorstep
And start burning up your tyres
And take your cold hard cash, and this shirt right off my back
I don’t mind, ’cause I’m gonna set this house on

Don’t have to hit below the belt
With those leather shoes you wear so well
No, you don’t have to kiss and tell
‘Cause you’re only gonna hurt yourself

The minute that I walk in, you’re trying to hold me down
Tryna’ sink your claws in, ’til I’m face flat on the ground
Don’t know what you’ve been drinking
Every time you come around
So let me down

I sent you running for the hills
I guess by now you know the drill
The type that only shoots to kill
And you only do it for the thrill

If that’s the way it’s gonna be
Leave your shiny yellow key on the doorstep
And start burning up your tyres
And take your cold hard cash, take this shirt right off my back
I don’t mind, ’cause I’m gonna set this house on
Set this house on [x3]
Set this house on fire [x4]


I don’t mind, ’cause I’m gonna set this house on

 

notes

The song is sung by featured artist Sarah Aarons, but the story in the clip stars the two guys from Peking Duk.
I am 100% sure the clip was filmed at Sovereign Hill, Ballarat.

stray thoughts

sink your claws in

biting off your nose
to spite your face

let me down
please

still feel.

by ​​half•alive
shared by Jo H

When I’m furthest from myself (Far away)
Feeling closer to the stars (Outer space)

I’ve been invaded by the dark (Can’t escape)
Trying to recognize myself when I feel I’ve been replaced
When I’m furthest from myself (Far away)
Feeling closer to the stars (Outer space)
I’ve been invaded by the dark (Can’t escape)
Trying to recognize myself when I feel I’ve been replaced

I can feel a kick down in my soul
And it’s pulling me back to earth to let me know

I am not a slave, can’t be contained
So pick me from the dark and pull me from the grave

‘Cause

I still feel alive
When it is hopeless, I start to notice
And I still feel alive
Falling forward, back into orbit

So, when I lose my gravity in this sleepy womb
Drifting as I dream, I’ll wake up soon
To realize the hand of life is reaching out
To rid me of my pride, I call allegiance to myself

I can feel a kick down in my soul
And it’s pulling me back to earth to let me know
And this heart that beats inside of me will show
It will show

Floating in outer space, have I misplaced a part of my soul?
Lost in the in-between, or so it seems, I’m out of control
Floating in outer space, have I misplaced a part of my soul?
Lost in the in-between, but it can’t keep me asleep for long, ’cause

I still feel alive (I can feel it)
When it is hopeless (It ain’t hopeless)
I start to notice (Start to notice)
I still feel alive (I can feel it)
Falling forward (Falling forward)
Back into orbit (Yeah)

notes

The choreography in the clip for this song is stellar.

stray thoughts

misplaced
a part of my soul
like car keys

invaded by the dark –
my old friend

closer to the stars

lose the pride
become allied
to yourself

in between
sky and earth
constantly falling

can’t be contained
in your arms

what will your heart show..?

if your heart is showing,
something is seriously wrong
see a doctor

Live Forever

by Drew Holcomb
shared by Simon

Laughter is the only thing that’ll keep you sane
In this world that’s crying more and more everyday
Don’t let evil get you down
In this madness spinning round and round

I want you to live forever
Underneath the sky so blue

Some people say faith is a childish game
Play on, children, like it’s Christmas day
Sing me a song, sing me a melody
Sing out loud, you’re a symphony

Take courage when the road is long
Don’t ever forget you are never alone

Oh yeah, I want you to live forever
Underneath the sky so blue

 

notes

For some reason, I much prefer the acoustic version of this song – the acoustic takes the edge off the seriousness.
Drew “wrote this song as a letter to his younger family members, describing his hopes and dreams for their futures… “Live Forever” made its big break when TNT used it as the background song for a 2011 NBA promotional commercial. The commercial won an Emmy Award in 2012, which immediately got people talking…” (Noteworthy)
In the video we used for the playlist on YouTube, Drew briefly talks about how soldiers told him that this song “got them through being away.” He also notes that, “If you told me that… my song would win an Emmy because of pro basketball, I would have laughed at you.”
FYI – In the video, Drew skips the two lines after “Christmas Day”.

stray thoughts

people laugh more at funny things
when they are with others

medicine is also good medicine

the good and the evil
both human

don’t let evil get you down
but don’t let you get evil
either

when you’re done with it
make sure you
return the courage you took
so others can find it

soldiers
and pro basketballers
seek the same
reassurance

is the sky blue
or is it you
from being rolled
like dice?

I want
doesn’t get

Don’t Stop

by Fleetwood Mac
shared by Leslie

If you wake up and don’t want to smile
If it takes just a little while
Open your eyes and look at the day
You’ll see things in a different way

Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here
It’ll be better than before
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone

Why not think about times to come?
And not about the things that you’ve done?
If your life was bad to you
Just think what tomorrow will do

All I want is to see you smile
If it takes just a little while
I know you don’t believe that it’s true
I never meant any harm to you

Ooh don’t you look back [x4]

notes

This song was written by vocalist and keyboardist, Christine McVie, about her separation from the band’s bassist, John McVie, and expresses her hope for an amicable breakup.

stray thoughts

if you look at the day
you will smile
you can’t help it

moving on
but in a different way

with acceptance

rather than
scrabbling
for acceptance

rather than
desperately questing

going from
doubting each other’s motives
to realising

you just want
things to turn out for the best

trying to get that
through to
them

a pillar of salt
again

don’t

stop thinking about tomorrow
it’ll soon be here

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

by Monty Python (but mainly Eric Idle)
shared by Rod B

Some things in life are bad
They can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse
When you’re chewing on life’s gristle
Don’t grumble, give a whistle
And this’ll help things turn out for the best
And…

Always look on the bright side of life
(Whistle)
Always look on the light side of life
(Whistle)

If life seems jolly rotten
There’s something you’ve forgotten
And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing
When you’re feeling in the dumps
Don’t be silly chumps
Just purse your lips and whistle – that’s the thing
And…

For life is quite absurd
And death’s the final word
You must always face the curtain with a bow
Forget about your sin
Give the audience a grin
Enjoy it – it’s your last chance, anyhow

So always look on the bright side of death
(Whistle)
A-Just before you draw your terminal breath
(Whistle)

Life’s a piece of shit
When you look at it

Life’s a laugh and death’s a joke, it’s true
You’ll see it’s all a show
Keep ’em laughin as you go

Just remember that the last laugh is on you

Always look on the bright side of life [repeats as he talks directly to Brian:]

C’mon Brian, cheer up!

Worse things happen at sea, you know

I mean, what have you got to lose..?
You know, you come from nothing
– you’re going back to nothing
What have you lost??

Nothing!

Nothing will come from nothing, ya know what they say

Cheer up, ya old bugga – c’mon give us a grin!
There ya go, see!

It’s the end of the film. 

Incidentally, this record’s available in the foyer…

notes

In the script for the Life of Brian, the role played by Eric Idle here was just listed as Mr Cheeky.
I would normally spell “bugger” the way I just spelt it, rather than “bugga,” but I’ll go with it.

stray thoughts

always look on the bright side of life
but don’t you look back lol

getting
the last laugh
like the last biscuit
in the packet

look at the day
it will make you smile
look at life
it will make you laugh

the last laugh
is on you
like the last round
you jolly bugga

it’s all a show
we’re merely players
that strut and fret
on a stage

maybe you don’t think you have a foyer, but
Eric Idle is waiting to greet you there
when you next open
the front door

 

themes

The beautiful mystery behind the eyes of even our closest loved ones

Not being alone in our emotions – others have felt whatever this is countless times over countless generations

The push and pull between independence and meaningful connection

Strong emotions that feel like they will never change (but do)

Being precious, unique, and human

Trying and failing to tame the wild thing

Being the wild thing, untameable

Falling in love and falling into old habits 

Scrabbling for validation, eventually finding self-acceptance

 

symbols

falling, floating, spinning, orbit, gravity, revolving, crashing through, momentum

the One

the elements
wind, 
fire, earth, water, damp, stars 

the wild

searching, questing, fleeing, escaping, chasing, movement, moving on

day, stars, sky, dark, light, darkness, halo, neon lights

sight, vision, darkness, dreams

loud, silent, song, sound, symphony, whistle

emotions
from strong/heavy/onerous to gradual/gentle/light

womb, death, terminal breath, living forever

trust, mistrust, lies

crows, cats, claws

freedom, belonging

blue sky, blushing crows

cold damp, warm fire

is there anything you would add/change here..?

questions

PLEASE DO NOT ANSWER ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS, at least not in actual comments, because GEEZ that’s a lot of questions, and there is no obligation. Be guided by your intuition – you are welcome to happily percolate on your own, however if something piques your interest and you want to share, we would love to see your comments.

  • What do you think of the idea of this playlist and blog post? What works? What would you do differently? Or not at all?
  • Do you find the concept of crowdsourced wonder appealing, in general?
  • Do you reckon we should include a list of all the emotions conveyed by the songs in the playlist? (I could always do with practicing my emotional literacy, tbh…)
  • If this playlist were a story, do you think the couple would stay together? Do you think they should?
  • Can we strike a balance between independence and interdependence in our relationships? How? / Why not?
  • There’s a lot people could be offended by here. Did you find anything particularly offensive? If yes, which songs or comments and why?
  • When does something become advertising? Is this all just advertising for YouTube, Spotify, and Bette Davis films? I almost included a link to this trailer for the Lady Gaga Netflix documentary, Five Foot Two – it just seemed like a very good fit with the arc of this playlist from superficial stardom to self-acceptance. Would that have been advertising, or too close to advertising? Can we even live our lives without advertising something even inadvertently? Are some things worth advertising?
  • Some songs are used as glue here – specifically, the two versions of Bette Davis Eyes and In My Arms, which samples the Kim Carnes version, as well as the song shared by David, Waiting for a Star to Fall. Did you find the different iterations of those words and that tune to be engaging, boring, or something else?
  • I almost included the Anne Hathaway version of I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables, either before or after the Disturbed cover of The Sound of Silence – the perspective of someone despairing at being done wrong by a former lover seemed like it would fit perfectly at that point. It’s not there, because I didn’t want to include too many songs in addition to the ones already shared by others, and I didn’t want to make room for that much despair. Do you think we ought to include it?
  • So, two people whose songs were shared for this play list – namely, Chris Cross (lol) with Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac – collaborated on the song Never Stop Believing (mentioned under Ride Like the Wind) – it’s actually a pretty good fit for this playlist, as you can tell by the lyrics. Do you think we should include it? If yes, where would it go..?
  • Are there any other questions that you would be curious to ask others..?

 

acknowledgements

I will continue to curate this post as we get comments – they will be formatted and added in the appropriate spots, and people whose thoughts are included will get credit at the top of the article, with specifics of who shared what in this acknowledgement section. The hope is this will emphasise the communal nature of this thing, while still giving credit where it is due.


We hope you found this thought-provoking/comforting/motivating/disappointing (so you can think about what you find appointing and bring more of that into your life). You could return to this playlist in the future, if you found it beneficial or find it stays with you. Same goes for individual songs here that resonated with you…

Please share with us and with others as you see fit, and continue being excellent until further notice. 🙂

That is all. End communication.

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