This past year has been a roller-coaster ride. If you couldn’t tell from the other day’s post, it’s been a pretty crazy one! Inspired by my friend Craig’s note, I decided to put together a soundtrack to remember the past year in my eyes. I’m not usually one to open up and share such a candid look at my personal life, but I figured – “what the hell” – and decided to give you guys a more “in-depth” understanding at the deeper side of things in 2011.
Let’s get things started, shall we?
Track 1 – The Who -“Baba O’riley”
At the start of 2011 I didn’t even have a place to live. After my ex-girlfriend and I broke up in November, I moved out and rented a room for 3 weeks, but had to clear it all out before the end of the month. The night of New Years Eve, I arranged a trade deal with one of my past clients to provide a hotel room for a couple days until I set out on a plane for Europe for the next 2 months. It was an exciting time, and I had no idea what would be in store. This song says “new beginning” to me.
Track 2 – Counting Crows – “Holiday in Spain”
My buddy Jason posted this on my wall right before I left the states, and I listened to it countless times. While I worked with people on a daily basis and had other people staying in the same building as me, at times it got lonely – and this song struck a chord with me. It was a pretty crazy experience living in an entirely different part of the world not knowing anyone or not having anyone along to share the feeling.
Track 3 – Adriano Celentano – “Preguero”
The song is in Italian, but the first time I heard it I was blown away. I was traveling the southern region of spain with a teacher of mine (from my college days), when I first heard it. Her dad had it playing in his car when we were driving back to her home town. The feeling I can remember is completely opposite the vibe that the song portrays, but while listening to it I can picture the moment I first heard it, and it brings back great memories.
Track 4 – LMFAO – “Party Rock Anthem”
Even though it’s over-played and extremely catchy, I can’t “not” include this in my soundtrack. Whenever I went out with friends in Spain, it would be playing in the clubs and even in San Diego – it always got the party going. (And the music video is actually pretty cool too)
Track 5 – Dirty South – “Phazing”
Once I got back to the States in March, business started to boom. I was really worried that while I was gone a lot of my consistent clients would leave me and I would be stuck with nothing. It turned out that my hard work paid off and I found myself to be surrounded with loyal clients :) I play this song whenever I book a huge gig, and it always gets me pumped up without fail.
Track 6 – Rage Against the Machine – “Bulls on Parade”
Running of the bulls trip. ‘Nuff said.
Track 7 – Random Russian Song
There wasn’t a particular song that reminded me of that trip, but there were songs that played similar to this sound/vibe throughout the time I was there.
Track 8 – Avicii – “My Feelings for You”
Heard this several times while out partying on our trip out to Bali. Whenever I hear it, I think of Irene & what it felt like being in such an awesome place…with great company…and without a care in the world.
Tracks 9, 10 – Hidden Tracks “GD & RH”
Have you ever listened to a CD and found a hidden track at the end of a song? Well, there’s a couple songs that I hold pretty personal to me & would rather not share – so when “I” look back on this post in the years to come, I’ll know what I’m talking about…but for now I’ll keep them private to the public ;)
Track 11 – Fiona Apple – “Frosty the Snowman”
My Mom first played this song a few years ago at Christmas, and it became an instant favorite. I love the holiday season, and I love the feeling of being back home even more. This song reminds me of the feeling of being in my mom’s kitchen while the Christmas Eve dinner is being prepared.
Track 12 – Incubus – “If not now, when?”
It’s crazy that this is even an incubus song – it sounds more like U2. Incubus has been a favorite band of mine since I was about 14, and a lot of their stuff is pretty nostalgic for me. Whenever I hear this song, it motivates me to get off my ass and make use of the day. When a buddy of mine texted me about bioluminescent waves on the beach, I said in my head, “no way. I’ve gotta check this out.” Put down the computer in the middle of editing and went down to the beach for a couple hours to watch one of God’s wonders. It was a truly amazing experience.
Track 13 – ? (I’m going to leave this open for tonight to decide if there’s a song that bears a strong memory from the last night of 2011)