December 22: Song: What has been your theme song this year? Have there been several? Make us a mix tape and tell us the meaning behind it.
It is widely thought that I have abysmal taste in music.
Maybe not…abysmal…just, so eclectic as to be unpalatable to most. And maybe that’s true. I tend to listen to the same things over and over again; try to overanalyse the same music. I have liked the same sounds since I was quite young. The monotony of my taste can be exhausting to some.
That notwithstanding, earlier this year, Miss Mal and I went to a concert. The featured artist was one of Mal’s faves — Mindy Smith. And opening for Mindy was someone named Rosi Golan — a singer whose name neither of us recognised.
As it turned out, Miss Golan was quite good, and she closed her set with a song called, “Flicker,” which might well have been written for me. The refrain went:
’cause my heart’s in two places
and i’m feeling like a candle
burning at both ends
till it flickers, flickers, flickers
For a variety of reasons, that song is generally at the top of my playlist.
Speaking of, I make playlists when I travel. I sort them by airport. Behold:
I went back through my airport lists of the past 12 months and picked out the soundtrack of this year — what has appeared most frequently. The results were surprising, and then again…not…because the sounds were soothing to my demons.
The list is as follows:
If I made you a mix tape, it would probably be different. It might have the static of me trying to capture things off the radio. It would probably have some Richard Marx on it…just because. But if you asked me what the last 12 months of my life sounded like, it would be this. It would be a heaping helping of acoustic guitar, and a bit of judgment, and quite a lot of romanticised angst.