A soundtrack is not just a bunch of songs randomly put together. (How dare you, to think such a thing?) If you ever wondered what songs should go on your soundtrack here is a useful guide:
1) Always have some tunes that would make your car turn into a rock show. For me, that would be Taking Back Sunday, The Used or Enter Shikari.
2) Then you need songs that fit various scenery. For the open stretch of countryside and arid regions you need something mellow. Something pensive. Maybe some John Mayer or Lisa Hannigan.
3) One needs some clever lyrics too. One needs to put some songs on your soundtrack that get you thinking. We need depth. This for me, can be either Incubus, Switchfoot, Relient K, Blindside or Dave Matthews Band.
4) You need a song or two on there that makes you feel invincible. Like you can take on the world. Perhaps you’re on your way to a meeting that you may be feeling nervous about. Crank this tune!
5) If you a believer, maybe you could add a worship album or two. (Try not use the commercial and cliche songs.) There are so many good songs that don’t make the Sunday church repertoire. (The sacred message may be waiting for you in one of those songs.) Sometimes, your car time becomes your church time.
6) Nostalgic tunes are a must. Music that moves you to a memory. Funeral for a Friend is that band that does this for me. Namely, there “Tales don’t tell themselves”
7) You need your travel songs on your soundtrack too. These are the songs that allow you to travel twice in one trip. (What does that mean?) You travel literally where your vehicle is taking. Then you travel too, in your mind, to where your “travel song” takes you. I have Alanis Morissette “Citizen of the Planet” / Angels and Airwaves “The Adventure” / Damien Rice – 9 Crimes
8) You need some easy going music too. Jack Johnson wins here most of the time.
9) *Warning. Not too much mellow music. Because that may just make you fall asleep.
10) Random vs folder? Sometimes it’s great fun just putting all your songs on your soundtrack on random, the lotto of what is next…is exciting! But sometimes, it is needed to go on an ALBUM journey. Because there may just be a greater message you need to hear.
11) NB. Less is more! Don’t have TOO MUCH music on your soundtrack. Why? Because otherwise the sum of it becomes a BIG NOISE. (Hard to explain this… but for a soundtrack to be impactful. It needs a limited number of songs.)
What bands / songs are on your soundtrack?
Disclaimer. This is for a car soundtrack. But the principle applies to your iPod or phone too. But don’t live under your headphones constantly. Because you will miss life around you and the natural soundtrack that plays everyday.
Okay, now I think I should go do my assignment? 😉