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How to choose a soundtrack?

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? ūüėČ

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Talk show on mute (Incubus)

I got to the Green Point Athletic Stadium just before the last opening act.
I won’t say much about them, because truth be told, most people were not there for the opening acts… (No offence meant.)

“Way, way out in space there’s an island
The natives are restless and violent”

The band opened up with a song of their new album (8): “Love in the time of the Surveillance.”

Then they took us on a trip down memory lane doing most of their hit songs from all of this albums (except If not now, when and S.C.I.E.N.C.E).

I was stoked they did Talk Show on Mute (one of my favourite songs. A less known one):

“Come one, come all
Into 1984…Yeah, three, two, one
Lights, camera, transaction”

I think it was at the end of this song that they went into a bit of INXS’ “Need you tonight.” (Rad cover!)

Another surprise was how they ended of Wish You Were Here with the classic Pink Floyd song of the same name.

Of course I need to post a vid of this crowd anthem:

“The ocean looks like a thousand diamonds strewn across a blue blanket.”

It was so thrilling trying to work out what song would be next as the night went on.
I was also stoked that they did Paper Shoes. That is probably my favourite song of theirs. (I usually like the non single tracks)

A beautiful surprise was I Miss You:

I would have loved it if they played: The Warmth. (But no luck there…)
But heck they have so many good songs:

“I picture your face in the back of my eyes a fire in the attic a proof of the prize, Anna-Molly, Anna-Molly, Anna-Molly
I’m calling your name up into the air”

The night went by quickly and slowly (We covered almost two decades of Incubus.)
Can you believe Make Yourself came out all the way back in the last millennium: 1999?

The band ended with one of their most well known songs:

“It’s driven me before
And it seems to have a vague, haunting mass appeal
But lately I am beginning to find
That I should be the one behind the wheel”

Watching Incubus, I was reminded why I love watching live bands!

Thank you Brandon Boyd and friends for gracing us with your presence and Warmth!

Setlist (estimated)
(This is what I can remember. In no particular order)

Love in the time of surveillance
State of the Art
Nimble Bastard
Anna Molly
Sick Sad Little World
I miss You
Pardon Me
Talk show on Mute
Paper Shoes
Wish you were here
Nice to know you
No fun
Familiar Faces (I think?)

Encore: Drive

*Disclaimer: My pics and vids were taken from the pleb circle.

Definition: “pleb circle”
Upon entering the general standing area – I hung on the rail waiting for the band to appear on stage. A person from the golden circle called to one of their friends in the general standing section: “hey pleb!”
I thought that was quite humorous!

And of course it’s good to share a moment like this with good people.¬† Thanks Gareth and Kim.

Written by Darrel (pleb) Hofland

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Too Much Music…

Since music is so easily and readily available to be downloaded (legally or illegally)… there seems to be too much music… let me explain:


I was remembering the days when I was feeling giddy as payday approached. I was going to be buying the latest album from one of my rock bands that I follow. Their album had been released earlier that month. Or maybe two or three months before.

But I had to wait. I was saving up for it.
I couldn’t just buy it on iTunes or download it (illegally)…

Then pay day comes.
I would get the album.
Put the CD in.
Press play.
Then I’d sit on my bed with the open CD sleeve.
And listen (or sing along) with the words in my hands.
Those were awesome moments.

But these days… music seems too much.
In the sense, it’s very easy to get.

The quantity takes away from the quality… if that makes sense?

Another example.
I can play music from my USB in my car.
Problem is – I have plenty of albums loaded on it.

So I don’t really delve deeply into one band or album anymore.
I listen to a lot.
And then I find… I seem to get sick of music too quickly.

Where I long for silence… or a break.

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Dear Chester (minutes to midnight)

So I am probably going to be the millionth person to add to the mourning of Chester Bennington. It’s been an interesting few days talking over this with some folk.

I “met” your band many years ago when I lived in a town called Ladysmith.
Hybrid Theory awoken the world to some epic music!!! (I remember having One Step Closer screaming out the boot of my friend’s car. And we stood their like cool kids.) I think we even attempting screaming with you.

At clubs, just after our school years, we’d be moshing out on the dance floor to the sounds of Linkin Park.

When my dad had his stroke in 2007 and I went over to the UK, minutes to midnight became my sound track to those few weeks in such a wonderful country. I can still see (in my memory) the streets of St Albans; where I heard a particular song from that album. (yes, music transports people.)

These songs moved me a lot and have been added to the soundtrack of my life at some point:

1) Crawling
2) Place for my head
3) Hands held high
4) Leave out all the rest
5) Faint
6) Numb

There are more… in fact, like I said, above, the whole album (minutes to midnight) can be added…

It’s sad that you as a rock star, had unnecessary expectations placed on you. That sucks! I’m sorry that you had no one to speak to with the crap you were going through. That you had to get to the point that ending your life… would be the way out…

Chester, thank you for bringing your artistry to the world.
Bringing your heartfelt lyrics to the world.
The dark ones, the positive ones, all have helped others through times in their lives.

You may never know the impact your lyrics had on moving people from a place of pain.

Chester, rest “in pieces”

We do care, that “one more light” has gone out…


A face in the crowd at Sonisphere 2009

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Don’t write me off
I’m not done yet
I need you to believe in me

You could back off
Count your losses
I’d understand, it’s been done before

How does one break free?
How is the addiction destroyed for good?
How powerful are You actually?

I feel too much
It leaves me frustrated
Is he in Your reach?

It’s hard to see a light
In this dingy place
I feel stuck

Stepping forward into unfamiliar scares me
I revert backwards
It’s all I know

What will be the revelation?
What will be the final breakthrough?
When are You going to do something?

There is more
There is a better ending
A safe place to land

This post is inspired by  a person I know.  My heart breaks thinking about them.   I tried to put myself in their shoes.  Then as I was writing this РI thought of the song by The Almost:

Here are the words for the first verse:

I’m looking for some stable ground
Some kinda place to lay it down
And settle for a while
I’m sick of looking for a star
I won’t show anyone my scars
Can you help me out?
I wanna see a change in me

The rest of the lyrics can be found HERE

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Off He Goes

I’ve always liked this song by Pearl Jam:

This is a song for the wanderers and drifters.


It’s been in my head the last few weeks. ¬†(Don’t worry it ain’t a midlife crisis.) ¬†I just like the tune, the lyrics and the imagery of it.

“Its like his thoughts are too big for himself”¬†

This “man” is bound by no one. ¬†Maybe, there are also people, who drift in our lives for a short while… do we make the most of that?


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Great Album names that carry weight.

1. Air for Free
2. To be everywhere is to be nowhere
3. Fear inside our bones
4. They’re only chasing safety
5. Grace through the wandering
6. Where the light shines through
7. With shivering hearts we wait.
8. How to dismantle an atomic bomb.
9. Dark is the way, light is the place
10. When angels and serpants dance.

Which album name grabs your attention?
Can u link these album names to the correct artists?

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Watched this video by Rise Against again last week and just thought about the beauty of the ordinary.  The commitment to it.  The respect of it.

the video depicts a man doing his best to pay the bills.
it shows ordinary people.
going through everyday stuff.

(i have been thinking about this post over the last two weeks or so)
There is a lot of beauty in the ordinary.
I thought of various things:

The person who pauses to appreciate the sunset
The couple enjoying a film together
The unseen helper: a person who helps another and it is not “shared” online…
The kids riding their bicycles around their neighbourhood
The older brother who goes and watches all his brother’s games
The dad and mom celebrating the picture drawn for them by their three year old
The guy who gets butterflies when he sees the girl he loves
The gentleman who carries a heavy load for a lady
The girl lost in the pages of her latest novel
The man playing fetch with his dog
The couple who still holds hands after many years or marriage
The husband and wife who are still willing to say sorry
The person who sings behind their steering wheel as if they’re at a rock show
The friends who laugh with reckless abandon
The person who says no to their addiction

Enjoying and savouring a meal
When you feel “set free”
Excercising chivalry
When you put in extra effort to accomplish a difficult task
Those late hours cramming to do well in an exam
Going for a run
Giving to someone in need
Sending a message of encouragement
Resting on a park bench


Life is full of beautiful ordinary moments

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A song for everyday of the week:

MONDAY –¬†“I don’t like Mondays”¬†(The Boomtown Rats)
TUESDAY –¬†“Tuesday’s dead”¬†(Cat Stevens)
WEDNESDAY –¬†“Floats on my pillow”¬†(Simon & Garfunkel)
THURSDAY –¬†“Throw me tomorrow”¬†(David Bowie – Thursday’s Child)
FRIDAY –¬†“Friday, I am in love”¬†(The Cure)
SATURDAY –¬†“Look out kid because here it comes”¬†(Biffy Clyro – Saturday Superhouse)
SUNDAY –¬†“I can’t believe the news today”¬†(U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday)

(This was born out of a conversation I was having with a friend. The things we talk about. Click on the lyrics and “magically” appear in YouTube

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“We’re a lot like trees” (I’m a sucker for good lyrics)

Discovered this song by Paper Lights.  In a world with a lot of junk lyrics this one grabbed my attention massively:

Noisetrade has a few more of their songs.

This one:

They explain the motivation for the song here

What do you think?

We’re a lot like trees

it’s been said of trees that they’re imperfect men
imprisoned by the roots between their sins
with branches that reach into the dirt like arms
to plant their thoughts like seeds
but it never seemed so to me

we’re all living in the same room
and the heavens are the roof
we’re all living in the shadow
of a canyon bigger than us

it’s been said that fire is just a greedy flame
with lights to distract from all it hopes to gain
all dressed up in colors to ignite it’s claim
and a heart that’s much like me
but I’ve never felt all that free

we’re all living in the same room
and the heavens are the roof
we’re all living in the shadow
of a canyon bigger than us