QuikSilver - Great Expectations. Gaslight Anthem, The Living End, and seemingly random songs from FOB, Deftones, STD, Alk Trio, Bloc Party, NFG and more
I find the title quite ironic. I keep having this ideas, these visions of grandeur about what my story mixes should be. They never live up to these ideals (maybe with the exception of the Wasteland) and it makes me so self conscious about my own work. It shouldn't be this way when Im making it for myself and now Im adding more pressure by giving it to all of you. But I do this to myself and though I know none of you are going to actually read this or try to understand the story that I made this music tell, I hope at least one person learns something or even likes it. The story I attempted to tell is as follows:
Imagine yourself a young high school or college student. And for a class you are forced to do community service. You are almost done but there is an annoying, measly hour and a half you have to burn through. You hear from a friend the easiest way is to hang out with an old dude at the nearby nursing home. You like this lazy idea and go for it. The day you come by, a normally silent old gentleman asks to talk to the next volunteer, this is, of course, you. He begins to tell you the story of his life How I Met Your Mother style. However, this man has mixed dementia (a type of Alzheimer's) so this story jumps around. Much like Billy in Slaughterhouse 5 or Desmond in Lost, this man's brain is unstuck in time. It isn't difficult to discern the more youthful stories over the more aged ones. He tells stories of love, loss, pain and rejection. As he goes on, he being to become slower to speak, more labored and as he finishes he shuffles back to his room. You walk away seeing a not so uncommon future for yourself and you make a promise to yourself to not be like him, not to throw away his loved ones and rot in a home. You go back to his room to thank him to find he has passed. You sigh and return to your life but with new perspective and a new lust to enjoy life while you have it.
The record is his story. The more poppy songs are from his youth whereas the sadder, slow ones are from his more recent past. Some songs make sense with its predecessor and successor while some don't. Some songs he may or may not be referring to you when he says you. Some songs are meant to be set in the present to highlight his senility (WAMS, I Still Remember) and some are to be directly into the story with no interruption. I like this story even though none of you have actually read it and therefore won't get it. Whatever, I don't care anymore.