My Music Collection 1

Episode 1 “Lighthearted”

This is part of an ongoing series where I explain why certain songs that I like are important to me. Music rules my life and powers me through the toughest day. These are the songs that I can’t help but sing a long to when I’m alone or driving in my car. So sit down and listen to some of my favorites.

This installment is full of songs chosen from my MP4 Player that I like and are off a comedic bent.

Experimental Film by They Might Be Giants

This is a song I first heard off of the homestarrunner.com website where they have a music video for the song. I’ve always liked the TMBG sound and lyrics. Their sound is playful and their lyrics are often smarter than they seem. This song is about a guy trying to put together an experimental film but he’s not really sure what he’s doing. This is how I feel about my writing most of the time. I love the act of creation but I’m not always sure what the destination is.

Rocking the Suburbs by Ben Folds

Ben Folds is a great musician and a great song writer. You’ll hear that statement from me a lot. This song is an anthem of… nothing really. It’s about how the white suburbanite really has nothing to rebel against and doesn’t have much of an identity. It’s about not taking oneself too seriously. I have to keep reminding myself not to take myself too seriously.

Code Monkey by Jonathan Coulton

This is a song by singer/songwriter Jonathan Coulton also known as JoCo to his fans. He’s a funny guy and plays a pleasant tune. This is a song about the day to day operations of a computer programmer. This song reminds me that I’m lucky not to be in a 9 to 5 job where my creativity would not be welcome. On the hard days I have to remind myself that being in showbiz is my dream and being in an office would be horrible for me.

Paint the Line (two songs) by Kristofer Straub
(Scroll down to “Cuts from the Original Soundtrack”)

I can’t and will never be able to say enough good things about Kristofer Straub. He’s a writer, a webcomic creator, a comedian and a great musician. I could go on and on (hmm blog entry idea!) but I will focus on his music here. The good thing about Kris’ music is that he seems to be playful and creative with it. Believe it or not, these songs are about ping pong and following one’s dreams. But really, it’s just a fun and funny couple of songs that I can’t help but sing a long to.

(PS I am in no way affiliated with Penny Arcade. Sometimes I wish I was)

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