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The Soundtrack To Your Imagined Movie

October 21, 2011

We’re all in agreement that life would be better if we had a soundtrack like a movie, right? You could even go so far as to add your own laugh track if you’re a fan of 90s comedies, or so your friends and family will know how funny you are. Even better is when you’re driving in the car and a song comes on that makes you pretend you’re in a movie. But what song translates to what movie? That’s what I’m here for. Here’s a song for a few movie genre daydreams.

Requiem in D Minor; Amadeus Mozart: You’re on a mission of revenge. This movie daydream was sparked by the lady who cut you off in the Chick-fil-A parking lot, but not you’ve been transformed into an international spy whose loved one was kidnapped by Russians who are still bitter because we beat them in the race to the moon.

Lose Yourself; Eminem: The world is getting you down and you’re starting to believe you’ll never achieve your dream of opening up the town’s first gluten-free bakery. So now you’re imagining that your arch-nemesis has become the leader of a rival gang of break dancers. The game is on to see who will win in the tri-county breakdancing competition. Let Marshall Mathers be your emotional guide.

Nocturne for Piano, No. 8; Frederic Chopin: It’s the first snow of the season and dusk has set in. You’re driving home and all that’s missing is a dashing young man in the passenger seat of your car professing his undying love under the glow of the lamp. Of course, your 2003 Honda Accord is actually a 19th century barouche in this scenario.

Empty; Ray Lamontagne: You just left a party where you saw the future love of you life across the room, but they were completely distracted by someone not nearly as awesome as you. Go ahead and play Lamontangne’s entire album “Till the Sun Turns Black” for this ride. By the last song, you’ll be reunited with the love of your life, after a messy fight over which movie better captures the magical of childhood, The Goonies, or The Sandlot (answer: The Sandlot).

Rivers and Roads; The Head and the Heart: It’s the end of a weekend where you’ve been with old friends, and now you’re driving home wishing you were all neighbors like in all the movies that lied to you about adulthood. Make sure you look in the rearview mirror a lot, especially during sunset. Bonus if you’re wearing a knit cap or crocheted beret. It would also help if you made a pitstop at a diner.

In for the Kill; La Roux: It’s Friday and you want to get home in time to see the end of Sportscenter. Suddenly, you are no longer a normal citizen of middle-America. You’ve been handed a briefcase and a cell phone and you’re caught in a whirlwind adventure full of intrigue and car chases. Keep an eye out for Dodge Caravans and Lexus SUVs during the chase. They have a way of costing you time and patience.

Cello Song; Jose Gonzalez (orig. by Nick Drake): It’s the beginning of a road trip that will include fruit stands, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and pictures that only make sense to those present.

How’s It Going to Be; Third Eye Blind: Sometimes you need to take it back a few years and remember the good ol’ days. Imagine you’re in a mid-90s teen movie and your heart was just broken. Now go put on some flannel and watch a DVD of My So-Called Life.

What are some other songs that should be on the soundtrack to the movies you daydream about?

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