Soundtracks are a huge part of my love of movies, so here is a soundtrack for my current coping mechanisms. Observe. Introspect. Laugh. Love. Repeat. -Isadora
This is America by Childish Gambino
Donald Glover is a genius.
Manifest Destiny by Guster
My favorite group. Solid lyrics, inspired melodies.
Stressed Out by Twenty One Pilots
Title says it all.
Extraordinary Machine by Fiona Apple
A song about resiliency. Yes.
Patient Zero by Aimee Mann
Great songwriter. I saw her in concert with Jonathan Coulton and she said this song is about Andrew Garfield and his Spiderman role. Hm.
California by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers
Steve is funny while playing the banjo, too. Multi-tasker.
The Future Soon by Jonathan Coulton
My 15-yr-old introduced me to Jonathan Coulton a few years ago. Coulton wrote the soundtrack for Portal and released his music for free online. He’s a smart guy and very politically astute. He writes and tours with Aimee Mann. Oh, and his stuff is a riot.
Stay Alive by José González
“Dawn is coming/Open your eyes”. From Ben Stiller’s Walter Mitty soundtrack. Fun movie.
All Through the Night by Cyndi Lauper
Anyone else having trouble sleeping? I know the answer.
Bad Bad World by Guster
Misleading title for this one. “It isn’t such a…”
Love & Hate by Michael Kiwanuka
My oldest son introduced me to this artist. Wow. “You can’t steal the things that god has given me”
Pet Cheetah by Twenty One Pilots
Great song about the process of writing. My youngest loves this song. He has good taste.
Basket Case by Green Day
Again, title says it all. “Neurotic to the bone, no doubt about it.”
Think by Aretha Franklin
“People walk around everyday/Playin’ games and takin’ scores/Tryin’ to make other people lose their mind/Well, be careful you don’t lose yours”
you should see me in a crown by Billie Eilish
Anything inspired by Andrew Scott has my approval. Hat’s off to Steven Moffat for these excellent lines for his incarnation of Moriarty for BBC’s Sherlock, a reinvention worthy of Eilish’s ghoulish attention.
Qué Será Ahora by Cat Empire
“Can I have a piece of your mind?/If you do well I’ll give you mine”
Terrified by Guster
“Open up your heart; everybody’s got it hard; we’re built and then fall apart; we’re all terrified.”
Level of Concern by Twenty One Pilots
Indeed. “Tell me we’re alright; tell me we’re ok.”
Happy Together cover of Turtles hit by Weezer
Classic. “The only one for me is you and you for me.”
Alone at Home by Jonathan Coulton
Funny follow-up. “Can we just not make this a thing?”
You Ruined Everything by Jonathan Coulton
A sweet love song to our children, with Coulton’s usual humor. “We’re going to need more money.” Yep.
The Joke by Brandi Carlile
She rocks. Another song about resiliency. I see a theme emerging.
Wild World, Jimmy Cliff cover
Classic. “It’s hard to get by just upon a smile”
Everybody’s Hurting by Jakob Dylan
Writing skills of dad Bob but with a much more inviting voice. “My sweetheart we’ve got to learn to live with these ghosts/They can’t leave and we can’t go.”
Halo by Beyoncé
“Hit me like a ray of sun/Burning through my darkest night.”
This Year by The Mountain Goats
The perfect song for difficult times. “I am gonna make it through this year if it kills me.”
The Great Remember (for Nancy) by Steve Martin
He wrote this lovely tribute for Martin Short’s wife who died of cancer.
Life’s a Happy Song by Jason Segal, Amy Adams
Sometimes you need a musical interlude from The Muppets.
My Shot by Lin-Manuel Miranda
While we’re on musicals.
Juan Loco by Rodrigo y Gabriela
Keep on Knockin’ by Little Richard
I lived in Macon, Georgia for a while growing up. Little Richard survived being from there. He passed away last month. R.I.P.
Laughing Gas by The Fratellis
“Take all your ideals and well told tales/I know a prayer that never fails/Don’t hold your breath, you dreamed this dream well/Just click your heels and you’ll soon break this unholy spell.” If only!
Lies of Summer by Aimee Mann
A song about a pathological liar. Remind you of anyone?
Truth Hurts by Lizzo
A mix of fun and challenge unique to Lizzo.
If Ever I Stray by Frank Turner
“…then I can’t ask for anything more.” Enjoy the simple things.
Feels like Summer by Childish Gambino
“Oh, my mind is still the same/I’m hoping that this world will change/But it just seems the same.” I know the feeling.
Hang On by Guster
One of my favorite songs.
With hand in hand
When hope is gone
Just hang on