A Mix Tape

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Mix Tape.”

Put together a a musical playlist of songs that describe your life, including what you hope your future entails.

There are some that have been present throughout one’s life and would likely continue being present. One of them is Bob James’s “Westchester Lady”. One had been forced into it and, oblivously, grown fond of it, among other Bob James’s compositions.

One has been using the piece to test various music recognition apps. One assumes that if the app manages to recognise one’s humming “Westchester Lady”, it is more likely to give reliable results. So far, none recognises it. Although, it might be because one has been humming falsely.

Whosampled lists a number of songs that include the hook. Though one wonders why Fourplay’s “Play Lady Play” (a spin-off) is not included.

 


 

Of course, one can’t do without Yasunori Mitsuda’s compositions for those good old Japanese RPGs, especially Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, and Xenogears. It was the invocation of another world or universe through sound and music.

 


 

Next is Acoustic Alchemy’s “Playing for time”.

This is the safe piece, approved by everyone on a road trip. Since one’s preference on music is, as a friend once said, “alien and strange”, one was rarely given the chance to choose a song on the car audio system. Somehow, Acoustic Alchemy gave the common ground we can all enjoy. Although one suspected that some of them simply put on their headphones or earphones and listened to something else.

 


 

One just has to include Piazzolla. It is Piazzolla’s “Double Concerto” (arranged for guitar and piano), perfomed by Al Di Meola with Mario Parmisano playing the piano.

Whenever one listens to this, it’s like going through a storm and then being pushed over a cliff, into the deep sea, and finally brought into a land, somehow barely surviving. As if it’s telling one to “just hang in there!”


 

Another one that will continue being present, one thinks, is Pat Metheny’s “Last Train Home”.

Funny thing one learned as one combed through youtube is that “Last Train Home” has been included as ending theme for an anime JoJo’s Bizzare Adventure. The comment sections were suddenly swarmed with the anime’s fans. This is a good thing that a new generation gets to know these timeless pieces and hopefully will preserve them.

Just as with most musical pieces one keeps, each time one revisits them one puts new experience or baggage into them. Now, in a strange way, “Last Train Home” speaks of longing for that one last journey to get home to the eternal abode. That train is already calling and ready to go any time now, whether one is ready or not.

 

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