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The Soundtrack of Your Life (Contest!)
by Michele Christopher
This was just an idea we came up with a few minutes ago. We at FTTW have been working hard to keep ourselves and the contributors minds together while we format and add in new stories every night (somehow it is always is at two in the morning when we are doing that). But for today, before we go back to rebuilding the site, we thought of something fun to do.
Seven songs for seven days. What song is your Monday song? Tuesday song? etc. Get it? Seven songs for seven days.
See if you can do it, too
Keeping in mind this has been a long week, we have decided to make this easy, and so some of you don't go crazy on us and list like 200 songs, we have limited ourselves to one song a day with a short explanation.
Monday - Iggy Pop - Repo Man
Hell. I have to go to work. Might as well do it high. Stealing cars high on speed. That usually gets me going. I might have a shitty job with no respect, but they have it worse. Speed and beer at five in the morning. All I have to do is take a shower. Maybe shave if I feel like. Hey, I'm German. We don't grow hair. We lose wars.
Fine. I admit it. I'll go with Kali on this one. I hate Orange County. Not LA. Or California in general like she does. Just Orange County. Flat and boring. That's like a strong cup of coffee and an unfiltered Camel cigarette to get your day hyped up. Man, I hate this and I hate that. I can't even eat I am so pissed off that it is only Tuesday. After the grogginess of Monday has worn off, I usually need to hate something. Might as well hate Orange County, aka "Land of Del Taco". I don't believe I could any more awake for the week after realizing I wasted years of my life there.
Wednesday - Rocket From The Crypt - Young Livers
Well you made it halfway thru the week and still haven't been in jail yet. So this week is going pretty good. Maybe this is more of a "let's get some fast food" song. It is just about something you love that you have to keep doing. Five years ago it would have been about different things. But, now it just is about Michele and myself and those bastards at "Wendy's" shorting me on mustard with my 99-cent Value Fries. Those fuckers. I need my mustard.
Thursday - Sleater Kinney - Words and Guitar
Welcome to Thursday. A meaningless day with a meaningless song. Words about "I got it". Co-workers telling you "Hey! It's almost Friday! Cheer up!" Oh, you are so worthless in my eyes. The look of hate in my eyes as I think "Well, we still have another day to go. But you need to think about your life, coworker. Think about it, co-worker, while you are typing out some kind of story or coding, your wife is fucking "Juan" the gardener and drinking your beer. That's one more day where she tells you she has a headache and you wonder where your last Budweiser went." That's how my mind works. I always have to a response when someone is too damn cheery for my liking. But, the songs cool. Just something about the words. Cheap entertainment. Don't get me wrong. I love the song, but on a Thursday, my mind works as well as this track does. "Kickass But Mentally Harmless".
Friday - NIN - The Perfect Drug
Oh, you knew this would come in here. Friday nights at about 9:30 are when I lose Michele. That's when this song comes into my brain. I close down FTTW and just work on submissions from our contributors. Wondering why I am so in love and still in California. How did I meet this girl again? How did all this happen? What the fuck is FTTW and why do people want to come on board? How the fuck did I get so lucky to meet this girl? Seriously, when she goes to bed, all of my urges to work on FTTW stop. But, I just can’t. Four days left. If she is around or not, it still has to get done. But, I'm addicted to her and when she is not around, I shake like a junkie waiting for my next "Bird" fix.
Saturday - X - We're Desperate
This is the song when you wake up in the morning and look at you bar tab, food tab, online purchase and ask yourself where you thought this money was going to come from. Sit in bed for a few minutes and remember how it was like to be homeless. Or a professional couch surfer. Well, if I don't pay my rent this month, abandon everything, live at "Bob's" house, this will be OK. Saturday. Aka "Plan To Destroy The World Day".
Either that or "Stop Buying So Much God Damn Porn Online Day".
Sunday - Black Flag - Annihilate The Week
A song that walks you thru what you did last week and what you used to do to get thru the week. But really, it's just reminds me of where i was and what I do now. Everyday with my blood so BAC'ed up, I didn't know where I was. Get some lines out and start calling yourself a different name. Sweaty band sessions. Sweating Malt liquor. Eating pasta seven nights in a row. Waking up on floors with cigar burns on my chest. Sure, I loved not remembering my middle name seven days in a row, but things are different now. And I like them different.
Now the song just reminds me it's Sunday.
Get ready to rewind the tape and start the week again. - T
michele flips the tape:
Tuesday: Huser Du - I Apologize
Thursday: Hellacopters - Born Broke
Friday: Pro-Pain - Don’t Kill Yourself to Live
Saturday: Misfits - TV Casualty
Sunday: The Cure - Friday I’m in Love
You give us your seven songs with the reason behind it. We make a mix CD of the one that is the best and send it to you for free. When I say "best" I'm not talking about the music. Sure, it's all great, but really, I am no judge in what you listen too. Basically this is a contest to see who has the coolest songs and the most entertaining story of why it is those seven songs.
If any other readers like and laugh at your stories, we hope they will vote on them in the comments.