While travelling, I have been listening to a lot of music. Shocking, I know. Realistically, I don’t think I have been listening to any more music than I normally do based on the amount of time I have to spend with other people and such. The thing is, I develop go-to songs in times of stress. Because I like them, or they mean something to me, or they are just fun to belt along to (my poor hotel neighbours). The songs are often not necessarily new, or new-to-me or even that good. It is just what seems to click with me one one level or another.
I remember a lot of things based on songs. For instance, my wedding day is “Tonight’s Gonna Be a Good Night” by the Blacked Eyed Peas (semi-appropriate, but not really). “Say Your Prayers” by the Wedding covers my MUN medicine interview, “Boston” by Augustana covers my Dal interview. JJ Heller’s “Your Hands” is one of my favorite songs and is forever etched in my mind as my summer school in Europe when Patrick’s grandmother died. I listen to the Dirty Dancing soundtrack (in its entirety) to go back to my childhood driving around with my parents. You get the picture.
So far on interviews, my songs of choice have been somewhat varied in genre and style. I will now highlight a few of the goodies that have been popping up more frequently than not on my playlists that may or may not be new to my playlist at any other time
“Mr. Medicine” by Eliza Doolitle. For starters, this was a find on a random CD from the Child (fake kid sister) for my birthday last year. The song is hilarious… The video makes no sense. It brings me great joy.
“Keep You Safe” is another JJ Heller song. This one really resonates with me during interview time. It’s a song sung from the perspective of God that is all about protecting you and calming you.
“Chop and Change” by the Black Keys. It has a different sound. It is fun to sing along to. It is a great getting pumped up and/or ironing song.
“Rococo” by the Arcade Fire. I need some Canadian roots in my tunes and what better band to do this than Montreal’s own. This song has been argued to be repetitive, but I think that is why I like it. It is soothing. And Rococo is fun to say over and over. Plus, the instrumental involvement is phenomenal.
“Close to Me” by the Cure. This is one of my all-time favorite songs. I tried to convince my Hospice jamming buddy to learn it, (refer here to learn more about that adventure) but he argued it had too much going on, though we both agreed the Cure is a great band. I discovered the Cure in first year of my undergrad. This song actually brings me back for studying for Pathophysiology in Nuc Med, but nonetheless, is strangely familiar and comforting.
“Amazing Because It Is” by the Almost. This is my workout song and has been for some time. Thus, it has turned into another of my pre-interview pump-up songs. Who can’t love a new version of Amazing Grace that is a million times better because of the use of different melodies and vocal styles. Plus, the words are powerful.
“Zombie” by the Cranberries. This is just hilarious to me. I listen to it and laugh because I have this friend that sings this to SingStar with all sorts of gusto, but not too much glory. Though, it is his specialty. He made the song more awesome than the original.
“The Happy Nihilist” by The Classic Crime. They never get old. It is good to bounce around to. The lyrics are clever. Need I say more?
I think that is enough for now. I may update on more awesome pre-interview tunes as I notice them popping around more frequently.