Divad’s Soundtrack #73: March-April 2008

As always, it’s interesting to look back on these homemade compilations many years later and see if any themes emerge. The spring of 2008 was a pretty happy time in my life, so these songs aren’t tied to personal experiences per se. But I can tell that I was mulling over some heavier themes. Like what God would have to say about American Christianity’s relationship to the rest of the world. Or how I would know as a parent when to protect a child from experiencing emotional pain and when to let them go ahead and learn the lesson on their own. Or whether love was more of a feeling or a conscious choice. Or the joy of a two-minute punk song. (That last one’s not a particularly heavy theme. It was just a fun observation.)

In with the New:
The Myriad
Drive-By Truckers
Vampire Weekend

Out with the Old:
Fono
Olivia the Band
Andrea Corr (as a solo artist – appears later with The Corrs)
Corrinne May

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Divad’s Soundtrack #71: November-December 2007

2007 was the rare year where I actually embraced and enjoyed the winter season, as evidenced by the Christmas and winter-themed songs that dominate the end of Disc Two. Southern California winters are not known for being snowy, but there’s winter imagery to be found if you’re looking for it. As a deliberate contrast, the first several songs on Disc One are dominated by the theme of fire. Because, unfortunately, wildfires are a common feature of California autumns.

Out with the Old:
Luna Halo

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Divad’s Soundtrack #59: November-December 2005

Turmoil finally gave way to a sense of peace and hope for the future as 2005 drew to a close. An important event in our lives toward the end of that year was the marriage of our longtime friends Danny and Cheryl, which followed about four months after our own wedding. Somewhere right around then was when it felt like we got to resume the “honeymoon phase” of our own marriage after a difficult few months had sort of temporarily knocked me out of it.

Out with the Old:
Mat Kearney
The Juliana Theory
Rebecca St. James

It Was Worth a Try:
M.I.A.

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Divad’s Soundtrack #58: September-October 2005

If the first few months of life as a newlywed weren’t easy for me, it wasn’t because of the marriage itself. It was largely because I was making things hard on myself and the people around me. I was harboring a lot of anger, guilt, and frustration from stuff that happened earlier that year that should have been left in the past, along with ongoing worries about money, and those things were transforming me into a bit of a jaded person. The music contained here helped me to fight that off in some ways, and in a few places, it brings back memories of the sweeter, more romantic moods that should have been the default mode for a couple of newlyweds, but that were at least able to shine through the pinholes into the otherwise dark places in my mind.

In with the New:
Andrew Bird
Ken Oak Band

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Divad’s Soundtrack #57: July-August 2005

This mix is one of the most special ones in my collection, since it brings back memories of August 7, 2005. The day Christine and I got married. The most significant life-changing event I’ve experienced thus far. While I didn’t do this intentionally at the time, I like how the more troubled and aggressive tone of the songs on the first disc reflects the tension of personal stuff I was going through leading up to the wedding, and how the second disc resolves to a more peaceful and celebratory tone after the joyful event comes to pass. That special day wouldn’t have been what it was without the support of numerous friends and family members. It’s been many years, but I’m no less grateful to any of the following people:

Tim L.: Best man and ad-hoc worship leader
Tim H.: Groomsman and other ad-hoc worship leader
Francis, Danny, and Kelsey: Groomsmen (and groomswoman!)
Adele: Maid of honor
Angela, Stacey, Kristi, and Michelle: Bridesmaids
Krista: Photographer
Kate: Caterer
Pastor Mark: Officiant and guitar loaner
Glenn and Ruth: Parents of the bride, and de facto wedding coordinators

…and about half the congregation of Pacific Islands Bible Church, whose names I can’t completely remember at the moment.

…and all of the people who were there with us in spirit, but not in body, because flying to Hawaii in the middle of the summer is friggin’ expensive!

Now, on to the music…

In with the New:
Chris Tomlin

It Was Worth a Try:
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

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Divad’s Soundtrack #56: May-June 2005

Here are my thoughts on the last “personal soundtrack” that I made as a bachelor. In trying to get this long-dormant blog series going again, I’ve realized that I’m currently about eight years behind real time. I’m not sure if I ever want to catch up to real time, since it’s easier to blog about the songs I loved at a certain point in my life when enough time has passed to put a bit of perspective on it. But, I hope to catch up to the point where I can write about this stuff before I completely forget why I picked the songs in the first place!

In with the New:
Rob Thomas (as a solo artist – appears previously with Matchbox Twenty)
Mae
Joy Williams

Out with the Old:
Joseph Arthur (as a solo artist – appears later with Joseph Arthur & the Lonely Astronauts)

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Divad’s Soundtrack #39: July-August 2002

The summer of 2002 was a hard one due to how badly I missed my new girlfriend, but it was also one of the best ones of my life – I could play hard and make up my schedule as I went along like a single guy, but know that there was someone in a time zone 3 hours behind me waiting to chat online when I got home late at night.

In with the New:
Pillar

Out with the Old:
The Normals
Steve

It Was Worth a Try:
Wes King
Mandy Moore

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