Thursday, April 28, 2016

X is for...

…X (in its Roman numeral form) 
10 Things I Hate About You

Soundtracks That Mattered (to me) is my theme for the A-Z Challenge this April.

This soundtrack still makes me feel the pain, love, awkwardness and joy of this movie. Most of the songs were new to me at the time, aside from the two Letters to Cleo remakes. I threw this cd in my car somewhere near the beginning of April just to refresh my memory a bit, and to help decide which tune to post. This song still takes my breath away (possibly because I insist on trying to sing along)...

Yes, yes, I know there is a movie that legitimately starts with an're welcome.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

W is for...

…White Nights

Soundtracks That Mattered (to me) is my theme for the A-Z Challenge this April.

The dancing, the music, the story! This was another one of my cassette soundtracks. If I had to guess, I bought it for this song in particular...

Totally captured the drama of a teenage girl's love life, or well, you know whatever was happening in the movie that may or may not have paled in comparison.

Soon after, I couldn't get enough of the rest of the songs either!

OK, I tried, but I just can't last serving of cake for Kari's birthday week celebration. Not her favorite John Hughes flavor, but still, better than no cake at all!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

V is for...


Soundtracks That Mattered (to me) is my theme for the A-Z Challenge this April.

Well, well, well! What do we have here? A continuation of Kari's John Hughes themed birthday celebration! 

I would be willing to bet some of you are surprised that this movie even has a soundtrack, right? 
A little Lindsey Buckingham can take you a long way...

Monday, April 25, 2016

U is for...

…Uncle Buck

Soundtracks That Mattered (to me) is my theme for the A-Z Challenge this April.

Why do the tricky letters all hang out together near the end of the alphabet? Is that like when the shady types sat in the back of the classroom? I admit that I had to ask my friend google to help me think of some movies that started with the letter U. There he was, just hiding, Uncle Buck. Of course I had seen the movie, but did it even have a soundtrack? Why yes, yes it does. 
Plus, as a little extra bonus, this post is dedicated to Kari, in honor of her birthday this week. Happy Birthday to the biggest bestest John Hughes fan! Go bust a move, you wild thing!!!!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

T is for...

…The Truth About Cats & Dogs

Soundtracks That Mattered (to me) is my theme for the A-Z Challenge this April.

Back many years ago, there was falling in love. This soundtrack offered such a cool celebration of that joy and wonder. The mix of songs and artists felt hip and cool, with just a little touch of "now what?" mixed in.

I had never heard anything by the Cowboy Junkies before, nor can I think of anything since, but I do love this song.

Friday, April 22, 2016

S is for...

…Shrek 1, 2, AND 3*

Soundtracks That Mattered (to me) is my theme for the A-Z Challenge this April.

*In honor of the letter s, and its power to pluralize, it seemed wrong to choose just one movie from the series (yet apparently acceptable to leave one out).

We were Shrek junkies from the start. The first soundtrack had it all, or so I thought at the time, having no idea what the next ones would bring. Incredibly fun original songs, as well as great remakes to sing along with. 
I thought it would be fun this time around to use the movie clips, since I found them! This song worked best when sung loudly, car windows down of course, accompanied by a 3 and 6 year old. Everyone had an important part - Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh...

Shrek 2 brought Counting Crows, Bowie and a really cool song by Dashboard Confessional. We were livin' la vida loca for sure with this in our car.
Absolutely putting these back in my car tomorrow! This song makes me grin so hard it hurts, while my eyes fill with tears. Come on, come on!

Then, when it seemed it couldn't get much better - Shrek 3 came with the Ramones, Wings, Fergie with an awesome remake and...
...Led Zeppelin! One of those bands I knew I wanted my kids to be familiar with, but where and when to start? Thanks Shrek 3!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

R is for...


Soundtracks That Mattered (to me) is my theme for the A-Z Challenge this April.

In 2005, our kids were 5 and 8, totally movie theater ready and interested. They were also big singers, in the way that their mother is, as in not good singers, but very happy ones. This soundtrack was a far cry from "kids' music", and just the kind of stuff we needed in the rotation. 
I realize that Chingy's Right Thurr might have been a bit more suggestive than Raffi's songs were, but listening to my five year old girl singing "Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?" along with the radio at that time, made this alternative seem acceptable. Plus, picturing robots while listening to the music added a decent layer of insulation.

Go ahead and listen to this one, and feel good about yourself!

We were already big Fountains of Wayne fans!

Just in case you haven't seen the movie...

(I don't know what happened to picking one song! Breaking all kinds of silly rules I made for myself now that we are in the final stretch. I might even dip into the m&m's jar more than once today. Chaos!)