Can’t Life Be Like The Movies?

11 Apr Can’t Life Be Like The Movies?

For as long as I can remember I’ve always thought life should have a soundtrack.

You know, like the movies. A tragic scene has a dramatic score matched to it, a happy scene, maybe something light and airy playing softly in the background?

Going in to this week I began to think about what I wanted write about. I can’t even remember why it popped in my head earlier this week, but it did. So I mulled the idea around for a day or two and decided I would share one of my reading habits.

Let me back up just a bit, to sort of provide a preface of where this habit came from or at least evolved from.

Starting at birth, everyone should have a song to listen to. As the chapters of life happen, the music changes to accompany them. These musical scores would only be heard by you. Ideally this music doesn’t have words, just melodies. It would be just loud enough to enhance whatever was going on, but not enough to distract.

I know it’s sort of a strange thought, but I just think life would be better. Perhaps some dangerous sounding music would provide a caution in less than savory situations.

So anyway on my phone I have a reading playlist entitled, Solitaire.

📌 Now if I happen to be somewhere like the beach, then the natural soundtrack of the waves is all I need.

However, usually I’m at home and someone has something annoying playing on TV, like the news, and all I want to do is drown it out, forever.

I pop in my ear buds and I am instantly transported from all the ridiculous and monotonous chatter.

Throughout this post I will screenshot some of my reading playlist pieces. They are all classical and simply instrumental in nature.

Occasionally a book will mention a classical piece, when this happens I immediately look it up. If I like it, it gets added. In the picture above, the bottom piece, Clair De Lune was from a novel. As you can see two movie scores are in this picture as well. The Jurassic Park and A River Runs Through It are both beautiful scores.

📌 This week I have continued to work away from home. My job is in healthcare and is one which cannot be done from home. I’m truly thankful to be working in times such as these and continue to place my focus on each day as it arrives, rather than fret about something that is out of my control by worrying too much about what the future may or may not hold. Saying that, I’ve have had a small break on Thursdays due to our office being closed on that day. I have relished that day off and tried to get in as much reading time as possible. This coming Monday our office is set to reopen at full speed, meaning normal patient load and not just emergencies. Next week should be interesting for sure. I hope we are ready for it.

📌 On one of my recent posts I mentioned the idea of committing to longer books. One of my choices was The Stand by Stephen King. Well, bookworms, I have started reading it! I’m just on chapter 10, with over 1100 pages to go—but one page at a time, right? So far so good. Some of the details are eerily close to home, but I’m doing my best to keep it all in perspective.

📌 Another book I am starting is Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker. I first heard about it on the blog, @whatsnonfiction awhile back. It sounded interesting, so I did a search on Netgalley, because it hadn’t been released yet. Most recently it has been selected by Oprah’s Book Club. HVR follows the Galvin family where six of twelve children were diagnosed with schizophrenia (First of all, 12 kids?!!!). This was mid-century (1945-60 as far as the birth years of the children) and not much was known about schizophrenia, it’s still a perplexing diagnosis today. The Galvin family became one the first families to be studied by the National Institute of Mental Health. This book has been getting a lot of attention lately—thank you #Netgalley for the ARC.

📌 One more thing I wanted to share is how our bookclub is doing bookclub this month. Usually we meet at a restaurant or someone’s home, but since that’s out for now, we are doing something a little different. I thought about doing the virtual thing via Zoom or FaceTime, but just wasn’t feeling it. So this is what we are doing tonight:

Everyone is weighing in sometime between 7-9pm tonight. I thought it would be easy, quick, and a way to open the possibility up to further conversations 📚

So on that 🎶, I’ve gotta go!

Cheers 🥂

“If we don’t have each other, we go crazy with loneliness. When we do, we go crazy with togetherness.” —Stephen King, The Stand

“No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side. Or you don’t.” —Stephen King, The Stand

  • Isobel Necessary
    Posted at 07:47h, 11 April Reply

    I do like a good soundtrack – it’s definitely one of the thinks I pay attention to in TV and film, and they often make good background music for reading or studying. I love that you have an actual playlist though.
    I think your bookclub-in-isolation plan looks great, and I hope you spark some good conversations with it. Just because a video conference might seem most similar to actually meeting a group doesn’t mean it’s necessarily going to give you the best experience.
    And lastly, many thanks to you as a keyworker at this time. It sounds like you’ve a great balanced attitude. All the best for next week.

    • themostconstant
      Posted at 11:17h, 11 April Reply

      Thank you for everything you took the time to say. Since you notice background music as well, try making a reading soundtrack, it’s fun. Even if you start with just a few pieces, your collection will build overtime. Bookclub went well and the text conversations did last about the entirety of two hours, so I’ll mark it as a success!

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