In a couple of weeks, I’ll be celebrating my 40th birthday. I’m a bit conflicted about it, but not in an angsty way — more in a reflective way. As part of my personal celebration, I’m going to share the “playlist of my life” with you. Starting tomorrow, I’m going to write about one song for every year of the past 40 years.
The songs I’ve picked capture something about that year or era or that time of my life. They aren’t necessarily from the year I’ve chosen them for. Sometimes they are from much earlier. It was difficult for me to choose songs for some years, either because I had too many options (1981) or none at all (1978). I used different methods for picking songs in different decades. For example, picking songs for the first half of the 1970s was a fundamentally different challenge than for the first half of the 1990s.
I’m embarrassed by some of the songs I’ve picked and excited about others. I’m probably revealing too much about myself to the world by doing this. I’m not always comfortable writing or talking about music because I don’t think I have the appropriate vocabulary. But I’m doing this anyway because putting together the initial list of songs was fun.