No, I'm not talking about a song from the opening credits of a television show. Though that would be fun, especially after the album of cartoon theme songs I recently listened to. Yes, it was to hear Josie and the Pussycats, but that's another post for another day.
I'm talking about songs we connect to people, places and events. Sometimes these music connections originate organically and sometimes we purposely assign the songs. Sometimes the words to the song may not even make sense with the person, place or event, but the spirit is forever captured in the tune.
I've often made these music connections in my life. In my youth, I considered All I Really Want by Alanis Morissette to be my personal theme song. I'm not sure if it still applies, but I understand why I thought it suited me. I've even had a song pull double duty. I've assigned Pretend to be Nice by Josie and the Pussycats, from the 2001 film soundtrack, to two different people. Ok. Yes. Fine. I will one day blog about my freakish obsession with Josie and the Pussycats. It's probably not as interesting or weird as my Perry Como obsession, but it may be worth writing about.
Back in 2003, while dealing with my mom being in and out of the hospital, I found myself turning to Love Profusion by Madonna for strength. I also found comfort in Wicked Little Town from the soundtrack to the 2001 film of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. See what I mean? I'm not sure the latter makes sense, but these songs now take me back to that emotional time in my life.
Over the last couple of years, I've made music connections that essentially became theme songs for the entirety of the year. 2017 was pretty much consumed by the entire soundtrack to Carrie the Musical, though many other albums and songs also helped me through my chunk of vision loss. 2018 belonged to the song Madly by FIELDED. These connections came about naturally and unexpectedly, but this year I am taking control and choosing a theme song.
I'm returning to the soundtrack to Hedwig and the Angry Inch and choosing Wig in a Box for my 2019 theme song. Tragically, I'm not going to transform into a transgender-punk rock diva. However, if I was going to, I'd want to be the love child of Hedwig and Divine, though I draw the line at eating dog shit.
Anyhoo, I'm choosing Wig in a Box because of its overall theme of finding a way to be the best version of yourself. After dealing with relearning life in a visually diminished world in 2017 and struggling through the emotional mess of 2018, I need to claim an upbeat, life-affirming theme song for 2019.
Hopefully, with my blogs and my upcoming book of half-blind poems, I will find the best version of myself that you've ever seen.
Thank you for reading or listening to my half-blind words.
P.S. I'm such a tease...