For Athena I made a spotify playlist for all of her blog posts and on here I am going to lay out each song and why I picked them.
1-Introduction: Bundle of Joy (inside out). I chose bundle of joy because Your blog is so positive right from the beginning. It was always uplifting and almost mysterious to read a new post by you, and that’s what this song represents to me
2-Imaginarium: Little wonders (Rob Thomas). The song little wonders really was inspired by one of the last lines in the blog post.“Her Imaginarium was an emporium of random wonders and a collection of odd ideas”. The song is all about prizing the little moments and the important, maybe different things in life. And your post, in my opinion, is all about prizing the moment in life, as if they were objects in your own museum. “It’s about the people you meet and the experiences they have”.
3-First letter of every line: Blue ridge mountains (fleet foxes). Oh how I love this song. To me this song is about feeling love and sharing moments with other people around you. And to me your Robots post was all about feeling. “To be human is to FEEL”. Hopefully the beginning of this song doesn’t weird you out to much, trust me, this is one of the best mountain songs made.
4-Gravity: Space oddity (David Bowie). I put this song here as more of a response than a song that coincides with what the blog post was writing about. I truly believe the song space oddity preaches the idea to reach for your dreams and go for the stars which is the response I want to send to you, Athena *Sophie*. Go for your dreams because you will be able to achieve them.
5-Doo-De-Doop (A doodlin’ song). (Blossom Dearie). Honestly, this song is bizarre and hilarious. But I figured this is just an uplifting song that’s kinda funny, and is all about doodlin which if very in theme for this post.
6-Lost: Wait (M83). Alright, here is the obvious “wait by m83” reference cause I LOVE this song more then most. I could go on and on about it’s subtle messages that it reflects through like 10 words that are in the song but also the beautiful music composition. But that’s not what I’m here for, I’m here to relate this song to the post “lost.” One of the number one reasons I love this song is because it feels down and sad, but it’s also positive. It’s about moving on and knowing that things will be ok in “no time” at all. Reading your poem lost made me relate to that darn puzzle piece and made me think about how when you are feeling like no one is looking and you are laying there by yourself all you have to do is wait and you will be picked up and fit in the right place, and this song is all about that.
7-Crisp: Younger now (Miley Cyrus). the post crisp is all about fall bringing in a different time. With crunchy leaves and hikes in football. This time to me, makes me feel like a kid. Jumping into leaf piles or running around in a park. And sure the song younger now is also about growing as a person but I really think you can interpret it like feeling young because it’s the right time of year.
8- A blue carnival ticket: Audio (LSD). I LOVE this post by the way. I love the use of the 5 senses to set a really cool visceral image in my head for what a carnival is like. I chose the song audio by LSD cause it’s all about feeling the music and rhythm that the world has for us. Also that line about listening to your blue ticket is amazing and so poetic. Seriously 10/10 with your blog it’s SO good.
9- Moonlight Ski Lift: The solves and the ravens (Rogue Valley). So this is my favorite song ever. It’s so chill and relaxing and reading your ski lift post I just felt so safe and warm and comforted, and all I can say to defend having this song correlate is because it makes me feel the same way. I very seriously just love this song, it makes me happy, and I hope you like it as well.
10-Crayola World: Firework (Katy Perry). This post was so exciting to read because you are so clever with all of your writing and color choices. The reason I chose firework is cause of the imagery. Fireworks have lots of colors, so do your crayons, lol yeah this one is rough. To be honest I just wanted a song in this playlist that was recognizable to everyone.
11-sunsets/more sunset thoughts: Generator^first floor (freelance whales). I really feel like this was one of your most impactful posts. It was extremely beautiful and simple, and reading the comments people really connected with it. The song generator^first floor is all about waking up in the morning with people you love and addressing their presence as a gift, like how we can see people as sunsets in our lives.
12- Spooky Scary Skeletons: Breakaway (Kelly Clarkson). So yes, I know that this is your Halloween post and yes, I know that this is one of the most NOT Halloween songs. But I seriously think this song reaaaally gets the message of your post across. How I interpreted your post was that it was all about how our bones and, by proxy, our souls want to do so much. But the world tells us different and urges us to conform. And this song is all about breaking out of the mold and being yourself.
13-LOVE!: Help! (The Beatles). Do I need an explanation??? Pretty self explanatory here. Hey will say that I think this concept is so fun and it’s crazy how well just changing one word works for this song.
14-Time: The Funeral (The band of horses). So this song hits me with nostalgia because I listened to it as a kid a lot. I didn’t understand what it was about then, and I’m sure I don’t know what the “real” meaning is now. But to me, this song represents having a funeral for my childhood. A lot like what your post talks about, it’s about how fast it went and how I didn’t use my time wisely when I was a kid back then, so now All I can do from time to time is morn for what I couldn’t do.
15-Building Blocks and stepping stones: The climb (Miley Cyrus). Call me cliche, or a Disney fanatic, but the climb is one of the most powerful important songs made. Growing from failure, finding light in sorrow, looking forward and smiling even if where you are now is so dark and impossible. That’s what your post is about, and it’s what the climb is about as well. Thank you for this post, I tried looking up the quote and couldn’t find it, if by some miracle you actually read this far, I’d love to know who you are quoting.
16-Road Block: Catchy song (The LEGO movie 2). So, it’s like when your stuck on a road block, and your mad cause you wish you could just write something and get it out. It’s like when a song gets stuck inside your head, and you’re mad cause it won’t get out. Well here ya go.
17: Irrational fears-Tip Toe Thru’ the tulips with me. (Tiny tim). Straight up I have an irrational fear of this song. His vibrato and the instrumental everything, and insidious, and the fact his name is tiny Tim, but he is very not tiny. I hate everything about this song and I’m sorry to put it on this playlist of songs I like quite a lot.
18- Dear, Mr Nelson: Paris (Benton Paul). I really really love this post. Like so much. I feel every word on there. I’d rather be creating and feeling Paris everyday, and now that the class I over I am legitimately very sad to say goodbye to Paris. So I hold onto this song because it reminds me of some of the beauties that we found in Paris.
19-Living in the past: When you wish upon a Star (Cliff Edwards). Fun fact number one, this song was actually made in the 1940’s. And that is actually all the fun facts I’ve got. But yeah, I feel like this song reflects a lot of the mindset of people in the 1940’s. Lots of dreaming and wishing for opportunity or the new fashion or style. Like your character mentioned in the post, she was inspired by Rosie the Riveter.
20- Reveal in Paris: La Vie En Rose (Edith Piaf). beaucoup d’amour, de paris
21- Why?: Who am I? (Les miserables). lol, basically skip to the 2:34 time stamp, and switch out the 24601!!!!!!!!! Part with ATHENAAAAAAAAAA.
22-Have a Happy little day: Here Comes The Sun (The Beatles). For happy times and good feelings.
23-My heart wants….:Stuff we did (Up). Your final post and this final song is all about the journey. You talk about longing to see the world and trying something new and exploring and seeing the world. And I adore that, and I think this song is about remembering these memories that you are going to make.
Thank you for your blog. I have literally read every post and delved deep Into your carefully chosen words. You are amazing.
songs for Athena by Derekgibbons
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Ahhhh!! DEREK! I never saw this coming! It’s so thoughtful and considerate I’m still shocked my blog was worth something and this is freakin amazing! THANK YOU so very much
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