Thursday, February 10, 2011

Leave the Safety of your Heat

The ice crunching beneath his feet is confirmation of his existence. He unplugged from the up to the minute notifications, emails, and that bank account flashing a number much lower than what it should be.

Only an hour before, the world felt like it was pushing down on his chest. It felt like everything was working against him and his wife. He left that all back in the house. In the safety of the heat. Tonight, he goes into the frozen world, away from all of that.

The street lights shine on the ice, glaring off foot prints created during the busiest moments of the day. But tonight, the world belongs to him. Tonight, he walks alone and decides to take the long way around.

He reflects on his problems. Somehow today, a demon was inside his body. He and his wife were looking for people to blame for every new obstacle that came up. It was so bad at one point that Steve Jobs was blamed.

Tonight, he doesn't need anyone to blame. Tonight, those problems are gone. He looks around. It's beautiful. He doesn't want the spring to come. He doesn't want everyone else to reclaim the world. But for tonight he thinks, "It's a great time to be alive."

There's a science to making a play-list for any situation. You have to be able to feel the emotion you're trying to emphasize. My playlist I simply called "winter" takes songs that are quiet and serene. Something that doesn't spoil the peace of a winter night. They tread the line of being depressing, but tug on the right positive heart strings to uplift you.

The Winter Playlist:(I tried to link each song to a You Tube video)
The Smashing Pumpkins - Thirty-Three
The Smashing Pumpkins - Rhinocerous
Weezer - Only in Dreams
Jimmy Eat World - Table for Glasses
Jimmy Eat World - A Sunday
Flogging Molly - The Story So Far
A Perfect Circle - Sleeping Beauty
A Perfect Circle - The Nurse Who Loved Me
Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah
Pete Yorn - All At Once
The Killers - Everything Will Be Alright
Wilco - Misunderstood
Sufjan Stevens - Chicago
Silverchair - Miss You Love
Death Cab for Cutie - Passenger Seat
R.E.M. - Nightswimming
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Porcelain
Radiohead - Exit Music (For a Film)
The Postal Service - Recycled Air
The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
The New Amsterdams - Watch the World Cave In
Manchester Orchestra - Colly Strings
Elliot Smith - Needles in the Hay