Tuesday, June 3, 2008


A few years ago I went to a Mariners game with some friends from work. One of the advantages of working just blocks from Safeco Field was taking in the occasional afternoon game. Now, I'm not a big baseball fan, but I am a fan of fieldtrips that take you away from the regular work grind, so anyway, I spent most of my time at the game watching the people and the back of house operations. One of the things that hit me about half way through the game is that the club or the DJ had assigned a theme song to many of the players - something they played when the guy came up to bat or did something great.

I spent the rest of the game thinking about theme songs and what they said about a person. Back at work a couple of days later I was trying to come up with an idea of how to bring a new team together - how to help us get to know each other a bit better and a way to let off a little steam. Somehow the theme song idea popped up, so next thing I knew I was asking everyone to pickith their own theme song. We then put together a mixed tape with the entire team's theme songs. The CD stayed in my car for a very long time, and even now years later when I hear a particular song I think back to that person and what I learned about him or her based on the song they chose.

In a way, I think that experience let to my decisions to add the music concept to this blog - it made me realize the way I always seem to associate a song to a time or experience in my life, or the way that no matter what I'm doing there always seems to be a song hiding out in the back of my mind.

The song I selected for my theme song back in the day was The Dixie Chick's "Wide Open Spaces" which is still one of my favorite songs. If I had to pick today it would be a toss up between that and a new song by the Chicks, "The Long Way Around"

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