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I’ve shamelessly stolen this idea from a friend of mine – “iTunes Magic 8-Ball”. I prefer to think of it as my Trash Heap. It’s eerily good, though I think its accuracy depends on how many songs you give it. The songs often seem like direct responses to my questions… I’ve put some lyrics down just so you can get the gist of things.

Q: Am I going to fail at everything?
A: Prologue from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
“We all dream a lot
Some are lucky, some are not
But if you think it, want it, dream it
Then it’s real
You are what you feel.”

Q: How can I stop procrastinating?
A: Young man, despair from The Mikado
“It’s a hopeless case,
As you may see,
And in your place
Away I’d flee;
But don’t blame me –
I’m sorry to be
Of your pleasure a diminutioner.”

Q: How does my love life look?
A: Ookina furu dokei – Hirai Ken
“Ima wa mo ugokenai, sono dokei”
(Tells the story of an old man’s death)

Q: Is there a greater meaning to this universe?
A: Memory from Cats
“Every streetlamp
Seems to beat a fatalistic warning
Someone mutters
And the streetlamp gutters
And soon it will be morning
Daylight
I must wait for the sunrise
I must think of a new life
And I musn’t give in
When the dawn comes
Tonight will be a memory too
And a new day will begin”

Q: Is Physics the best thing for me?
A: Uptight – Greenday
“I woke up on the wrong side of the floor.
Made, made my way through the front door.
Broke my engagement with myself.
Perfect picture of bad health, another notch scratched on my belt.
The future just ain’t what it used to be.”

Q: Doesn’t sound good… would I be happy doing something like philosophy or poli sci?
A: Caring is creepy – The Shins
“This is way beyond my remote concern
Of being condescending
All these squawking birds won’t quit.
Building nothing, laying bricks.”

Q: Yeah, that’s how I feel about those subjects too… then what should I do with my life?
A: Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 – Samuel Barber

Q: I should have known… you’re not going to tell me, are you?
A: Ulysse – Cirque du Soleil

Very mysterious. I guess I’m on my own.

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