Do you have a playlist for Memoirs?

Yes, but doesn’t it seem so tired to do that? What book doesn’t have a playlist? Oh, all right, if you insist…

Here’s one I made in 2007 for an interview. The idea behind this mix is that it’s one Naomi created on a college road trip when she was in the mood to reflect about that wacky year in high school where she dated three boys and had amnesia.

Part the First: Songs for Will
“Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) – Arcade Fire
“Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” – The Flaming Lips
“A Certain Romance” – Arctic Monkeys

Part the Second: Songs for James
“First Day of My Life” – Bright Eyes
“Vindicated” – Dashboard Confessional
“Angeles” – Elliot Smith
“World Spins Madly On” – The Weepies

Part the Third: Songs for Ace
“Wigwam” – Bob Dylan
“Ripchord” – Rilo Kiley
“Better Man” – Pearl Jam

Part the Fourth: Songs for Myself
“Foux du Fa Fa” – Flight of the Conchords (in honor of Naomi’s French class)
“Life on Mars?” – David Bowie (“Changes” can be substituted here.)
“1979” – Smashing Pumpkins
“The Heart of the Matter” – India.Arie
“That’s the Story of My Life” – The Velvet Underground
“Your Ex-Lover is Dead” – Stars

And here’s a semi-complete list of songs referenced in the book:

Will’s 1st Mix
“Fight Test” The Flaming Lips
“To Whom It May Concern” by John Wesley Harding
“Song I Wrote Myself in the Future” by John Wesley Harding

In Naomi’s Biology Class
“Vertigo” by the Philip Glass Ensemble (Or something like)

At the Planetarium
“Learning to Fly” by Pink Floyd

Will’s Movie for Naomi
“Story of My Life” by the Velvet Underground

Songs for Visiting Naomi’s Crazy Boyfriend in Albany
“Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley
“Fly” by Nick Drake
“Angeles” by Elliot Smith

Opera on the Beach in Los Angeles
Maybe something from Tosca?

The Yearbook Song
“I Will” by The Beatles and the entire White Album

Will’s Mix for Naomi’s Art Show
“Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Part I” The Flaming Lips

(Alternative) Songs for a High School Graduation
“Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder or the Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Bittersweet Symphony” by the Verve
“My Back Pages” by Bob Dylan
“Friends Forever” by Vitamin C
“Ghost World” by Aimee Mann
“At Last” by Etta James
“Teenage Spaceship” by Smog
“Baba O’Riley” by the Who
“Race for the Prize” by the Flaming Lips
“Praise You” by Fatboy Slim
“Road to Joy” by Bright Eyes
“I’m So Tired” by The Beatles
“Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard” and “The Only Living Boy in New York City” by Simon and Garfunkle

The song that has the erratic tempo for marching
“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

The song by Bob Marley
“Three Little Birds” or “Redemption Song”

The song that may have been used in a Special Olympics commercial
“The Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston or “One Moment in Time” also by Whitney Houston