Saturday, June 11, 2011

A departure soundtrack...



Because I like to wallow in my sadness, I put together a playlist for our long flight home from Vienna.  Hopefully there will be time to listen to it on the "first flight with baby" - fingers crossed!

Not surprisingly, the playlist has some predictables - I mean, how can you not start with the Blue Danube - that's what every Austrian Air flight starts with.  And how could we not include multiple "hits" from the Sound of Music? And from the Third Man? The first time I saw that movie, I didn't see what the big fuss was and that constant zithar plinking drove me crazy.  But now it just reminds me of my neighborhood and the whole idea of foreigners living among the sometimes too flexible confines of Vienna.  There are some songs about leaving, some songs about being old-fashioned, and the random "never-ending story".  I hadn't heard that song in years but in the couple of weeks leading up to our departure, we heard that song like 15 times on the radio.  So I threw it in there.  What brooding playlist doesn't contain something from Coldplay? Check.  And it also includes David Gray's "Hospital Food", which forever reminds me of being in the hospital after having our daughter and asking for more than "a little something for the pain."  Finally, it concludes with a Mozart piece from the Amadeus soundtrack, which incidentally also reminds me of the recordings Denys Finch Hatton used to listen to in Out of Africa, and references our unforgettable trip to Kenya last year.

We miss the sounds of the Stefansdom bells, the horse-drawn carriagers and the little tonka street sweepers already.  Grand buildings, coffees, cakes, wurstl, schnitzels, weird obsessions with cash transactions, a fear of drafts - all the little things that we've learned to love, and have probably adapted ourselves over our time here.  Thank you, Vienna, for being our home,  We will miss you terribly.


1.  The Blue Danube  Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Hans Kamesch & Ernst Kuyler
2.  The Harry Lime Theme (Orchestral Version) Gertrud Huber
3.  So Long, Farewell Charmian Carr, Angela Cartwright, Duane Chase, Nicholas Hammond, Kym Karath, Heather Menzies & Debbie Turner
4.  Early Mornin' Rain Peter, Paul And Mary
5.  An Old Fashioned Love Song Three Dog Night
6.  Sad Songs (Say So Much) Elton John
7.  Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall Coldplay
8.  Losing Touch The Killers
9.  Mad About You Sting
10. Hospital Food David Gray
11. Main Title / Harry's False Funeral Gertrud Huber
12. My Favorite Things Julie Andrews
13. Never Ending Story Limahl
14. Leaving on a Jet Plane Peter, Paul And Mary
15. Travelin' Thru Dolly Parton
16. Lili Marlene Marlene Dietrich
17. Everybody's Changing Keane
18. Still the Same Bob Seger
19. Why Should I Cry for You?  Sting
20. Café Mozart Waltz Gertrud Huber
21. Last Boat to America  David Gray
22. Edelweiss Charmian Carr & Bill Lee
23. Homeless (Remastered Version) Paul Simon
24. Serenade in B-flat, K. 361 "Gran partita": III. Adagio (Album Version) Members of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner

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