Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Trust me on the Sunscreen

While rummaging through my music collection- among the Floyds, Metallicas, John Mayers, Didos- I've always been procrastinating to sort out the unsorted music that I posses in my laptop. Yeah, the one or two folders named "#Categorize" or "#To_be_sorted" that always meets my eye every time I pick my oft-listened-to Aqualung track (Brighter than Sunshine); and get demoted to my peripheral vision which quickly goes to neglected status.
These folders contain a diversity of music in their genres worth of an Amazon rainforest. The deleting of same songs with different versions (acoustic, orchestra, stage live, this DJ, that DJ mix) with varying megabytes is as heartbreaking as choosing which of my metaphorical/hypothetical kids are dearer to me. I had to oblige, once my trusty 180 Gig D drive started gasping out S.O.S.s constantly in the form of "Low Disk Space".

And so this lovechild of indolence and procrastination (me!) today started sorting out those unsorted and multiple copies of the same song with similar names like "Nirvana-Smell's like teen spirit" and "01 Nirvana" and "Smells lyk teem spipit" or even "Neervana" which found their ways into five various folders labeled "Nirvaana" or "Rock muzzic" or "Rocking songzzz" or even "Guitarwallah(!) Songs".

I don't know how many of you have this O.C.D like I do, but I like to arrange my files or folders into thumbnails-provided they assimilate within my vision without the need to use scrollbars-and then by type, and in alphabetical order. Also, I make it a point to remove any numerals, unless necessary and refrain from using any SMS lingo in my files. Thats the basic. I plan to innovate by sorting them into the year of their release, their album cover as folder picture, adding lyric page, and....O.K. Geek alert!! :D

That not only helps me locate my favorite Carter Burwell symphony orchestra track from Twilight or ACDC track (TNT) but also helps Rover (the Microsoft Search Dog) to fetch my files in a heartbeat. I wish I could give it treats or a nice rub sometimes. Good boy, Rover! :)

Talking of one song; which caught my attention today. I read its name, but, surprisingly I could remember how it sounded like. See, the thing with me is that I can't recognize a song unless its been taped in my head atleast seven times-Yeah! thats my magic number-till which I'm like tone/melody deaf. I pick up a couple of seconds later or till the beats start.This time my audio-sensory part of my brain caught up well.

So about this song, its called "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" by Baz Lurhmann and its unusual because its a narration of advice.
I did a bit of "research" to find out who it was written by: aaaaand it turns out that after an erroneous claim circulating in the Internet a couple of years ago that an MIT guy named Kurt Vonnegut addressed it, it was actually written by Mary Theresa Schmich, which was published in the Chicago tribune.
You might have come across it already via forwarded e-mails. Its wonderfully written. Here it is, word to word.

Image Courtesy- Discovery Education

"Wear sunscreen. 
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now. 
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine. 
Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 pm on some idle Tuesday. 
Do one thing every day that scares you. 
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.*
Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself. *
Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements. 

Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't. 

Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone. 

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's. 

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own. 

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room. 

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them. 

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly. 

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. 

They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future. 
Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. 

Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young. 
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. 

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders. 

Respect your elders. 

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out. 

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85. 

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth. 

But trust me on the sunscreen. "

Most points are really reassuring. The ones with the asterisks on the end are my favourites. I never knew sunscreen is that effective. :)


  1. That was so nice Gauri... btb, Sumone had left this as a comment on one of my posts...Crimson feet,yeah He left the comment..
    "Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't"
    N it also had a link to the song lyrics.. I loved it...
    P.S: Loved ur post too :D

  2. N Yeah!!!

    I m the first...again... :D :D :D

  3. @Lakshmi
    yeah, I love that one too.
    It reminds me of Steve Jobs' graduation speech. :)

    Yyaaay! ur the first! and I like the way ur always prompt to comment on my posts :)

  4. :D :D :D
    Remember I am a blogger too, n i knw what comments mean to a blogger...
    Happy to see u happy... :)

  5. wow...dis lyrics goes as my desktop bakground till i get it my heart...thou maybe i will also never follow it...but reminisce wen i m also old...

    my favs:


    remembr compliment u recieve forget da insults!!

    keep ur old love letters nd thro away da old bank statements...(i thing i myself regret not doing till now)

  6. It is one of my favorite songs! :) Amazing drive-and-sing-along I tell you... though my voice is not even close to Baz Luhrmann's! :)

  7. @lakshmi

    how considerate sweetie! mwaah!
    i would soon reciprocate :)

  8. @buckingfastard

    Hello and welcome to my blog
    Make yourself at home and drop in to comment anytime :)

    Thanks for following!

    Glad that u liked them :)

  9. @Kokonad

    A warm welcome to you

    Do feel free to read and comment on any of my posts


    Drive-and-sing along song...hmmm..i must try that sometime!

  10. I love this track.. Oh I so love this track...

  11. @ATMM

    hey there,
    welcome to my blog!

    yup, me too! :)

  12. Looks like many people like this song. Have to hear it too now :D

  13. I have this one on my ipod!!!...

    Loved your blog. Thanks for your comments on mine :)

    Psst: Am a follower now :)

  14. "Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum"

    that's a funny way 2 put it...something like:
    "Expecting the world to be good to you because you are a good person is like expecting a lion to not eat you because you are a vegetarian"

    n with all the OCDs in ur kitty, don't ur friends call u monica? ;)

  15. @Dhanya

    I'm sure u'll like it :)

  16. @Ashley

    Welcome to my blog!
    Feel free to browse through and comment on my posts...

    Thank you for ur kind words! :)

  17. @Blunt edges

    Long time no c!
    Heehehe, nice way to put it.

    I love the second quote u mentioned!

    Daang! I thought nobody would notice about my OCDs :P
    Monica huh? Sort of... :D

  18. and now i have to find this song and listen... :)
    nice work gkam !

  19. my brother had sent me the sunscreen song and i listen to it every time i feel lost or am angry about something...good one.

  20. damn.....i certainly understand the song accumulation syndrome...
    and d song wAS superawesome..let me know....if u can send it across...


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