"Defibrillating Beats"
A ways back I posted songs from a personal playlist of mine entitled Defibrillating Beats. There was some cover art attached that I sketched, but I knew I could do better, and something a little less anime. So, as part of this current project I designed what I would love to actually build one day (if I had the electrical chops for it), a defibrillator turned iPod dock with headphones made out of the paddles.
On the left it says:
Press Play
Charge Paddles
Apply Paddles to Ears
"Clear"
Press “The Button”
Also, I was actually listening to a different playlist of mine while sketching and inking this. That one is called “Perseverance” (but it’s very similar to “Defibrillating Beats”).

"Defibrillating Beats"

A ways back I posted songs from a personal playlist of mine entitled Defibrillating Beats. There was some cover art attached that I sketched, but I knew I could do better, and something a little less anime. So, as part of this current project I designed what I would love to actually build one day (if I had the electrical chops for it), a defibrillator turned iPod dock with headphones made out of the paddles.

On the left it says:

  • Press Play
  • Charge Paddles
  • Apply Paddles to Ears
  • "Clear"
  • Press “The Button”

Also, I was actually listening to a different playlist of mine while sketching and inking this. That one is called “Perseverance” (but it’s very similar to “Defibrillating Beats”).

Goldfish - “We Come Together”

This one is awesome for two reasons. One, because of the super geeky music video (you can watch it here), and two, it reminds me of my friends and all of the good times we have when “we come together”. Also, there are some great lyrics about stars: “I can show you the way if you gaze at the stars / When the universe leaves all the gates ajar”. That last bit is something I’m working on realizing, metaphorically speaking, that there are plenty of opportunities open, you just have to take them when they come along. And sometimes you have to make them on your own. That’s a bit harder than the first method, but the reward can sometimes be greater.

And to my friends: “I will love you til the end of time. Don’t doubt it, just know it.”

Kaori Aso - “Resistance Line”

I like video games, and when those video games have moving stories, and even more so, moving music, it’s hard for those pieces not to move me in some way. This gem comes from the opening to the second disc of Wild Arms 2, one of my favorite RPGs of all time, and by far a tough contender for the best in the series. I think the video that goes along with the opening definitely helps sell the song, and I won’t go into any spoilers, but while the main character isn’t the focus of the sequence, or the music, I definitely get a feel for his lonesome nature, as well as for all the people he’s fighting for and those fighting with him. Yeah, cheesy I know, and I’m not really a fighter, but I do fight for the things that matter to me. Even if there’s no hope of winning.

The All-American Rejects - “Move Along”

Sometimes in life, things don’t go according to plan. In fact, it seems like more often than not that seems to be the case. That can definitely make one feel down on their luck and out of hope. I know I’ve felt like that a lot over the past few months, and when those feelings creep in, it’s sometimes tough to keep strong. Hence why this song keeps me going. Not only because of the positive message of “keep moving”, even if you don’t think you can, but also because how can you not want to sing along to something that feels so upbeat? It makes me want to grab some drumsticks and pound away.

Also, it was featured in a Lego Bionicle commercial years back, and that scene pops into my head and gives me ideas for using this song for some epic battle sequence of my own.

"When everything is wrong, we move along."

OK Go - “White Knuckles”

You know that song that just kind of sounds good, and feels like it should be important for some reason? Well, “White Knuckles” is kind of like that. After some time I eventually extrapolated a message from it which recently seems to be something I need to learn. You can’t go back, you need to accept change, and maybe things aren’t so bad after all. Honestly, thing’s aren’t so bad at all.

Journey - “Don’t Stop Believin”

No brainer, especially after the day I had yesterday. Some days you’ll come to the end of your rope, and you just won’t know what to do. Well, don’t stop believing. In yourself, in humanity, in anything. One, two, or a whole shit load of bad days shouldn’t deter your beliefs, not if you truly believe in them.

"Some will win, and some will lose."

Plus, everyone knows the words, and everyone tries to sing along. So go ahead, blast this and sing along with me, wherever and whenever you are.

Two Door Cinema Club - “Something Good Can Work”

The title says it all. Something good can work. Of course the song mostly talks about that something good working for a girl, but so what? Maybe it’s about a girl from my future. Who knows. Plus, it’s super upbeat and another song that is impossible for me to not sing along to in my car.

Maximo Park - “Apply Some Pressure”

This track comes from the one and only, Maximo Park. I first heard it in Burnout Revenge, and since then the song has stuck with me. I can’t help but sing along, move, and smile. Remember, when you lose everything it’s not the end, you just need to start all over again.

(Note: the cover art for this playlist was designed by me. It’s a guy with a set of defibrillator paddles for headphones. I would love to actually do a photo shoot to make this a reality, so if you know where to get a hold of an old defibrillator let me know. Thanks.)

I’ve decided to share the playlist that pretty much saves me from insanity and heart crushing defeat on a daily basis, hence the title: Defibrillating Beats. These aren’t in any particular order.

Hot Freaks - “Outset Island”

This one is brand new, and is a new take on some music from Wind Waker. The words actually resonate pretty well at this point in my time stream. Even though things may change, I think this song will always hold a place in my head (and maybe my heart).